Windowland trail lights up the winter

December 22 2020


HUNDREDS of people are transforming their front windows into bright, colourful Christmas displays to brighten the Downend area after a dark year.
The Winter Windowland Trail has been set up by residents Nikki Holmes and Josie Vinyard – and has had an incredible response from people across the area.
Nikki and Josie formed a Facebook group asking residents to decorate their windows with creative festive scenes and include their addresses in a festive trail, which people can follow on the weekend before Christmas.
Residents of Downend, Staple Hill and Bromley Heath were invited to take part, and the group has also gathered members from Mangotsfield, Fishponds, Frenchay, Emersons Green and Kingswood, with almost 700 joining the Facebook group.
As the Voice went to print more than 100 people had submitted entries, with imaginations running wild to create everything from snowstorms, nativity scenes and stained glass windows to a Toy Story Christmas party. 'More entries are very welcome' to: Anyone who would like to include their window on the map should contact the group on Facebook, or email, by December 12.
Nikki said: "We are two local mums with young families, who moved to Downend when our children were babies and later became friends at the school gates.
"We were inspired to create a pumpkin trail earlier in the year after seeing a post from a creative arts group on Facebook. Following the success of this trail, and with the realisation that lots of festive family events were going to be cancelled this year, we decided to take on a winter trail and started the Winter Windowland Trail group.
"We have approached shops and businesses and even care homes to try to include everyone in the local community in this event, and to hopefully help people feel a bit more connected to each other at this difficult time."
After the creations are all submitted and the trail map finished, it will be made available for people to follow the trail around the area on the weekend of December 19 to 20.
As well as brightening up the run-up to Christmas, Nikki and Josie want to try and help people in need this winter by asking those following the trail to make a donation to the North Bristol Foodbank when they download a trail map, and asking window creators to donate food.
To find out more about the trail and how to download a map, search for The Downend and Staple Hill Winter Windowland Trail on Facebook.
Donations can be made at
Paper trail maps will be available from December 15 at Mel's Kitchen in Downend or The Card Shop and Bunch Florist in Staple Hill, in return for a small donation to the appeal.