Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Del Ray Christmas Tree
The Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) has gone all out with its holiday decorations this year. Twelve amazing trees (11 real and one made of yarn) line Mt Vernon Avenue in a spectacular show of creativity. The DRBA sponsors the holiday display each year, but this is the first year street blocks are competing for the prize of best tree. Here’s a run-down of the entries — voting ends December 24 on the DRBA website.
Tree #1: 1500s Mt Vernon Ave. by students at the Pulley Center
Snowmen, mittens, ice skates and peace doves in many languages adorn this sweet tree in front of Eye2Eye.
Tree #2: 1600s Mt Vernon Ave. by Cub Scout Pack 135, Maury Elementary School
Decorated with drawings of wolves, bears and cubs and the Boy Scouts’ signature blue and gold colors, this tree can be found in front of Mama Reacer’s.
Tree #3: 1700s Mt Vernon Ave. by The Christmas Attic
The Christmas Attic’s signature nutcrackers stand alongside this tree covered with snowflakes. It is located in front of the Hyundai dealership.
Tree #4: 1800s Mt Vernon Ave. by Upcycle CRC and the Del Ray Yarn Bombers
A personal favorite of Leslie and mine (yes we are biased), this tree was a true labor of love of a group of crochet and knitters over the last 6 months — we’ve documented the process and unveiling in a few previous posts. It’s spectacular by day and night and except for the structure supporting it, it’s made entirely of yarn.
Tree #5: 1900s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
Dawn of Bellies and Babies and Shelley of Amalgamated Clothing and Dry Goods decorated this tree in the Bellies and Babies yard which they call “vintage sparkle.” The blue and silver ornaments and ribbons shimmer in the sunlight, a classic look you could recreate at home.
Tree #6: 2000s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
“Visions of sugar-plums” come true in this tree in front of the Purple Goose. Over-sized ornaments shaped like candy in vivid hues of pink, turquoise, green and purple make this tree shine. A striped ribbon across the tree adds extra flair.
Tree #7: 2100s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
You have to get a close up look to appreciate this tree in front of the Healing Tree. The charming woodland creatures nestled in the branches give this tree a unique whimsical style. Cute overload.
Tree #8: 2200s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
A classic decorated tree, this one between Kiskadee and Vital has pops of color in the shapes of birds and globes.
Tree #9: 2300s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
Another tree that appreciates a close eye, this one in front of A Show of Hands is an ode to Del Ray’s railroad history with railroad crossing signs and trains on the branches. At night the tree glows with cool blue lights.
Tree #10: 2400s Mt Vernon Ave. by businesses in this block
The 2400 block went with a 24(00) carat gold theme. Though the tree stands in front of Taqueria El Poblano, you can clearly see their friends at Virginia Commonwealth Bank and Cheesetique were also involved in the decor.
Tree #11: 2600s Mt Vernon Ave. by the Mount Vernon Community School Community Kids Club
Students at MVCS crafted handmade ornaments to express what peace means to them. In the late morning sun the garland sparkles, leading your eye up to a stunning tree topper. It can be found in front of Nature’s Nibbles.
Tree #12: 2700s Mt Vernon Ave. by Salon Bisoux
And finally, Del Ray newcomer Salon Bisoux’s tree with orange, white, silver and gold decorations has a modern look. In addition to snowflakes and lollipops, they added a special ornament and tree topper fitting for a hair salon, scissors.
Which is your favorite? Visit the Del Ray Business Association website to vote. Hurry — the deadline is December 24!