Top Spots For Unique Christmas Ornaments In Connecticut

December 10, 2013 7:00 AM

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Christmas is a special time of year. Family tradition starts with picking out the tree, then bringing it home and carrying down from the attic the ornaments you have collected over the years. If you are like most families, a new ornament or two finds its way to the tree each year. Below you will find places to shop for that unique, just-right embellishment for this year’s tree.

Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 929-8425

Cut down your own tree at the Jones Family Farm and receive a tree ornament. You are welcome to purchase a collectible ornament without cutting a tree from the gift shop as well. The pewter ornaments (different each year) have been issued since the 1990s. They are made at Woodbury Pewter, here in Connecticut. Start your own family holiday tradition with these collectible pewter ornaments. Stop in to see what this year’s ornament will look like.

Christmas Barn Essex
4 Griswold Square
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-1181

The Barn has been in business for over 20 years. If you are looking for something unique, the shop is known to have the finest collection of Christmas decorations around. Its Christmas list is extensive from wooden and porcelain, glass and crystal, Baby’s first to wedding, angels and pets, music, sports and occupational ornaments to choose from. You can browse Santas, Carolers, Nutcrackers and stockings. The selection is huge.

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The Historical Christmas Barn
150 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 761-8777

The Historical Christmas Barn was relocated last April 2012 to the historic Lambert House (oldest house in Wilton). History is what you will find in the ornaments like Inge-Glas® of Germany. It has been making Christmas ornaments since 1596. The shop carries Patricia Breen ornaments designed in limited numbers in the studio in Krakow, Poland. If pets are what you like, the shop sells the Joy to the World pet collections and many more unique ornaments.

Thompson Historical Society
Museum Shop
Thompson, CT 06277

(860) 923-3776

The Historical Society is open December 11-12, 18-19 and Christmas Eve, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. only. It is staffed by 35 volunteers who choose unique gifts for the Christmas holidays. You will find many hand-painted ideas from the local area. Aside from ornaments, there will be books, DVDs, historical items, crafts, quilts, throws, hats, toys and the area’s best selection of holiday decor. It first opened in 1968 and is housed in the old town hall building. The revenue from the museum shop helps to restore and repair the historical buildings in Thompson.

Antiques On The Farmington
10 Depot St.
Collinsville, CT 06022
(860) 693-0615

This shop has several dealers all selling unique items. You will find Royal Doulton, Goebel and Beatrix Potter porcelin figurines. Antique Japanese tin toys are available along with vintage country store items and decorating accessories. Items change frequently. There are thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces to choose from.

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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