Hello Neighbors!

The Eastside Neighborhood Association invites you to walk around the neighborhood to view holiday-decorated windows, light displays, and decorated yards/porches.  The event is the Eastside Neighborhood Winter Walkabout and the theme is Hope.”

You can find the Google Map here. If you have suggests or want to nominate a display not on the map, contact us (details at end of this post).

Everyone can participate!

There are three different categories in which prizes will be awarded;

  1. Painted Windows (which have been done in our neighborhood sporadically over the past 20 years)
  2. Holiday Lights (someone needs to pick up the void left by OlyLights skipping a year!)
  3. Decorated Yards and Porches (with or without lights, but more than just lights)

If you are not going to enter one of these categories, you can still vote for your favorites!

Painted Windows

Please consider decorating one or more of your windows prior to the December 16th.  You can use tempera paint (washes off easily), paper, or any other means to reflect the “Hope.” theme. Think about reflecting the positive aspects of our neighborhood and this year’s holidays. Decorating your window may be a fun thing to do prior to the December holidays. And it will help improve the quality and togetherness of our neighborhood.

You can check out photos of windows decorated by neighbors in past years here: https://eastside-olympia.org/projects/winter-window-walkabout/

And there’s a Pinterest page that has lots of information on window painting: Window Painting Information

You may also like to use paper to decorate your window.

And here’s a link to photos of holiday decorated windows on Pinterest: Holiday Window Painting

If you are a window decorating expert, you can share advice on Nextdoor our ENA Facebook page or volunteer to help decorate somebody’s window.

Holiday Lights

We can pretty much all agree we love a good holiday light display. There are a quite a few regulars in our neighborhood that have large displays, inflatables and in between. They literally bring some dazzle in to our bleak winter evenings!

Decorated Yards and Porches

This is a category that is not only lights, but something a little extra. Whether it be a nice display of a publicly viewable Christmas tree, but remember there are many reasons for the season! There are multiple religious holidays this time of year, bring them all out and show the diversity of our great neighborhood.


We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding prizes to participants. We will also award a prize to a random voter! Your neighbors will be the jury and vote for the winners in each category.

If you wish to officially submit for prize consideration and to be put on the map we will need the following from you;

  • Your name (Family name will do)
  • Email address
  • Location/Address of display (any special instructions, e.g. Window top left corner of house)
  • Category you are submitting for
  • Optional: name of display

The information will be used on the map. This year this will also double as a voting slip. Details for submitting will be on the form. Voting will start from December 16th continue through the end of December.

If you choose to decorate your location, please provide your address through Nextdoor or send it to Nathan Allan ([email protected]) or Roger Horn ([email protected]) by December 15th.  We will use addresses (not names) to create a map of decorated locations. You may also contact Roger or Nathan if you have questions or suggestions about the event. 

Hope you will participate in this event and have a fun time walking around our neighborhood this winter!