Looking for the best Christmas lights in Lakeland? We’ve got a list of amazing neighborhood Christmas light displays around Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry & Plant City, as well as local events where you’ll find an abundance of Christmas lights. Keep reading below to see a list of houses with amazing Christmas displays as well as a driving map to help you find the best Christmas lights near you!
Neighborhood Christmas Lights in Lakeland
There are some houses that go all out for Christmas, and for that the rest of us say THANK YOU! I love driving these streets and seeing people’s creativity. If you do go on a Christmas light drive, keep in mind that you are in someone’s neighborhood. Make sure you print out our CHRISTMAS LIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT list before you go.
We’ve also included a handy map below that you can edit to create your own Christmas Light Drive – don’t forget the pajamas and hot chocolate!
Editors Note – all light displays listed below have been confirmed for 2019 unless noted below.
Lancelot Drive off Lake Miriam
Lake Miriam Dr & Lancelot, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Almost every house on this street is COVERED with Christmas lights and more inflatables and yard decorations than you can imagine. On weekend nights, some of the residents are outside handing out candy canes. (I take a quick drive down this street anytime I’m out after dark in December!)
Lochnivar Dr. off Lake Miriam
Lake Miriam Dr & Lochnivar, Lakeland, FL 33813 (one street East of Lancelot) – (MAP IT)
Has multiple houses all decked out – be sure you drive over one street after you’ve visited Lancelot (see above)
Curtis Family Lights
Inflatables Galore (unconfirmed for 2019)
Woodland Hills & Sagamore Street off Edgewood Dr. (MAP IT)
Inflatables. LOTS and LOTS of inflatables! They also have a beautiful nativity and light display in front of the house.
Don Weaver’s Christmas Lights
3832 Marquise Ln, Mulberry, FL 33860 (MAP IT)
Don Weaver, Lighting Director creates an amazing light display for the month of December in Mulberry, Florida with over 175,000 lights. The lights and music will run every night starting December 1 from 6p – 10pm (through Dec. 31?)
Santa Visits and Don provides Hot Chocolate one night each December – this year is Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Christmas Lane in Bartow
E. George Street & Spring Court in Bartow – (MAP IT)
You’ll find quite a few houses in this area decorated with great light displays! Make sure you explore Spring Court, and then go across to E. George Street and down all of the side streets (Helen St. & Lila Circle) from there. You know it’s impressive when it is known as “Christmas Tree Lane” to the locals!
Ariana Village Lights (dates unconfirmed for 2019)
For 1 week in December (December 14 – 22?) the gates will be open nightly from 6-9pm for you to visit Ariana Village and see their light displays! Take Harden Blvd and head West on Ariana Street. The park is located about a 1/2 mile on the right. Bring your kids to see Santa and Mrs.Claus for treats at the exit.
Santa’s House by the Bigda’s
4314 Shadow Wood Trail, Winter Haven, FL 33880 (MAP IT)
Display begins Saturday, November 30, 2019. Huge animated display that runs to music. Everything you see in the yard is handmade and painted, lots of new Disney characters for 2019 including Cars, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie, etc. Visit their Facebook page for photos.
Country Oaks Neighborhood (unconfirmed for 2019)
Old Polk City Rd & Odoniel Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
From a reader: Country Oaks neighborhood off of Old Polk City Rd is worth a drive. Each year they do a “Come to Bethlehem” drive. A good portion of the homes have lights, nightly luminaries, and figures out of wood that are all headed to “Bethlehem” with the final house as the full nativity.
Michelle Drive in Auburndale (unconfirmed for 2019)
Michelle Dr. Auburndale, FL (MAP IT)
From a reader: 2 homes on the same street that the lights are synchronized to music they do a really good job!
High Glen Drive in Lakeland (unconfirmed for 2019)
5910 High Glen Drive, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
From a reader: Drive all the way to the cul-de-sac for a Christmas light display, many other houses are decorated as well.
