Western Christmas Theme Party Ideas

A Western Christmas party is a creative choice for a country-styled holiday celebration. With a focus on the Old-West, or a nostalgic country Christmas complete with horse-drawn sleighs, a Western theme can put a new and entertaining spin on your traditional celebration. By using out-of-the-ordinary decorations or unusual costume requests you can start a theme that will have your family and friends talking for months to come.

Cactus Christmas

Whether you decorate an artificial cactus "tree" available for purchase, or a large, real cactus, a cactus Christmas is a great way to bring a feeling of Western desert heat to a cold-climate Christmas celebration. Dress the cactus with white lights and fill the base area or pot with red and green shiny ornaments and tinsel. Decorate small, table-sized cactus plants for the food table and throughout the house to carry the theme and toss some small Santa hats on them to make them more festive. Serve up some Old-West favorite foods including prepared prickly pear to complete the theme.


Nothing is more beautiful or nostalgic than seeing a horse-drawn sleigh at Christmas time and a holiday horse theme is a Western Christmas theme everyone can get on board with. Decorate the house with horse-related items like horseshoes with bows on them, sleigh bells, and fancy saddles decorated with boughs of evergreen. Arrange for horse-drawn sleigh rides for guests and use miniature sleighs filled with candy to decorate food tables. Hang decorative horse ornaments on your tree and request everyone bring a horse-related gift to share, like ornaments, models or artwork.

Old West Character Party

Invite your guests to come as their favorite Old West character, either fictional or historical, for your Christmas celebration. Have guests stay in character for the first hour of the celebration and ask them to participate in a Secret Old-West Santa with gifts that relate to their characters. For example, guests could come as Wild Bill Hitchcock, Doc Holiday, Annie Oakley, Chief Crazy Horse, Davey Crockett or Wyatt Earp. Gifts that can be exchanged can be toy guns, sacks of play money and candy coins or shiny sheriff deputy badges; or, take the gifts up a notch by shopping for vintage penny old-west novels, old-time photograph reproductions or Tombstone shot glasses or other merchandise.

Cowboy Santa

Invite everyone to decorate his favorite (or inexpensive costume) cowboy hat for the Christmas holiday. Provide a "Most Festive Cowboy Hat" prize for the most outlandish or highly-decorated hat. Use decorated cowboy hats on your front door to replace the traditional wreath and hang throughout your home to carry the theme.

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