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Inspirational Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your RV

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Genius Christmas Decorating Ideas For Your RV!

December is coming up fast, which means getting ready to decorate your RV for Christmas.  This is my favorite time of the year, the weather is cooling down and our thoughts are wandering to celebrating the upcoming holiday season.  

We like to get a start the weekend right after Thanksgiving by getting up some lights outside and beginning to decorate the interior.

That gives us the whole month before Christmas to enjoy the festive decorations. We can’t carry a lot of decor around all year  for obvious reasons, so we start fresh every year. This works because the kids love to make new things each year. 

Last year we made Christmas trees using pine cones and everyone loved them.

Once we get our decorations up, it’s time for some cocoa and one of our favorite Christmas movies

Nothing makes me happier than celebrating with my family while enjoying our favorite pastime. We’re happy to share these cute ideas that we’ve found to help with holiday decorating your RV during this most wonderful time of the year.

A cute vintage rv in green and red with plaid green trees

Camping Themed Christmas Decor

The nice thing about living in an RV at the holidays, is that it doesn’t take too much to really spruce things up for the season. Just a few items that can be ordered from Amazon and you are off to the races. 

Happy Camper Tea Towels

No one wants to spend money and waste storage space on things that aren’t practical, but these tea towels are cute and functional, and will provide a festive look to your camping kitchen. No better way to get in the holiday spirit than drying dishes in your RV with a Christmas towel!

Camper Van Christmas Ornament

  • Whether decorating your tree at home or in your RV, camping themed ornaments are a must have. The lights on this Cape Shore Camper Ornament are functional and it even includes a small tree on the hitch.
  • If you’re looking for something downright hysterical to help spread holiday cheer, check out Cousin Eddie’s RV Christmas Decoration. This fun figurine lights up and is sure to be a topic of conversation.
  • Our family gets a new traditional ornament every year, and this Personalized RV Family Ornament would be perfect to add to our collection. It’s customizable and will be a super cute addition to your RV tree.
  • This White Vintage Birdhouse Decoration would be a great addition to your outdoor home décor or your RV. It’s adorable and completely functional for your bird friends.

One of our favorite holiday past times is light peeping wherever we are staying. Checking out other campers rv Christmas decorations, and driving around local neighborhoods is a fun time. 

If you ask around you can always find out about a local house that over does it and got onto The Great Christmas Light Fight or some such fame. We even found a place that won one year. It was AMAZING!

Camping Themed Throw Pillows

Another cute-but-functional addition to your RV Christmas decorations are these Christmas Throw Pillow Covers. They’ll cover throw pillows you already have in your RV and will take up minimal storage space when the holidays are over.

Decorating an RV for Christmas is all about utility in an RV. As with the rest of the year, decorating ideas must keep space savings in mind, so decor that serves a purpose is your first pick.

Comfy pillows and throw blankets that also spread holiday joy are a great way to decorate an RV for Christmas with useful items. 

Camping Themed Throw Blanket

Our kids can’t have enough blankets when it’s cold outside, and I can’t blame them. There’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa, and this Holiday Printed Christmas Throw Blanket is perfect to add a little Christmas cheer to your holiday campfire.

I lay these around the couch area to add a little extra Christmas cheer to the interior.

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Camping Pajamas

Is there such a thing as “too many pajamas?” I don’t think so. Camping is for relaxing and lounging around, and these cute RV Knit Pajamas are a must-have.  You can also delight (or torture) your family with matching pajamas—you’ll be the envy of the campground

My favorite thing about the holidays are the traditions, and we love creating family memories in our 5th wheel. It’s always fun to meet new people who like to travel for the holidays and to see and get ideas for new decorations for our traveling tiny home.

RVing lends itself to new opportunities for family traditions. For instance we always try to make a lot of our own holiday decor, like ornaments.

A few supplies from the local craft store or Walmart and you can make a tree full of interesting and memorable ornaments. One year we even made our own wreath. It was tons of fun for the whole family.

 Another nice tradition is making room for the new gifts. Since room is limited, everyone has to give something to charity in order to keep the load light. It teaches the kids about giving. 

Outdoor RV Christmas Decorations

 up your outdoor rv living area, we spent Christmas at Fort Wilderness in Florida, and we saw so many cool inflatable rv Christmas decorations.  If you have the room, I say go for it, they will certainly brighten up your site.

Christmas Lights

No Christmas display would be complete without lights, and these Twinkle Star LED String Lights are great for indoor and outdoor decorating and come in a variety of color options.

an plaid rv with a white background

RV Christmas Tree Ideas & Decorations

Many families would love to have a Christmas tree in their RV or travel trailer, but space is definitely limited. We found a couple of options that might work for your camper.

