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  • Writer's pictureOleg Lisitsyn

Deck the Halls: Decorating Your Short-Term Rental for the Holiday Season

The holiday is a time of joy, warmth, and festive celebrations. It's also a fantastic opportunity for short-term rental owners to attract guests looking for a cozy getaway. Decorating your rental property can enhance appeal and create an unforgettable guest experience. Here's how you can transform your short-term rental into a magical holiday retreat, boosting both the spirits and bookings this festive season.

1. Embrace a Welcoming Holiday Theme

You can start by choosing a holiday theme that complements your property's style. Whether it's a classic winter wonderland, a modern chic celebration, or a rustic cabin Christmas, your theme should resonate with the overall ambiance of your property.

Tip: Keep it universally appealing. Remember, not all guests may celebrate Christmas, so consider a winter-themed decor that's festive but inclusive.

2. The Power of Lights

Nothing says 'holiday season' quite like twinkling lights. Add a cozy and inviting glow to your property with warm, white fairy lights. If you have an outdoor space, consider string lights in the garden or balcony for a magical touch.

Caution: Safety first! Ensure all lights are in good condition and use them responsibly to avoid fire hazards.

3. Festive Entryway

First impressions count. A holiday wreath on the door, a small Christmas tree, or a simple garland can make guests feel they're stepping into a unique space.

Tip: Personalize the welcome mat or add a holiday-themed sign at the entryway with a welcoming message.

4. Cozy Touches Indoors

Create a cozy nook where guests can curl up. Think soft throw blankets, holiday-themed cushions, and maybe even a tiny add to the decor and faux fireplace. These touches add to the decor and invite guests to relax and unwind.

Remember: Comfort is critical. Ensure your additions are not just decorative but also functional and comfortable.

5. The Scent of the Season

The holiday experience is as much about the scents as the sights. Subtle hints of pine, cinnamon, or baked cookies can immediately evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia.

How-to: Use scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or natural potpourri to infuse your space with holiday aromas.

6. Tasteful and Minimal Decorations

While going all out is tempting, remember that less is often more. Tasteful and minimal decorations can add a festive touch without overwhelming the space.

Idea: Opt for a small, tastefully decorated Christmas tree, a few strategically placed ornaments, and some elegant tabletop decor.

7. A Small Gift for Your Guests

Nothing delights guests like a small, thoughtful gift. Consider leaving a welcome basket with holiday treats, a local delicacy, or a simple ornament they can take home.

Pro Tip: Personalize the gift with a handwritten note wishing them a wonderful stay and a happy holiday season.

8. Safety and Accessibility

Please ensure your holiday decorations are clear of pathways, exits, or essential facilities. Safety should always remain a top priority.


Decorating your short-term rental for the holiday season can significantly enhance its charm and appeal, making it a desirable option for travelers. By creating a warm, inviting, and festive atmosphere, you not only increase the likelihood of bookings but also help create lasting holiday memories for your guests. And remember, if decorating and managing your property during this busy season seems daunting, partnering with a reliable property management company can alleviate the stress, allowing you to enjoy the holidays while your investment continues to flourish. Deck those halls and let the season's magic work wonders on your rental property!

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