FAQ’s for Participants


How can I get my neighbours interested in joining me?  When you sign up to take part we send you an editable flyer and venue posters to encourage others, here is a copy.

I am not an artist, so I can’t make a display! This event is about connecting with your community, you can participate simply by opening your curtains and putting your favourite book in the window, there are no Artistic expectations or judgements, we are all different, so have a go! A ‘display’ can be fairy lights in the window, a photograph of someone important to you, a political statement, be as radical as you like. This an opportunity to do something different and anything goes so long as it’s child friendly.

How do I sign up to make a display? Go to the ‘coming events’ page, find your area and you can sign up to take part there. You will get a conformation email when you do this from your local organiser.

Will it cost me money? Generally making a display for Window Wanderland is free, unless your organiser has to charge a small amount to cover costs, or might be collecting for charity, see your own event page for details as it is your organisers decision.

Where can I get ideas for a display?   See our display ideas or look at our social media for inspiration.

I live in a flat above the ground floor, can I still use my windows? Absolutely, in fact the higher the windows the better the views from the street. ALL windows are included.

Do I have to give my address, can’t I just do a display on the night? Without your address on the map, people will not know to come and see your window. Though we welcome ‘rogue’ displays we would encourage you to sign up.

If I sign up will I get marketing emails forever more? No, your email will just be used to communicate with you about Window Wanderland, nothing else.

Can I make a display and go out on the trail?  We hope that you do!

Is there a theme?  This is up to your local organiser, so see the event page to check.

Are there any ‘rules’?  NO, this is your opportunity to say what you want, however we have some guidelines:

  • Make sure it is ‘child friendly!’
  • If you are using music outside, get your neighbours blessing, this event was designed to make people happy…
  • Please ensure the safety of your own front area on the night as it will be dark.
  • Send photos of your display to your organiser after for the gallery.
  • Make sure that you get a chance to ENJOY the Wanderland, making a display this is NOT something to stress about.
  • If you do not get to make what you planned, don’t take yourself off the map, just open your curtains and pop a sign in the window saying ‘Ran out of time’, life goes on and no one will judge you!

Will anyone come into my house?  No, this is an outdoor trail. People will have a map with participating houses and look in as they pass.

Why did you name it ‘Window Wanderland’?
It was an idea that came in the Winter, and the song ‘Winter Wonderland’ was probably around. It was logical to call it Window Wonderland, until she was told that sounded like a Window Company, so Wanderland was born! However, plenty of people, even her own husband, calls it ‘Winter Wonderland’ many times, at the end of the day it does not matter as long as people enjoy it!