Some people spend days (or weeks) decorating their homes for the holidays, but how many of us actually take the time to decorate our cars? Considering the fact that the average American spends around an hour behind the wheel each day (or way more if you live in high-density cities like LA), giving your car a little holiday TLC could go a long way in helping get you — and the people around you — into the festive spirit. As social distancing continues, preparing your vehicle with Christmas car decorations will make it ready for any friend and family drive-bys this holiday season.
There are a few important things to remember when transforming your ride into a North Pole-friendly vehicle. Safety and legality are at the top of the list. If you’re hoping to stay on Santa’s nice list this year, ensure there are no obstructions to your view when installing Christmas car decorations. No matter how shiny, funny or festive a decoration is, nothing is more important than a clear line of sight when driving.
Choosing car decorations that are user-friendly and don’t require a massive power supply is also important. Unless you’ve got pockets full of magical pixie power dust, it’s vital that your Christmas car decorations can be powered with ease. Some items will require batteries, some will be solar-powered and others will run from your car’s cigarette lighter. Just make sure the decorations don’t need a socket-powered electricity source if you’re planning to use them in your car.
When it comes to choosing what to buy, we recommend opting for higher quality products that will last for several seasons. Ensuring that we buy products we can use year after year is both great for your bank account and the environment.
Drive and arrive in style this festive season by decorating your vehicle with the best Christmas car decorations. Whether a few window snowflakes, a themed air freshener or a full makeover, having some Christmas decor around us at all times during the holiday season can really help enhance the festive feelings.
1. MAGOTAN Multi-Color String Christmas Lights
One of the best ways to create a festive feeling is fairy lights. These MAGOTAN Multi-Color String Lights are sure to jazz up your car and spread holiday cheers as you cruise around the neighborhood this Christmas. They’re eco-friendly with LED bulbs, battery operated with three AA’s and available in several lengths and colors, including icy white. Plus, they have eight built-in modes, including seven flashing options. They also have an auto-timer with an option for six hours on and 18 hours off.
2. Nomiou Reflective Automotive Christmas Lights
Not ready to deck your car with actual festival lights? These Nomiou reflective automotive light stickers look just like the real thing and are super easy to apply. Each pack comes with 12 different colored light magnets, which you can then stick on your car, mailbox, door and basically any other flat surface. Best of all, they’re so reflective that at night it looks like they’re actually illuminated.
3. Win&Co Santa Claus Hanging Legs Sticking Out of Trunk
You’ve probably seen those Halloween decorations of zombies sticking out of the trunk of a car, but whoever said you can’t take the same design and apply it to Christmas? This hilarious Santa legs set may be a little macabre, but it’s sure to garner a few laughs. Cute, funny and instantly noticeable, the best part is that it works with every make and model vehicle.
4. KOVOT Reindeer Car Set Antlers
Let Rudolph lead the way with this KOVOT Reindeer Car Set. Transform your ride into Santa’s most loyal pathfinder with these 17-inch, auto-friendly antlers which are compatible with most cars. A red nose and tail are also included. Fasten the antlers to the front windows, the nose to the grill and the tail to the trunk for the full festive effect. Then, let the attached jingle bells ring around the town as you ride in style.
5. Yankee Candle Car Jar Variety Air Freshener
BEST AIR FRESHENER
As much as decorating everywhere at Christmas, including your car, is important, it’s also important to ensure you’re surrounded by the smells of all things festive, too. This Christmas selection of Yankee Candle Air Fresheners can do exactly that. With Sparkling Cinnamon, Balsham & Cedar, Christmas Cookie included, your car will be the epicenter of Santa’s favorite scents this December.
6. Blulu Reflective Christmas Car Magnets Set
For flat holiday light decor, the Blulu Christmas Car Magnets are ideal. The 12-piece package includes two magnets in each color (red, yellow, green, blue, orange, and pink) along with eight extra wires which you can use to build links. All of the magnets are designed with reflective technology that meets the standards of street signs and provides high night visibility. They’re also presented in a box shaped like a bulb, making them an excellent gift.
7. Brebrant Multi-Color Lights
BEST LED LIGHTS
Brebrant Multi-Color Lights are high quality and waterproof thanks to the clear tube in which the LEDs are housed. The durable tubing can be bent into shape to fit your car’s interior, and the different built-in functions can be controlled by a remote. There are eight lighting presents and 10 brightness levels to choose from during operation. Because of this, you might also be able to use these lights for other occasions past the festive season.
8. WILLBOND Merry Christmas Car Bow
BEST GIFT WRAPPING
Create ultimate joy and give the gift of a car this Christmas with the WILLBOND Merry Christmas Bow. The 20-inch bow and 20-foot-long ribbon ensure that heads will be turned and eyes will be focused on your chosen four-wheel present this festive season. Both the bow and ribbon are made from lightweight waterproof vinyl. This makes them easy to carry, sturdy enough for secure attachment to your vehicle and resistant to fading and tearing. Additionally, this decoration can be saved for future use if giving cars as a present is common in your household, or it could also be used to decorate the house, too.
