Christmas Parade Float Ideas

October 14, 2010

Trucks decorated for a Christmas paradeI am a police sergeant in West Virginia and run a youth group of about 30 high school kids who want to go into law enforcement. We are going to march in the Christmas parade this year and for the first time they are allowing floats. We have decided to try to build the float, however I don't have the first clue as to what I'm doing. My first thought is to try to get some ideas of what to have on the float. The actual theme is "Christmas In The City", but I would like to incorporate the police department into the theme as well.


By Kendra


October 16, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like fun! There is the old according tissue flowers, or cut squares of tissue paper in red end green put on the end of a pencil and glue it to cardboard tie it to a trailer put your city emblem in the middle. Would so love to see it Please post a picture.

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September 19, 2007

Our company will be in the annual Christmas parade and I am looking for a Locksmith-themed Christmas parade float... any ideas?!

HELP! These are locksmiths, and aren't too creative.



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September 19, 20070 found this helpful

How about a locksmith unlocking a door for Santa Claus and a sign that says something like, "If you don't have a fireplace, don't forget to unlock the door!" Sorry. Got a terrible cold, this is the best I can come up with now. Hope you have fun at your parade!

September 19, 20070 found this helpful

...or unlocking the door to the toy room at the North Pole. "Even the elves lose their keys"
How about "Unlock the (spirit, joy, thrills) of Christmas" or "Family is the 'Key' to a Happy Christmas" (particularly good if it's a family owned business).


A tree decorated with keys and locks with a door knob on the top.
Remember to be funny to be remembered.
Have fun!

By margeth (Guest Post)
September 19, 20070 found this helpful

you can cover large boxes in colorful paper (gold, silver, red etc) on the front of each box fashon a padlock from tissue paper. on the back or side of each box, put "Do Not Open Until Christmas)

September 19, 20070 found this helpful

That is a tough one, how about a big pad lock made out of card board with a big red bow and a key made out of card board sprinkled in glitter and a sign that Reads "Unlock Your Heart for Jesus, He is The Reason for the Season".

September 20, 20070 found this helpful

You could lock up scrooge, the grinch and anyother mean Character that tries to spoil Chistmas and your locksmith company has the key that did it. You become the champion locksmith company in town. Get three big new refigorator boxes, paint black, put them side by side, making fake bars with cardboard or long broom handles.


Of course Santa has the large cardboard key that locked them up with your company name on it. Of course you also have characters dressed like the grinch and mr. scrooge. Barb


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September 20, 20070 found this helpful

How about a Santa stuck in a tight chimney and a locksmith zooming in to save the day? The floor of the float would be the roof of the house, with deep snow and the sleigh standing near. A locksmith in a cape and mask, in flying pose? And all the other locksmiths in costume as Crhistmas trees or big wrapped gifts, holding (waving) gigantic (3 ft) gold-foil keys.


Or like the previous poster, but with smoke rolling out of the chimney (and flames in the fireplace below). You don't want to suggest to some gullible person to actually leave the door unlocked on Christmas eve, somebody probably would and might get robbed or something.

September 20, 20070 found this helpful

How bout "unlock the magic of christmas" and have a doorway with a big skeleton key and behind it a bunch of christmas stuff like tree, santa, presents etc.


By Michelle (Guest Post)
September 21, 20070 found this helpful

Hi! How about making a big, red heart with a keyhole in it? Someone can be made up to be a dancing key that can be the "key to your heart." Good luck! :)


Michelle in Pa.

By Babs (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Our club is doing a christmas float using the theme
"12 Days of Christmas". We are on a budget. Any ideas would be helpful.

Thank you.

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November 21, 2010

I am the youth director at my church and it's my first year. I need some easy and simple ideas for a float for the Christmas parade.

By katavia from Sparks, GA

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November 18, 2011

I am looking for ideas on how to decorate kids and a float for a parade with the theme: A Season of Thanks.

