How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room Festive at Christmas - Lucy Williams Global

Are you going away for the festive season? Here is how to make your cruise cabin or hotel room more festive over Christmas.

A holiday cruise can be very special, but it will be different from being at home, especially on Christmas day if you are used to being in your own home.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

The best Christmas cruises are the ones where you either are getting away from it all or you have the extended family on the cruise with you.

Whether you set sail for the winter holidays with Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruises, etc on one of the smaller ships or large ships you will have a wonderful time in the ports of call and on board.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR CABIN OR HOTEL ROOM MORE FESTIVE OVER CHRISTMAS

Winter Wonderland

A Christmas cruise a or cruise during the holiday season will be full of holiday spirit around the ship.

There will be lots of Christmas decorations, gingerbread villages, and Christmas trees, maybe even the crew will be wearing Santa hats.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

Holiday activities for the whole family, these seasonal activities in the public areas vary from live music, religious services, deck parties, Christmas dinner, making gingerbread houses and Father Christmas making an appearance.

Inside the cabin (stateroom) the decorations stop, so bringing a few home comforts or Christmas decorations is a great way to make the holiday celebrations festive in your own space on board.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

Christmas Holiday

I have spent many Christmases away on cruise ships travelling with my husband, but most of those years I was working onboard.

I found it hard to get in the Christmas spirit sometimes. So, to get me into the Christmas spirit I decorated my cabin, so it was full of holiday cheer.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

This is why I decided to share how to make wherever you are whether it be your cruise cabin, hotel room, or just not home more festive with these little Christmas decorations.

Bear in mind that some cruise lines and hotels may have regulations as to what decorations you can use, so check first before you start burning candles.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CRUISE CABIN MORE FESTIVE OVER CHRISTMAS

Here are a few ideas to make your Christmas cruise more festive.

ADVENT CALENDAR

I love an advent calendar! Counting down to Christmas is so much fun and who doesn’t love a small piece of chocolate every morning?

Or maybe you love little beauty gifts every day. An advent calendar will get you in the Christmasy mood. This is nice for kids and adults.

decorative advent calendar with christmas illustration in house

Christmas Diffuser

Make where you are smell like Christmas. I love Yankee Candles in Sparkling Cinnamon as they smell just like Christmas.

Candles are not allowed on board in your cabin, so these Yankee Candle Sparkling Cinnamon Diffusers have the same smell without burning a candle. Or bring the spray version.

air freshener on a marble tray

Christmas Stockings

Christmas is not Christmas without a stocking! These are a great way to decorate the cabin and will keep the kids excited waiting for Santa Claus to come.

You can bring one for each family member to be filled or get a pre-filled one to open on Christmas morning.

a row of christmas stockings hanging on wooden wall

Christmas Chocolate or Candy Canes

Ok, there is loads of food on the cruise and there are special menus at Christmas, but this is a nice way to bring a little bit of home to the cabin.

Christmas chocolate is one of my favourite parts of Christmas, as it is Christmas so we can eat what we like!

Also, it is nice to give out small gifts of chocolate or candy canes to new friends or to the crew members on Christmas Eve.

How to Make Your Cabin or Hotel Room More Festive Over Christmas

Christmas Fairy Lights

Brighten up the room with Christmas fairy lights. Battery-powered lights are easy to put around the cabin and make it look festive.

yellow string lights

Small Christmas Tree

A small Christmas tree is a nice touch for the cabin. Go for a fibre optic Christmas tree to light up the cabin or hotel room or opt for the traditional pre-decorated tree.

There are loads of options from miniature Christmas trees to small wooden trees that are easy to pack.

photo of lighted christmas tree

Christmas Magnets

The cruise cabin walls are magnetic, so bring some Christmas magnets. This is a really easy way to decorate the cabin for your Christmas cruise.

closeup of christmas gingerbread on a table

For more Christmas decoration ideas for your cruise cabin click here.

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21 Comments

  1. Marni Newhouse
    November 30, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    We love to bring some Christmas-y art for the door, and hang a couple of ornaments from the mail box outside the door. Inside, some of those fun ‘gummy’ (aren’t I descriptive?) stickers on the mirror.

    • November 30, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      I know exactly what you mean by the ‘gummy’ decorations, I have had them in the past and put them on the window!

  2. December 9, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Thanks for this post. These tips are pretty cool! I never thought of decorating my hotel room for a holiday. But why not? I would imagine hotels on solid ground would have regulations about candles as well.

    • December 11, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Thank you! Just a bit of Christmas fun! šŸŽšŸŽ„ā›„ļø

  3. December 9, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Aww this is a lovely idea! I bought advent calendars when we were living in a hostel, everyone laughed at us but I’m pretty sure they were secretly jealous! Didn’t buy any other decorations, although we did raid the cupboard and found most of a Christmas tree to put up lol. I also handed out little packages with candy canes, little chocolate Santas and chocolate coins to all the long-termers. šŸ™‚

    • December 11, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Thank you! It makes a difference when you are not at home for the holidays šŸŽ„ Love that you found most of a tree to put up! Lol šŸ˜‚ I forgot about chocolate money!

  4. December 10, 2017 / 4:33 am

    Great tips. I too wouldn’t want to miss the festive mood when traveling. Mostly I try to compensate with eats. šŸ™‚ Next time I will do similar decorations.

  5. December 10, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Even though I am not a hugely festive person I love that some people are!! The candles and fairy lights are an especially good idea!

    • December 11, 2017 / 11:48 am

      I think smells change the atmosphere so a candle or diffuser is nice to have.

  6. December 10, 2017 / 6:16 am

    This post gave me soooo many ideas! My gosh. Such unique and creative ideas to ring in Christmas! I LOVE Quality street and have fond memories of finding a box by my pillow side as a kid!
    Great tips Lucy. Fairy lights are adorable:) Seasons greetings!

    • December 11, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! Merry Christmas šŸŽ„ Quality Street & Roses were always in my family home at Christmas time too šŸ¬

  7. December 10, 2017 / 6:17 am

    This post gave me soooo many ideas! My gosh. Such unique and creative ideas to ring in Christmas! I LOVE Quality street and have fond memories of finding a box by my pillow side as a kid!
    Great tips Lucy. Fairy lights are adorable:) Seasons greetings!

  8. December 10, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Love this idea! I know a lot of us travelers tend to be away from home during the holidays and can usually result in a little bit of homesickness, so making your current place feel a little bit more festival is a great way to lift the mood!

    • December 11, 2017 / 11:52 am

      I think so! I missed 8 years of Christmas’s and this always made me feel better over the holidays šŸŽ„

  9. authenticfoodquest
    December 11, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Great tips for taking Christmas wherever you may be traveling to. Love the simplicity of the fairy lights. Happy holidays!

  10. December 12, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Love the idea of traveling with some fairy lights and a small Christmas tree! I’ve stayed in a few hotels over the feative season which actually have little decorations in the room, and it always makes me smile. Something small but it goes a long way to lifting your spirits and getting into the festive atmosphere!

    • December 13, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Thank you! That is lovely, such a nice touch šŸŽ„ Merry Christmas šŸŽ„

  11. December 13, 2017 / 2:55 am

    Around Christmas, we have a competition for Christmas Decoration. The idea is to see whose decoration of their workspace is best. At the end of the day, the office is transformed into a fairyland. This time I will take a leaf or two from your post and I am sure I will rock.

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