9. Qf Crystal Snowflake Pendant
BEST MIRROR ACCESSORY
2020 has been a year that we will all remember for better or for worse, forever. So why not pay tribute to that with the Qf New Style Crystal Snowflake? The beautiful snowflake, which is designed to hang on the rearview mirror, comes complete with a small silver 2020 pendant and is made of glass and crystal. It’s under three square inches in size and comes with a presentation box, too, so that you can give the gift of remembering the good parts of 2020 to all your nearest and dearest.
10. WiperTags Abominable Snow Beast WiperTag
BEST WIPER ACCESSORY
If you think your arms are tired from hanging tinsel and wrapping presents, then imagine how the WiperTag Abominable Snow Beast feels. The UV-protected, universal design will fit most rear wipers but can be trimmed if necessary to suit your car. It can also be mounted upside down, depending on the model of your car. If abominable snowmen aren’t for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other characters available from WiperTags, including the Grinch.
11. Just Solutions! Store Christmas Tree Car Top
Light up the sky with the Just Solutions! Store Christmas Tree Car Top this December by mounting it on the roof of your car. The fake pine pyramid comes complete with industrial straps, spring clips, and a lightweight roof rack which provides a secure base for your tree while also preventing accidental scratches. The tree is adorned with 70 LED lights and folds flat should you need to park indoors or enter a low clearance area.
12. Gemmy Christmas Airblown Inflatable Snowman
Driving home for Christmas can be a lonely experience, but won’t be anymore with the Gemmy Inflatable Snowman ready to be your ride-along car buddy. This self-inflating character can be your floaty friend within seconds and can deflate easily for storage once human friends have been found. A car adaptor, power cord, 12-volt plug, and a strap for securing the snowman to a headrest are all included.
13. Tactik Christmas Wreath
A Christmas wreath is one of the most famous traditional pieces of decoration, so why wouldn’t you want to have it on the front of your car? Tactik’s weatherproof design ensures that it can remain installed throughout the holidays and will last for multiple seasons, year after year. To illuminate the LEDs, the wreath’s 16-inch long power cord plugs directly into a 12v cigarette lighter port. It also has two suction cups, two short cable ties and two long cable ties for secure fastening.
14. Seseat Big Car Bow
Turn your car into a moving present with an oversized bow from Seseat. Available in 16- and 20-inch options, the bright red bow is great for large gifts and making your car look festive while you are zooming around town. Assembly takes only a few seconds and adds a pop of color to any vehicle, instantly making your car, van or truck parade-route ready.
15. Coogam Christmas Car Magnets
BEST REFLECTIVE OPTION
Add a festive touch to your car and make it highly visible with the Coogam Christmas Car Magnets. The set includes a pair of Santa legs and three presents. Each brightly colored magnet also features reflective paint, creating a decoration that is not only fun but also safe. The strong magnets work on any metal surface, such as cars, mailboxes, and fridges and won’t scratch or ruin the paint.
16. Bigtime Signs XL 4 Piece Reflective Magnetic Reindeer Car Kit
BEST FOR KIDS
For car decorations that little kids will love to see during the holiday season, we like the four-piece set of magnets from Bigtime Signs. Two reindeer and two bells can be displayed on any metal surface, including a car. The friendly reindeer are inviting to little kids and can be placed near lights or windows to make it appear as though the reindeer is leaning out to wave at those passing by.
17. PAVILIA Premium Christmas Sherpa Throw Blanket
In many parts of the world, Christmas means cold weather. When the temperatures begin to dip, it’s always a good idea to outfit your car with safety tools, including an ice scraper, a small shovel for snow, and a warm blanket in case your car breaks down somewhere remote. Blankets are also great for vehicles that typically have small children or pets in the back seat since these areas often don’t have heated seats and are slower to warm up than the front of the car. With the PAVILIA Premium Christmas Sherpa Throw Blanket, riders are comfy and cozy in the back seat and the festive design on the blanket will add some holiday cheer.
18. Faux Wool Steering Wheel Cover
BEST IN-CAR DECORATION
Turn your vehicle into Santa’s sleigh with a faux-fur steering wheel and gearshift cover in red. Not only will your hands love the warm and soft cover, but the bright red finish will add a festive touch to the interior of any vehicle.
19. Tenna Tops Christmas Holiday Car Antenna Toppers
BEST ANTENNA TOPPERS
Want a car decoration that is discrete but still puts a smile on the face of other drivers? Then we recommend the playful and easy to install Christmas Holiday Car Antenna Toppers from Tenna Tops. The pack of five antenna covers includes a snowman, a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree, a penguin and Santa Claus. Customers can place the fun and festive antenna toppers on the end of their antenna or hang the decorations from their rearview mirror thanks to the complimentary dangler accessory included in each set.
20. Customizable Color License Plate Frame from LumiSigns
BEST LICENSE PLATE DECORATION
Light up your license plate with a decoration that spreads some holly, jolly cheer with an LED sign from LumiSigns. Available with the words ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays,’ customers can also create their own custom license plate sign to help get fellow drivers in the holiday spirit. The weatherproof frame is battery operated, which means no complicated wiring to install. The LumiSign detects when the car is in motion and will automatically turn off when the car is parked to help save on battery life.