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What is an Inflatable Snow Globe?

Emily Espinoza
Emily Espinoza

An inflatable snow globe is a holiday decoration that resembles a traditional snow globe and is inflated by an air pump. They are typically made to be used as an outdoor decoration and most often are quite tall. There are, however, smaller versions. Inflatable snow globes have the basic shape of a regular snow globe and come in several different styles. They have unique features, most notably the snow that actually flies around inside them.

Most often an inflatable snow globe is part of a holiday display in front of a home. They have become increasingly popular and can be seen wherever holiday decorations are found. The most common sizes are 6 feet (1.83 meters) and 8 feet (2.44 meters) in height. There is also a table top version meant for indoor use that typically runs about 15 inches (38 cm) tall. An inflatable snow globe keeps its inflation by being connected to an electric air pump that keeps air flowing through the structure.

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Most people are familiar with the traditional snow globes that have long been enjoyed as keepsakes and decorations. These water-filled snow globes are made out of glass and have a specific character or scene inside. With a little shaking, snow seems to fly around the entire globe. An inflatable snow globe creates same effect with different materials. Inflatable snow globes are usually made out of a thin nylon material that is lightweight and can be inflated easily, and instead of water, are filled with air.

Like traditional snow globes, they have a spherical shape, enclosing a decorative scene. Since inflatable snow globes are most often used for winter holiday decoration, they typically have a holiday character or symbol inside of them. Some of the common scenes inside these snow globes are snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus. Their scenes often coincide with the celebration of Christmas, but can sometimes simply have symbols of the winter season itself.

Possibly the most interesting feature of an inflatable snow globe, and what makes it classified as a snow globe, is the snow that flies around inside the sphere. This effect is achieved by the air pump blowing over a million small white pellets all around the snow globe. An additional feature that may be found in some inflatable snow globes is an internal light that illuminates the whole structure. This works well for consumers who want to use their inflatable snow globe as part of a traditional Christmas-light decor. Some inflatable snow globes play their own music or have motion-activated animation.

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