Decorating your Campsite for the Holidays

by Kendra Clapp OlguínDec 15, 2020

Whether you are wintering somewhere warm or planning on celebrating at the campground, many of us find that we’re not home for the holidays this season. If there’s anything I learned from the multitude of Santa movies, it’s that there isn’t just one way of spreading holiday cheer.

Here are some ideas on how to decorate your campsite for the holidays.

Opt for a Different Christmas Tree

Finding ourselves in sunny Florida while staying at the Ocean Grove RV Resort, we visited a nearby plant nursery in St. Augustine where there were plenty of festive and tropical trees from which to choose. We chose an adorable little kumquat tree to string lights on and picked up a few smaller palms to help set the mood.

The inside of a plant nursery in St. Augustine, Florida. A brick path is surrounded by palm trees and various other types of plants.
Close up of a lit kumquat tree in front of an Airstream trailer.

A New Take on the Classics

Inspired by our surroundings, we covered a wreath ring we purchased with palm leaves from one of the plants we bought. Wanting a pop of red, I finished the topped it off with a few tropical flowers. Don’t be afraid of trying something new on a holiday classic.

An Airstream trailer with a palm leaf wreath hung on its door.

All About the Lighting

Let it all glisten and gleam! Any interior decorator will tell you that lighting dramatically impacts your setting. Not to mention, the holidays are kind of synonymous with all things glittery. Grab those string lights and light those candles. We found that a lantern was a terrific way to keep those candles lit because the wind can definitely snuff out your vibe. A bonus is that it makes it extra festive!

String lights on the outside of an Airstream trailer, decorated for the holidays.
A close up of candles on a table with presents.

Make it Mini

As many RVers can attest, a mini Christmas tree is a fun and manageable way to bring the holiday inside your trailer. We grabbed this beauty for just $39! With all sorts of holiday sales, you’re sure to find one that fits your RV and budget.

A miniature decorated Christmas tree sitting on top of table inside of an Airstream trailer.
Someone hanging up a decorative white wooden beaded garland around a snowy miniature Christmas tree.
A woman sits on a couch inside of an Airstream trailer, holding a cat. A miniature decorated Christmas tree sits on top of the table surrounded by gifts and treats. A cat sleeps on the other side of the couch.

Bring the Outside In

Again inspired by sunny Florida, we chose tropical ornaments of gold flowers and palm leaves and combined them with some leftover flowers from the wreath we had made.

After going for a walk around Rock Crusher Canyon RV Resort, we found a few beautiful pinecones along the road. Of course, I’m not advocating for damaging your campsite, just using items such as pinecones that have fallen from trees or perhaps palm leaves that the landscapers have trimmed. Use your best judgment and be respectful.

Someone hanging a tropical red flower on a miniature Christmas tree hung with golden ornaments.
A close up of pine cones sitting under a miniature Christmas tree inside an RV trailer.
A gold flower ornament hanging on a decorated snowy miniature Christmas tree inside of an RV trailer.

Treat Yourself

From cookies and hot chocolate to goodies and gifts, these little treats are what make the season extra special. Bringing these holiday traditions with you on the road is a quick way to make your Campspot feel like home.

PS. If you’re stuck on what to get the camper or RVer in your family, our Campspot 2020 Gift Guide is STOCKED full of suggestions. See what I did there?

A woman takes a picture of a man holding up his Christmas gift. They are inside an Airstream trailer with a miniature Christmas tree between them.
A black cat sticks its head inside of a present.
Someone kicks up their feet, wearing comfortable slippers, and is looking at a miniature Christmas tree with cookies and pinecones underneath it. They are inside of an Airstream RV trailer.

Happy Holidays, Campspotters!

A man and a woman sit outside on camping chairs with a lit miniature Christmas tree between them. They are under an awning of an Airstream trailer.