Should you Decorate your Airbnb for Christmas?

airbnb airbnb host advice christmas festive holidays Nov 01, 2023

image above: The White Company

Depending on the type of short-term rental you have and where it's located, you may be considering decorating for the Holidays. Or maybe you always have! Kudos to you if that's the case. There is definitely effort involved in putting up seasonal decor and since this is a business you're running it's important to think about what that effort is costing you and if it's worth it.

Is your Airbnb likely to attract families over the Christmas period? Are you located in a popular tourist spot? Or are you more likely to cater for someone travelling on business who is looking for a well-serviced and comfortable stop gap. You need to think really critically about these questions when deciding whether decorating for Christmas is worth the investment, both financially and time-wise.

Ok. So you've thought long and hard about the questions above and decided that your lovely guests are really going to appreciate the extra effort you've gone to to decorate your rental for the holidays. Then this post is for you...

above image: The Vik

I have pulled together some inspiration, plus easy shopping boards, with decor that won't cost a fortune and is small enough to store in your supplies closet. Well, most of it anyway. I tried not to get carried away, but I am a designer after all and I LOVE sparkly Christmas decor.

I live in a part of the world that gets very dark, very early in the day this time of year. Let me tell you, those twinkly fairy lights are what get us through this season where you look at the clock at 8pm and it's been dark so long you'd swear it was midnight.

above image: Christiann Koepke



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The below board is a lovely way to show off an entry table or decorate a console table in a dining area. 

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In addition to adding some holiday decor, including a Christmas card or bottle of festive booze is a great way to welcome your guests and spread a little holiday joy. (Head to this blog to learn more small luxury touches with a big impact.)

above image: Christiann Koepke for West Elm

A wreath and some fairy lights can have a big impact and can be easily stored away for next year.

above image: Nazrin Babashova

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So there you have it, friend. Some impactful but simple ideas on how to sprinkle some festive cheer into your short-term rental.

Will you be decorating your Airbnb for Christmas this year? Let me know over on Instagram!

Happy decorating and happy hosting!


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