Christmas in New York is a special time that perfectly represents the city’s unique ability to evoke a sense of classic elegance and contemporary style. Both of these aesthetic influences are present in the floral tradition that permeates New York come Christmastime. Whereas other cities are given over to more traditional Christmas flowers like holly and ivy, New York takes those and adds a multicultural spin, incorporating floral traditions from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and beyond. It isn’t out of the ordinary come Christmastime to see customers ordering poinsettias, for example, a lush Mexican red flower that is a Latin American classic.

What’s more, New York is a city that knows how to take old traditions and make them new with a twist. Look to the literature and music that grew from New York, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Harlem Renaissance, and works of the Beat Generation to the city’s sizeable influence on the jazz, rock, pop, and dance scene in the past few decades. New York knows how to innovate, and that is apparent in the city’s many holiday floral options. From upscale floral arrangements in Manhattan to Jewish and Russian florists in Brighton Beach and Brooklyn to Spanish Harlem’s vibrant flower shops, searching for Christmas floral arrangements in New York is unlike any other flower shopping experience in the world.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best winter floral arrangements in the Big Apple, along with shops offering the best flower delivery in New York.

Holiday Floral Arrangements

As demonstrated, New York is a city that knows how to take traditions and put a twist on them. Many of the best New York floral Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas ideas, therefore, take classic holiday arrangements and add their own touch. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for your New York holiday floral arrangements, some options you’ll want to consider include the following:

Thanksgiving Blooms

The Christmas invasion seems to come earlier this year – sooner or later we’ll be Decking the Halls at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium come the All-Star Break. That said, it’d be a shame to crowd out Thanksgiving floral arrangements, in part because they boast such a boldly colorful display, and in part because the colors they utilize are often different from those involved in Christmas bouquets. Whereas Christmas tends to be a parade of whites, reds, and greens, Thanksgiving harvest floral traditions are rich with oranges, yellows, and earthy tones. Along with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching the Detroit Lions play (and likely lose) as per tradition, centerpieces featuring daisies, apples, carnations, poms, and a rustic-themed wooden basket to hold them all can really bring together your Thanksgiving day festivities.

Bridal Winter Bouquets

If you’re celebrating a wedding during the holidays as well, you can double down on the theme with winter bouquets which can double as bridal options. Whether you’re hosting a separate wedding reception or having a dinner party at your home, bouquets boasting elegant winter options such as ranunculus, hanging amaranthus, and white roses paired with tasteful garnishing greenery can give the proceedings a truly special touch.

Poinsettias and Pears:

From its historic Puerto Rican community to newer Latino arrivals, Latino-Americans play a huge role in the continued flowering of New York City, and so it’s only fitting to show off this staple of Latin American Christmastime splendor. You can get poinsettias in many sizes, and can place them on your mantelpiece, kitchen counter, or dinner table. Moreover, you can garnish them with fruit to add a little color contrast and really bring out the family-friendly side of this Latino floral Christmastime classic.

Garden Options:

New York is rarely if ever warm during the holidays – but isn’t it nice to pretend? Many New Yorkers retire to Florida, and if you’d like to pretend that you’ve “flown south for the winter” without fighting the crowds at JFK or LaGuardia, table-length garden-themed runners can be a great way to bring that warm-weather feeling to you this holiday season. Among the verdant floral options to consider here are sweet peas, pansies, wild clematis, a pear tree (partridge not included), and if you’re feeling particularly exotic, try hitting up one of New York’s Indian florist shops for dazzling flowers from the Indian Subcontinent.


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