We have a space between the kitchen island and the wall that is perfect for a skinny tree, so that is what we have always used. 

However we know not everyone has that space in their RV, here are some other options for a Christmas tree in an RV.

RV Christmas Tree Ideas

This Tabletop Tree With Ornaments will fit in any space and is budget friendly, plus it’s super cute.

There are also plenty of options for Skinny Christmas Trees for small places, and you can complete your decorating easily with these Petite Treasures Miniature Ornaments, ideal for a small tree.

If you’re traveling with children, make sure you research your destination to see what fun holiday events they have planned for the time you’ll be visiting.

A visit with Santa is always a great way to spend a couple of hours, and many towns have walking tours of their historical sites decorated for Christmas. Planning out what you’ll do to entertain everyone during the day will help to ensure a more peaceful trip for everyone.

Wall, Door and Window Decorations

So many people ask the question “How do I decorate my RV for Christmas?” There are so many ways you can do this, ways that shouldn’t cost too much money!

We love to use Command Hooks in our 5th wheel to hang decorations, oven mitts, etc. The great thing about these is that they don’t damage your interior and you can change out your decorations with the seasons.

Christmas Garland is a great compliment to your lights, and the bright colors can’t help but make you feel festive.

If you’re looking for a little whimsy this time of year, Christmas Window Clings are a cute, inexpensive option to add to your RV decorating list. The kids will love to help hang them, especially in their bunk windows.

A wreath is a part of traditional Christmas décor, and this National Tree Christmas Wreath would look beautiful in any RV. It’s lightweight and would easily hang on a command hook inside or outside your camper.

More Great Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your RV

Decorating your RV for the holiday season doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, and it can add so much more joy to your trip. My favorite part of the Christmas season is sitting in our RV looking at all the decorations in our fifth wheel. I want to enjoy those small details of Christmas no matter where we are.

Once you get your head around new ways to decorate your RV for Christmas, you will come across all kinds of unique ideas to make your own rig festive and lively!

Felt Letter Board

This Felt Letter Board is a fun way to spread holiday cheer, and can easily be changed throughout the seasons. Easy to hang, it includes plenty of letters and characters so you can let your imagination run wild.

  • “Cocoa and Marshmallows: $.25”
  • “Tis the Season to Sparkle.”
  • “Christmas Magic is in the air.”

RV Door Christmas Decorating Ideas

You’ll be the envy of the campground with this Rustic Burlap Wooden Holiday Door Hanging. It’s very lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about damage to your RV door. Plus, it spells “JOY.” Could it get any more festive than that?

 

Man and woman kissing outside their Christmas decorated rv

Christmas Flag

One of my favorite things to do on camping trips is to wander around the campground looking at all the different flags RV’ers have chosen for their outdoor decoration. This Briarwood Lane Merry Christmas Flag is small, but sure to add that perfect touch of holiday cheer to your campsite. It will look perfect with your new outdoor lights and door hanging.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, making memories, and eating! There are so many options for delicious holiday meals while on the road.

There’s no need to sacrifice deliciousness because you’re in a small kitchen.  We’ve made a full Thanksgiving dinner, with all the fixins, in our rig every year.  It may not be perfect, but it will be wonderful because you’re together. 

Looking to cook something different this year, here’s a list of our favorite RV meals to cook!

The décor suggestions here will add to the memory-making.

Holiday Scented Candles

Smells have a wonderful way of bringing back memories of childhood holiday traditions. The scents of cinnamon, apple cider, or pine transport me to days spent sitting by the fire with family and friends, enjoying delicious food and good conversation.

You can have that same feeling in your RV with a scented candle. Whichever scent you choose, always remember to exercise safety precautions when burning in such a small space.

"If you’re traveling with children, make sure you research your destination to see what fun holiday events they have planned for the time you’ll be visiting."

Holiday Mugs

Did someone say coffee? Or hot cocoa? Apple cider, anyone? These adorable Christmas Theme Ceramic Mugs are sure to bring a smile to your face while enjoying your favorite beverage on a cold morning. A great, fun addition to your holiday RV décor.

Holiday Door Mat

Wiping your feet on this adorable Candy Cane Snowman Mat is sure to bring a smile to your face when you return to your RV after a long, cold day exploring. It has a non-skid backing to protect those clumsy kiddos, and is easily cleaned, so no stress!

Tips For Traveling During The Holidays

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you plan well. Make sure to leave during times that traffic is sure to be light, and if you can avoid it, don’t plan your departure during high travel days.

