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10 RV Christmas Tree Ideas (Yes, You Can Have a Christmas Tree in an RV!)

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Sometimes people think living in an RV (whether full-time or short-term) means they won’t be able to enjoy their favorite holiday traditions—like putting up a Christmas tree! But that doesn’t have to be true. These RV owners found a way to have a tree in their campers and motorhomes, and so can you! 

Take a look at these 10 ideas for some Christmas tree inspiration.

1. Tabletop Mini Trees

A miniature tree is the perfect way to have a Christmas tree in a camper.  This one is actually ours that we decorated in our own RV.  We got the tree at Walmart and the decorations at Dollar Tree. 

Table top Christmas tree - perfectly sized for RV holiday decor. rvinspiration.com
by Ashley Mann

Another year we decided to go with a real mini tree that we found at the grocery store. This one is potted and can be planted outside after winter. Since I didn’t have a yard, I just gave it away after Christmas. 

Christmas Decor in Our RV 2018 | rvinspiration.com
by Ashley Mann

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You can get even smaller “trees” by using the trimmings from live Christmas trees. Stores like Lowes and Home Depot may even let you collect them for free. Added to a small jar or bucket like below, they will fit perfectly on a small shelf or side table.

Photo Credit: The Rosses Roam

If you’re in a motorhome, the dashboard makes a great place to set a tiny Christmas tree!

Tiny Christmas tree on motorhome dashboard
by Chris Serago Jenson

This small pre-lit tree from Walmart is popular with RVers. It’s the same tree as above and the same as the one in my own RV! I bought mine for around $15 and it has lasted for years.

Photo Credit: Heath & Alyssa

2. Garland Christmas Trees

No floor space for a tree? Hang your tree on a wall instead!

This “tree” was made by hanging faux evergreen branches on the wall with Command hooks:

Wall Christmas Tree by Amanda Pollard

Honestly if it weren’t for the gap between the “tree” and the presents, I wouldn’t have noticed it wasn’t a real tree!

3. Birch Log Ladder Tree

This minimalist tree was made of birch rods connected with rope and wrapped with lights and makes a lovely place for this RV owner to display trinkets and ornaments.

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Lacey Lowndes (@glampingaz)

You can make your own, or buy a tree like this on Amazon.

4. Tomato Cage Tree

Here’s a creative, lightweight, and inexpensive idea: an upside-down tomato cage decorated with big, floppy bows and a whimsical hat!

Tomato cage Christmas tree by Niqi Lewin

5. Short Christmas Trees

Add Christmas spirit without making your living area feel crowded by opting for a small tree.

Photo Credit: @ChelseaGuerrin

By setting a shorter tree on top of a side table, ottoman, or even the “doghouse” of a motorhome, you can achieve the look of a taller tree without having to sacrifice additional floor space.

I love the giant ornaments on this tree:

Christmas tree in a motorhome

This little tree blends in nicely with the rest of the camper’s decor:

I love how this RV owner used a storage ottoman with a tray lid as the base for her Christmas tree:

Christmas tree in RV with storage ottoman as base by Gaylene Charles-Getman
by Gaylene Charles-Getman

6. Themed Christmas Trees

One of the most fun things about having a Christmas tree in a camper is the opportunity to decorate it with a theme.

Like this tree adorned with miniature camper ornaments (which you can find on Amazon).

Christmas tree adorned with miniature camper ornaments by Sharon Beimers Semkiw
by Sharon Beimers Semkiw

Many RVers spend winter near the beach, which makes a beach-themed Christmas tree like this one perfect for the season.

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Photo Credit: Gail Alexander

7. Cactus Christmas Tree

How cool is this cactus Christmas tree?  Perfect if you’re spending winter in the desert (or wish you were)! 

If you want a cactus Christmas tree of your own, here’s one on Amazon!

Goplus 6 FT Pre-Lit Artificial Cactus Christmas Tree with LED Lights and Ball Ornaments, Perfect Holiday Decoration Indoor Xmas Tree
  • Unique Cactus Style - This christmas tree features unique cactus style design, which is different from traditional christmas tree. Very eye-catching, perfect for parties or as a special decoration indoors.

8. Real Christmas Trees

One way to have a larger Christmas tree in an RV without having to find a place to store it is to simply get a real tree! 

The one shown below is in a motorhome owned by Katie and Eric of the blog MountainModernLife.com.  If you don’t have space inside your RV, you could even set up a real tree with lights outside your RV!

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Pencil Trees

Pencil tree in RV by Tina Poe-Romine
by Tina Poe-Romine

Tall, skinny Christmas trees, sometimes called “pencil trees”, seem to be the most popular choice by far among most RV owners. Here’s a round-up of several of them:

10. Full Sized Christmas Trees

Some RV owners have even managed to fit a full-sized Christmas tree into their RV! Of course this might work better in some campers than others!

I love the little Christmas village around the base of this one:

Camper decorated for Christmas by Courtney Rowley
by Courtney Rowley

Nothing pairs better with a Christmas tree than a cozy fireplace. And look at those tiny stockings!

Large Christmas tree in camper by Megan Gregory
by Megan Gregory

But where do they store all their holiday decor?

Wondering what these RV owners do with their holiday decor when they’re not using it?

Here are their most common answers:

  • Some of them own a house and only use their RV for camping, so they store their camper Christmas decor in their house along with the rest of their holiday decor.
  • Some who live in their RV full-time have a storage shed or other location where they store some of their belongings, including their Christmas decor.
  • Some full-time RVers (myself included) keep their holiday decor in boxes or totes in the storage area under their RV, or in a cabinet, closet, or under the bed.
  • Some full-time RVers I know buy cheap holiday decor each year from the dollar store, donate it after Christmas, and replace it the next year.
  • Some RVers only decorate with natural decor such as real evergreen branches, cranberry garlands, paper chains, dried fruit, etc.  This way everything can be thrown away after the holiday but won’t end up in a landfill.
  • Some use a combination of the ideas listed above—for example, they may own a few sentimental ornaments and buy some strings of lights to decorate along with freshly cut greenery.

Read next: 12 Space-Saving RV Christmas Decor Ideas

Do you have a photo of a Christmas tree in your own RV?  Share it in the comment section below this post! 🙂

For more RV Christmas decorating ideas, check out my other blog posts:

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4 Comments

  1. So many ideas in one place! I LOVE them all! I think the table top tree would be best for my little camper! Thanks for all your hard work gathering all of these ideas!!!

  2. Yes! We are full time RVers with a 2 year old and I make sure to have a tree and decorate because of her! Check out my blog and IG! Adventuringwitharabella.com

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