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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 here in Lakeland & Polk County during the 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.

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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Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for mask requirements, safety protocols, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations.


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. Enjoy fresh air, wide-open spaces, and a spectacular holiday foliage display. Poinsettia, bromeliad and amaryllis displays, live music on the 205-foot Singing Tower carillon including the Peace on Earth Carillon Concert on Saturdays at 3pm, and other special events.

Don’t miss the Critter Christmas Guide scavenger hunt with Tucker and Tilly, the Pinewood Estate squirrels. Pick up your Critter Christmas Guide and find each of these forest friends. Complete the hunt and present your guide for a treat at The Shop at Bok.

For the health and safety of all, Pinewood Estate is closed until further notice and the Holiday Home Tour will not be offered in 2020.

  • November 27, 2020 through January 3, 2021 – 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 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 2020. 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 27-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 24-31, 2020
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort – 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
  • LEGOLAND Website


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:

  • The Christmas Trail in Plant City
  • 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


Head to Orlando for some impressive Christmas light displays and attractions. Get details on Christmas Lights and Holiday activities in the Orlando area including:

  • Night of a Million Lights at giving Kids the World Village (NEW in 2020)
  • Christmas at Gaylord Palms – I Love Christmas Movies (NEW in 2020) and Cirque Dreams Unwrapped
  • Now Snowing at Celebration, Florida
  • 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 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.