Blachere Illumination Music and Lights Competition 2019

The Annual Blachere Christmas Competition is Back and it’s better than ever!

The Blachere Competition is becoming as much loved as the festive period itself and this year we’ve made it even better with a bigger prize and simpler way to enter.

First let’s meet the Christmas Light Competition 2018 winners.

In 2018 it was Ormskirk that walked away with the top prize  of £10,000 of Christmas Lights with Farnborough coming a close second. and leaving with £2,000 of lights.

The runners up each won a prize of £1,000 worth of lights. Those heading home with a runners up prize are, in no particular order, – Thame, Putney, Kidsgrove, Lancaster, Pontardawe, Portishead, Halifax, Salisbury, St Helens and Sunderland.

This year the prize on offer is better than ever before thanks to Blachere Illumination

As well as another £20,000 worth of lights there is a stunning musical performance to win.

Who can enter –

Anyone can enter.

As a resident or local business, why not enter on behalf of your town centre?

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Councils, Town Teams or Business Groups/Chamber of Trades are all organisations that we anticipate will be taking part.

Like Revive & Thrive, this competition is ‘for all people passionate about place’

The prizes –

First prize – £10,000 worth of Christmas Lights

New this year:  First place will also enjoy The Jerseys performing at their Christmas Light Switch On event (see below)

Second prize – £2,000 worth of Christmas Lights

Third prize – eight runner up prizes of £1,000 each

PLUS – All applicants get a massively discounted ticket to our Reviving our Towns Conference, July 3-4 at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester

Key dates –

Launch date – 5th March 2019
Applications close – 28th June 2019
Notify shortlisted candidates – 5th August 2019
Final – 5th September 2019

The Competition

Using only a mobile phone sell your town, city, high street, shopping centre or community.

Applicants can choose to ‘pitch’ their place to either –

  • An Investor, or
  • A Tourist, or
  • A Shopper, or
  • A visitor with an interest in heritage

This video can be supported by up to five images (minimum one) and a (max) two hundred word covering descriptor if deemed necessary to set the scene of the videos

What next –

Initially register intent via the form below to ensure that you receive updates and hints and tips.  We will also email you terms and conditions.

The competition will be extremely simple to enter taking as little as an hour to complete and we intend that you might get value from following the process.

Simply send in a link to your video (from Youtube, Facebook, Gdrive etc) and supporting files to by the deadline above.

The ten lucky finalists will be invited to give a very brief presentation at our annual conference on July 2nd in Manchester.