Old School goes New School.
Old tradition, fresh JOY!
The attire might have changed over the past 100 years but the
joy of joining friends on Christmas Eve to hear the pealing English handbells ringing out across Louisburg Square has not.
Come enjoy the nostalgia.
Be sure to bring your youthful enthusiasm, your holiday cheer and perhaps a flask of hot-cocoa
HISTORIC HANDBELLS TO ENCHANT BEACON HILL
FOR 94TH YEAR ON CHRISTMAS EVE
All Are Invited to Sing Christmas Carols to the Pealing of Handbells
at the steps of 13 Louisburg Square
Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, December 24 -- This Christmas Eve, the signing of Christmas carols to the pealing of English handbells will echo throughout Beacon Hill for the 94th year. The Beacon Hill Bell Ringers will delight those gathering with traditional Christmas favorites performed on the original handbells. The program begins at 8:00pm on December, 24th on the front steps of 13 Louisburg Square. All are welcome for free. The Ringers will hand out song books and to accompany the singing of “Jingle Bells,” sleigh bells will be given to children. Dress warmly and bring a small light to read the songbook.
The tradition began in 1924 with Margaret Nichols Shurcliff, who was raised at 55 Mount Vernon St., which is currently home to the Nichols House Museum. On Christmas Eve of that year, Margaret and her children, including her youngest daughter, nine-year-old Alice, rang Christmas carols in front of their home, then, joined by a joyful gathering of neighbors, strolled the streets of Beacon Hill ringing carols. This celebration grew in such popularity that Margaret’s family has continued for many years, passing bell ringing down to new generations. Some of her grandchildren still observe the Christmas Eve ringing on Louisburg Square, the perennial home of this tradition on Beacon Hill.