Got a tree? Good. Now it’s time to decorate! Show some true NYC cred by decorating your tree with one of these NYC-inspired Christmas ornaments. Or, give one to your most hard core New Yorker friend. Another reason to love this collection of NYC Christmas ornaments? Most are from city cultural institutions or local makers, all of which need our support now more than ever! (Need more NYC gift ideas? Click here!)

The Blue Whale

American Museum of Natural History

You can now have the American Museum of Natural History's famous Blue Whale in the house thanks to this exclusive ornament from the museum. 

Get it here, $29.99

Piegon Ornament

MoMA Design Store

They're everywhere else. Why shouldn't NYC's official bird be on your tree? 

Get it here, $18.95

Modern Heroes

MoMA Design Store

The teacher, the doctor, the UPS worker and grocery store employee. NYC salutes—and thanks—you! 

Get them here, $45

Subway Car Ornament

NYC Transit Museum

There are many, many subway ornaments. We like this one best for overall quality, clear signage and festive wreath. 

Get it here, $24

Grand Central Ceiling Ornament

NYC Transit Museum

For the true transit nerd, an ornament featuring one of the constellations from Grand Central Terminal's ceiling is a pretty deep cut they'll appreciate. (And for the price, they should.)

Get it here, $45

Pickle Ornament

Awesome Brooklyn

No pickles are not an exclusively NYC thing, but we do have a long history with them, and a pickle festival. Plus: this is really cute, and good luck! 

Get it here, $10

The NYC Basics Collection

Museum of the City of New York

Buy one, buy them all. This is the NYC-lover starter pack! 

Get them here, $6.95 each

Black and White Cookie Ornament

Museum of the City of New York

Why isn't this in the collection above? We don't know. But it should be in yours. 

Get it here, $11.95

High Line Ornament


Granted, it's a little abstract, but so was the concept of the High Line when it was first introduced. Valerie Atkisson is the artist. (Also: who else do you know with a High Line ornament?) 

Get it here, $26.99

Matzo Ball Soup Ornament

Museum of the City of New York

For the Jew invited to the tree trimming, the interfaith household, or just anyone who loves a good soup! (i.e., everyone.)

Get it here, $14.95

NYC Felt Ornament Collection


When has a collection of ornaments ever made you say "Awwwwww!"? Not only is this off-the-charts cute, it has a Santa. Wearing an I Love NY t-shirt. Holding a piece of pizza. 

Get them here, $136

Alexander Hamilton Ornament

National Archives

Surely, you know a kid (or five) who might like the founding father rendered in green with gold trim? 

Get it here, $19.95

Mets Players

bruhno24 via Etsy

Mets fans, rejoice! You can get a custom made ornament of your fave player. Options include Tom Seaver, Gary Carter, Doc Gooden and Howard Johnson. 

Get one here, $13

Brownstone Ornament


Which one of your Brooklyn friends needs this? (Or how many?) 

Get it here, $35

Chinese Takeout Ornament

NYC Webstore

There's a lot going on here with this ornament, and we like it. 

Get it here, $9.99

Hudson Yards & Vessel Ornament

The Shops at Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards and Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel can now be displayed on your tree! 

Get it for $30 at the Vessel Shop (Public Square and Gardens) and the Beyond the Edge store (20 Hudson Yards, Level 4).


Pizza Wagon Ornament


Your friend, who takes pizza very seriously, will love you for this.

Get it here, $9.99

Anna Wintour Ornament


Sure she's from the UK, but Anna belongs on an NYC tree, if only to help you with that quarantine 15. 

Get it here, $23.85

Custom Wood NYC Map Ornament

Easton Woodworks via Etsy

This cherry wood ornament doubles as a keepsake and is a great gift idea. Choose from three of the boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens or NYC Metro, in addition to adding your own details like family name.

Get one here, $46.

––Mimi O’Connor


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