To bring some festive sparkle to dark winter nights, houses and business across Levenshulme are decorating their windows. From 1st – 24th December you can use our map to create your own free, fairy lit, socially distanced, trail(s) to wander. Each window will be lit up from 5.30pm each evening with scenes, trees, lights….even….the Levy/Leve Llama!!
If you are inspired by the sparkle, you can join our map at any time during December. Local businesses are welcome too, we can link to your website from the map, share any offers and so forth. To be on the map email Jen (Jenrobrien@gmail.com).
*****BIG NEWS!!!***** Official Levenshulme Community Christmas Windows launch party Thursday 2nd December, 11-5pm in Cringle Park with the fantastic GroundedMCR! Hot chocolate (boozy choc too) and treats will be available to kick off our sparkly trails 🙂
We are an environmentally aware bunch. Most of the windows have been made using up or recycled materials. Please walk or cycle the route, if possible. We are volunteers. We are not fundraising, or an events team, we can’t take any responsibility for you as you wander the trail. We are just aiming to light up Leve/y in dark times. We ask everyone to wander the trail respecting the Covid safety measures recommended by the government. Please view the windows from the pavement (not drives or gardens) to respect privacy whilst appreciating the artwork. Thank you.
And spread the word!!
Our sparkly story….
This is the fourth year of Levenshulme Community Christmas Windows. It is a variation on the living Advent calendars, a community art project that originated in Sweden. Normally, Twenty four houses, hubs and businesses in Levenshulme decorate and illuminate their windows with festive decorations in December. The location of each window was revealed daily via an interactive map. The reveals have been accompanied by music, treats, or co-constructed artwork. As more windows are revealed this creates a lovely fairy lit trail to wander across Levenshulme.
As we were plunged into lockdown we had to do things differently. There are no reveals and no numbers but there was EVEN more sparkle with over 130 windows lit up across Levenshulme (let’s face it, there wasn’t much else to do!). The trails actually offered more freedom, especially as people could join us during December but with the on going uncertainty, it made sense to keep things flexible with the trails – nobody wants Covid for Christmas.