Hampshire House to Hold Annual BHCA Garlands & Greens
Posted on: November 25, 2016


On Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, the holidays come alive each year in traditional décor with festive floral garlands and bright red bows to line the streets and decorate the town’s 1,100 historic gas lamps. This year marks the 21st season that Thomas A. Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House, sponsors this event. Prior to 1995, the local shop-owners decorated the Hill. Since then the community has embraced this recent tradition and increased self-led efforts to decorate Beacon Hill each year.


In total, the annual effort to decorate Beacon Hill involves 1,100 gas lamp posts, 2,680 yards of garlands, 2,400 red bows, over 100 volunteers, over 200 sponsors, 20 ladders, and the entire community. Businesses and individuals can help by attending the Garlands & Greens event on Wednesday, November 16. Additional support includes pole sponsorship, where businesses or individuals can sponsor a gas lit lamppost and garland. The total cost to decorate all 1,100 poles is $14,000. Pole sponsorship starts at $30 per pole, and multiple poles can be sponsored by one individual or business. More information can be found on the BHCA website.


To raise funds for the seasonal decorations, the Beacon Hill Civic Association holds a gala event, the BHCA Garlands & Greens, a Holiday Gathering. In addition to access to the lovely turn-of-the-century mansion of Hampshire House, the event includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and prize drawings. This year we are excited to have live music performed by local jazz musicians Lisa Macalaster and Richard Pierce.

The annual tradition of decorating historic Beacon Hill with traditional floral garlands and festive red bows takes the community to produce, and gives back so much to the community. The decorations are a beacon to the city, and bring in visitors to our community to view our efforts, buy gifts in our shops and dine in our establishments. It is a tradition that the BHCA and the community are proud to nurture each year.


Decorating Days on Beacon Hill have become a community effort, which includes raising funds for the garlands and bows, as well as assembling and putting up those garlands and bows on our cherished gas lamps lining the streets all over the hill. This year decorating days will take place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 by BHCA and the community. After the season there will be Undecorating Days on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 where volunteers meet for a pancake breakfast at the Hampshire House before taking to the streets of Beacon Hill to take down the garlands and bows that brought so much cheer to the holiday season.


Full Event Schedule and Sponsorship Information: