Yes, You Can Have a Christmas Tree in an RV!

Examples of Christmas trees in RVs
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Spending the holidays in your camper or motorhome doesn't mean you have to miss out on having a Christmas tree!

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 such as 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 their ideas for some inspiration.

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 last year.  We got the tree at Walmart and the decorations at Dollar Tree.  You can see the rest of our holiday/winter decor from last year in this blog post.

Table top Christmas tree - perfectly sized for RV holiday decor.

by Ashley Mann

This year we decided to go with a real mini tree that we found at Whole Foods.  This one is potted and can be planted outside.  Since I don’t have a yard, I will probably give it away after winter…or just set it on the patio next summer and decorate it again next year!  (You can read about how I made the removable holiday cover for our wall sconce in this article.)

Christmas Decor in Our RV 2018 |

by Ashley Mann

This is probably the most adorable mini tree I’ve ever seen.  You could easily make it yourself – just visit a Christmas tree lot, bring home one of the trimmings, and stick it in a cute container of coffee beans!  (Tip: Lowe’s and Home Depot will often let you collect the branches trimmed off other people’s Christmas trees for free!)  A small strand of battery powered fairy lights would be perfect for illuminating a tiny tree like this. (By the way, the little camper is available here.)

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

Alternative Christmas Trees

Wall 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

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.

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

Short Christmas Trees

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:

This lovely tree sits on top of a mini fridge!  (That miniature camper from Target seems to be a popular item!)

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Another one of the hardest things I do when decorating for Christmas is the tree. We have no space for on the floor so we had to be creative and sit our tree on top of our mini fridge. We also had to take the bottom portion of our tree off and just put the top and center in the stand! It was way too tall sitting on the fridge. But even with all of that we still managed to get it in front of our big window by the front door and that was my main goal! I refused to have a Christmas without a tree, even if it did mean we lost out on some useful space! 🏠🚙💙: Comment down below, What are some things that you refuse to live without in your tiny home? Or your general. And what are some creative solutions you've used to make it work? 📷: edited with my Merry and Bright preset, link in the bio. #mycamperchristmas #christmasinthecamper #camperchristmas #rvholidays #rvchristmas #tinyhousechristmas #tinyhome #christmasdecor #christmas #christmasdecorating #rvlife #tinychristmas #camperliving #camper #hannahopresets #holidaydecor #home #homedecor #homefortheholidays #interiordesign #interiordecorating #dogparents #husbandandwife #hearthandhand #targetchristmas #christmastree #targetstyle #stylethebullseye

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

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

by Gaylene Charles-Getman

Camping Themed Christmas Tree Decor

One of the most fun things about having a Christmas tree in a camper is the opportunity to decorate them with a camping 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

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  If you don’t have space inside your RV, you could even set up a real tree with lights outside your RV!

Pencil Trees

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:

Christmas tree in camper owned by Bobbi Gearhart

by Bobbi Gearhart

RV in fifth wheel owned Tracy Fuhs

by Tracy Fuhs

Pencil Christmas tree for RV by Melissa Redden

by Melissa Redden

Vicki Garcia Christmas tree in fifth wheel

by Vicki Garcia

Pencil tree in RV by Tina Poe-Romine

by Tina Poe-Romine

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

Such a cozy living room!

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’s 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.

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:

24 Campers & Motorhomes All Decked Out for Christmas

Holiday RV Decor to Cheer You Up All Winter

12 Space-Saving Holiday Decor Ideas for RV’s and Tiny Houses

Spending Christmas in an RV doesn't mean you can't have a tree! These RVers made one fit, and so can you! | #RV #camper #motorhome #RVing #fulltimeRVing

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  1. beckywadley 20 December, 2018 at 13:19 Reply

    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!!!

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