Turn your street into a Festive Street

Festive Streets is brought you by the team behind our Playing Out project. Click here to see our photo gallery of the 2020 winter project.

See photos of the Festive Streets 2020 project

Decorate the windows on your street.

The project encourages neighbours like you in St Albans, Harpenden and the villages to decorate the windows on your street during the winter Festive Season, enabling you to celebrate as a community in a contact-free way and bring cheer to your neighbourhood.

Co-ordinate with your neighbours

In its simplest form, neighbours volunteer to decorate a street-facing window of their home and co-ordinate with each other to agree a timetable and a theme.  Neighbours might take it in turns to decorate windows on different days during an agreed period e.g. 2 weeks or 1 month. Smaller streets might decide to decorate their windows all on the same day.

Festive classrooms or office blocks too

The Festive Street concept could equally be applied to school classroom windows, an office block or a parade of shops.

Involve all your neighbours

All the neighbours in a street are invited to join in with Festive Streets – whether they choose to decorate a window or simply enjoy the displays.

Keep it simple or go to town

The project is run at street level and you can decide for yourselves whether you keep it simple or go the full hog – perhaps raising money for charity or choosing a more ambitious theme.

Keep it sustainable and safe

Please use sustainable, recycled materials wherever possible and minimise energy usage, particularly on lights. If you do use lights, please avoid flashing lights as these can adversely impact some people. Please remember that all activities must be Covid-safe. 

Check out our blog “Decorate Your Windows”

For ideas about how to decorate a window, read our new blog here.

Sign up for a free information pack

If you are interested in turning your street into a Festive Street this winter, sign up now for a free electronic information pack. The pack includes inspiration and ideas, plus templates of notes that you could share with your neighbours to get you started.

All you need to do is click on this link to sign up via our Google Form.  We will send you the electronic information pack in the next few days in the form of an email.

There is no charge (this is a community project!), no commitment and it doesn’t matter whether anyone else has already signed up on your street. The more the merrier!

Send us your window photos

Festive Streets aims to gather as many images as possible of lovely decorated windows from across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages.

Please do send us your photos. If you have a google account, you can upload your photos using our photo google form.  Alternatively, send the photos to us by email to playingout@sustainablestalbans.org. Please let us have your name, street name and anyone you need the photos to be credited to.

Share our Festive Streets posters

Enjoy our colouring poster

Find out more about Playing Out

Thanks for reading about our Festive Streets project. Why not click here and visit our Playing Out page to find out all about how to close your road so children can play and adults can mingle (once we’re allowed to again!)

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