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7 Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Hotel Room for the Holidays

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | November 29, 2015

7 Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Hotel Room for the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year for travel.

While a hotel room may never compare to home, here are seven easy ways to make your room into a festive holiday setting.  


It's hard to imagine the holidays without lights. A strand of white or multi-color lights will only cost you a few bucks and hanging them won't be any more difficult. 

Just pin them up with some tape or place them on the floor around the room to create that winter wonderland effect.


One easy way to freshen up your hotel room for the holidays is by bringing in a seasonal scent. Purchase a scented candle or air freshener for cheap, or just ask the front desk to see if they can provide you with one for the duration of your stay.


If your room or suite has a DVD player, just be sure to bring along some of your favorite holiday movies and shows. Otherwise, you should be able to rent one in the room without breaking the bank.

Fiber Optic Tree

Since few hotels and resorts will be willing to provide you with a real Christmas tree this holiday season (but we can think of at least one that will), a fake, travel-sized tree makes much more sense.

Depending on where you're headed and how you plan on getting there, a 20-inch or three-foot pre-lit fiber optic tree will serve you just fine. After all, the presents have to go somewhere.


This sweet beverage is synonymous with the holidays. And not only does it taste delicous, but it's a great jumping off point for a Christmas cocktail. 

If you're lucky, you can order one from room service. 


In addition to looking, smelling and tasting like the holidays, it will help if you have something to make your room sound like the holidays. Put together a holiday mix before you hit the road or bring along a speaker to get the most out of your smart phone or tablet playlist.

Wrap Presents

Few activities will compel you to embrace the holiday spirit like wrapping presents. The best part about wrapping gifts in the hotel room is that you won't have to worry about anyone peeking. 

Traveling with a significant other? No problem, just wrap the gifts ahead of time and bring them to the room for a private celebration. 


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