25 Best Travel Christmas Ornaments

Vacation Christmas Ornaments to inspire wanderlust and celebrate your travels.

Tis’ the season. Time to remember all the adventures of the past year, and look forward to the new year coming up. Gifting Travel Christmas ornaments is a fun way to comemorate trips taken with friends and family, or surprise someone with a hint of what’s to come.

Sometimes it’s not possible to find what you are looking for on your round the world travels. That is why we’ve put together our list of favourite handcrafted ornaments from around the (Etsy) globe.

Not to worry DIYers, we’ve also hunted down some easy and sweet DIY travel ornaments for you to get your Holiday craft on too.

Whether you have someone special in mind (yes gifting to yourself counts), plan on using it to as a special gift topper or browsing for ideas, these travel Christmas ornaments will put a little merry and bright into your day.

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Travel Themed Christmas Tree Ornaments (For Everyone On Your Nice List)

Personalized Travel Christmas Ornaments

Travel Bauble With Wooden Signs

Commemorate your yearly travel destinations on tiny customized wooden signs, inside a snow or sand globe. You can can personalize up to 10 signs. Give the gift of precious memories with this travellers ornament.

I love this. What’s on your travel list for this year?

Glass Bauble Ornament with tiny wodden signs and sand
Photo Credit: Rusty Old Barn Company

Wooden Road Trip Map – USA

A personalized Travel Ornament made of hard maple, is a unique keepsake for your cross country ROAD TRIP. You can customize the engraving to the stops you made a long the way.

No need to get an ornament from each place you visit when you can map your whole trip in one go. This makes me want to go on a USA road trip, just to buy one of these ornaments.

USA shaped Wooden Ornament
Photo credit: BLOCKSetc

Pewter Suitcase Ornament

This sweet personalized ornament that would make a wonderful gift for the special traveller in your life (Hint Hint to my family members). Choose 5 or 6 cities / countries to have hand stamped on a pewter suitcase ornament. Pack your bags, let’s go!

pewter suitcase ornament
Photo credit: SouthernComfortZone

Whimsical Globe Ornaments

Whimsical globe ornaments with hand lettered customizable writing. What are you waiting for, the Adventure Awaits!

Globe ornaments different colours with writing
Photo Credit: Whimsy Type

Looking for more gift ideas? Try our guides to Camping Gift for Kids or the Ultimate Gift Ideas for RV Owners

Vacation Christmas Ornaments

Destination Specific Ornaments

Hand Painted Glass Destination Baubles

Magical hand painted glass baubles will sparkle up your Christmas Tree. Choose your own adventure with skylines of Venice, New York, Montreal, Rome, San Fransisco or ask for a custom order of a special place.

Hand Painted Ornament with Venice buidlings
Photo credit: NordicArtByAni

Destination Ceramic Ornaments

Simple clean designs, on ceramic ornaments, made with contemporary Eco-Friendly printing techniques, YES. I want one of these for my tree.

Heart Shaped Ceramic ornament, Paris buildings
Photo credit: Ornamentally You

Metal Country & State Themed Christmas Ornaments

These metal country or state themed Christmas Ornaments will shine on the Christmas Tree. Pick from countries around the world including this one shaped like Mexico

Metal Ornament shaped like Mexico
Photo Credit: Iron Made Art

Nothing says travelling more than maps.

Before the advent of smart phones I spent many an adventure carrying around a worn map to navigate the side streets of many cities, getting lost and found.

Ceramic Map Ornaments

These map wrapped ceramic ornaments, are delightful. You can choose from ski destinations like this cute Ski Colorado Ornament, or various USA cities such as Sante Fe, Chicago, and San Diego.

They can also map anywhere in the world, to celebrate a wedding, engagement, hometown or vacation destination.

Ceramic Map Ornament
Photo credit: Happily Ever More

You may also want to check out my article on beautiful and fun Places to Visit in Winter in the USA (psst it includes destinations like Keystone, Chicago and Breckenridge and more snowy vacation spots).

Vintage Map Ornament

Vintage maps encased in high quality glass and silver plated frame make these Map Ornaments, another item high on my wish list.

Customized to any destination in the world, they will be sure to impress your favourite travel lovers (who will also be equally impressed that you were actually listening to their many travel tales).

Vintage Map Ornament wrapped in glass and frame
Photo Credit: Local Inspirations

Upcycled Map Christmas Ornaments

Delightful Map Ornaments created from recycled maps and atlas pages, that can be customized.

Paper Map Ornament North Carolina
Photo Credit: Upcycled Chic by Becca

USA National Parks Ornaments

Visiting National Parks in the USA is a favourite pastime, whenever I am lucky enough to visit the States. Not only that, with travel restrictions this past summer many people were looking to travel closer to home, and national parks were a common place to visit.

USA National Park Christmas Ornaments

I’ve rounded up my favourite USA National Parks Travel Ornaments from Etsy. Away we go.

