How to Decorate a Golf Cart for Christmas

Updated on April 7, 2018
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Christmas is a month-long state-of-mind for me. This festive time of loved ones, parties, gifts, and religious celebrations is so special.

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Fun with Christmas Decorations and Parades

Will Santa show up in a golf cart this Christmas? Golf carts aren't just for golfing anymore. In many communities, the golf cart serves as a second car and people zip around in them just for fun. Some communities with lots of them hold a Christmas parade. Even if you don't have a parade, you can still decorate yours for the holiday. You'll enjoy the surprise on people's faces when they see your Christmas-themed golf cart coming.

Actually, we're a two-golf-cart family since we keep one for running around our retirement community and keep the other one loaded up ready for the golf course.

I've even seen the golf cart serve as part of the Christmas yard decorations with the addition of lighted reindeer. Just put Santa and his pack of toys into the cart and make your yard stand out from all the rest on the street.

This is an evening parade, so there are lighted decorations on the carts. I really liked one cart that was decorated like an igloo. There were some other great ideas in the parade, too. Solivita holds this parade annually, so I've added just one sample YouTube video for you. There are more if you care to go to the site to watch them.

Below are some ideas for decorating your own cart.

Add Some Red Underbody Glow Lights

Choose a color, almost any color, and glow, glow, glow. The lights come in green, blue, and other colors, too. The green would look quite festive on a red cart.

These lights look great for a golf cart parade or for just driving around your community in the evening. The first time I saw these on a cart, I had to look them up. They look super.

These are starting to catch on in our community. If you haven't seen them yet, be the first. Everyone will want them after they see your cart with that awesome glow under the body.

Party Light Sets and 12-Volt Light Strings

Right after Christmas is a good time to get some buys at the local hardware store or discount stores. Any place that carries Christmas lighting will usually have them on sale after the holiday. If you are lucky, they may be discounted 50% or even 75%.

Some wide angle lights give off a great glow.There are 12-volt lights and LED which gives quite a bit of light while using minimal power. You can even hook up Christmas lights to the golf cart's battery.

More Lights for the Golf Cart

21 Ft. Multi Color Battery Operated 64 LED 8 Function Indoor Outdoor Cool Touch Holiday String Lights with 6 Hour Built in Timer and Batteries Included
21 Ft. Multi Color Battery Operated 64 LED 8 Function Indoor Outdoor Cool Touch Holiday String Lights with 6 Hour Built in Timer and Batteries Included

These use batteries. They look like traditional holiday lighting, but come with batteries and a built-in timer.

 
I asked the owner of this cart about how they powered the lights. She showed me the small generator/battery pack they had placed under the back seat. It's hidden by the giant snowflake. Some have a power point added linking to the cart's batteries.
I asked the owner of this cart about how they powered the lights. She showed me the small generator/battery pack they had placed under the back seat. It's hidden by the giant snowflake. Some have a power point added linking to the cart's batteries. | Source

Light up the Golf Cart with a Portable Generator

Use Lots of Poinsettias to Decorate

When attaching garlands to the top of the golf cart, you could run cords or a netting across then tie the garlands to that.

Test it out by driving up and down your street to see if anything falls off, then you need to secure it more.

This cart had poinsettias front and back plus all across the top.

Even if you drive slowly, the wind will try to rip off your decorations. Tie everything down securely and give it a test drive to see what flies off.
Even if you drive slowly, the wind will try to rip off your decorations. Tie everything down securely and give it a test drive to see what flies off. | Source

Don't Forget Your Costume!

This is before the parade started. Notice the nice variety of costumes the participants are wearing. There's always Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus outfits, but don't forget the elves, gingerbread man, nutcracker, or even a walking Christmas tree.
This is before the parade started. Notice the nice variety of costumes the participants are wearing. There's always Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus outfits, but don't forget the elves, gingerbread man, nutcracker, or even a walking Christmas tree. | Source
I went over early to get photos of the 2015 Christmas Golf Cart Parade at Solivita. It's too hard to get decent shots during the parade as they are moving and it's dark at that time. I liked this cart with all the giant presents.
I went over early to get photos of the 2015 Christmas Golf Cart Parade at Solivita. It's too hard to get decent shots during the parade as they are moving and it's dark at that time. I liked this cart with all the giant presents. | Source

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    • Glenda Motsavage profile image

      Glenda Motsavage 

      3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Can you believe we've lived in Solivita since its inception, and have never seen the Parade of Golf Carts? We're usually traveling, and unfortunately, this year is no exception. I had no idea the fun we were missing. Your article was informative... and festive! Pinned to my 'Fabulous Finds in Florida' board!

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      Angela F 

      3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This would be such a fun tradition during the Holidays!

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      N376 

      3 years ago

      Parades are fun!

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      taipangolfcarts 

      4 years ago

      Great ideas! I can't wait to dress up my golf cart for the upcoming holidays.... so excited!

    • Allain Christmas profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: Golf carts are such fun anyway and adding holiday decorations just makes it

      more fun!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our Golf Cart has been used in the local Christmas Parade to carry the Elves. You've got some great ideas here for decorating a Golf Cart for Christmas

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Never seen anything like this in my life..very nifty

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      jseven lm 

      5 years ago

      My neighbors used to soup up their lawnmowers and race them down the dirt road. I've seen it all now...very cool!

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      BuckHawkcenter 

      5 years ago

      I haven't golfed in years, but I still love all things golf, including this page!

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      Lauren 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This is very interesting and quite prevalent where I live (South Florida).

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      CruiseReady 

      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Well,. I think I need to put it on my list to get to Solivita or The Villages to see one of these golf cart Christmas parades next year!

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      Gayle 

      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      What an interesting Christmas article! I laughed all the way through this!

    • kerryhrabstock profile image

      kerryhrabstock 

      6 years ago

      Cool. I was wondering about that battery power for portable lights.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I need me a cart, some chicken wire, a bunch a tinsel, and a soldering iron...

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      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      A friend of mine lives in Tampa where golf carts rule the resort. They decorate theirs at every opportunity. Fun lens, Virginia.

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      Patricia 

      7 years ago

      Too fun! I bet our Squidooer Joan would love this! And no, I have never been to a golf cart parade.

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      JewelRiver 

      7 years ago

      No never! This is very inventive. Nice lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I think it is a wonderful idea! I want to see the parade!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Such a fun lens. Great idea.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Stunning ideas with a golf cart and Santa playing golf.

    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 

      7 years ago

      These decorations make me want to start playing golf.

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Now this is a fun idea! I'm lensrolling to my gift for golfers lens.

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