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11 November 2020

Wisbech to become a Window Wanderland for two nights this December

Wisbech to become a Window Wanderland for two nights this December

Wisbech residents are invited to light up the neighbourhood this festive season by making an illuminated window display at home.

Wisbech and Fenland Museum in partnership with The Wisbech High Street Project has signed up the town to creating a family-friendly illuminated window trail as a COVID-safe alternative to its annual Victorian Christmas event.

You can use the street-facing windows or doors of your home, business, school, nursery, or even your car or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated displays will be created to form an after-dark walking trail the whole community can enjoy safely.

Successful Window Wanderland events have been organised by community groups across the UK since 2015, when the first event was held in Bristol. Upcoming ones are featured on the Window Wanderland website.

Wisbech Window Wanderland will take place over the evenings of Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December. Families, businesses, and community groups are encouraged to get involved by decorating and lighting up their windows or gardens between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

Seasonal traditions are the theme for this festive event and in-keeping with its Victorian heritage the Museum will be creating a window display inspired by the Christmas tree; the Victorians are credited with popularising the tradition of placing decorated trees inside the home in England at Christmas.

Museum project officer Louise Haselgrove said: “Taking part is free and everyone is invited to get involved. Whatever your traditions at this time of year, we encourage you to celebrate them through your display. Anything goes, as long as it's family friendly!

“Displays can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. You could use tissue paper, use your recycling materials, or bring out the spray-on snow, fairy lights and tinsel".

“If you’re planning on transforming a window for Wisbech Window Wanderland please sign up on our Window Wanderland event page so that we can map participants and create a local walking trail.”

Local artists Fred White and Rachel Simmonds will be supporting the event with Fred transforming the Museum’s street-facing windows and Rachel producing an online video to help people to transform the windows in their own homes.

The event has been made possible thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Questions about the event can be sent to

Photo credits: Window Wanderland

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