Whether you are a full timer or weekender, you can enjoy a camping themed Christmas in your home on wheels! These fast and simple RV Christmas decorations won’t sacrifice valuable floor space but will bring the spirit of the holiday season to your tiny home.
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Holiday Decor For Your RV
Some of the most important things to consider when planning your RV Christmas decor …
You have to decide how much display and storage space you want to devote to the Christmas cheer décor items you are using to celebrate the holiday.
RV Camper Christmas Decorations
Here are simple ideas RVers can use to decorate a camper inside and outside for the Christmas season. (Without breaking the bank or pulling a U-Haul trailer to carry all of your decorations!) Use this list as inspiration and pick just a few ideas to implement for your winter camping trip during the holiday!
Indoor RV Camper Christmas Decorations
When you are considering indoor living space decorating ideas, try to minimize the use of floors and countertops and maximize out-of-the-way hanging areas to adorn your small space without disturbing functionality and causing clutter.
1. Cover Existing Throw Pillows
Place decorative camper themed Christmas throw pillow covers over existing pillows. These colorful designs provide a big punch of holiday cheer that is easily packed away and require essentially no storage space.
3. Burn Christmas Candles
It’s amazing how certain scents can get you into the holiday spirit. One fragrant candle can fill an entire travel trailer with scents like fresh baked cookies, peppermint and hot apple pie. A personalized Christmas-themed candle makes a nice gift too.
4. Hang String Lights Inside
Many full-time RVers don’t have enough storage space to carry Christmas lights but they often have normal camping string lights they can use in the motorhome or fifth wheel to make their interior glow like a glistening winter wonderland. We use our battery operated outdoor string lights inside our rig by attaching them to walls and ceiling with command hooks.
You use zero floor space when you use the space on walls and ceilings. You get the feeling of twinkle lights without the need to have artificial trees set on your floor in your tiny space. A fun project for kids is to make paper snowflakes that can be hung from the string lights.
5. Display RV Christmas Ornaments
There are lots of ways to display fun, camping-themed RV ornaments that don’t include hanging them on trees! They can be hung from drawer pulls, window cranks, key hooks, door knobs etc. Choose ornaments that are lightweight, non-breakable and fit a smaller space.
There are so many adorable camping Christmas ornaments you might have a hard time choosing just one or two!
6. Decorate Cabinetry & Doors
Decorate your cabinetry and doors with ribbons, bows, wreaths or freshly cut evergreen sprays. Tie cute ribbons around your door knobs and drawer pulls.
Artificial evergreen wreaths and sprays can take up too much storage space but it is easy enough to create your own using a few sprigs from a fresh tree. A quick stop to Michaels or any other craft store is all you need to pick up hot glue and a few lightweight embellishments (like ribbon or twine) to attach a some fresh pinecones to greenery you find at the campsite.
7. Decorate Windows And Mirrors
Temporary window stickers are a great way to add to your holiday theme without using any valuable living space. When you look out the window or into the mirror and see a smiling snow man, waving Santa, snowflakes falling and prancing reindeer looking back at you … you know it’s Christmastime!
8. Cover Chairs And Sofas
Sofa and chair backs are perfect places to add a splash of Christmas. If you don’t want to invest in covers that can only be used during the holiday, choose colors that go with different holidays or seasons. Red is great for Christmas, Valentines Day, 4th of July and Memorial Day. Red and black buffalo plaid is perfect for the entire winter season.
Throw blankets are awesome options because you usually need an extra cover while lounging in front of the TV or reading a book on the couch on cold evenings.
9. Countertop Decorating Ideas
Set a cute small Christmas camper decoration on a prominent counter in your RV. If you don’t have one that is decorated in a holiday theme, just attach a small string of tiny garland for the season.
10. Decorate A Small Tabletop Christmas Tree
Table top trees come in all shapes and sizes. If you don’t want to haul one of these, try using my favorite option. I really love using live rosemary plants shaped like a Christmas tree because you can cook with that fantastic fresh herb too!
If you really can’t live without a tree and a tabletop version just won’t be enough for you, consider a thin floor standing style that collapses into a compact box for storage.
Get more unique options to have an RV Christmas tree no matter the size of your rig!
Outdoor RV Christmas Decorations
There are two great things about decorating outside … space is more abundant and you get to enjoy celebrating the holiday along with your neighbors!
One thing you always need while RVing in the winter is a good doormat. Even if it is to get the sand off your shoes at the beach! This is a great way to welcome visitors to your holiday celebration!
13. Decorative Holiday Door Cover
Attaching a holiday door cover to the outside of your RV door is one of the fastest decorating ideas that provides a huge impact.
14. Outdoor Lighting
Hang brightly colored solar string lights on pine trees outside your camper and create a living Christmas tree. Place solar outdoor fairy lights around the entry ways to your camper and from your awnings.
Smaller blow-up inflatable camper Christmas decorations that can be easily folded and stored throughout the year. But, if you want to “go big or go home” get Cousin Eddie’s RV inflatable and you’ll be the main discussion around every campfire in the campground! If you’re dry camping, don’t forget the rechargeable batteries or generator to keep it going.
Places To Find Decorations When You’re On The Road
A fun way for full time RV owners to get a festive look with a touch of Christmas is to visit a local thrift store. It’s an easy way to have plenty of cute holiday decorations without having to store them throughout the year or to spend lots of money.
We’ve found Goodwill stores are a great place to purchase things like a small Christmas wreath, tabletop tree, Christmas stockings, colorful ribbons, Christmas mugs and other decorative items. You can use them and then donate them back to a charity once the season is over. The best part is being able to affordably celebrate the holiday without having to store the items till the next year. If you can stick with a specific color scheme, your decorations will look intentional and pretty.
Dollar Tree stores are another great option to find low-priced decorations.
Don’t forget about using the natural elements you find around your campsite. You can create pine garlands decorated with pine cones to hang on open wall space and on your front door.
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