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Fireworks will fly this weekend as Blackburn celebrates winning the national Great British High Street awards with a grand finale Christmas event for all the family.

Joseph’s Amazing Camels and three handlers dressed as kings will be on Ainsworth Street from 10.30am – 3pm.

Lantern carriers from The Bureau, bands, giant illuminated birds, dancers and performers will gather from 4pm ready to set off at 4.30pm.

The lantern parade will travel from Ainsworth Street to the Town Hall, down King William Street to Gladstone’s statue to Northgate and then onto Darwen Street arriving at approximately 5.45pm.

A fantastic choreographed firework display with Christmas music will follow at 5.45pm.

The Community Carol Service starts at 6.15pm in the Cathedral, whilst fire performances, music and dancing continues on Church Street until 7pm

The Blackburn Community Carol Service at Blackburn Cathedral is in association with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn Business Improvement District, BBC Radio Lancashire &  Lancashire Telegraph.

The Annual Lantern Parade and Fireworks are bigger and better than ever before.

The Lantern Parade will begin from Ainsworth Street, when hundreds of lanterns will be carried in a procession around the town followed by the new Community Parade.

Enjoy the show, including fire and light performers, and see the amazing fireworks light the sky over Blackburn Cathedral at the end of the parade.

The Blackburn Community Carol Service is the perfect way to end the evening at Blackburn Cathedral from 6:15pm or linger a while outside to enjoy the fire and light performers.

If you’re interested in coming to the event, why not make your own lantern to brighten up the busy streets. Follow this simple guide to make a lantern.

lantern guide


lantern guide

More details of the full route and timetable for the event will be published soon.