17 Ways to Incorporate Southern Citrus into Your Christmas Decorations

Citrus and Pinecone Front Door Christmas Decor
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Floral Design: Mary Cox Brown; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

With all its benefits and bold color, citrus was meant to be more than just another ingredient in your simmer pot during the holidays. If you couldn't already tell, we're a teensy bit obsessed with citrus down here. Some of our coziest memories are associated with Grandma drying citrus for Christmas decorations. From garlands to ornaments, citrus fruit Christmas decorations will always go down as the simplest and most cost-effective holiday decor. We know that Christmas is usually all about red and green, but consider yellow and orange with this gallery that we've packed full of citrus Christmas tree decorations and dried citrus Christmas decorations. This décor isn't limited to the tropics of Florida. It can be enjoyed even in the brisk coastal homes of Maryland. Your neighbors will thank you for the reprieve from green, red, and gold lights and garlands that are guaranteed to don your block. What are you waiting for? Check out these citrus decoration ideas that are sure to make a splash.

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Lemons, Ribbon, and Garland – Oh My!

Natasha Lawler Charlottesville Home Decorated for Christmas with Lemon Wreath on the Front Door
Hector Manuel Sanchez

We love the way Natasha Lawler designs with citrus for the holidays. All you need to imitate her decor is faux or fresh garland for the door and railings, plus whatever ribbon tickles your fancy – and plenty of lemons, of course! You can easily find faux lemons (target.com) that will withstand any harsh winter weather headed your way. Use a hot glue gun to fasten them to a pre-made wreath and wooden skewers to secure them in your flower boxes.

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Sweet Oranges and Magnolias

Citrus and Pinecone Front Door Christmas Decor
Laurey W. Glenn; Floral Design: Mary Cox Brown; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Oversized pinecones and magnolia leaves offer a lush backdrop for cheery oranges nestled in this wreath and matching flowerpot display.

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Citrus Greenery

Natasha Lawler Charlottesville House at Christmas Lemon/Citrus Christmas Tree
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Carry the lemon theme from outside your home into your living room with a Christmas tree that has lemons nestled in its branches. Tie it all together with a matching bow on top of the tree and wreaths covering the windows.

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Easy Entertaining

Natasha Lawler Charlottesvile Home Decorated for Christmas Dining Room
Hector Manuel Sanchez

A red and green centerpiece nods to the holiday season while hints of zesty yellow are a cheery pop of color.

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Zesty Name Cards

Natasha Lawler Lemon and Clove Place Cards for Christmas
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Create personalized pomanders by poking guests' initials into a lemon with cloves. It's an aromatic and charming touch for your dining room table.

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Citrus Tree

Lemon and Orange Small Space Christmas Tree
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Add a pop of sunshine yellow and orange to your holiday table with a tiny fruit tree.


  • Five (2-pound) bags of lemons
  • florist picks
  • 24-inch plastic foam cone
  • sprigs of fresh rosemary and cypress
  • urn
  • five oranges
  • reindeer moss
  • ribbon


  1. Stick lemons with florist picks (one per lemon).
  2. Starting toward the bottom of the cone, insert lemons in circular diagonal rows, working your way up and leaving about 1 inch of space between each row until the cone is covered.
  3. Fill in the empty spaces between the lemon rows with rosemary and cypress sprigs.
  4. Set the decorated cone securely inside the urn.
  5. Place leftover lemons and oranges around the base of the cone; cover up any gaps with reindeer moss.
  6. Trail ribbon from the top of the arrangement.
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Dried Orange Ornaments

Natural Wonder
Hector Manuel Sanchez; styling: Taylor Colson Horton

Dried orange slices and clove-filled oranges give this tree a traditional and rustic look. Plus, the combination of the evergreen and oranges will make your home a scented oasis for the holidays.

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Pomander Balls

Make Pomanders
Photo: Ralph Anderson

Talk about an easy and effective DIY, Orange-Clove Pomanders have long been a staple in Southern homes during the holidays. Pile them together in a bowl that can be displayed on your coffee table, in a guest bathroom, or on the dining room table for a warming smell that's also oh-so-pretty to look at.

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Dried Citrus Garland

Citrus and Ribbon Garland in Kitchen
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Lilt Floral Design

Fresh greenery adds new energy and life to a home during the holidays. We love the idea of draping fresh garland around kitchen cabinets and tying dried citrus slices to velvet ribbon. Use leftover slices to embellish those orchids you've been tending to all year.

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Lemon Drops

Christmas Table Setting Citrus Settings
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Slice a slit in a faux lemon and add a name card for a citrusy table setting that's photo-ready.

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Orange Party

Orange Citrus Wreath
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Buy a fresh greenery wreath and decorate it with a mixture of oranges, clementines, and kumquats. The wreath is sure to be a cheery welcome for any holiday guests.

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Citrus and Berries

Citrus and Berry Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: James Farmer

Holly berries make a lovely centerpiece for any holiday hosting occasion. Add citrus to the mix and you've got a show stopping all-natural display.

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Fresh Lemon Garland Hanging Over Fireplace Mantel
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Make a lemon garland! Magnolia leaves and lemons pair for a unique garland that can be hung anywhere in your home. Use heavy-duty florist wire to string the lemons and leaves together.

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Easy Like Apples and Oranges

Fran Keenan Apples and Oranges Christmas Mantel
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Pick up a handful of apples and oranges from the supermarket when you're doing your last-minute, forgotten-ingredient shopping. Arrange the fruit on your mantle with spruce clippings for an easy, yet thoughtful display.

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Two-Piece Citrus Wreath

Try a Two-Piece Wreath
Photo: Jim Bathie

If you have a double-door entry, you can still get the look of a single wreath by cutting a wreath in half (be sure it has a sturdy frame that will keep its shape). Then you can use florist wire to add fruit, fresh clippings, and a ribbon for the prettiest finishing touch.

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Lemon-Lime Hurricanes

Christmas Decorating Idea: Hurricane Arrangement
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

It's one of the oldest tricks in the decorating book, but it works every time. Fill a trifle dish or a glass hurricane with layers of limes, holly berries, and lemons for a bright arrangement on your mantle or dining room table.

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Sunny Satsumas

The Paxton Mantel in Thomasville, GA
Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Pile satsumas, pinecones, spruce clippings, and cotton buds on your mantle for a natural holiday décor moment. If you're on the family farm, look out for pheasant feathers for even more rustic charm.

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