A Storybook Christmas Float Ideas

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November 10, 2010

This is my first time to do a float or to be a 4-H leader and I want to do a good job. The theme for the Christmas parade is "A Storybook Christmas". I need ideas.

By peggy from Hatfield, AR


November 12, 20100 found this helpful
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What about picking a classic Christmas story, and setting up the float with a set and characters dressed like that story. Books that come to my mind are "How the Grinch stole Christmas" or Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas or The Best/worst Christmas Story Ever or The Night Before Christmas, etc.

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What do people consider to be a storybook Christmas float? I need some ideas.


September 15, 20170 found this helpful

I would have backdrops and have people dressed from stories like:

A Christmas Carol


Frosty the Snowman
The Little Match Girl
The Three Kings

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September 16, 20170 found this helpful

Love the idea about a backdrop and dressing the part in a christmas story thanks

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September 16, 20170 found this helpful

I would make a big book out of cardboard. Have kids sitting pretending to listen to a story in their PJs. Have someone dress up as Mother Goose.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

To me, Storybook Christmas means children's stories - entertaining stories or religious stories.

  • Since we do not know the size of the float you will have to either enlarge or condense the suggestions.
  • What part of the country will this parade be - snow? - freezing cold or just chilly? - if children are involved that will have to be a big determining factor where costumes are concerned.
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  • Will it be windy? Backdrops have to be able to withstand whatever the weather turns out to be.
  • How many people are involved in making this float? Are they talented with their ability to "see" the finished product before its started? This takes a lot of planning and dedicated reliable people to do something like this and most people start working on a Christmas float 6 months in advance.
  • A float definitely takes people with carpentry skills and the tools/workshop to make and store items. A large area to store the float while it is being assembled.
  • Cost is another factor that will have to be considered before a final decision is made as some decorations (even if you make most of your own) are expensive when thinking on this scale.
  • Costumes? Will you be making your own or will these be purchased? Will each child/person be able to supply their own costume?
  • Ideas? Music theme with children dressed in storybook costumes - Jingle Bells (any type costume) - Drummer Boy - Frosty the Snowman - Gingerbread Man - Charlie Brown plus others -
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  • Children can be "dancing" to any chosen music to match their costumes (they will need some sort of support to hold on to in case of a jerk or sudden stop).
  • Bales of hay stacked in different heights with fake snow or nothing (like a sleigh ride).
  • Having different costumes will give children/parents the opportunity to choose for themselves.
  • Here is a site that has a lot of music suggestions and music can be supplied with a car battery set up.
  • www.kididdles.com/.../christmas.html
  • Here are a couple of sites with some suggestions.
  • christmas.lovetoknow.com/Christmas_Parade_Float_Ideas
  • www.party411.com/.../ChristmasParadeFloatIdeas.aspx

If this is a children's float then simple is the safest way to think when making plans. Have fun!

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November 13, 2018

I've just been asked to do the Christmas float for a parade which is in about 2 weeks for our dance studio. The theme is A Storybook Christmas. Any ideas?


November 13, 20180 found this helpful

Our beloved Thrifty Fun has great info:



This link has great photos! brownbetty.blogspot.com/.../storybook-christmas.html

Have fun! Post back photos of the finished product!!

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November 13, 20180 found this helpful

A Christmas Carol.

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November 14, 20180 found this helpful

The Nutcracker or The Polar Express would be a good theme and would give you a lot of options for decorating the float.

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November 10, 2010

I need some ideas for a float with a theme of "A Storybook Christmas". This float will be for the cub scouts. Any ideas?

By lisa kingan from Minor Hill, TN



A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

This is not much, but with it being "storybook" you could have different characters such as Scrooge, Rudolph, the nutcracker, etc. You could make poster-sized "storybooks" (big enough to be seen by the crowd) of their own stories for them to be "reading" or they could be reading each others stories. Not the most exciting idea, but an idea nonetheless. Hope it helps (11/04/2009)

By Misty

A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

Not so much a storybook, but what about The Dangerous Book for Boys? Seems fitting for a group of scouts. (11/04/2009)

By Pam H

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October 31, 2009

I need help with an idea for a cub scout Christmas parade float. The theme is "A Storybook Christmas". I had thought of taking a line out of "The Night Before Christmas" and changing it to "The children were nestled all snug in their beds while the values of scouting danced in their heads". I was going to have children in bed dreaming and have big elaborate presents wrapped with the 12 values of scouting in letters on the outside: courage, faith, honesty, etc.

My question is how do I make it look like a dream? I want to have some presents "floating" over the bed and maybe some under a tree or by a fireplace. Any suggestions on how to exactly make this work?

Tracy from Franklin TN


A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

Could you rig some kind of netting, like a fishing net, suspended over the "sleeping" kids, and tuck the gifts into that? (11/26/2006)

By Becki in IN

A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

How about using lightweight paper wrapped around helium balloons? Hmmm.. it just might work. (09/11/2008)


A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

You could use something like a mobile crib would have and have it attached to the head of the bed. Have the presents suspended and have the mobile turning around. You could use a toy airplane, maybe a small ball, a small doll, those kind of things. (10/02/2008)

By Debbie

A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

Another idea is since it's a scout theme, have them asleep in sleeping bags in their uniforms, camping out together, and you could still have visions using the mobile concept floating over each kid's head, representing what each kid wants for Xmas. (10/02/2008)

By Debbie

A Storybook Christmas" Float Ideas

Wrap your empty boxes and glue them together; then stretch the fishing line across the float (over the children) and secure it to things on both ends. The rest is pretty easy, put up a tree and decorate as usual place presents under it, maybe have one child nestled under it or a stuffed dog or cat.

To replicate a fireplace, a big box, like from a furniture store, use a box cutter and cut out the fireplace surround, leave the back of the box. Next, spray paint with black paint for the inside and then draw flames on white poster board and glue inside on the outside you could either spray paint it a color of your choice or go to a Dollar store and look at their adhesive contact paper, some of it looks like wood grain. Use indoor outdoor carpet for the floor (green would be nice) preferably on a trailer without side rails, a flatbed. (11/20/2008)

By bobbi

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