how to decorate a desert yard for Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas like 80 degrees and palm trees, right?  No, not so much.  When you move to the desert, you give up a few things like changing leaves, snowfall and cable knit sweaters.  What you gain is paradisiacal weather all late fall – early spring, which is a tradeoff I was happy to make, especially considering you can quickly drive up a mountain to all the winter one could need.  However, it does take a bit more creativity to get the exterior of the home feeling Christmasy.  You have to try a bit harder as there are no evergreens, no freshly fallen snow and an overabundance of palms, cactus and clear blue skies.  Here are a few ideas for my fellow desert-dwellers or just those who have drought-resistant yards!

how to decorate a desert yard for christmas

This year I decided I wanted a white/silver color theme for the front yard, and while I was shopping at Big Lots  I came across these adorable lighted deer family trio.  They clearly had to jump into my cart and that set the rest of the front yard theme – reindeer!

The trio was so cute but I couldn’t help but feel like one was missing.  After all, we are a family of four, so I also grabbed a single deer, which turned out to be one the largest and therefore, dad.  How c.u.t.e. are these deer?  The bucks’ heads move back and forth, which adds a bit of needed animation to the yard.

desert christmas decor

Since it is the desert and my flowering plants are still blooming, I thought white lights exclusively seemed best.  When you live in colder climates and the flowers are all gone, colorful lights bring a lot to your yard – get it – but with all this pink and purple bougainvillea, colored lights might compete rather than complement.  At Big Lots, I found these killer LED string lights that have a convenient wheel house to keep them untangled when you put them away for the season <– love that!

christmas in the desert

These lights are perfect to wrap up and around our palm trees, which is pretty much the quintessential “Christmas in the desert” thing to do.  I am so in love with these lights that I will be going back to buy many, many more for the rest of my trees out back! They glow brilliantly with the crispest white light.

christmas in the desert

I was totally inspired by the lighted deer family, so when I came across these mega awesome deer head ornaments, they had to come with me.  I decided to hang these ornaments from one of our cactus.  How absolutely awesome are these ornaments?  I’m fairly certain I will be heading back to the store to purchase more of these for inside decorating!

how to decorate a desert yard for christmas

christmas decorations in the desert cactus

If you live in the desert, chances are you have cactus and yucca in your yard.  These plants don’t exactly scream winter wonderland, but if you accessorize them, suddenly they are super kitschy fun, right?  Cactus look pretty festive with a Santa hat..

how to decorate a desert yard for christmas

… and yucca say “bring on the yule” with a few shiny ornaments!

how to decorate a desert yard for Christmas #BIGSeason #BigLots

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, it is time to start thinking about your Christmas décor for the year.  Big Lots has declared the week of Nov 16th-22nd National Decorate Your Home For The Holidays Week!  Avoid the stress by not procrastinating this year.  Check out the Big Lots Christmas catalog for ideas, tips and inspiration.

Every Christmas decoration in my yard I found at my local Big Lots (styles and assortment vary by store), including all of the extension cords I needed.  I was happily surprised by the huge selection of Christmas décor items I found in-store and it took me a minute to even choose a direction.  From string and walkway lights to huge inflatable trees and Santas, Big Lots has your outdoor (and indoor) Christmas décor covered.

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  1. November 13, 2015 at 10:22 am — Reply

    You never cease to amaze me, but proof you’re amazing: You turned a desert into a beautiful winter wonderland. How do you DO IT, you magical fairy, you. #client

  2. Scott Ciliberti
    November 29, 2016 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    We moved from San Francisco to Palm Sprigs over the summer, and thanks to you, we finally know how to decorate a desert home for Christmas!

    I love the look of the clear ornaments hung on the ends of the yucca leaves. I looked for them at Big Lots in Cathedral City but no luck. What words would I use (brand, description etc) to search for them online?

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