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A magical Christmas in Blackburn with Darwen

From festive family fun to dates nights and the best nights out, we have your Christmas all wrapped up right here in Blackburn with Darwen! Scroll down now to check out what’s on, our top picks for things for you to do this festive season, places to visit and special discounts! Plus, be sure to follow our brand new DiscoverBwD Facebook and Instagram accounts to help make your Christmas one to remember.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!



What’s new this Christmas in Blackburn with Darwen

Nothing quite says Christmas like a winter wonderland tipi with delicious mulled wine, tasty Bratwurst sausages, live entertainment, a dancefloor and a warming fire pit. And, that’s exactly what you can look forward to in Blackburn’s stunning Cathedral Square this festive season at The Firepit Tipis.

Plus, the much-anticipated Ribblesdale Tap Bar is now open too and there’s lots of fabulous places to eat right across our town centres, including brand new restaurants!



What’s On this Christmas

7th -31st Dec


Make your wishes come true and join us on a magic carpet ride to Old Peking.
King Georges Hall, Blackburn
Fri 8 Dec


Come down to Reel and be the first to watch Wonka in Cinema.
REEL Cinema
Wed 13th Dec

Wizard of Oz

This season, Planet Ice present a fun filled version of the Wizard of Oz adapted by the Show & Skate class of amateur skaters and supported by their Professional on Tour cast.
Planet Ice
Sat 16th Dec

Christmas Spectacular

An evening of Christmas music with Cathedral choirs, brass and harpist Eira Lynn Jones.
Blackburn Cathedral
Sat 16th Dec

The Lightbulb Princess

When this family decorate for Christmas, they get a lot more sparkles than they expected.
Darwen Library Theatre
19th - 24th Dec

Santa's Grotto

Come down to Wish Upon A Star for some festive magic, as Santa Claus is coming to town!
Wish Upon A Star Events, 5a Town Hall Street

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The Firepit Tipis

Blackburn’s stunning Cathedral Quarter has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland this Christmas under the cover of huge festive tipis. Head there for live music and entertainment, festive markets, a bar, bbq and dancefloor plus a warming fire pit to gather around. And, Father Christmas is set to visit too for two special grotto experiences on November 9th and 16th. The Tipis are open 7 days a week throughout December – make a day of it and night of it and enjoy all the town centre has to offer!

King George’s Hall

Jump on your flying carpet and head on down to King George’s Hall this Christmas and enjoy their brand new panto, Aladdin! Meet Aladdin himself, his brother Wishee Washee and his mother Widow Twankey as they battle against the evil Abanazar to stop his evil plan to become the Master of the World! Will Aladdin save the day and fall in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine?

There’s only one way to find out… book your tickets now for just £15 each using our special discount code: BWDDISCOVER

Planet Ice

Get your skates on and head to Planet Ice this Christmas with festive fun for all the family! From wrapping up for their daily skating sessions to the spectacular Wizard of Oz on Ice performance, you can also meet the big fella himself there at their Skate & See Santa events! If you’ve got time before or after your session, be sure to head into Blackburn town centre for Christmas shopping, festive food, drink and The Firepit Tipis. Oh, and don’t forget they offer gift vouchers too!

Reel Cinema

Watch the latest festive films at Blackburn’s REEL Cinema! From Disney’s ‘Wish’ to the brand new ‘Wonka,’ plus all the latest releases for date night! You can also catch Christmas classics, including favourites ‘Elf’ and ‘Home Alone’ as well as Andre Rieu’s brand new ‘A White Christmas.’ Tickets start from just £3.49 and REEL customers get four hours of free parking underneath the cinema. It’s town centre location also makes it perfect for grabbing a spot of festive food or Christmas shopping.

BwD Venues

As well as the ever-popular panto at King George’s Hall, there’s everything from comedy to Christmas carols to be enjoyed there and at Darwen Library Theatre. Our top picks from the What’s On guide include the Bay City Rollers ‘Christmas Shang a Lang’ and the Lightbulb Princess. Head over to the BwD Venues page now to see what festive treat you can find and make a night of it! Plus, there’s lots of big names heading our way in 2024 – why not treat someone you know to tickets for Christmas!

The new Ribblesdale Tap craft ale bar!

Blackburn has a brand new craft ale bar – The Ribblesdale Tap! Run by the award-winning Blackedge Brewery, you can look forward to the finest hand-pulled ales, craft beers and artisan ciders, plus the full range of locally-produced spirits from their friends at Brindle Distillery. The tap room – in the striking 19th Century building which was formerly home to the Ribblesdale Hotel, Gladstone’s and Baroque – is open Weds and Thurs from 3pm and Fri, Sat, Sun from 12 noon.

Check out the Ribblesdale Tap Facebook page now!

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