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Christmas boat decorations - deck your boat with boughs of holly

Updated on December 3, 2014

Boat decorations for Christmas - May your boating Christmas be merry and bright.

Whether you're hanging around the dock this Christmas on your boat or will be a float in a Christmas pagent, the boating decorations you're about to see bring an atmosphere of joy and good will to all.

If you're in a marina with a Christmas parade of lights, you'll want to deck your boat out with this year's finest party garb. Heck, even if you don't participate in a boating parade (and it's the 4th of July...), these festive decorations will be the envy of all your slip mates. So, come along and see how to deck your boat out for Christmas or any other holiday - we be stylin'....

The picture to the right is a common license photo on Flickr by Fellowship of the Rich.

As a note: I've got my own website for boat owners these days - please come visit me at or (boats and RVs share a lot of items in common).

Who needs a Christmas Tree when you can have a Christmas Palm Tree?

No self-respecting boat will step out in the boat Christmas parade without a lit palm tree! And, the one below is one of the largest, and nicest (!) on the market.

A slip mate of ours has this same lit palm tree and it's been shining over us for 6 years now. Granted, it's missing a few lights and it's weathered a few storms, but we love it none the less.

That tree to the right stands over 6' tall. This great Christmas boat decoration palm tree is pre lit with 700 clear and green miniature Christmas lights to make it stand out in all weather. It comes in 6 pieces which are easy to assemble (all of it snaps together) and it comes with its own stand.

Other nice lit palm trees for Christmas decorations

Here's a few other choices for lighted palm trees for your boat. Any of these would make a great addition to your Christmas pagentry.

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Santa in a boat

Who says that Santa has to visit all the good little girls and boys in a sleigh pulled by reindeer? Well, maybe he does but, these days, the sleigh may just be atop a sailboat or a motor boat sitting around a marina.

eBay has these adorable Christmas boat decorations. Any of these inflatable Christmas decorations would fit right in on the bow of a boat - just make sure to secure it or Santa and his reindeer may just take off without you!

boat decorated for christmas
boat decorated for christmas

A few helpful tips when decorating your boat for Christmas.

1. Never place an electrical cord across your path when boarding on or off a boat or someone is sure to end up in the drink.

2. Secure lights and ornaments to the boat and wires with small bungie cords, duct tape, or zip ties.

4. If you're connecting two outdoor extension cords together, wrap the connection with electrical tape. Make sure to enclose the entire connection to keep the elements out and your cords from shorting out.

5. If weather is turning rough, bring in any ornaments now held fast to the boat. A big deck box or storage area in the marina is a great place to stow Christmas boat decorations during inclement weather.

Photo credited to flickr by YoTut.

Line your mast with Christmas rope lights

If you're a sailboater who want to make your mast look bigger than it really is, wrap that sucker in these great Christmas rope lights. Pick a few colors and entwine them up and down you mast for the most festive look.

Actually, I took a nice string of Christmas rope lights and used them to line my awning on my travel trailer when I was off this summer on a camping trip. I also used a string of them atop my kitchen cabinets to create some nice up lighting.

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

- William A. Ward

Santa's Reindeer for your boat

Who says Santa has to stay in the sky in his reindeer driven sled? Maybe, just maybe, he lands on your boat for a Christmas snack. After all, Santa has just got to be tired after all that Christmas cheer. And, really, who doesn't love a boat and water?

Nothing screams Christmas like a herd of outdoor Christmas reindeer on the bow of your boat. Santa's reindeer work best while your boat is in port though. If you are part of a Christmas parade of boats, make sure to tether these reindeer down to the sanctions or the deck with strong cords or bungies or they may just become airborne on their own.

Some fun websites with pictures of boats decorated for Christmas

Some of these boats are quite elaborate - you can definitely get the feeling that the Captain was in the Christmas spirit!

Throw in a couple of lit flamingos to complete your boat's Christmas theme

I'm a huge fan of flamingos, the real, the yard art - it doesn't matter to me. In fact, I think these lit flamingos will adorn our boat this winter. They're just perfect for the hull of a boat and never fail to get me to smile.

Standing 2' tall, those pink flamingos to the right will look adorable next to those reindeer you're about to buy. They come with stands (for the boat) or stakes (for a yard).

Have you seen a boat parade or endeavor to catch one? Did you like or hate this article? I love any kind of comments so please let 'em fly. Also, anyone can comment - you don't have to be a Squidoo member to state what's on your mind. Please let me know you dropped by!


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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Decorating a boat looks like a lot of fun. Great lens

    • squidy21 lm profile image

      squidy21 lm 5 years ago

      i dont have boat and around my house not have revier. nice lens.:D

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a fun deal, decorating your boat! Be sure to take pictures of yours!! Love the wind quote.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I keep meaning to go see a Christmas boat parade. Fun idea to decorate it.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This looks like such a great spectacle to see. Would love to participate someday. (I think I'd have to grab me some of those flamingos for sure.) :)

    • LisaDH profile image

      LisaDH 5 years ago

      My dad has a house on the California delta, and they have a Christmas boat parade every year. We love watching. It's so much fun!

    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      My parents lived in a boat in Miami for a number of years and loved it. This looks like lots of fun, and there is great camaraderie in the boat community, it would look great at night