Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide 2017-12-08T10:31:51+00:00

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 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.

Give the Gift of Martial Arts for Christmas with Choe’s Martial Arts in Lakeland

November 14, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Classes & Lessons|

For over 38 years, Choe's Martial Arts School has been serving the Lakeland area with personal instruction in fitness and self-defense through traditional martial arts. Give your child the gift of Martial Arts this Christmas!

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.

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.

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways

12 Days of Giveaways: Ageless Allure Medispa Hand & Foot Massage plus Oxygen Bar

December 6, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Giveaways, Motherhood & Parenting|

Treat yourself with a Santa’s Little Helpers Hand and Foot Massage, and a 10 minute session at the oxygen bar. Win 30 minutes of holiday pampering at Ageless Allure - Winter Haven's premier Medispa!

12 Days of Giveaways: Critter Christmas Safari at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland

December 6, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Giveaways, Things to Do|

During the month of December, Safari Wilderness in Lakeland offers a holiday-themed animal safari at 1/2 the price of a regular visit! Visit today for a unique and memorable family experience. Win a safari for four!

12 Days of Giveaways: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at the RP Funding Center

December 6, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Giveaways, Movies, Music, & Live Performances|

Win 4 tickets to see A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at the RP Funding Center! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

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