Hillsboro Wishing Tree

October 1-31 annually | #hillsborowishes | #hillsborodeseos

The Hillsboro Wishing Tree, is a weeping Camperdown elm at the northwest corner of Main Street and NE 2nd Avenue in Downtown. But it’s more than just a tree, it is a place of unity where community comes together to share wishes and hopes for the future. It is both a community building activity and an artistic demonstration during the month of October (Hillsboro Arts Month).

A group of Downtown volunteers are bringing an international tradition to Downtown Hillsboro and giving it a Hillsboro spin that brings community together. This initiative is a spinoff of the Hillsboro Downtown Together Steering Committee, a collaboration of organizations, businesses, and individuals who share a passion for making Downtown Hillsboro a better place.


Volunteers, community organizations, and businesses will be hosting feeds and posting vidoes either from the Wishing Tree or a location where wishes are being created to later hang on the tree. Please like and follow the page to keep up to date and inspired by this community act of love!

Wishing Tree on Facebook


We wanted to ensure that everyone in our community has a chance to participate in the Wishing Tree this year, so below is a link to a tag that you can print at home, fill out, and drop by to tie on the tree when no one else is around. We always welcome unique, homemade wish tags and art too! If you aren’t comfortable venturing Downtown this year, create your own wishes and post them to social media using #hillsborowishes or #hillsborodeseos. 

Wishing Tree Tag (PDF)


INVITING FRIENDS: We’ve created a Facebook page so that you share your Wishing Tree experiences with others in our community!

PARKING: There is plenty of street parking Downtown after the workforce goes home for the evening. A sure bet, is one of the City lots off of 2nd Avenue. They are located:

  • At the SE corner of SE 2nd Avenue and SE Washington Street.
  • On the south side of the Hillsboro Civic Center, on SE Washington Street between SE 1st and 2nd Avenues.
  • On the west side of NE 2nd Avenue, mid-block between NE Lincoln and Jackson Streets.

AFTER OCTOBER: When October is over, the wishes will be respectfully removed and given a second life of some sort. Please follow #downtownhillsboro on social media or watch for updates to see where all our wishes will end up next.

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION: Many Downtown businesses have eagerly signed on to be part of this community initiative, as you will see from the signs in their windows and the wish stations in their shops. If you are a business and would like to support the event, please email [email protected]. Here are some materials with more details and to download and share the initiative on social media.