As you look at Christmas decorations for cities, you might be overwhelmed with all the options.  While you will find a major surplus of wholesale items at fairly cheap prices, there are some things you will need to keep in mind, in order to find a balance between having a festive display and protecting the best interest of those paying for the ornaments; the taxpayers.  There are some things you will want to avoid as you check out holiday decorations for cities, whether very big, or small and friendly.  No matter what your population, you can make the town look great.

Tips for Citywide Christmas Decorating

As you go out and figure out all the items you’ll need, there are some areas and tips which you might overlook if you aren’t careful.  The list below represents some of the things you should take into account before you get your final plan together.

Display in High Traffic Areas:  In order to reduce vandalism and theft, you want to avoid areas that aren’t well lit or have little traffic.  This will give you the biggest bang for the money, since the high traffic areas will get viewed by more tourists and city citizens. The idea is to catch the attention of as many people as possible and still stay within budget.

Decorate Light Poles:  Your Main Street and downtown areas probably have tons of them and they are pretty easy to decorate.  Plus, with the light there, they offer a pretty hard obstacle to overcome for those who would vandalize and steal them.  It just makes good sense.

Only Use Reusable Decorations:  You might pay a little more upfront, but you will save a lot of money over the course of time.  Individual tinsel, while very pretty and festive for Christmas, makes an awful mess and it’s very hard to store, so you’ll end up having to repurchase it every year. It will save money each and every year this way.

Use Banners and Hard Signs:  You can welcome people to the local Christmas Village or other areas, complete with a festive looking display.  When taken down at the end of the season and stored properly, there’s no reason not to expect to get a couple of decades out them, making them a cheap Christmas decoration for cities over the long haul.  Avoid putting the year on these, so they can be reused.

Use Lights Carefully:  Even bulk LED Christmas lights cost money to operate.  If you insist on using them, be sure to purchase a timer, so they turn off automatically during times of very little traffic.  There are lots of alternatives to giant rolls of LED Christmas lights.  Avoiding them completely can reduce operational costs and will be one less hassle when individual bulbs burn out.

Contract Locally When Possible:  Avoid the backlash and try to buy whatever you can from sources within the tax base.  You might also want to ask for bids and not allow out of town businesses to submit.  This way nobody can claim favoritism and it will be fair for all residents.  You want the residents to spend as much of their money locally as possible, right?

Consider a Town Christmas Village:  Find a suitable location for something like this and go all out.  Add a giant city Christmas tree and decorate the area very heavily.  The area should be one with good visibility for locals and people passing though.  If people stop to view these areas rather than just drive through your town, they just might spend a few bucks at the local businesses. 

Seek Community Volunteers:  Don’t underestimate the power of community involvement.  Many people are proud of their town and would love to help out with making it look great for the kids.  You could quite easily create an event of decorating the town Christmas village, which could easily turn into an annual tradition.  Many people want to be involved.

Ask Businesses to Participate:  Assuming a fair amount of your resources will be used to beatify the downtown area, why not ask the local businesses to join in?  Each business can decorate their own storefront, adding to the appearance without costing the taxpayers any money at all.

Actively Seek Public Opinion:  What do the people want?  If you can figure it out, they are much more likely to rally behind you and the decorations which are put up.  The problem, in many cases, is getting people to actively voice their opinions prior to the actual decorating. 

Use Caution with Christmas Decorations for Cities

There are going to be some issues you could potentially run into as you get your town into the Christmas spirit and looking great for holiday travelers.  The following are a few of the things you might want to keep in mind.

Avoid Glass Items:  Assuming the bulk of the decorations will be displayed outside, glass makes virtually no sense.   You will find some companies offering bulk large glass ornaments, but anything outside could fall down from the wind and elements.  When it falls, it will shatter.  Can your city afford a lawsuit if someone gets hurt from shattering glass?  Would you really want to have a public outcry banning decorating for the holiday?  Stay away from glass.

Be Careful not to Offend:  While Christmas seems to be the one holiday universally tolerated by most, you should still be careful not to get to overboard with God and Jesus references, since religion is a hot topic with many people.   There are still plenty of other ways to decorate and make your town look fantastic.

Secure Properly:  Anything placed outside must be secured carefully, so it doesn’t blow away and get damaged.  This helps to protect your investment and limit the future burden of taxes for the citizens.  In addition, ground displays and those prone to theft should be locked or chained, hidden of course, to help deter the thieves from taking your items.

As you look at Christmas decorations for cities, you will have a lot to consider.