Decorating a tree is as individual a decision as figuring out what constitutes an ugly Christmas sweater. Put another way: beauty is in the eye of the trimmer. At the stores below, you’ll find a huge selection of ornaments, bows, lights, and accoutrements for your tree, however you’d like it to look. By Jessica Allen.
Authentiques Past and Present
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 include Santas, snowmen, animals, angels, and veggies. Yes, veggies.
The Christmas Cottage
The Christmas Cottage covers your Christmas needs, offering just about everything, from Angry Bird ornaments to nutcrackers, tree skirts to stockings, and hats to garlands. For more than 25 years, the aisles of this midtown emporium have boasted a huge assortment of specialty ornaments, which let you create such themed trees as “Tuscan wine,” “gold and ivory,” and, our favorite, “New York City.” Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Always Christmas in the City
Christmas in New York is certainly a magical time, full of lavishly decorated windows, brightly lit trees, and bushy wreaths adorning homes and business alike. Open year-round, It’s Always Christmas in the City seeks to keep the holiday spirit alive the other 364 days a year. As much as we like the selection here (and there’s a lot to like), we really love the customizable ornaments, which let you personalize your tree by memorializing an occasion or celebrating a loved one.
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.
NYBG Shop in the Garden
The New York Botanical Garden’s Shop in the Garden is an excellent source of classy decor, including fir-flavored fragrance and plant-bedecked dishware. Here you’ll find glittering sunflowers, golden squirrels, and glossy kingfishers, as well as lots of ornaments related to the garden’s beloved Holiday Train Show. At this annual event, miniature trains speed around replicas of New York City landmarks made from bark, twigs, seeds, and other plant material. It must be seen to be believed, and it is spectacular.