How to Decorate a Golf Cart for Christmas
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. 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.
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. I've even seen the golf cart serve as part of 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 on their website.
Below are some ideas for decorating your own cart.
Pick a Theme to Decorate Your CartClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 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.
The underglow lights are so unexpected. And isn't that what you want?
These 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.
I haven't been able to get hubby to buy us some yet, but my neighbors has them and loves the look.
Use 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.
Light Up the Golf Cart With a Portable Generator
If you use lots of lights, your cart battery will need help. This is it.
Using Lights And a GeneratorClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Christmas Golf Cart Parade in The Villages, Florida - This is a daytime parade
These aren't lighted since it is a daytime parade, but lots of decorating ideas here.
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Questions & Answers
What items such as material and other items do you use to make the decorations so it doesn’t scratch the paint on the golf cart?
I'd stay away from strong tapes like clear duct tape or strapping tape when decorating your golf cart. Use ties (like clothesline or plastic zip ties) to attach things to the metal uprights to the golf cart's roof or attach to the bumpers. Look at those Command strip things too that can be used on walls without damaging those. They will stick to metal or glass and be easily removed.Helpful 8
If I have a gas cart how can I get power?
Look for a "Portable Power Station" that you can place on the floor of your golf cart or in the basket area. I see a variety of them on Amazon and probably can be found at Walmart, etc.Helpful 2
Where can I find a Christmas golf cart parade?
Search on Google for "Christmas golf cart parades." Many senior retirement communities in warmer climates (Florida and the South) use golf carts within the community. Call one near you to ask if they have a golf cart parade.Helpful 2
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