Need some ideas for decorating your Christmas tree this year? Celebrate your love of travel with a travel themed Christmas tree!
Keep reading for my favorite Christmas tree themes for travel lovers.
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First things first: the Christmas tree
Given the amount of traveling I do between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I just can’t keep up with a real tree.
For this reason, I didn’t have a Christmas tree in my apartment until 2016. 2016 is now known as the year I finally broke down and got a fake Christmas tree.
I’m with ya…I loathe fake Christmas trees. But I learned a few things you can do to select a good fake tree, as well as enhance it to make it seem more real.
How to make a fake tree seem real
Pick as full a tree as your home can fit. This will help hide the ugly metal “branches.”
You’ll likely have to spend some time fluffing the branches to help fill in empty spaces.
If you already have a fake tree and it’s sparse, you can fill in empty spots with lots of trimmings and ornaments. You might also want to consider adding tree-like garland around the trunk if it sticks out too much.
To make up for the lack of natural pine scent, get a tube of Scentsicles!
Scentsicles are Christmas tree scented sticks that can be hung on fake trees, like an ornament.
I hide mine toward the trunk of the tree so they can’t be seen. The scent can be overpowering at first, so if you can’t do strong scents, you might also want to consider getting a pine tree scented candle to burn when you are at home.
My favorite Christmas tree themes
To make your Christmas tree the best ever, go with a travel theme. Here are my 4 favorite ways to decorate a travel themed Christmas tree.
Fans of Disney
If you’re a fan of Disney’s theme parks, a Disney themed tree would be an adorable addition to your home during the holidays.
My mom is just as big a fan of Disney as I am, and she decorates her tree with a Disney theme from top to bottom!
You could decorate your tree with ornaments from all the parks you’ve been to, complete with ornaments adorned with the year(s) you’ve visited.
Picture frame ornaments with photos from your trips would also be a fun addition. A Disney character for the tree topper is a must!
If you have a favorite character, you could design your Christmas tree theme after that character.
For example, a Cinderella tree might have lots of crystal, silver, and blue ornaments, mixed in with Cinderella and her friends, as well as silver ribbon or light blue beads.
A Minnie Mouse tree definitely needs red and white polka dot bows and Minnie Mouse ornaments.
Your favorite vacation destination
If you travel to a specific travel destination regularly, consider designing your Christmas tree theme after that destination.
For example, a Paris tree might have lots of silver and pink, Eiffel Tower ornaments, a fleur-de-lis topper, and romantic ribbon or beads.
A New England themed Christmas tree might have faux blueberry or cranberry beads and ornaments with lobsters, lighthouses, bears, moose, fishermen, and Boston sports on them.
Travel themed Christmas tree
If you’re just as obsessed with seeing ALL of this beautiful world, like I am, a general travel theme will be perfect for you.
Keep your tree trimmings simple and go nuts with ornaments that relate to travel destinations and travel in general.
Picture frame ornaments with photos from your travels are a fun way to show off where you’ve been, too.
It’s rather easy to find travel themed ornaments. I got a bunch from Target when I first got my Christmas tree, as well as a few from a Christmas market in Paris.
I also pick up ornaments during my travels, such as the gorgeous New Orleans themed Santa Claus ornament I bought on a recent trip.
If you don’t have travels planned between now and Christmas, there are plenty of local stores and online shops where you can get fun travel themed ornaments.
Amazon, Target, and Macy’s all have a treasure trove of travel themed Christmas ornaments.
Another spot to check for ornaments are local flea and craft markets.
If you have so many travel photos that you don’t know what to do with, why not decorate your tree with them?
Picture frame ornaments can be found at low cost, so the tricky part will likely only be finding a site or store that can print your photos small enough to fit in each frame.
Check out my post about photo gifts for tips on my favorite places to get my travel photos printed.
When I got my first Christmas tree, I also picked up a few picture frame ornaments.
I also got a frame ornament with the current year and added a picture from one of my trips.
I loved seeing it every time I walked by my Christmas tree that I think I’ll be adding a new one every year.
Last but not least, as with the travel themed Christmas tree, keep trimmings low key so your travel photo ornaments are the main star.
It seems everyone has a preference when it comes to trimmings for their Christmas tree.
I do not to use garland, tinsel, beads, or ribbon on my tree. Since my tree is not too big, I think trimmings would overpower the awesome travel themed ornaments hanging on the tree.
For those of you who think trimmings are a must, a travel themed ribbon could be a lot of fun!
Check your local craft or fabric store, such as Joann’s or M&J Trimming, for fun ribbon, like a map print, palm trees, etc.
If your ornaments have a cohesive color palette, you could use garland, ribbon, or beads in a color within that palette, as well.
Sure, you could just get a plain star or angel to put on the top of your tree.
Or you could be super extra and get a Christmas tree topper that matches your Christmas tree theme more closely!
Perhaps a Disney character as an angel for a Disney parks themed tree, or a plane for a general travel themed tree. The opportunities are nearly endless!
Christmas tree skirts
A tree skirt is used to hide large Christmas tree stands. It’s also a fun way to tie together a Christmas tree theme.
It might be hard to find a tree skirt that is travel themed, but that’s not terrible. It might even be best to get something neutral to let the tree itself shine.
For my tree, I use a tan faux fur skirt. It’s super luxe and the faux fur adds to the wintry vibe.
Travel themed Christmas decor
Once you get your Christmas tree all set, you’ll probably want to spread the Christmas tree elsewhere in your home! Perhaps a wreath for your front door, scented candles, Santa statues, etc?
Depending on your theme, you could also decorate with items that aren’t explicitly Christmas decorations.
For example, if you have a Parisian themed Christmas tree, you can extend the theme to the rest of your home with toile curtains, pillows with french sayings, perhaps an Eiffel tower statue. You get the idea!
How will you decorate your Christmas tree this year?
Now that we’ve decked out your tree, it’s time for some online shopping for gifts to put under it!
This post was originally published on November 3, 2017. It was last updated on October 18, 2019.