The total length of streets, which are used in this large-scale celebration, is approximately ten kilometers. In order to see all exhibits, guests of the festival will need more than one day. Besides the standard exposition different districts of the city also attract visitors by a huge selection of various interesting objects. For example, tourists traditionally enjoy riding around the city in trams and buses decorated with garlands. For the first time Blackpool Illuminations festival was held back in 1879. Of course, at that time the festival was much smaller and less famous. Nowadays designers of laser projections do not cease to amaze visitors with their original projects.
According to a tradition, starting from 1934 a famous musician or an actor has been invited to the celebration in order to hold an opening ceremony. Thus, starting from early morning the city hosts various concerts and performances, and in the evening everyone gathers in order to see the ceremony «Switch On». A special guest switches a toggle, and the city erupts with thousands of bright lights, which form various compositions of most unbelievable shapes and colors. A specially designed square Swich On Arena is known as the main venue of the celebration. Here we must note that during its long and respectful history the festival has managed to get a lot of fans. Many travelers come to Blackpool every year just to participate in this amazing celebration. In order not to disappoint their regular visitors, the organizers of the festival add new installations and light figures every year. This is the main reason why every year the length of the so called "laser streets" only increases. In the nearest future this truly priceless exhibition will be moved to a new arena - New Tower Festival Headland. Travelers are advised to visit the city during the festival called Blackpool Illuminations. On this time of a year Blackpool turns into a real fairytale, which is full of mystery and enchantment.
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