Winter Wanderland gave a window into people’s imaginations

Winter Wanderland winning window - Good King Wenceslas PNL-150812-151707001
Winter Wanderland winning window - Good King Wenceslas PNL-150812-151707001

A walking trail to take in streets of decorated houses proved to be a big success as an area of Bedford had its very own lights “switch on”.

Residents in the Black Tom area set up their first Winter Wanderland by decorating their windows with lights, arts and crafts.

More than 40 homes took part while the viewers wandered around enjoying mulled wine and gingerbread, and raising money for charity.

Organiser Katrina Allen said the displays showed off people’s imaginations, with one resident offering people the chance to spy on Santa at home in his living room getting ready for the big day.

The idea for the Winter Wanderland came after the area hosted a Jumble trail in the summer, where people set up stalls in their front gardens.

Katrina said: “People loved the Jumble Trail so much they wanted another in the winter, but we felt the weather really wouldn’t be on our side! A neighbour, Erica Roffe, spotted Window Wanderland on social media, and we realised immediately that Black Tom would embrace such a beautiful community led event in the run up to Christmas.”

Park Road Methodist Church opened their doors to offer wanderers tea, coffee and mince pies, while The Burnaby Arms provided music and entertainment, featuring the crowd pleasing Red Cuthbert Morris and the chance for people to vote for their favourite display.

Residents Jules and Cath took first place with their intricate display of “Good King Wenceslas”. The prize was a family ticket for a cruise on board the John Bunyan Community Boat, courtesy of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterways Enterprise.

The Original Window Wanderland was held in Bristol last year.