Houses and apartments throughout New York are beginning to decorate for Christmas. Whether people are looking for ornaments, a new Christmas tree or decorations, there are countless places to shop. With the countdown to Christmas in full gear, here are some of the best Christmas stores in the area. By John Friia/Jessica Allen
Authentiques Past and Present
255 West 18th Street
New York, NY
At Authentiques Past and Present, everything is for sale, as it has been for going on four decades. While this overstuffed Chelsea shop specializes in collectible kitsch from the 1950s and 1960s, it has a legendary collection of vintage New York City postcards. Once you’ve finished browsing those, turn your attention to the holiday extravaganza, a veritable wonderland of lights, colors, and razzle-dazzle. Ornaments are sold all-year-round.
House of Holiday
90-02 Atlantic Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11416
There is no shortage of Christmas decorations and ornaments at House of Holiday, located in southern Queens. The 35,000-square-foot bi-level wonderland is one of the largest holiday stores in the city. From the large selection of live and artificial Christmas trees, to an endless selection of decorations, people will find themselves strolling through the themed rooms and discover holiday treasures. Offering pictures with Santa, House of Holiday brings the joy of Christmas to everyone.
Christmas And City
With a locations in Little Italy, Fifth Avenue and Midtown, people can choose their favorite ornaments from an enormous selection at Christmas and City. Carrying more than 15,000 Christmas products, the store is an authorized seller of Radko, Kurt S. Adler and Department 56. Shoppers also have the chance to personalize ornaments for special gifts and keepsakes.
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY
OK, OK, it’s not like New York City has a monopoly on Macy’s. You can find one in practically every mall around the U.S. But the city does have the world’s largest Macy’s, which surely counts for something, and said store includes an enormous holiday display. And guess who you’ll find nestled among the 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village, replete with tinsel, candy canes, and sparkle? Santa himself. Prepare for your visit by watching Miracle on 34th Street, the holiday classic set in this very store.
Christmas Shoppe at The Milleridge Inn
585 North Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753
Spanning nearly 350 years, The Milleridge Inn boasts a quaint village of various shops, including The Christmas Shoppe. The year-round store brings the spirit of the season every day of the year, offering a vast selection of Santas, an assortment of ornaments, nativities, nutcrackers, gingerbread houses and more holiday home décor.
Fortunoff Backyard Store
An iconic home furnishing brand throughout the Tri-state area, Fortunoff has reopened as Fortunoff Backyard Store. The seasonal retailer brings the holiday season to their 27 locations by offering a selection of Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments and outdoor decorations. With stunningly decorated trees, people will find it hard to resist buying all the holiday decorations they see.
871 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Spreading holiday cheer for over 30 years, The Christmas Cottage is one of the oldest holiday stores in the city and a destination for Christmas decorations. As people step inside this Midtown store, they will feel like they are transported to the North Pole. With an array of nutcrackers, snow globes, ornaments and home décor, The Christmas Cottage has everything related to Christmas.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. Jessica Allen is a New York City-based writer.