Top Spots For Holiday Decoration Shopping In Connecticut

November 20, 2012 6:00 AM

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christmasdecorations Top Spots For Holiday Decoration Shopping In Connecticut

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If you are celebrating your first Christmas in your own space or would like to add an item or two to your decorations, the list below will help. Decorating with lights for the front porch or a wreath for the door will welcome your guests with holiday cheer. Once inside, candles and stockings or angels and Santas can help set the mood. With the tree as your centerpiece, let the shops below guide you in decorating it.

The Historical Christmas Barn 
150 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 761-8777
www.historicalchristmasbarn.comThe Historical Christmas Barn is located at Lambert house. You will find gifts and ornaments from the world over. The shop is set in a mid-1850’s barn among several other restored antique buildings. A few Christmas decorations the store carries include Christina’s World ornaments, Egyptian glass, Fontanini Italian Nativity pieces, German nutcrackers and smoking men, Italian angels by Cascini Designs, Lynn Haney Santas, Patience Brewster, The Whimsical Whittler and Wilhelm Schweitzer Pewter. If you are looking for string lights and flameless candles, they can be found here also. Stop by this enchanted village and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

Christmas Barn Essex
4 Griswold Square
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-1181
www.christmasbarnessex.comDo you need a topper for your tree? Christmas Barn Essex carries angels, glass and Victorian tree toppers. Belsnickel brass bells, beeswax candles, Kurt Adler collection Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers and tree skirts, NYCO Cloisonne ornaments, Robin Reed Christmas crackers and Troutman Originals Santa figures are only some of the decorations you will find here. If you are looking for a baby or wedding ornament, you will enjoy the selection. The shop is located across from the Griswold Inn.

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Home At Last
71 Mill Rock Road E.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(203) 430-3934
This is a Christmas tree shop as well as a craft shop. This will be its first Christmas in Old Saybrook as Home At Last has moved from the store’s original location in Deep River. Home At Last is a home craft country store. You will find handcrafts and Christmas decorations, as well as furniture decorated in the look and charm of an old rustic New England Christmas store. The antiques and decorations are in the primitive style that they call “primitiques.”

G and L Christmas Barn 
181 Brick Top Road
Windham, CT 06280
(860) 456-1154
www.gandlcountrybarn.comG and L Christmas Barn is housed in a 14-room barn with over 20,000 items on display. Come browse the rooms decorated in Christmas displays. The Dept 56 landscape village is all set up to be viewed, enjoyed and purchased. This spot has items from Christmas in the City, Dickens Village, Snow Village, New England, North Pole and other Dept 56 themes. If collectible ornaments are on your list, this shop has them. The colorful, porcelain animals are tied up with bows, sledding with friends or juggling presents and any of them will bring joy to the season. This is a magical place to visit and you will find old-fashioned customer service.

The Christmas Barn 
835 Route 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
(860) 928-7652
www.thechristmasbarn.comKris and Joe are the proprietors of The Christmas Barn located in the northeast corner of Connecticut. Everything and anything Christmas fills this barn. The shop has been celebrating Christmas since 1965. It has a boutique assortment of candles, wreaths, ornaments and Old World glass, collectibles and other holiday decorative touches. There are 12 rooms of wandering enjoyment in this 1795 barn. Check the website for Christmas events and December festivities held at the shop.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at