How to Decorate a Christmas in New York Themed Tree

December 6, 2018

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Bring the wonderful feeling of Christmastime in New York City into your home, no matter where you live, with a Christmas in New York themed tree!

By now, I’m sure your Christmas tree is up or you’re planning on getting yours very, very soon.  Today, I wanted to share our merry and bright NYC themed Christmas tree.  I love coming up with new themes for our Christmas tree each year.  Last year, our Christmas tree had a Narnia/White Witch theme.  It was icy white and silver with touches you find in an enchanted forest.  I even managed to snag a lion ornament that reminded me of Aslan

This year, I opted to bring the theme a little closer to home.  Being just a train ride away from the city, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Christmas in New York on multiple occasions.

I’ve been lucky enough to see the window displays, visit the tree at Rockefeller Center, and I’ve seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular more than once.  It’s my favorite time of year to be in New York.  If it’s even possible, the city seems even more animated and alive during Christmastime.  I wanted to bring some of that magic into home this holiday.

This year, I did my very best to make our Christmas tree Christmas in New York themed.  Since there’s so much to see and do in the city, it was almost “anything goes” when it came to this theme.  But I wanted to emphasize the holiday feel with classic New York City symbolism.

This theme kind of got started because of this ornament. I picked it up after the Christmas Spectacular a couple years ago. It’s my first and only ornament from the city, but I love it.  Especially the toy soldiers at the bottom!  It’s one of my favorite parts of the show. 

If you haven’t seen the Christmas Spectacular, it’s definitely worth seeing at least once!   I’d love to go again simply because each year it seems like they bring new technology into the show.  This year, they’ve added drones!

Similar ornament: Double-Sided Rockette Soldiers

I found this NYC ornament this year at a craft store.  It’s just obvious.  If anyone ever questions the theme of our tree, we just have to point to that ornament!

The fun part about this tree is that I got to add some foodie ornaments to it! You can’t wander the city without a coffee cup in hand. The first time I had a peppermint mocha from Starbucks was in the city.  It may have been the first time I discovered the holiday menu at Starbucks!  

And, of course, you’ve got to have a big slice of New York slice pizza.  Hot and cheesy, there’s nothing better!  I have a bunch of other foodie ornaments on our tree including doughnuts, a hot dog, a burger, a pretzel, ice cream, and a cupcake.  They’re all great bites you can find in the city!

Similar ornaments: Coffee To Go, Pizza Slice

I have a couple alcoholic beverages hanging from the tree, as well. There’s a glass of white wine and this Cosmopolitan.  Not only is it a delicious cocktail, it quickly became the signature drink of Sex and the City, one of my all-time favorite shows!

No matter how many times I go into the city, I still feel like a tourist. There’s just always something new to discover! So I added a camera ornament to give a nod to the crazy amount of tourism happening in NYC.

Similar ornament: Camera

I’ve had this ice skate ornament for a few years now. It fits the theme.  I’ve never been skating in Rockefeller Center (mainly because I’m not a big fan of ice skating).  But I’ve been to the rink and I’ve seen the tree.  It was pretty, but the year I went, I remember being really underwhelmed by it!  Still, it’s a Christmas classic when you go into the city during the holidays.

Similar ornament: White Ice Skate

This last ornament I’m sharing has some big NYC symbolism that might not seem so obvious at first.  My little disco ball represents the NYE ball that drops in Times Square.  We leave our tree up until the first week of January.  So it’s fitting to have a little send-off to this year.

Similar ornament: Silver Hanging Ball

So what do you think?  How did I do with our Christmas in New York tree?  I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  And, guys, I’ve actually started thinking about next year’s theme already, if you can believe it!


Have you ever been to New York during Christmastime?


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  • Reply Douglaston December 4, 2022 at 9:54 PM

    Hello….do you have the box for the Rockefeller Center ornament ? I’m trying to figure out what year it was. Thank You.

    • Reply Jessica December 5, 2022 at 6:56 AM

      I will have to find it, but I do believe that I have the box. I’ll get back to you on this.

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