North East Lincolnshire Council is calling on people to brighten up their windows in a bid to bring the community together in the run-up to Christmas.
As previously announced, the popular Christmas lights switch-on event in Cleethorpes has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, businesses, residents, schools and community groups are encouraged to get into the festive spirit and create a winter wonderland trail throughout the town to light up the dark nights.
Window Wanderland will take place between 5pm and 9pm from Thursday 10 December to Sunday 13 December. But people are welcome to keep their magical displays up throughout December if they wish.
What is Window Wanderland all about?
Window Wanderland is a community project that started in Bristol in 2015 by Lucy Reeves.
DiscoverNEL, part of North East Lincolnshire Council, is encouraging businesses and residents of Cleethorpes to open their curtains and create window displays to amuse, entertain, and captivate each other for a weekend of fun. Together, these windows will form a magical winter walking trail, which everyone can participate in and enjoy in a COVID-Safe way. What goes into these displays is totally up to you. The theme will be an ‘Arctic Adventure’, from a string of fairy lights to a full window display of colour, from simple to spectacular, as long as it is family-friendly, anything goes.
Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for tourism, heritage and culture, said: “We are disappointed our usual Christmas lights switch-on in Cleethorpes cannot go ahead this year. But in these uncertain times, we hope this trail will bring joy to people and smiles to faces – both young and old.
“DiscoverNEL is hosting Window Wanderland to raise spirits in the darkest part of winter. This will be a much-needed, safe event for the local community when increased isolation and mental health struggles due to COVID-19 may become tough during the dark, winter months.
“This is something light-hearted and fun for the community to focus on and look forward to as we move ever closer to the big day. Whether you’ll be getting involved yourself with a window display, or heading out in the evening to take a look at windows lit up, this is something everyone can enjoy in some way.”
Taking part is completely free. To sign up to become a window maker, visit www.windowwanderland.com/event/cleethorpes-2020/ or visit DiscoverNEL’s Facebook event page for more information at www.facebook.com/events/707644439945275/
Don’t forget to add your house to the interactive map, which will feature all the homes and businesses taking part and will form the trail.
People will be able to download the digital map and head out to explore the trail.