Did you ever realize that Santa Claus and pilots have something in common? We all love to fly. Maybe that’s why Santa makes an appearance on so many aviation ornaments. He embodies not only the spirit of Christmas, but also the joy-spreading potential of flight.
This year, celebrate by decking the halls with all sorts of aviation-themed holiday decorations. The focal point of the festive delights is your pilot Christmas tree topped with special pilot ornaments that will delight aviators and fans of all ages.
Here are our favorites:
Kid’s Aviation Ornaments
Invite the young, new generation of aviators to join in on the fun with colorful non-glass ornaments. Your kids will love hanging these whimsical, playful decorations on the tree all by themselves.
Personalized Astronaut Christmas Ornament
Your pint-sized resin space traveler is all suited up for a spacewalk and he’s surrounded by stars and a ringed planet. The biggest star is the perfect spot to write the year or your child’s name for a personalized keepsake.
Santa in a Plane Ornament
Add this holly-jolly beloved Special Delivery Santa ornament to your Christmas tree to spark the wonder and magic of Santa delivering gifts to children around the world. It is painted in bright primary colors and is flown by a quaint little Santa with a pack on his back.
Your kids will love this treasured ornament so much, they may even “fly” it around the room a few times first before helping it touch down in the perfect spot on the tree.
Wooden Aviation Christmas Ornaments
These next couple ornaments aren’t specifically for kids, but they are made of wood, so they are safer around kids and pets than delicate glass ornaments. Either way, we love the fun, retro feel of the wood biplane looks like it came right out of a classic drawing. It's a perfect addition to a traditional, rustic aviation-themed Christmas tree.
Customizable Christmas Ornaments
Kids and adults alike feel a certain sense of pride when receiving and displaying a customized ornament to mark a special occasion in their lives.
The kid’s astronaut ornament is a creative way to celebrate or announce tickets for Space Camp or another STEM event.
Commemorate becoming a pilot or flight attendant with a personalizable airplane wing ornament.
Speaking of pilot gift ornaments, we have to include the Sereno Santa flying a jet. Instead of his usual red suit, this Santa is in full pilot uniform showing off his four stripes as he sits atop his personal jet. If you wanted to, you could carefully paint a name or date on the wing of this hand-blown glass ornament.
Military Christmas Ornaments
Is someone you love joining or retiring from the military this year? Maybe the military member you love is away serving and can’t be with you around the tree. Do you want to commemorate the life of a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice?
Celebrate and honor those who have served and are serving or with a personalizable military ornament. Our resin ornaments have room to add details like name, rank, and year.
Humvee and Aircraft Carrier Ornaments
Take your favorite veteran or service member back to their childhood with seasonal ornament versions of the famous green “army men” many of us played with as kids.
Army Men Ornaments
Your two holiday army men team up to protect and defend Christmas. One hoists a shiny red ornament bulb over his head ready to place the decoration wherever his commander orders.
The other is stationed atop a gift crate armed with a candy cane. Don’t mess with this guy. It looks like he’s been tasked with ensuring no one opens their gifts until December 25th.
Hot Air Balloon Ornaments
There’s something about hot air balloons—maybe it’s the romantic mystique or the fact that while we fly in planes all the time, most of us rarely if ever take to the skies in a balloon.
Whatever the reason, Santa seems to be a big fan of this unique form of transport judging from all the Santa hot air balloon sightings we’ve made this holiday season.
Our favorite is the Kurt Adler Noble Gems glass Santa in red and white balloon ornament.
Collectable Aviation Ornaments
Add some aviation flair to your collectible ornament stash. The Glitterazzi aviation Santa and Glitterazzi snowman pilot come to you courtesy of fine artisans in Poland. Choose your favorite unconventional pilot.
Both are decked out in cozy sky-blue coats with puffy white cloud and hand-painted bi-plane accents. They must be doing some aircraft maintenance, because both Santa and his snowman friend have their propeller in hand as they head to the snowy tarmac.
Pilot gift idea inspiration:
Your tree is decorated – now all that’s missing are some presents to put beneath it. Looking for suggestions? Here’s what we have on our own lists:
- Pilot Mall Holiday Gifts for Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts
- Top Gun Official Aviation Winter Weather Apparel
- Large Helicopter Models to Gift Your Kids
- The 12 Accessories You Need to Take Your Pilot Headset to the Next Level
- Casual Aviation Apparel Guide for the [Stylish] Off-Duty Pilot
P.S. – In all the decorating and gift giving bustle, don’t forget to mail your holiday greeting cards.
It’s your turn
What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Have you ever used pilot Christmas ornaments? If you decorate your tree or house with aviation-themed décor for the holidays we’d love to see it. Upload your best pilot decorations to Instagram and tag us (@pilotmall) for a chance to be featured.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the entire Pilot Mall team!
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