Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide2018-09-27T12:49:33+00:00
Lakeland Holiday Christmas Event Guide

Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide

Congratulations! You are looking at the ultimate guide to family-friendly holiday fun in Lakeland and Polk County. Our communities are bursting with holiday cheer this time of year, and we want to help you and your family make memories as you experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas and holiday season.

Below you’ll find all the family friendly holiday happenings and kids activities in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry, Auburndale, Haines City, & across Polk County. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas parade, photos with Santa, live performances, Christmas concerts, places to donate or volunteer, day trips in Central Florida, special events, or a wondering where you can drive to see the best neighborhood Christmas light displays, your search is over – you’ll find it all here.

See something we missed? Send us an email at editor@lakelandmom.com or use our “contact us” page. We’ll be adding events and activities daily, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!

Thank you to the Imperial Symphony Orchestra for sponsoring our Holiday Guide

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra provides high quality, live classical music performances for all residents of Polk County and our surrounding communities. The Holiday Spectacular is an annual favorite that brings holiday cheer to audiences with symphonic works, Christmas carols and songs of the winter season (even without a truly “white Christmas” in Lakeland, Florida)! Join in on the fun with the audience-favorite Christmas Carol Sing-Along.

Tickets start at only $15 for adults, and students/children are free with Student ID or parent ticket!
Visit the ISO Website for more information and to purchase tickets. Click here to see a full list of upcoming ISO Events.

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Christmas & Holiday Posts

Five Festive Favorites at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

December 4, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Fun Around Florida - Day Trips|

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom is a special event to celebrate the Holidays and get into the Christmas spirit. Read our review and tips for your visit including our festive favorites!

Christmas Giving Opportunities & Toy Donation Needs in the Lakeland Area

November 28, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Lakeland Gives Back, Volunteer & Donate|

Find local opportunities in Lakeland to donate toys for children, food for families, volunteer your time, or make a financial donation to give back to our community this holiday and Christmas season.

2017 Christmas Movies & TV Specials – Including Local Holiday Movie Showings

November 20, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Movies, Music, & Live Performances|

Settle in with blankets and hot cocoa and find your favorite Christmas Movies and TV Specials in November & December! Plus a list of local holiday movie showings in Lakeland, Bartow, & Haines City.

The Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays in Lakeland

November 16, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Family Friendly Events|

Find the best neighborhood Christmas Light displays and community lights around Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Plant City. Includes a map you can customize for your own Christmas light driving tour!

Santa’s Calling! Sign your child up for a phone call from Santa on December 12

November 5, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Freebies & Deals|

The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department has made arrangements for Santa to telephone your elementary school-aged children on December 12. Click to learn more and sign up by 12/8.

Christmas Activities & Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida: Plant City, Tampa & Orlando

November 4, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Fun Around Florida - Day Trips|

Whether it's a fun family outing or an "experience" Christmas gift, we've got a list of special events and activities happening in Plant City, Tampa and Orlando this holiday season where you can make memories!

Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows & Live Performances In & Around Lakeland

November 3, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Movies, Music, & Live Performances|

Christmas concerts, holiday shows, Christmas plays, holiday galas, orchestra performances and live music to get you in the holiday spirit! Incuding The Nutcracker, A Christmas Story, and more.

Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa Events in Lakeland & Polk County

November 3, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Family Friendly Events|

Whether you’re looking for a great Santa photo in Lakeland, or your kids prefer to admire Santa from afar, we’ve got photo locations, Breakfast with Santa, and other events where he can be found!

Lakeland Christmas Parade & Holiday Parades Across Polk County

November 3, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Family Friendly Events|

There’s nothing like a festive Christmas Parade to make you feel like a kid again! Head out to the Lakeland Christmas Parade or another Polk County Parade for a night of family fun with floats, bands, entertainment, and SANTA.

Lakeland Gives Back: Volunteer Opportunities and Donation Needs at Local Non-Profits

November 1, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Volunteer & Donate|

Learn about volunteer opportunities and donation needs in the Lakeland area. Find out about non-profits in our community serving seniors, kids in foster care, at-risk teens, and more.

Single Day Holiday & Christmas Events in Lakeland & Polk County

Nov
17
Haven Holiday market 2
Haven Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Dec
1
Winter Haven Carols in the Park
Carols in the Park Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Dec
1
Jingle Bark Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bark with Polk County Parks Recreation
Davenport – Northeast Regional Park
12:00 pm
Dec
1
Mulberry Christmas Tree Lighting
Mulberry Christmas Tree Lighting
Mulberry Civic Center
7:00 pm
Dec
4
Dec
4
Grinchmas 2018
Grinchmas at Gourmet Goodies
Winter Haven – Gourmet Goodies
4:00 pm
Dec
7
Jingle Bell Rock Party Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bell Rock Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Wabash Community Center – Lakeland
6:00 pm
Dec
7
Havendale Christmas Parade 2018
Havendale Christmas Parade
Havendale Blvd
7:00 pm
Dec
8
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
2:30 pm
Dec
8
Mulberry Christmas Parade
Mulberry Christmas Parade
Mulberry – Spence Park
6:00 pm
Dec
8
Mulberry Christmas Village
Mulberry’s Christmas Village
Mulberry – Spence Park
7:00 pm
Dec
8
Christmas Carol 2018
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
RP Funding Center (formerly Lakeland Center)
7:30 pm
Dec
8
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
7:30 pm
Dec
11
ISO Handel's Messiah 2018
Annual Holiday Concert: Handel’s Messiah
RP Funding Center (formerly Lakeland Center)
7:00 pm
Dec
14
Holiday Party Polk Parks Recreation
Holiday Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Winter Haven – Wilfred Smith Resource Center
6:00 pm
Dec
14
Holiday Tree Lighting Party Polk Parks Recreation
Holiday Tree Lighting Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Winter Haven – Eloise Resource Center
6:00 pm
Dec
15
Christmas Notes Polk Parks Recreation
Christmas Notes
Homeland Heritage Park
5:00 pm

Be sure to check out our Spring & EasterSummer, and Fall & Halloween event guides.