The days are getting shorter, the nights longer.

In just a few weeks, it will be the winter equinox, so let’s light up Newhaven as the skies darken.

Edinburgh has already quietly switched on its lights without all the usual pomp and ceremony, including a wonderful rainbow on The Mound.

Down here in Newhaven, let’s go one better. Let’s decorate as many windows as we can with bright, glowing pictures and fill the neighbourhood with colour in the run-up to Christmas. Let’s all get creative and make it a display to remember!

Local artist Johnathan Elders has been working with HoN to create a project that is simple to follow and will have a colourful, festive impact to bring everybody together with pride in Newhaven, a sense of unity and achievement and above all, fun. We’re all in this together, so let’s share our sense of place and enjoyment of the season.

Check out Johnathan’s example  and follow the simple instructions. Get started as soon as you can so that we can see those windows light up. All you need to have on hand to get creative is given in the instructions and it’s something all the family can participate in, whatever the age.


Don’t forget to let us know that you’re participating.

We can create a trail to follow once we know where the windows are.

You could create a festive picture of a snowman or an angel (think what you could do with those wings) , or a Christmas tree (covered in coloured baubles). You could think out of the box and go for a Giant Panda or a dinosaur, or if the inspiration doesn’t come, then follow Johnathan’s example: what better symbol of the community than the Newhaven lighthouse.

It lights up the sky.

Let us light up our streets.


Thanks also to Charlie from Men's Shed for helping with this project. He made the lightboxes currently creating such a brilliant display on the railings of Victoria Primary School.