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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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Chemainus, Canada
Level 2

This is great information, as I never thought to get bookings for the holidays as my house is so busy at the time, but with all the great hints I can combine what I like with guests if I choose. Thanks Airbnb

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Medford, OR
Level 1

I follow all of these tips. I usually have my calendar updated with pricing and multiple nights set up in the spring. I decorate the house in a winter theme; I do not use anything with perfumes. I also ask my guests that stay over a holiday if they need a roasting pan, soup pot, table cloths, napkins, you know- fancy stuff to make their holiday meal even more special. This will be my 3rd "holiday" season and I hope to make my guests stay remarkable. Happy hosting!

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Saint Marys, Canada
Level 1

I like the feeling of being supported and some tips I’m doing some not but always good reading 

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 10

Thanks @Airbnb @Carey66 @Tiina1 @Barbara2017 @Kc42

 

Happy Holidays from Auckland, New Zealand where we have sunny summer Christmas / New Year Holidays and outdoor living in the opposite to some of you folk where it will be snowing!!
Enjoy your snow & nice hot fires.

 

We will try do our best to be outdoors in the sun, visiting the beach/swimming and the great outdoors.

Hope you are coming to see us in New Zealand!!

If so, send a message or make a booking!!

See you soon

Central To All Home & Location

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Toronto, Canada
Level 10

This year I accepted a longer term stay over  December and January. A family from Egypt. I am not sure about their expectations but I sure will ask if they would like a Christmas tree. I always try not to impose season decor and traditions when hosting guests from all over the world. 

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Cleveland, OH
Level 2

I don't think it would be a problem displaying Canadian/American traditions for your worldly guests.  "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!"  Thanks for sharing.

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Kingston, Jamaica
Level 1

Thanks much great tips but I'll not encourage a party.

 

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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West Sacramento, CA
Level 2

As soon as I can get into the apartment between guests (it's still October), I will set up the holiday decor, take pictures and then remove the holiday items.  All this so I can post the "Holiday" pictures in my listing for potential December guests.  It's fun too!

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Cleveland, OH
Level 2

Good idea!  I think I'll try this too.

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Yzerfontein, South Africa
Level 2

Thank you for the tips.  I really try to adhere to them!

 

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Nairobi, Kenya
Level 2

Thank you,very good tips here.

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Ottawa, IL
Level 4

I add seasonal coffee creamers too

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

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Hervey Bay, Australia
Level 1

Yes , I try to keep up with everything and have Specials things according to the Seasons 🙂 

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

Level 1

Wow!  Many thanks for the tips

Re: 10 ways to make the most of holiday hosting

Level 1

Great tips to be thinking of Thanks

 

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