Christmas Parade Float Themes
As you know, the basic Christmas categories are the Nativity or Santa. However, other themes geared to winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) are usually acceptable, too. An ice castle or snowman theme, or those related to winter sports and pastimes such as skiing or sledding can use wintry colors but with Christmas-y accent colors. Savvy use of metallics on a float gives a nod to the holiday as well as the season.
Christmas Float Basics
To us, one of the most exciting developments in winter float decorations has been the introduction of snowflake floral sheeting. We think you’ll love it for a float deck or decoration that looks like it’s blanketed in snow or ice.
Of course, there are several other ways to suggest snowy or icy goodness. You could use white, iridescent or even silver floral sheeting for your snow-blanketing needs depending on the look you’re going for.
Next, select coordinating materials to finish covering the trailer. An earlier Parade Floats Christmas post includes a guide to the amounts of floral sheeting, festooning and fringe you’ll need for proper coverage.
Christmas Theme Props
In a climate of generally good weather, Christmas theme kits such as Nativity and Sugar Plum make it easy to decorate a float with large, colorful cardboard Christmas props that will essentially just need bracing and securing.
Our new giant 36” greeting cards are terrific for featuring the photos of team members and float sponsors.
A less-than-dependable climate – or when you need durable items that will store year after year – calls for decorative items made of different materials. You can still build a winter wonderland, but select wire snowflakes and snowmen made of corex; and you may want to surround your gingerbread house with corex gingerbread men and our party candy set that has wooden bases and cellophane covers.
Once you selected the right props and signs, what’s left to consider is your imagination in pulling it all together. Speaking of which, check out some cool pics from the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in Tempe, Arizona. Now, that’s what we call floating your boat – or is it boating your float?