5 Ways to Decorate Your Hospital or Medical Practice for the Holidays

decorate hospital holidays

The holidays don’t necessarily mean shorter hours for physicians and other staff. People still get sick, still need surgery, and still arrive at the emergency room needing rapid care and life-saving treatments. Sometimes it’s necessary to bring the holidays to the hospital to enjoy them at all. That’s where decorations come in. If your medical facility allows for holiday decorations, you have a wide range of options to celebrate the season. Get in the holiday spirit with some of these fun and festive decorations:

Hang Garland

It’s time to spruce up your hospital or practice. Garland is easy to find at craft and hardware stores, and lets you add some festive greenery to any space. One fun way to decorate is by creating an ECG readout on any wall.

garland in a hospital for christmas

A Skeleton Santa

skeleton skull with santa hat and christmas balls

Chances are your staff is too busy to dress up like Santa. Instead of recruiting a doctor or nurse to don Kris Kringle’s famous red hat, an anatomy skeleton is the perfect alternative. Top the skeleton with a hat, wrap some garland around him, and welcome Father Christmas to your hospital floor.


One of the most popular ways to “decorate” for Christmas? Get your youngest patients involved! Creative nurses often wrap newborns in blankets shaped like red Christmas stockings and deliver them to new moms that way.

newborns at a hospital in christmas stockings


Adding a wreath to your hospital is a great way to add a touch of holiday spirit without much effort. From nursing essentials to dental tools, the options are unlimited. Some of the medical supplies you can add to your wreath include the following:

  • Prescription Bottles
  • Urine Jars
  • Blood Vials
  • Syringes
  • Toothbrushes


Some people love the convenience of an artificial Christmas tree. Others will only add real trees. Whichever side you are on, you can’t deny that a Christmas trees are one of the most popular parts of the holiday season. Create your own tree out of some of the following medical supplies:

christmas tree made of gloves
  • Sterile Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Empty ICU Propofol Bottles
  • Masks
  • Surgical Gloves
  • IV Bottles

It’s important to remember when using supplies for decorations that you ensure you have enough items in stock for their medical purpose.

Don’t want to use medical supplies? Add a personal touch to an artificial tree by adding pictures of your staff to some homemade ornaments.

Reminder: Stay Sensitive to the Holidays

Some hospitals have stopped decorating for the holidays because of increasing sensitivity to exactly which holiday is being celebrated. It is important to remember Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are all celebrated in December. When in doubt, choosing the colors of the holidays will allow you to represent all of the different traditions.

Before you decide to cheer up the halls, check with administration and abide by hospital policies to keep things safe, fun, and free from critiques from the resident grinch.   

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