Everybody Loves a Christmas Parade


Christmas parades in early December and front yard displays for the whole month, are popular traditions in North America, and Jeep owners like to get their vehicles involved.

Christmas 2016

The Wade family in Alabama always decorates their '55 3B for the Christmas parades in Decatur and Priceville, and 2016 was no exception.

Ora Lee waves to the crowd at the Decatur nighttime parade, and Lawrence gives us his famous Christmas grin.

In the back, Lawrence used the fireplace he built a few years ago, this time with an elf in the rocking chair.

The backdrop for the fireplace made a good place to stash the doors they needed on the chilly drive over to Priceville this year for the daytime parade.

Christmas 2015

This is a 2015 Christmas parade in Armenia, Colombia, home of the National Coffee Festival in June, which features one of the biggest Willys parades in Colombia. Photo courtesy Jhoelcolombia on Facebook.

Christmas 2014

Vaughn Becker and his 1958 CJ-3B deliver Santa to the Town Hall in Taroom, Queensland, Australia for "Carols by Candlelight and Santa in the Park" in 2014. Vaughn says, "We usually have the family fun evening in the Park but in 2014 due to very heavy, dark clouds overhead it was decided to move to the Town Hall, which proved to be a good move!"

Thanks to Caroline Bunker for the photo.

Christmas 2011

Lawrence tried out candy canes on the front for the Decatur parade in 2011. See also Christmas Tradition for more photos of Wade's parades.

They also took the Jeep to the 2011 daytime parade in Priceville, and it was shirtsleeve weather. But Alabama occasionally gets snow; see Snow Jeeps on CJ3B.info.

The Houston Area Flat Fenders make the Pearland TX Christmas parade a family affair every year.

Jamie Powers and his kids decorated his '63 3B, and for the first time this year, his trailer.

Other 3B owners in the HAFF club include Larry Steed, Mike Zimmerman and Charlie McMurrey. See also the whole crew in 2007 below.

When it gets dark the parade heads out. This is Mike Zimmerman's newly restored '54 CJ-3B covered with lights.

Christmas 2008

Here, Little Saint Nick lays sparks as he takes off in John Cantella's '55 3B in Arizona.

North Carolina
When sighted at Don Norris' house in North Carolina, Santa had a team led by a high nose instead of a red nose.


Christmas 2007

Pearland, Texas

The Houston Area Flatfenders Club participates in the Pearland TX Christmas parade on 1 December 2007. From left: Charlie McMurrey's '54 3B; Cliff Robbins' '46 2A; Larry Steed's '53 3B and '42 MB (standing beside the MB are Mike, Meegan and son Joseph Zimmerman); Jamie Powers' '63 3B and Steve Childers '64 3B (standing alongside are Steve and Tammy Childers and daughter Lauren).

Christmas 2006

FrontLawrence Wade's 1955 CJ-3B carries a wreath on the front and old-fashioned presents in the back, in the Decatur 2006 Christmas parade in Alabama.

Tree on boardLawrence's ambitious Christmas tree display was a big hit at the nighttime event in 2006.

The Wades (60K JPEG) have taken their Jeep to plenty of car shows and parades before. See Build a Center Jump Seat in the Tech Tips section of CJ3B.info for a useful modification for parades.

Christmas 2004

Homer AKSanta arrives in Engine 1 for the lighting of the 2004 commmunity Christmas tree in Homer, Alaska. Thanks to Dave at eWillys for spotting this photo by Michael Armstrong from the Homer News.

Thanks to everybody for the photos. -- Derek Redmond

See Christmas Over the Years for more Christmas features on CJ3B.info.

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