Yosemite National Park Wood Christmas Ornament

America’s favourite National Park, laser cut and made with sustainably harvested maple wood.

Yosemite National Park Ornament made of laser cut wood
Photo Credit: Steamer Lane Design

Yellowstone National Park Ornament

Vintage park design, on a ceramic ornament made with eco-friendly printing techniques.

Yellowston National Park Ornament, ceramic, bison and mountain
Photo Credit: Ornamentally You

Bryce Canyon National Park

Show your love for your favourite National Park. Many pinewood options to choose from, and 10% goes to the Park. What more could you ask for?

Bryce Canyon Ornament
Photo Credit: Freestyle Travel Shop

You may also like Bryce Canyon National Park One Day Itinerary ideas.

Grand Canyon & Grand Teton National Park Christmas Tree Ornaments

For a unique, more hand drawn look, choose these wooden Christmas tree ornaments that come in three sizes, and offer a wide selection of parks to pick from.

Wooden round National Park Ornament
Photo Credit: She Likes Letters

Add to your Christmas cheer with some handcrafted Holiday Decor. Travel beyond the tree.

Canadian Christmas Ornaments

I’m Canadian, so of course I have to include some of my favourite Canadian themed Christmas ornaments. You definitely should put Canada on your bucket list if you haven’t made it up here yet.

Canadian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Maple Leaf Christmas Ornament

There is no more an iconic symbol of Canada than the Maple Leaf (except maybe hockey). This gorgeous Maple Leaf Ornament is made with real maple leaves, dried, then finished in iridescent copper.

Canadian Maple Leaf Ornaments
Photo Credit: Birch Jewellery

Canadian Hand Painted Glass & Felt Ornaments

One of my favourite local artists is Robbie Craig. His art captures the essence of Canada, and while not your typical destination ornament, these gorgeous representations of Canada will be enjoyed for years to come.

We buy one or two a year, and gift these to friends and family regularly. So far we’ve bought mostly his felt ornaments for ourselves ( young kids = safer). This year, I am eyeing his beautiful hand painted glass ornaments. Photos to come!

Vancouver Wooden Christmas Ornament

Oh Vancouver, where sea and sky meet and the houses cost more than is reasonable. It’s a beautiful place to visit though.

 Round Wooden Ornament with Skline Vancouver buildings
Photo Credit: Nido Moments

Looking for other travel from home gift ideas? Universal Yums international snack box is fun. Check out our Universal Yums Review.

Toronto Glass Ornament

Collectible ornaments, with hand painted destinations from around the world, including Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. Add sparkle to the Christmas tree.

painted Toronto Ornament
Photo Credit: Best Pysanky

DIY Travel Christmas Ornaments

If you are feeling especially festive and crafty, I’ve put together a list of easy DIY Travel Christmas ornaments to inspire wanderlust.

DIY Christmas Ornaments
Photo: Zolotaosen via canva.com

Easy DIY Travel Themed Christmas Tree

  • Souvenirs – take all those trinkets, key chains, and small souvenirs from your travels over the years just sitting in a box somewhere, add some twine, a paperclip and hang on your tree. A Travel Theme Christmas tree made easy.
  • Postcards & Photos – Take your favourite travel photos, and/or postcards, pin to a strand of twinkling lights with mini-clothespins and drape around your tree.
  • DIY Mason Jar Ring Map Ornament – oh this looks so fun & easy enough for kids to make | Happy Mothering
  • Suitcase Ornaments – perfect use for all those empty altoid tins and scraps of fabric. Add a few travel stickers and you are ready to travel! | Sadie Seasonsgood
  • Easy Map Ornament Tutorial – commemorate your travels with Maps + Craft Paper tags = sweet memories | Blue i Style
  • Salt Shaker Snow Globes – Put in a favourite travel photo, switch out the snow for sand, and make it a travel snow globe |The Soccer Mom Blog

Now that you have 25 beautiful and fun ideas for Travel Christmas Tree Ornaments you are well on your way to making someone’s holiday season. Or maybe you want to decorate a Travel Christmas Tree of your own ( no judgement, I’m almost there myself).

Which one is your favourite? How do you like to incorporate your travels into holiday decorations? Let us know in the comments below, or connect with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

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10 thoughts on “25 Best Travel Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Great post! We always try to pick up a Christmas ornament when we travel. They can be hard to find when we travel during the summer: thanks for your tips so we canorder on-line.

  2. My husband and I love to grab an ornament from a vacation destination. My current favorite is the one we got from Paris!

    Great post and I love all the different travel ornaments. I’m never thought of getting one from a national park but that is happening the next time we go.

  3. I absolutely love this idea and I am not sure why I never thought of it! I love the idea of having all your travel adventures on display. I usually collect key chains and I actually think I want to someday try to unhook them from their ring and tie string instead to use them as ornaments. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Grislean |gemlesschosen.com

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