West End Lights is only possible because of you, our Illuminators. Whether you are an experienced illuminator in WEL or somebody who has only recently moved into the area, you are welcome to be part of this unique community experience.

What is West End Lights?

Lincoln’s annual home grown pop-up festival of light not only takes to the streets but lights them up too!

Front windows become cinema screens, shadow puppets step out of the darkness and light sculptures bloom in West End gardens. It’s created entirely by volunteers, local residents both old and new and shines for one night only each year.

It started in 2010 when a few houses shone out across the icy snow that held the city in its wintry grip that year. Since then it has grown and now over 60 houses, schools and the church get involved. It’s even sparked similar festivals in Tunbridge Wells, London and Toronto.

Its heart though is here in the West End of Lincoln city where each year images flicker from houses, projections creep up walls and lights bud and open in roadside trees.

It’s become a unique local tradition when residents wrap up warm to gather on street corners to marvel at their neighbours’ creations and surprised passersby stop in their tracks to look again at the trickery of light that has magically appeared out of the darkness in front of them.

This year we are were originally set to glow on Friday 4th December 2020, but the COVID-19 lockdown and tier restrictions in England required us to cancel the event in its usual shape and form. An event that lives from people coming together to marvel at the illuminated west end this one night of the year simply is too risky to take place in the current situation. However, as we are all hungry for some lights of hope and joy, we want to encourage the great people of the Lincoln west end to still illuminate this year’s January with their creativity, positivity and ideas. Not just for one night, but for this month. Maybe scale down your installations, just leave your Christmas lights on for longer, shine some colours into the night, put up your projection if you still can at some evenings, decorate your window with messages of hope and gratitude. Let’s make this month bright, and put a smile on dwellers of the west end who go about their safe walks around our neighbourhood.

What do I have to do to become an active part of it?

In January 2021, despite the cancellation of that one special night due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we set out to still shine a light in the west end from the windows of our houses. Everybody can join in and there is no need to register. Just get creative and make our neighbourhood a brighter and joyful place. However, if you want to be in the loop about activities and news now and also for December 2021 when he will return even brighter and bigger, simply register below to be signed up to our illuminators mailing list, to receive all the updates in preparation for this and all coming West End Lights. The only requirement: You have access to a house in the Lincoln Westend to illuminate. Once you have registered below, you’ll soon receive a welcome email from the organising team.

    I have been an illuminator before (just so we know if you have some experience and can direct our support)I confirm I have a house in the area of West End Lights to illuminate (please ask in the "other details" if you are unsure)