Established as one of the region’s top attractions and dating back to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the Illuminations were cancelled last year due to Covid.
But at a meeting this week with the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association and Matlock Bath Parish Council, the District Council, which took on the organisation of the event in 1984, agreed it would work towards the Illuminations returning safely this year.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"Obviously we will be restricting numbers in Derwent Gardens this year and in the coming months we will be looking closely at the capacity issue and other measures we need to put in place to make the event Covid secure.
"We will also be talking soon to other interested parties, including representatives of Matlock Bath's business community.
"It's very likely the event will look and feel a lot different this year, but we are massively encouraged that the boat builders, whose amazing crafts are the centrepiece of every Illuminations, have confirmed that they are in.
"There is still much work to do and the actual dates and further details will follow."