We like to sneak extra hours into our vacation by traveling through the night. Once we arrive at our destination, we can park at a rest area and nap before starting our day. We can avoid the stress of traffic and enjoy a few more hours of exploring before we check in.

Christmas Serving Tray

Did someone say fresh baked cookies? My children love homemade cookies, and this Galvanized Metal Rectangular Serving Tray would be a perfect way to serve them during family movie night in your RV. It’s also lightweight and will fit nicely in your RV cabinets

If you’re looking for more decorating inspiration, we’ve found some Instagram accounts that are sure to give you some great ideas. We absolutely LOVE each one of these feeds. 

Katie and Eric from Mountain Modern Life do an awesome job decorating their rv for Christmas.

The incredible decorations in this RV remind us of a cozy mountain lodge. It must be so relaxing to enjoy downtime from the road by candlelight. Even the pup seems content.

Kyle and Tiffany from Ramble and Revive do a beautiful job of decorating in a tiny space.

The bright, cheery decorations in this tiny house can’t help but put a smile on your face.  Just looking at this set up is sure to put Christmas cheer in the heart of even the grinchiest of Grinches

Lindsay from Lind Says bring the cozy vibes in her camper, check this out.

Who says you can’t have stockings just because you’re in an RV? Santa will definitely be making a visit to this adorable RV just to see the décor.

Beautiful decorations have a way of providing a sense of calm to all who look at them.  Sometimes things can get a little hectic with people sharing a small space.

Providing a beautiful decorated environment, complete with a delicious flickering candle, can help to calm the mood and ease stress over the holiday season.

Danielle from Slo Gathered Home knows how to decorate, go check out her instagram page now. 

 This classically decorated tiny house on wheels is light, open, and beautiful. We love the way they’ve utilized the mini-tree in the corner—very festive while not taking up too much space.

Abigail from Our Blue Abode keeps it simple. 

We can’t imagine anything more wonderful than relaxing on the couch in this cozy RV, sipping our tea and taking in all the wonderful décor. The majestic pine trees out the window are a beautiful bonus.

Gabriela from Extradinary Living makes a huge difference in her RV with just a few simple Christmas decorations – love it.

Adding just a few whimsical decorations are all it takes to transform this RV into a Christmas wonderland. A cute tablecloth, stockings, and a skinny tree and voila—instant holiday cheer.

Paul and Aubrey from fancy in a fifth wheel – I want that fireplace and the rug too – super cute.

Seeing this kiddo snuggled up watching a movie in this beautiful fifth wheel warms my heart. We are getting so excited about celebrating the upcoming holiday season.

Ryan and Megan, Physical Therapists from Joint Movement (love the name), did a beautiful job of decorating their RV for Christmas.

The simple decorations in this RV really help to transform it into a cozy, festive space. You can make the tiniest of campers look festive with little touches here and there. 

The twinkling lights in this home on wheels add a whimsical look to the main living space. We love the stocking hung on the front of the bench seat and the small Christmas tree in the corner—just lovely.

The colorful, modern decorations in this RV are just too cute not to share. Someone who travels with a goat can’t help but have fun Christmas decorations in their tiny home. Both of their critters sure look like they enjoy the whimsy.

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With these ideas for Christmas decorations for your RV, it’s easy to take the holiday spirit with you no matter where you go. To add to the entertainment value, here are a few of our favorite holiday movie selections worthy of binging on a cold winter’s evening. Popcorn is a must!

Christmas Wine Glasses

We love using our cute Christmas wine glasses, there is just something festive about them. 

The Holiday: a modern classic holiday romance with Jack Black, Jude Law, Carmen Diaz and Kate Winslet.  This movie is one of my favorites, but keep in mind this is an adult movie.   

Love Actually: definitely not child-friendly, but a great holiday movie for couples. Bonus: Hugh Grant is absolute gold as the Prime Minister.

Christmas with the Kranks: based on a John Grisham novel, this super fun holiday film will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. You will remember why you left suburbia!

Elf: just watching this one will give you a sugar high! Will Ferrell is hysterical in this silly Christmas classic.  A definite family favorite.

Home Alone: need we say more? Definitely a must for any family movie night.

The Santa Clause: we love this one so much we watch it year-round. Appropriate for the whole family, it’s a heartwarming story about the spirit of Christmas.

Celebrating the holidays in your tiny home can be just as magical, even if you’re not staying in one place. Some simple decorations, a meal plan, and good entertainment can go a long way to giving you those warm, fuzzy feelings we all cherish and look forward to each year.

Have fun with it, and make sure to take pictures to capture memories of your handiwork!  Roll on Christmas, we’re ready!

Decorate Your RV for Christmas with these super cute decorating ideas.

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