Tera Ln and King Rd in Winter Haven (unconfirmed for 2019)
King Rd SW & Tera Ln, Winter Haven, FL 33880 (MAP IT)
From a reader: Santa Claus was there in his wooden sleigh passing out candy canes and greeting cars.
Island Walk Community in Lakeland (unconfirmed for 2019)
St. Lucia Drive, Lakeland, FL 33812 (MAP IT)
From a reader: The cul du sac at the end of Saint Lucia Drive in Island Walk community (off Clubhouse Road) has a few very nicely decorated houses.
Lynch Family Dancing Lights in Fort Meade (unconfirmed for 2019)
Michaels Family Light Show in Lake Alfred
Show begins November 20, 2019. About 100,000 lights synced to music you can tune your vehicle radio to. Park the car at the park, get out and get your dance on. 25ft mega tree 20ft mega tree lots of reindeer, inflatables and most have been hand built. See photos on their Facebook page.
The next two houses have Plant City addresses but are only 5-7 minutes from where Drane Field Road meets County Line Road, so we are including them because they will be very close for some of our readers. They are just 2 miles apart so make sure you find both of them if you’re out driving!
Lights of Winter in East Plant City
3212 Bella Garden Lane, Plant City, 33566 (MAP IT)
Show runs from Thanksgiving through New Years / Sunday – Thursday from 6pm-9pm / Friday & Saturday 6pm-10pm
Lights Of Winter is a computerized Christmas light show in Plant City, Florida featuring over 35,000 lights dancing on TWO houses! Tune in to 107.5 FM when you get there to hear the music that goes along with the lights. Check our their Facebook Page for videos and photos. **MAKE SURE YOU TURN DOWN THE DRIVEWAY – they want people to come down the driveway instead of blocking traffic on Sparkman Road**
Masters Family Christmas in East Plant City
2329 Jim Johnson Road, Plant City, 33566 (MAP IT)
Over 50,000 LED Christmas lights in an amazing display! Check our their Facebook Page for photos. Lights will be on starting Thanksgiving night. Turn your radios to 88.3 to hear the music. **MAKE SURE YOU TURN DOWN THE DRIVEWAY – this is the best way to see all the lights and they welcome you to turn in.**
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Community Events & Christmas Lights Around Lakeland
Munn Park Lights in Downtown Lakeland
Every year the City of Lakeland makes our downtown magical with the addition of light displays all over Munn Park. Lights come on at dusk every night, so pick a night to eat at a great local eatery downtown, and take a stroll through the park! Or visit during one of December’s special events, such as the Holiday Walkabout on Tuesday December 3 or First Friday on December 6.
You can also find light displays around Lake Morton and Lake Mirror in the downtown area.
Lights of Lakeland
You’ll find an impressive display of OVER 500,000 LIGHTS at Lights of Lakeland! Located just south of the Polk Parkway on Lakeland Highlands Road, Lights of Lakeland is Highland Park Church’s ANNUAL, FREE walk-thru Christmas experience the whole family can enjoy! Includes The Grinch, Santa’s Workshop, Live Reindeer Barn, Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Walk through Bethlehem experience with live camels, sheep, and donkeys, Food Court with local food trucks, Sweet Shoppe with homemade treats, General Store for children to Christmas shop on their own, Photos with cartoon characters for kids.
December 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 from 6:30-9pm. (Fri, Sat, Sun each weekend)
Highland Park Church – 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Plant City / East Tampa Light Displays & Christmas Events
Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
Tampa’s Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village is the premier Tampa-area holiday theme park, located at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in Brandon, Florida. Take a drive through our mile of dazzling lights and Holiday displays that will make lasting memories for the whole family. The Christmas season springs to life with dazzling displays of electric cheer.
Come and enjoy Santa’s Village and stay awhile! Visit with Santa, enjoy the Circus/Comedy/Magic Show each night (see show schedule), Visit with the Animals of Bethlehem and the Camels, and enjoy the smells and yummy treats of fair type food and much more!
