The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Dewitt Wallace Decorative Museum are housed in the same building.
The Christmas tree is an annual tradition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Since 1959, the museum staff and volunteers have decorated the tree with handmade ornaments that reflect the rich collections of our Folk art Museum. Each ornament was made specifically for the tree and inspired by a favorite object. Many of the ornaments were made by our staff and Williamsburg residents. Over the years, visitors have added their own art to the tree as well. Today the 16-foot tree features over 2000 ornaments made from cloth, wood, tin, paper and recycled materials. Hundreds of tiny white lights add to the magic of this decorated tree that sits in the skylit Penny Court below a "ceiling" of hanging gold and silver stars.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.