Vintage Christmas Tree Decorations & Retro Ideas
When looking at a Vintage Christmas Tree or traditional Christmas tree decorations, we think back to the Christmases of our childhoods. For lots of people this nostalgia is at the very heart of their spirit of Christmas, and is a major part of their Christmas Traditions. We have below some of the best examples of Vintage Christmas Tree decorations, and Vintage Tree inspiration so you can recreate your favourite Traditional Christmas Tree from the past and be the center of your Vintage Decor at Christmastime.
Below you’ll find the ornaments, trimmings and decorations that will make your tree just like the ones you remember, here are some great tips and ideas to make the best retro Christmas tree.
Our Favourite Vintage Christmas Tree Decorations
Vintage Christmas Lights
The most important part of a Christmas Tree is definitely the lights. One of the most nostalgic aspects of vintage Christmas Trees is the glow that the warm lights give off – sometimes people don’t enjoy the newer LED lights as much because they miss the vintage feel of old lights. Not only that but the sizing of Vintage Christmas Tree lights are entirely different than modern lights.
The vintage Christmas lights you probably remember are either C7’s or C9’s. Maybe you had clear glass or frosted glass. All of these options are still available today – and what’s lucky is that we can now get all the vintage Christmas lights styles (and more) with LED technology which uses a lot less energy (and creates a lot less heat).
Not sure of which lights to get, how many or sizing info? Check out the Beginners Guide to Christmas Lights!
Antique Christmas Ornaments
The ideal Vintage Christmas Tree decorations are certainly Shiny Brite flocked and indented ornaments. Shiny Brite has been relaunched and while you can still get the originals on sites like Etsy and eBay, you can also buy the newer reproductions too. Nevertheless these have to be some of the best antique Christmas tree decorations ever. These vintage christmas glass ornaments were traditionally made in Germany.
You might also be familiar with a style of blown glass and Mercury Glass. Vintage Christmas Tree decorations like these are more old-world style and you can get modern recreations of them as well.
More Retro Christmas Tree Ornaments
Vintage Christmas Tree Tinsel
There’s something about this decoration that everyone loved at the time, in the 1950s if you could see any green (aside from the silver/gold) you hadn’t put enough on! If you can believe it, there’s still some original Tinsel and Tinsel Garlands available to purchase in vintage shops online. These have to be the king of cheap vintage decorations that stood the test of time.
But of course, it’s a lot less expensive to buy the stuff new, online, since it’s basically disposable.
Vintage Christmas Tree Topper
Maybe your family used a star, or an Angel, but for most there was the iconic topper that combined all of the elements above, with lights and tinsel.
Here are a few examples of the Vintage Christmas Tree Topper that I think is perfect for a Retro Christmas Tree:
Old Fashioned Santa Ornaments
If you’re looking for some special Santa ornaments, and you want to keep a vintage Christmas style – I highly suggest finding some flocked Santa Figurines like the ones below. Although they may be hard to come by nowadays, you could also adorn your Retro Christmas Tree with antique-looking decorations or German glass-blown ornaments too, see a few examples below.
What do you think makes the perfect Vintage Tree? Let us know!