West End Lights 2023 took place on 1 December 2023, 6-9 pm!
We’ll return in 2024 on
6/12/2024, 6 pm – 9 pm
If you want to become an active member in 2024, read our Illuminators page to join our mailing list already (if you’re not yet on it).
What is West End Lights?
Lincoln West End Lights is one night in the year when we turn the front of our houses into film screens and light up the streets with images, moving shadows and short films to delight and enchant residents and surprised passersby.
It started on a cold winter’s night in December 2010. The West End of Lincoln was unusually quiet. Its streets closed to traffic because of a deep covering of snow but from nine houses lights shone out into the winter’s night. Those who braved the ice and cold saw an angel flying in York Avenue and a Lincolnshire Boggart hiding his treasures in Moor Street.
In 2011 films, shadow plays, lanterns and words glowed from 26 houses. Families collected on corners to watch shoals of fish dancing, stories unfolding before them and fleeting images from Lincoln’s past appear and melt away.
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