Family Fun

If it’s family fun you’re looking for, be sure to head to Blackburn with Darwen!

From getting wrapped up for ice skating to the latest festive films and of course the ever-popular panto at King George’s Hall.

Plus, Father Christmas is set to visit and we’ve got lots for the adults too with fabulous food and drink too!

King George’s Hall

Jump on your flying carpet and head down to King George’s Hall this Christmas and enjoy their brand new panto, Aladdin!

Book your tickets now for just £15 each using our special discount code: BWDDISCOVER




Planet Ice

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!




Santa’s Grotto

What’s more magical than meeting Father Christmas in a winter wonderland tipi? He’ll be visiting The Firepit Tipis on Sat, Dec 9 and Sat, Dec 16 with tickets costing £10 including a gift.




Free family fun

Check out our ‘What’s On’ guide below for lots of free activities across our town centres this Christmas, including at Blackburn Market and Darwen Market – there’s everything from Santa Storytelling to arts and crafts – lots to keep your little ones busy!



Family Fun Events

Thu 23 Nov

Ewood Sparkle Event

Come and enjoy Blackburn Rovers annual Christmas lights switch on at Ewood Park.
Ewood Park, Nuttall Street
Fri 24 Nov

Cormac Thompson

Hot on the heels of winning an impressive international Best Young Vocalist Award in the US
FirePit Tipis, Cathedral Square
Fri 24th Nov


Be the first to watch the new Disney film Wish at Reel Cinema.
REEL Cinema
Sat 25 Nov

Blackburn Lights Switch On

A show-stopping, foot-tapping musicals extravaganza is on the cards for this year’s Blackburn town centre Christmas lights switch on!
King William Street, Blackburn
Mon 27th Nov

A Christmas Carol (by Chapterhouse Theatre Company)

A Christmas Carol follows the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge as he embarks upon a journey through his past, present, and future, learning along the way to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas.
Blackburn Cathedral
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec

Discover Christmas with Spot On

A weekend of free family-friendly music, theatre and dance in the magical Firepit Tipis.
Firepit Tipis, Cathedral Square, Blackburn
Sat 2nd Dec

Artful Playground

Join our MiniFest band for a family-friendly gig in the tipi!
FirePit Tipis, Cathedral Square
Sun 3rd Dec

Hawk Dance Theatre & The Knotted Project-- The Greatest Robot Ever

Glitch, the little Robot, doesn’t feel special like all the other Robots in the Junk Yard.
FirePit Tipis, Cathedral Square
Sun 3rd Dec

Carols in the Woods

Come down to Sunnyhurst Woods and enjoy an afternoon of Carol singing in the woods
Sunnyhurst Woods
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
Sun 10th Dec

Darwen Mayor Charity Brass Band Concert

Join us to raise funds for the Darwen Town Mayors Charity - Dementia UK.
Darwen Library Theatre
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
Wed 20th Dec

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
Darwen Library Theatre

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