How to Decorate a Golf Cart for Christmas

Updated on December 17, 2019
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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.

Once decorated, your golf cart makes a fine lawn ornament for your seasonal display. Take it for a ride too or join a parade.
Once decorated, your golf cart makes a fine lawn ornament for your seasonal display. Take it for a ride too or join a parade. | Source

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.

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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 Cart

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This red cart went scarlet all the way from front to back.This one use Frozen for its theme and related Disney touches.This one has a Polar Express theme inspired by the train. Very nice graphic piece on the windscreen.
This red cart went scarlet all the way from front to back.
This red cart went scarlet all the way from front to back. | Source
This one use Frozen for its theme and related Disney touches.
This one use Frozen for its theme and related Disney touches. | Source
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This one has a Polar Express theme inspired by the train.
This one has a Polar Express theme inspired by the train.
Very nice graphic piece on the windscreen.
Very nice graphic piece on the windscreen. | Source

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.

You can imagine how dramatic these look once it gets dark. This cart will put on a real light show for the evening parade.
You can imagine how dramatic these look once it gets dark. This cart will put on a real light show for the evening parade. | Source
LEDGlow 4pc Red LED Golf Cart Underbody Underglow Accent Neon Light Kit for EZGO Yamaha Club Car - Water Resistant Flexible Tubes - Includes Control Box & Wireless Remote
LEDGlow 4pc Red LED Golf Cart Underbody Underglow Accent Neon Light Kit for EZGO Yamaha Club Car - Water Resistant Flexible Tubes - Includes Control Box & Wireless Remote

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.

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

Using Lights And a Generator

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You'll need some power for a light display like this oneThis cart is liberally draped with strings of lights and has the underbody cart lights too. This generator is one they keep on hand in case a hurricane knocks out power to their home. For the purpose of the parade, they've strapped it onto the rear platform of the golf cart.
You'll need some power for a light display like this one
You'll need some power for a light display like this one | Source
This cart is liberally draped with strings of lights and has the underbody cart lights too.
This cart is liberally draped with strings of lights and has the underbody cart lights too. | Source
This generator is one they keep on hand in case a hurricane knocks out power to their home. For the purpose of the parade, they've strapped it onto the rear platform of the golf cart.
This generator is one they keep on hand in case a hurricane knocks out power to their home. For the purpose of the parade, they've strapped it onto the rear platform of the golf cart. | Source

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.

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This cart had poinsettias front and back plus all across the top.
This cart had poinsettias front and back plus all across the top.
This cart had poinsettias front and back plus all across the top.
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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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The theme for this cart is Bad Santa. Look at the rooftop created for the top of the cart and with a chimney too.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.2019 Christmas golf cart parade at Solivita in Florida. Check that all your decorations are holding on OK before the parade starts.They've created a sleigh with cardboard spray painted red.The large candy canes are door decorations that can be purchased at Walmart.
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The theme for this cart is Bad Santa. Look at the rooftop created for the top of the cart and with a chimney too.
The theme for this cart is Bad Santa. Look at the rooftop created for the top of the cart and with a chimney too. | 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
2019 Christmas golf cart parade at Solivita in Florida.
2019 Christmas golf cart parade at Solivita in Florida. | Source
Check that all your decorations are holding on OK before the parade starts.
Check that all your decorations are holding on OK before the parade starts. | Source
They've created a sleigh with cardboard spray painted red.
They've created a sleigh with cardboard spray painted red. | Source
The large candy canes are door decorations that can be purchased at Walmart.
The large candy canes are door decorations that can be purchased at Walmart. | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

© 2010 Virginia Allain

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      This looks like such fun, Virginia! I've never seen anything like it, but I'd sure love to. Wonderful photos and ideas!

    • Glenda Motsavage profile image

      Glenda Motsavage 

      5 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 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This would be such a fun tradition during the Holidays!

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      N376 

      5 years ago

      Parades are fun!

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      taipangolfcarts 

      6 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      jseven lm 

      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      Lauren 

      8 years ago from Florida

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

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      CruiseReady 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from McLaughlin

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

    • kerryhrabstock profile image

      kerryhrabstock 

      8 years ago

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

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      8 years ago

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

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      8 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 

      9 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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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

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

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Stunning ideas with a golf cart and Santa playing golf.

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      piedromolinero 

      9 years ago

      These decorations make me want to start playing golf.

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