Creative ideas for a Christmas parade float include creating a snowy outdoor scene with snowmen, decorating a small group of Christmas trees, or inviting band members to play Christmas music from the float. For a very simple float, cover a flat trailer with a layer of white quilt batting or cottony fake snow, and invite community members to ride the float wearing holiday-themed attire.
Wrap a large number of empty boxes with colorful gift wrap. Decorate the wrapped boxes with ribbons, bows and oversized gift tags. Add a Christmas tree and a prop fireplace hung with oversized stockings. Create a large gingerbread house using cardboard and tempura paint. Make oversized candy pieces to decorate the house. Use canned artificial snow or polyester stuffing to simulate snow on the roof.
Place a large manger and statues from a nativity scene on the float, or create a living nativity by dressing community members as nativity scene figures. If real animals are available, add a donkey and sheep to draw attention to the float.
Choose a literary theme, such a Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Dress someone up as Ebenezer Scrooge, put him in a bed, and surround him with Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.