Christmas Parade Float Ideas

Are you in charge of planning your Christmas parade float and need a theme? The first step in planning any float is to make sure you have all of the information concerning entry fees, deadlines, parade rules and regulations and safety requirements. See if there are additional requirements regarding the selection of your theme for the Christmas float.

Have a meeting with your float committee agree on a design (see our suggestions further down the page). Split the work of the float building between members of the group; costumes, signage, framework, and props. If everyone pulls together your float will be a success!
Here are a few of our favorite Christmas parade float ideas:
  • Gingerbread House
  • Christmas in Candyland
  • The Nutcracker
  • Christmas in July (beach/luau theme)
  • 12 Days of Christmas  
  • Nativity Scene - you can do a living nativity with costumes or use a Nativity scene.
  • Christmas Cookies/Baking
  • Feliz Navidad (Fiesta Theme)
  • Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Isle of Misfit Toys (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  • Christmas Train (Gingerbread Express, Candy Cane Express, Polar Express)
  • Arctic Animals (Float is an iceburg, costumes of penguins, reindeer, polar bears)
  • Home for the Holidays (travel theme - planes, trains, autos, suitcases)
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Christmas Dinner (family around the table)
  • TV Specials
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    • A Christmas Story
    • Miracle on 34th St
  • Over the River and Through the Woods
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Old Fashioned Christmas
  • Christmas Carolers
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Christmas theme Sock Hop)
  • Night Before Christmas
  • My Two Front Teeth (Christmas dentist office)
  • Victorian Christmas