STREETS OF LIGHT
The Streets of Light initiative first ran in Sheffield in 2017, and is held every year over the October half term holiday that coincides with Halloween. This year over 400 houses, shops and churches are taking part!
As Christians we believe that God is good and all good things come from him. However, for many people the week of Halloween is not associated with things that are good - some people in our neighbourhoods are scared to open their doors; shops and homes are decorated with frightening images; and things which are evil are wrongly portrayed as ‘good.’
Jesus came to change and transform society and culture and declared,
‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.’
As Christians we are called to be part of Jesus' great transformation plan, to share his light, and to join him in doing good. We want people to get involved with the Streets of Light Trail to be part of making that change and transformation in our communities - turning streets of darkness and fear into streets of light, love and hope - and asking others to join with us as we do this.
If you would like some inspiration for how to decorate your window, do check out some examples from previous years below.
HOW CAN I FIND THE WINDOWS?
From Monday 26th October to Sunday 1st November, the windows will be lit up from 4.30-9.30pm each evening. All you need to do is head out with family or friends (in groups of 6!), and try and spot as many as you can!
You can access our interactive map below – this shows the location of all the windows right across the country! Just head out with your phone and make up your own route.
Or you can download and print a trail map of a particular area – maybe you could do a different area each evening?!
View our interactive map here
Trail maps - Sheffield:
- Birley Spa
- Broomhill & lower Crookes
- Crookes 1
- Crookes 2 & Crookesmoor
- Crosspool, Sandygate & Lodge Moor
- Endcliffe & Ecclesall
- Fox Hill
- Hillsborough & Wadsley
- Page Hall, Fir Vale & Firth Park
- Wadsley & Middlewood
- Walkley & Lower Walkley
Trail maps - other towns/cities:
There are also lit windows in Lincoln, Abingdon & Nuneham Courtenay (Oxfordshire), Sturminster Newton (Dorset), Lynton (Devon), Altrincham, Wakefield, Barnby Dun, and more. Loughborough has its own Streets of Light project too.
During the week, please share pictures on social media of your displays or other windows you come across as you walk round the trails, using the hashtag #streetsoflight
Here are some examples of past window displays: