‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Stars To Open Blackpool’s ‘Christmas By The Sea’ Festive Village

On the eve of the much-anticipated return of BBC ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to the world-famous Tower Ballroom, two of the BBC show’s professional dancers will officially open this year’s Christmas By The Sea village at 5.30 p.m. on  Friday 18 November!

Neil Jones and Katya Jones (pictured below) will open the skating rink accompanied by children from the Blackpool Ice Drome Charities Association (BIDCA) who will perform short excerpts from Peter Pan – A Magical Adventure On Ice and Hairspray.

The opening event will take place at 5.30pm on the Tower Festival Headland (opposite The Blackpool Tower) which is being transformed into a winter wonderland for the second year running.

Visitors will also get to experience:

⛸️ Free skating rink

❄️ Artificial snowfalls

🚋 Mini festive tram tours

📽️ Festive projection shows

☕ Christmas chalets selling food, drink and gifts

⭐ 260ft Star Flyer

💡 Odyssey, the full experience

The Christmas Village by the Sea will be up and running throughout the festive season until Monday 2nd January.

And as an added bonus residents and visitors will be able to park for three hours for a single pound in any of the town’s council-run car parks. The money-saving scheme, which hopes to cost of living worries for families over the winter, will run from Sunday 18th November 18 to Monday 2nd January.

The parking offer is only valid when using the PayByPhone system. Customers will need to download the PayByPhone app and register, or call 0800 546 0609. Three-hour sessions are limited to one per day and normal tariffs apply after this time. Filey Place and Talbot Multi-Storey car parks are not included.

Councillor Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise & Job Creation, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to support the Christmas By The Sea village and wider town centre retail offer by reintroducing the highly-popular £1 parking offer for an extended period in the run-up to Christmas. “Last year, Blackpool’s unique Christmas offer brought visitors from far and wide and gave our businesses a welcome post-pandemic boost after one of the most difficult trading periods imaginable. We hope this parking offer will further encourage residents to shop in their own town centre this Christmas as well as providing a huge incentive for visitors coming from out-of-town.’


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