Hanging of the Greens more spectacular than ever

Strands of garland on the porches of buildings on Front Campus.

Hanging of the Greens more spectacular than ever

Georgia College & State University’s popular “Hanging of the Greens”—HOG as it’s affectionately nicknamed—started 15 years ago with a simple garland and wreaths on Front Campus buildings.

During Hanging of the Greens, students, faculty, staff and community residents come together to decorate Front Campus. Former Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Bruce Harshbarger, started the tradition with a ceremony sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). HOG is now a collaboration between the President’s office, Student Life and the SGA.

Over the years, additional adornments, music and refreshments were included—even a gingerbread house contest prior to COVID-19.

But this year promises to be bigger and grander than ever.

“Last year, we had about 150 people come out to enjoy Hanging of the Greens, which is open to the public,” said Kristy Johnson, director of student activities and organizations. “We expect even more this year.”

University President Cathy Cox asked that Front Campus be made to look more festive—so, for the first time, there will be an 18-ft., fully-lit tree. Visitors can stroll under a 300-ft arched tunnel of lights leading along a walkway to the center of Front Campus. Extra lights will be added to garlands and all buildings.

This year’s Hanging of the Greens was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30. Due to inclement weather, the event has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 1. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with the ceremony at 6:15 p.m.

Come hang out with Santa, the Bobcat mascot Thunder and dogs from the local shelter. There’ll be cookie decorating, ornament painting, a s’mores bar and music by Wesley Foundation and the Georgia College Music Department.

For more information, please call 478-445-7867.

Updated: 2022-11-28
Kristy Johnson
((47)-8) -445-
Student Life, Office of