By Stacy

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December 1, 2009

I need ideas for a Christmas parade float. The theme is: Christmas Around the World. I want to highlight different religions and cultures and how they celebrate Christmas (possibly inexpensively). The parade is in 5 days. Thanks.

By Tina from MA

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November 2, 2008

My Church is doing a float for our Christmas Parade. We thought of doing "Happy Birthday Jesus"! Can you give me any idea for making a birthday cake to go on the float and something else to go with it?

Sherry from Fayette, AL

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August 27, 2008

I need ideas for a Christmas parade float. The theme is Christmas' Past. We are a fifty+ women's club, so we want to tie it all together.

Christie from Phoenix. AZ

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November 8, 2007

I would like ideas for a Christmas Parade Float. The theme is "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree". We are a Baptist Church in town, so of course we would like something to do with church and/or Jesus in our themed float. Any ideas out there?

M. Head from Commerce, GA


By CB (Guest Post)
November 8, 20070 found this helpful

You could do a play on words and have baby Jesus "rocking" in a cradle or Mary's arms by an xmas tree.

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November 6, 2008

Our girls club at church is putting a float in our town's Christmas parade, and would like to do a Heaven theme. We're thinking lots of white, people dressed like angels, and then maybe a staircase with Jesus sitting at the top with a scepter and angels around him. Any other ideas or ways to pull this off?

Kate from Alberta, Canada

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November 6, 2007

Does anyone have good ideas for a "Sounds of the Seasons" Christmas float?

Aldona from Shellsburg


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November 6, 20070 found this helpful

"Joy to the World" is my favorite seasonal sound.

November 6, 20070 found this helpful

Joy to the World sounds great! I am a novice when having to build the float. What could you use to make a float that symbolizes Joy to the World.


Thanks in advance!


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November 6, 20070 found this helpful

Dress some children up like angels and put them in some "clouds" made of quilt batting. Spray the batting with white or silver glitter. Make cardboard stars and cover them with silver foil wrapping paper. Place the stars here and there among the clouds. Play "Joy to the World" or have the children sing the song.

By Stephanie (Guest Post)
November 7, 20070 found this helpful

First thing that came to my mind is "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire". You can build a fireplace and have kids or a couple or even a family sitting in front of the fire roasting chestnuts while the song is playing in the background.

By melissa (Guest Post)
November 7, 20070 found this helpful

I like the idea of making several song motifs. If you did joy to the world; make a world,and put joy in big letters over the top. Here are some examples: away in a manger-a manger scene. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer_a reindeer with a red nose. We wish you a Merry Christmas-have carolers sing it.

Make the float red and green, put some greenery on it. Glitter where you can. Here are some sites to look at maybe it will help out.
Good luck and have fun with it!

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November 18, 2019

I have an insurance office and would like to be in our first year Christmas parade. Any ideas on what to do or theme to use that connects with insurance?

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November 1, 2017

St. Joseph's Catholic school is building a float for our Christmas parade. The theme is past, present, and future.

We would like to keep a religious base. Maybe the present could be Jesus the light of the world?

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October 11, 2011

I need some ideas for a "Down Home Country Christmas" parade float, for an animal hospital, that won't be stereotypical. Any ideas?

By Angel C.

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November 14, 2008

I have a "Horse and Pony" 4-H club and we are going to be in a Christmas parade on December 6th. The theme is: "Bright Lights, Big City". There will be a few kids riding horses and we have a 28 ft flatbed trailer to decorate. There is also a "mini horse" that is our mascot. Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.

Ronda from Camden, NC

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November 7, 2008

Our Christmas parade is going to be a "Texas Christmas". I am trying to find ideas that will not cost a lot to do for a float in the parade. Does anyone have any ideas?

Shannon from Texas

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November 2, 2008

My church in looking for ideas for a Christmas Parade Float, the theme is "Holly Jolly Christmas". I need ideas help! Anything will help as we have nothing.

