Light up New Mills – 2020

This September we’re planning to light up the whole of New Mills for an entire weekend by transforming our streets into magical, illuminated galleries! But we need your help…

‘Light up New Mills’ – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September will be a weekend of creativity that everyone can take part in by lighting up their homes, shops, gardens and businesses. Light Up New Mills will bring the spirit of the Lantern Procession into our homes with an all-people-friendly, window-display-based walking trail for people to explore on foot, to see new places, or to see familiar places in a new way.

When we realised that it wasn’t going to be possible to put on the Lantern Procession this year, we knew there would be a lot of disappointed people in September not least the festival team as we all look forward to the annual Lantern Procession. So, we put on our thinking caps and challenged ourselves to come up with an idea that we could all safely take part in that would be equally spectacular. And we think we’ve done it!

We’re sure you will all have lots of ideas on how to light up and decorate your windows, here’s some of ours:  hang up your old willow and paper lanterns, turn your windows into shadow screens or works of art using coloured paper and paint. Hang up fairy lights on their own or in bottles and jars. Or just put a light in your window and you too can be part of Light Up New Mills! Then take a tour around the town and see your neighbourhood in a new creative light! Remember to share your photos using the hashtag #LightUpNewMills.

Between now and the big weekend, we’ll be sharing some ideas of how to decorate and illuminate your home or business using everyday materials such as fairy lights, cardboard and crepe paper. You can also find more information and instructions here…

How To Make A Display

Ideas and Downloadable Templates

Many thanks to Window Wanderland and Lucy Reeves Kahn for all the help and sharing your expertise!

Light Up New Mills has been made possible with the support of Councillors Alan Barrow & Ian Huddlestone High Peak Borough Councillors Initiative Fund.

For news and updates follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and if you want to get involved or have any questions e-mail us at or contact us via social media.

Our interactive google map (below) shows the locations taking part.

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