Meet Santa, ride ponies & camels, ride the North Pole Express Train, games, holiday food & treats, and more. Open Thanksgiving night (November 28, 2019) through January 4, 2020. Located in Dover, less than 30 minutes from Lakeland.
November 28, 2019 – January 4, 2020. Open nightly from 6 – 9pm or 6 – 10pm. (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17)
Prices start at only $25/vehicle with up to 8 passengers! Season passes with unliminted admission are available for up to 8 visitors for only $65.
Mini Bus (9-25 passengers) is 40, and a Bus (26+ passengers) is $75. Train ride, animal rides, & some activities extra. Click here to purchase tickets.
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds – 215 Sydney Washer Rd, Dover, FL 33527 (MAP IT)
Only 30 minutes from Lakeland!
Nights of Shimmering Lights in Dover
Sunkissed Acres Farm in Dover has a winter event featuring a ¼-mile walking trail through the shimmering lights dancing to music. Walk at your own pace and stop as often as you like. Enjoy Winterland full of blue and white lights, penguins, bears, old man winter and other favorite scenes. Don’t miss the Nativity scene and Star of David in our religious area. Who can miss Santa and the reindeer in the Christmas area? Rest on one of the many benches conveniently placed along the trail or take selfies at one of our photo stops. Get in the holiday mood with seasonal music and themed areas. Be sure to wear good footwear as the trail can be uneven in spots, it is not currently suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
Saturday Nov. 30 – Sunday Dec. 22, 2019
Special Openings December 23-25th
Open Thursday to Sunday weekly. Closed Monday to Wednesday
Times: 6 – 9 pm on Thursday & Sunday | 6 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday
$6 per person, ages 3 and under are free
GROUPON DEAL – Admission for 2 people ($10), 3 people ($14), or 4 people ($18) with one hot beverage per person.
Sun Kissed Acres Farm – 2302 N. Dover Road, Dover, FL 33527
Christmas Lane at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City
Christmas Lane is an extraordinary light display that originated in the 1980s for the Dover, Florida community. This light display has grown exponentially over the last 35 years. In 2015, Christmas Lane relocated to the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds in Plant City, FL. Various Christmas themed displays, photos with Santa, live entertainment, food, and rides (additional cost for food & rides). Parking is free and can be accessed from Lemon and Oak streets. Live nativity every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night at 7:00 & 8:00pm.
November 29 – December 24, 2019 / Thursdays – Sundays from 6-10pm
$5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4 to 12; free for children under 3 (Rides & food extra)
Each Thursday, all teachers with school ID will receive free entry. Each Friday, all veterans, active/retired military, police officers, EMTs and paramedics will receive free entry with ID.
Florida Strawberry Festival grounds – 2508 W Oak Ave, Plant City, FL 33563 (MAP IT)
The Christmas Trail in Plant City
The Christmas Trail is an outdoor Christmas attraction located in Plant City, Florida. Featuring over a 1/4 mile walking trail filled with Christmas themed scenes and several thousand lights throughout. Photo ops, a 25ft tall Christmas tree, and even snow highlight a few of the magical aspects of The Christmas Trail. You might even catch a glimpse of Santa walking through the trail! Along with the trail guests can purchase an assortment of concessions including marshmallows for roasting and hot chocolate. Santa is also at the Trail nightly for pictures and Jack Frost creates magical snowfalls through the night. We also have vendors and free face painting. Guests can walk the trail at their leisure but can expect it to last around 15 minutes. The Christmas Trail is a Free Event but donations are appreciated. There are a limited number tickets available each night and they advise arriving early. Concessions and other items will be for sale along with vendors selling merchandise.
2019 Dates & Times TBD
FREE Event but donations are appreciated. $5 parkiner per car. Ticket reservation strongly recommended (check website)
2837 South Frontage Road Plant City, FL 33566 (MAP IT)