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Holiday Day Trips + Christmas Activities in Central Florida

Holiday Day Trips Tampa Orlando Christmas Activities

The holiday season is a great time to plan a special day out, make family memories, or take your kids to do something new as a Christmas gift. If you’re spending Christmas in Florida, we can help you find family fun!

Although there are PLENTY of things to do in Lakeland & Polk County during the Christmas holidays, we’ve compiled a list of things to do for Christmas in Central Florida, perfect for a day trip or a night out in Plant City, Tampa, or Orlando. Since we live where other people vacation {it’s pretty amazing right?!?} we get to enjoy Central Florida’s Christmas attractions and then sleep in our own bed. These Christmas events in Florida include holiday-themed twinkling lights, live music, visits with Santa Claus, interactive activities, and more.

We’ve also included two special attractions right here in Polk County – Bok Tower and LEGOLAND Florida.

Please use our links to do your own research before making plans, some of the special events are only available on select nights, even at places that are open daily.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

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POLK COUNTY CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration for all ages and one of the best times of year to visit. Let Your Spirit Soar this holiday season with beautiful displays of poinsettiasbegoniasevergreens, and more. Take part in a delightful outdoor hunt with Tucker & Tilly, the delightful Pinewood Estate squirrel family and ring in your holidays with daily carillon concerts. Find additional joy with a robust schedule of educational programs and concert events.

  • November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022 – Open daily from 8am – 6pm
  • Most activities included in Regular Admission for Bok Tower – Adult admission is $15, Children (ages 5-12) $5, children under 5 are free, Dogs are $5. Some concerts and special events require a reservation and separate tickets, details on the website.
  • Bok Tower Gardens – 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
  • Bok Tower Gardens Website

Happy Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND’s annual holiday celebration returns to deck the halls in 2021. Enjoy special holiday shows, a giant LEGO Christmas tree, festive decorations, Holly Jolly Jubilee live, a life-size LEGO Santa, holiday-themed scavenger hunts with prizes, holiday character photos, and more.

  • Included in LEGOLAND Admission
  • November 26-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-31, 2021
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort – 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
  • LEGOLAND Website

PLANT CITY / TAMPA CHRISTMAS EVENTS + ACTIVITIES

Take a day {or night} trip to the Tampa, Clearwater, or St. Pete to see free Christmas light displays, enjoy holiday activities, and get into the holiday spirit. Get details on Christmas Lights and Holiday activities in the Tampa Bay area including:

  • Festival of Lights at the Hillsborough Fairgrounds
  • Christmas Lane at the Florida Strawberry Festival
  • Nights of Shimmering Lights in Dover
  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
  • Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
  • Saturdays with Santa at the Florida Aquarium
  • FREE Light Displays at the Tampa Riverwalk and St. Pete Waterfront
  • Drive-Thru Lights and Walk Through Lights in Tampa

ORLANDO CHRISTMAS ATTRACTIONS

Head to Orlando for some impressive Christmas light displays and attractions. We have a separate list of Christmas Lights and Holiday activities in the Orlando area including:

  • Night of a Million Lights at giving Kids the World Village
  • Christmas at Gaylord Palms – Elf Themed Activities in 2021
  • Now Snowing at Celebration Town Center
  • The Lights on Jeater Bend in Celebration
  • Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens
  • Holidays at Disney Springs + Christmas Tree Trail
  • Holidays at Universal Studios
  • Sea World’s Christmas Celebration
  • Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort

Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.