Holiday Ornament Tree

Holiday Ornament Tree

A Glittering Tradition

In 2008, the first annual Holiday Ornament Tree showcased more than 600 ornaments handmade by our Hot Glass Show staff. The tree was eight feet tall and four feet in diameter at the bottom. The next year, the tree grew to 14 feet tall, with more than 2,000 glass ornaments made by Museum glassmakers.

The Museum's glittering ornament tree has now become a holiday tradition — the perfect background for an annual holiday photo. The tree is joined each holiday season by other wonders in glass, including a holiday meal made entirely of glass, as well as a life-sized glass snowman and his family.

You can’t buy the ornaments on these trees, but you can Make Your Own Glass Ornament, year-round, at The Studio.

Holiday Ornament Tree

A full houseGuests at 2300°: Red Hot at 2300°: Red Hot
A full houseGuests at 2300°: Red Hot at 2300°: Red Hot
The giant glass ornament tree is lit in the Admissions Lobby
The giant glass ornament tree is lit in the Admissions Lobby
The Museum's giant glass ornament tree
The Museum's giant glass ornament tree
The final ornament has been put in place
The final ornament has been put in place
Nearly finished...
Nearly finished...
Each ornament is unique
Each ornament is unique
Attaching the last few ornaments
Attaching the last few ornaments
A view from below
A view from below
The giant glass ornament tree goes up in the Admissions Lobby
The giant glass ornament tree goes up in the Admissions Lobby
Installing the glass ornament tree
Installing the glass ornament tree
Over 2,000 ornaments will be attached
Over 2,000 ornaments will be attached
Handmade ornaments by Museum glassblowers ready to be added to the tree
Handmade ornaments by Museum glassblowers ready to be added to the tree
This is just the beginning
This is just the beginning
The holiday ornament tree at 2300°
The holiday ornament tree at 2300°
Only the top layer is left.
Only the top layer is left.
Over 2,000 handmade glass ornaments.
Over 2,000 handmade glass ornaments.