Ashlea from Kansas

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November 6, 2007

I need some ideas for my work's annual Christmas float for the Christmas parade on Dec. 1st. The theme is "Christmas of Lights". I want to do something original but cannot think of anything! Any suggestions??

Whitney from Canon City, CO


November 8, 20070 found this helpful

I would like to see you do something with the original light of Xmas, the star that showed the way to those who sought the Christ Child.To one side of the float, a tree with various star ornaments. Kids dressed as stars could be grouped on the other side and sing songs with a star theme: Twinkle, Twinkle, We three Kings has a verse about stars etc. Overhead an arch of lights with a large lighted center star shape to top it off. Sides could have foil stars and light strings.

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November 5, 2007

What are some Christmas Parade Float themes?



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November 5, 20070 found this helpful

Winter Wonderland would be pretty

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October 27, 2006

I need a idea for a float to go with "Dreaming of a Bright Christmas".

Tori from Eastman


By jojo (Guest Post)
October 28, 20060 found this helpful

Stars & Angels. Lots of tinsel.

October 30, 20060 found this helpful

You could do a spoof combo of the classic "Dreaming of a White Christmas" (Bing Crosby & Gene Kelly) and "A Griswold Christmas". Rent both movies if you haven't seen them. You could make a structure that looks like open barn doors and the front of the barn, but completely deck it out in a million lights - the people on board can be the 4 main characters of White Christmas and the hillbilly cousins of the Griswolds.

By B. Sisk (Guest Post)
November 20, 20060 found this helpful

I need ideas for a float with the theme for the parade being "HILLBILLY CHRISTMAS'.


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November 20, 20060 found this helpful

I think it would be fun to have people dressed in straw and other hats, dressed in overalls and flannel shirts playing Jug Band instruments.

Or you could just play jug band or hillbilly type music. Make sure there is some hay on the float and old corn stalks.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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November 17, 2013

Our Christmas parade theme is "Santa's Everywhere". Our church wants to stick with the theme, but also convey the religious side of Christmas. Any ideas on how to combine the two?

By Will H.

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October 20, 2010

We are a group of correctional employees building a float for the Christmas Parade. The theme is "Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas".

We will sing the Pat Benatar song "Christmas in America" on this float. Any ideas?

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November 7, 2008

I work for my local animal shelter and we need help figuring out how to decorate a Christmas parade float with the theme that is picked out and incorporating the dogs and cats. Our Christmas parade theme is "Shining the Light on Christmas". Any ideas on how we can make this float?

Ginger from Cleveland, MS

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November 26, 2006

My Brownie Troop is in a holiday parade and the theme is "A Wish List for Santa". Does anyone have any ideas for a float?

Tamatha from Pevely, MO


November 27, 20060 found this helpful

You could have santa looking at a long list and an assortment of toys surrounding him.

November 27, 20060 found this helpful

See if somebody will donate a white or cream colored top sheet. Cut it in half and sew it together so it is super long. Have the girls write with markers all sorts of "wishes"...have two more "lists" hanging over a chair - one w/ the names of the 'naughty' and one w/ the names of the 'nice'. You could try and find an old window frame and have children on the other side dressed as elves peeking inside

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November 10, 2006

I need an idea for a float for a christmas parade with a theme A Fairy Tale Christmas. Any ideas would help.

Donna from Benton Ark


By marge, saugerties, ny (Guest Post)
November 10, 20060 found this helpful

i can visualize a collection of disney characters, such as -cinderella, snow white and dwarfs, pinocchio, etc

November 11, 20060 found this helpful

I've thought about this one all day--I think one that would have a lot of impact would be all the fairy tale
characters, cinderella, snow white, the dwarves, prince charming, mickey/minnie, santa, etc attending
church, or gathering around a manger, to bring the
real meaning of Christmas into the float. Whaddya

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November 13, 2018

We have started a towing company this year, so we are still new. My husband wants to use our rollback wrecker as a float in the parade. I need decoration/theme ideas.


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