Window Wanderland was a great success in December, and really brightened up windows and neighbourhoods in Trowbridge, and there were lanterns aplenty, too. Vicky, from the Town Council’s Facilities Team, writes . . .

Christmas, of course, looked very different last year with the effects of the pandemic still greatly impacting live events and community activities. As we were unable to host a lantern parade in 2020 (which we had hoped would grow bigger and brighter than 2019’s amazingly successful event), we instead distributed hundreds of lantern making packs free of charge to the community and local schools through our Information Services Team. We asked that people took some time together in lockdown to make them and then display them in their homes and gardens, brightening up Trowbridge in the dark winter months.

Following on from this we decided to set up Trowbridge’s first Window Wanderland event, a Covid-safe way to connect people by transforming streets into magical outdoor galleries. We had 158 windows sign up to the event which was fantastic, particularly as the introduction of the event was at such short notice. People’s creativity really shone through and there were some incredible window displays over the first weekend in December.