Hallmark Ornament Trees for Christmas

Hallmark Ornament Trees for Christmas

Visiting Kansas City meant we got to see the Hallmark Ornament Trees at the Hallmark Visitor Centre in Kansas City.

Seeing the trees close up meant we could admire the wealth of detail in each tree and I hope you can enjoy some in our post today as we celebrate Thankful Thursday with Brian’s family grateful that we managed to see such gorgeous handiwork. We posted on our visit to Kansas City here too.

Damned Lies and Statitstics

  • [Check out our Hallmark Christmas tree movie. It is at the top but not everyone sees it there so I will add it at the bottom of the post. It has a vintage-y filter!]

Hallmark Christmas Trees five

The History of the Hallmark Ornament Trees

Each of these artificial christmas trees was created by the staff at Hallmark for their founder J C Hall. The tradition started with everyone creating a special card and evolved into what is now a magnificent display and the Hallmark Christmas trees are known the world over.

The tree was revealed in the days before Christmas each year, and I bet the excitement was intense. Imagined Mr Hall’s delighted reaction to the unveiling of each year’s tree. For 17 years the tree was a tradition, it only stopped when Mr Hall died in 1982.

Hallmark Trees Ceramic Angel

This is a christmas tree in ceramic

This tree certainly made a huge impression on me. The work involved is immense and it is truly a labour of love for Mr Hall. How can anything so inventive capture the spirit of Christmas. The magical cookies and angels were breathtaking and I got as close as I could to see the wealth of fine detail. I wish they had a book of photographs of all the details of the trees.

Hallmark Tree Kansas City

Check out this out this Dough Craft Christmas tree

It is as far away from realistic christmas trees as you can get. This is ‘dough craft’ and wow, just check out the details. Dough is actually a difficult medium to capture details with, but the artists really rocked the medium.

If you look at our recipe at the end of this post you can see what goes into making dough. Then imagine how you might go about creating one figure.

Hallmark Christms Tree one

The Schneeberg Collage Tree

This tree is, quite simply, beautiful. It was created by Robert ‘Bob’ Schneeberg for J C Hall. His collages were used on many of Hallmark’s finest greetings cards. It was almost impossible to capture the beauty of this tree, so I went for some of its lovely detail.

Hallmark Christms Tree Crazy Patchwork

The Hallmark Crazy Patchwork Tree

As an enthusiastic but not very good quilter I thought this was the most breathtaking tree. The colours are perfect, the labour involved must have taken forever!  Look at the ribbons, the tiny flowers and the little dachshund and the pieces of lace. The more I look, the more I see!

Visiting the Hallmark Visitors Centre

We loved the visit. The centre is not large but captures perfectly the pioneering history of Hallmarks Greeting cards, the exquisite ornaments and the creative artists who design such treasures for the world’s foremost greetings card company.

There is a tiny gift shop with a nicely curated selection of fun mementoes for all ages too. Well worth a peek!

I hope you enjoyed our glimpse into this magical world that Hallmark artists created. I feel so lucky to have been able to visit Kansas City and see it for myself.

Marjorie for the
Dash Kitten Crew
Marjorie and Cat Stuffy





Salt Dough Recipe:

  • A basic dough is made from flour, salt and water. Vegetable oil is added as this makes the dough much easier to work.
  • Knead for 10 minutes then cut into shapes or whatever your imagination inspires.
  • Bake in an oven for C150/F300 for 30 minutes and allow to cool before painting with poster or acrylic paint.
  • Varnish if required.
  • Children must be supervised for their own safety.

  1. WE love Christmas and this would have been a nice place to visit while in Kansas City. We really din;yt have time but I guess next time this is a must do!

  2. This place looks sooo cool! I love Christmas and I would love to visit a place with all of these Christmas trees! Thank you for sharing!

  3. I never knew this place existed or the history behind these Christmas trees…it figures that such creative people would be able to create such beautiful trees. I remember playing with salt dough as a child but can’t remember what we made…lol

  4. Gosh, I missed this and wish I had allowed a little more time for exploring Kansas City. I only left the hotel once – note to self, arrive early next year!

    I agree with you. Absolutely love the quilted patchwork tree! I do not have any quilting skills, but admire those who do!

  5. Aren’t these beautiful? We loved visiting the Hallmark Center, it’s a very cool place. Great job sharing this beauty with everyone!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. So much work went into those crafts! I’m glad you found places to visit this year. Next year you’ll have to compare the Florida beaches to New Zealand’s!

  7. That must have been so interesting to visit! I give each of my kids an ornament every year on Christmas Eve. I saw a few familiar ones in your video.

  8. I couldn’t wait to read this post when I saw it on the boost!!! I loooove everything about Christmas and Hallmark – from their ornaments to their movies and TV series! You were so lucky to see this in person! How awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  9. Wow. I never knew about the Hallmark Ornament Trees. Thanks for sharing your experience and love the vintage video. Hmm..I think my favorite tree is the cerami and patchwork tree. Amazing detail.

  10. Although I had hoped to not hear the “C” word again until at least November, the trees are lovely and seems like an interesting place to visit. My trauma was caused by one of my friend’s over the top shopping that started about 5 months before the holiday…and I seem to have gotten dragged into!!

  11. What an amazing place and those trees are just stunning. I might be Jewish but Christmas Trees always so beautiful and these are especially stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this great visit of yours

  12. So beautiful- what a great experience. The salt dough recipe gave me a throw back – my kids and I used to make salt dough ornaments every year

  13. Well, we’d never heard ’bout the hallmark christmas trees. The video was a bit too dark fur mommy to be able to see. Kittens Those cataracts really mess with your eyes. MOL Glad you had fun. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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