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The holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready for the busy booking season? From taking advantage of the high demand to adding festive touches throughout your space, there are so many ways to make the most of this time of year. Here are our top 10 tips.

 

1. Get ahead of the rush

Did you know that New Year’s Eve is one of Airbnb’s most-booked nights of the year? “We usually get bookings for New Year’s Eve as early as August,” say Branka and Silvia from Zagreb, Croatia. And it’s not just the New Year. Guests typically make their travel plans months in advance, so it’s never too early to update your calendar for the season. What you don’t want is for someone to book your space before you’ve had a chance to update pricing, availability, and other requirements.

 

2. Plan your calendar

Are your holiday plans set? Be sure to block off any dates in your calendar when you won’t—or might not—be available to host. And if you’re listing your space on other websites, use the calendar sync feature to avoid double bookings and associated cancellations.

 

3. Take note of special events

In addition to holidays like Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, some cities have special events that draw lots of visitors. Are any popular local festivals or concerts on the horizon? These dates will be important to know as you set your calendar. Stay in the loop about what’s coming to your area by connecting with your local tourism bureau, joining social media groups, and signing up with an event app or website.

 

4. Play with pricing

Do a bit of market research to figure out how to best price your space for the season. That means looking at the competition, whether it’s other Airbnb hosts or local hotels. Another option? Turn on Smart Pricing, which will automatically update your nightly rate based on your settings and over 70 factors that can influence price, including seasonal demand. Just be sure to set a minimum price so your rate will never fall below a number you’re comfortable with.

 

5. Consider a minimum-stay requirement

Once you have a sense of all the holidays and other important dates, customize the settings in your calendar. Many hosts choose to set a minimum-stay requirement for popular dates.  Requiring guests to book a minimum number of nights can mean less time managing your space—and cleaning!—while maximizing your earnings.

 

6. Revisit your House Rules

With all the upcoming festivities, now’s a great time to clarify what guests can and can’t do in your space. Are they allowed to host a New Year’s Eve party? What about having a few family members over for Thanksgiving dinner? You may want to make your House Rules more strict or lenient this time of year and remind guests that they need to agree to these rules before they book.

 

7. Welcome families

For parents traveling with children, a family-friendly space can be its own cause for celebration. Attract more guests and make their experience even more enjoyable by stocking up on the amenities families love, like a crib, high chair, toys, and board games. Consider also providing info to help your guests make the most of your city. Superhost Elsie from Nashville puts it in her guidebook. “Having a dedicated space in your guidebook for activities to do with kids makes all the difference.”

 

8. Add a festive touch

Want to create an extra special stay for guests? Let the season inspire you, from bringing in festive holiday decor to sharing local foods and traditions. “[Guests] really appreciate the extra effort and ‘homey’ feel of the house,” say hosts Kelly and Larry from New Braunfels, Texas. “I am happy when I see them on the porch with the pumpkins lit or by the Christmas tree sipping hot chocolate in the mugs I left for them.”

 

9. Keep weather in mind

Does your area get lots of snow during the holiday season? Or maybe your summer starts in December. Visitors might not be familiar with your region’s typical weather conditions. Consider stocking your space with any must-have items like umbrellas, snow shovels, or even sunscreen—these types of amenities go a long way toward making guests comfortable. And remember to provide any need-to-know instructions. For example, host Monica from Ormstown, Canada, tells guests: “The driveway is cleared by one of our tractors when it has stopped snowing; the front steps and landing is the responsibility of the guest.”

 

10. Don’t forget about safety

Speaking of weather, your gas heaters, generators, and chimneys may be used more in the colder months. With that use comes an elevated risk of home fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Outfit your space with one or more fire extinguishers, along with a smoke and CO alarm.It’s also a good idea to have chimneys and heating vents serviced annually, checking for things like blockages and corrosion. It’s a hectic time of year—take a few simple precautions and make safety one less thing to worry about.

 

What are your tips for festive, fuss-free hosting over the holidays? Share in the comments below!

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Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Telluride, CO
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Thank you Airbnb this information is most helpful. Sincerely, Chef Kendra A. Wilcox www.KendrasKitchen.com 

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Cape Town, South Africa
Level 2

Thank you for the tips - we are approaching the festive season and these are most helpful.

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Mellieha, Malta
Level 2

Very useful tips with some ideas l’ll adopt, thank you.

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Bellingen, Australia
Level 1

Your description is so northern hemisphere biased. In Australia the main concern is not wood or gas heaters but the heat of summer. Please catch up!

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 10

Couldn't agree more @Pauline522  we Southern Hemisphere folk must make sure others who are involved in ABB remember we live on this little planet to where it's now finally summer!

 

Sitting outside in the sun enjoying views over towards the Harbour away from my place!!

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
Level 1

We enjoy putting lights outside and inside around the windows, changing the colour of the placemats with the season, adding a warm cozy throw blanket and a cute little live Christmas tree pre decorated with lights.  Home baking, local chocolates, Christmas Blend coffee and teas.  Just a few extra make it “feel like home” touches. 

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York, United Kingdom
Level 2

This year I have a couple joe and Josh who have booked my place to spend their very first Christmas together. I'm so pleased they chose my place. I always like to get a new Christmas decorating each year, so I will get them both a little something to put under the tree too. Regarding safety, mentioned above. The house has two smoke detectors one upstairs and one downstairs and a CO in the kitche. A tip, if it helps... Next to the first aid kit I have a torch ready for the guests just in case.

This is my second Christmas and I'm looking forward to decorating the house for all the guest this December. Hope you all have a good festive Month 🙂 I'll add pictures to my Insta page next month to share any ideas. 

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San Diego, CA
Level 2

I always have holiday decorations in my condo through out the year .Each specific holiday I decorate accordingly. This post is a great reminder how inviting for our guest to feel the holiday day magic with ambiance. Very welcoming and memorable. Always love Airbnb ubdates

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Chgo, IL
Level 2

I hand-painted wood slices and had the name of my cabin and the year laser etched on the back. I leave them in a wire basket on the kitchen counter with a note thanking them for staying with us during the season. Each guest chooses an ornament of their choice to take home as a souvenir. So far, it's a big hit! 

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