How to host the best Christmas for your guests

By Amy Ahlblad

It's the host wonderful time of the year—and a chance to make the holidays away from home all that more comfortable for your guests. Going the extra mile promises a great experience, and a few decorations during the holidays can mean the world to guests who are celebrating the holidays in a new destination. Besides the basics, here are our favorite, five-star ways for you to host the best Christmas for your guests, all of which are simple, out-of-the-box, and unforgettable.

Email a holiday edition of your welcome packet

Be the host who gives the most and clue visiting guests in on the best holiday and winter activities in your area. These could be any number of things, including, but not limited to, Christmas tree lightings, the best neighborhood decorations, ice skating, seasonal theater performances, unique church services, public cookie decorating parties for young families, and Christmas markets.

Bonus points: Include restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, as well as suggestions for local restaurants with festive menus and/or holiday specials.

Photo courtesy of Food and Wine.

Set up a hot cocoa bar

With a few simple (and inexpensive) ingredients, you can set the stage for a fun and memorable activity for your guests. Assuming that a kettle will already be provided, include powdered hot cocoa, candy canes or cinnamon sticks to stir, and whipped cream or marshmallows to top it all off. Bring out the winter-themed mugs and allow children and adults alike to relish in crafting their own custom cocoas together.

Bonus points: If you have an outdoor fireplace, consider a festive s'mores bar. Leave guests with graham crackers, chocolate (or peppermint bark!), and marshmallows to roast.

Photo courtesy of Betty Crocker.

Create a holiday movie basket

If you won't be watching "Elf" and "Home Alone" yourself, place your favorite holiday movies in a basket to welcome guests—complete with popcorn and a bag of sweets. If you haven't seen a physical DVD since 2008, leave guests with a handwritten card that has all the holiday movies available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

Bonus points: Add a few pairs of fluffy socks that guests can wear during their stay and then take home with them as a cozy keepsake.

Photo courtesy of Country Living.

Fashion a holiday photo booth

All you will need are a few silly, holiday props and a sheet of wrapping paper to set the stage for a fun and memorable activity. Hang the sheet of wrapping paper behind a closet door to open up when the spirit hits.

In a basket, place a few fluffy hats, reindeer horns, and faux poinsettia flowers, for example. Keep decorations non-denominational and celebrate all festivities that take place during the month of December. Decorations can be found at your local party store or on Amazon!

Bonus points: Include a disposable or Polaroid camera. Physical photos are always appreciated, even in the digital age.

Photo courtesy of the Hallmark Channel.

Opening our homes, as well as our hearts, is the best way to spread holiday cheer with guests, new friends and loved ones. To give is the best gift. And with that, Glamping Hub wishes you health, happiness, and a wonderful holiday season!


For more tips on how to be a fantastic host, check out our post on how to lower your accommodation's carbon footprint here!