Community event promises magical trail of winter window displays

PUBLISHED: 12:57 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 16 January 2018

Karen Haynes and Laura Wisniewska who are organising a community window display event in Portishead during February.

Karen Haynes and Laura Wisniewska who are organising a community window display event in Portishead during February.


Some winter-time magic will cast a bright glow over Portishead next month.

Window Wanderland is going to take place at the end of February and organisers are hoping homeowners grasp the opportunity to get involved.

The community project sees people fill their windows with colourful and vibrant displays, thus providing a magical trail for people to explore.

Organiser Karen Haynes said: “I first heard about Window Wanderland from a friend of mine who helps run the event in Bishopston.

“I saw the fantastic displays and pictures of people enjoying their event and thought it was just the event for the community of Portishead.

“I could see the event coming to Portishead and imagined the streets lit up with the ideas the residents can bring together.”

The Window Wanderland trail has taken place in Bristol for the past three years and Karen says people can be as imaginative as they want with their displays. Anything from a string of fairy lights to a more spectacular ensemble is welcomed.

Karen has already received a number of entries. She hopes to grow that figure further over the next few weeks.

She said: “Since the event has gone live we have had a great level of interest and many houses and even a boat in the marina have signed up as participants.

“It’s a great opportunity to get together to create something fun.

“You can make a display, or just come out on the night and see what other people have done, everyone can participate.”

The Window Wanderland will take place from 5.30-9pm on February 24-25.

For display ideas and to register an interest, visit the Winter Wanderland website and search for the Portishead event.

Lucy Reeves, who organised the Bristol’s first Window Wanderland in 2015, said: “Everyone has a playful side to them they just need an opportunity to show it.

“This brightens up the long winter nights giving everyone a great excuse to get outdoors.

“It is proper community event and some roads had almost every house participating, using vans, top-floor windows and even decorating hedges with lights.”

The event has gone international with Cologne in Germany and James Bay in Canada signing up this year.

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