Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows & Live Performances

Nutcracker Christmas Shows Lakeland Florida

Whether your favorite Christmas song is Jingle BellsJoy to the World, or Silent Night,  there is nothing like hearing Christmas music performed live, and we have a list of opportunities below. Looking for a holiday performance like Handel’s Messiah, A Christmas Carol, or The Nutcracker performed on stage? You can find those here too! Our list includes holiday shows in Lakeland and across Polk County and Central Florida. These Christmas Concerts will get you in the holiday spirit!

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.

A full list of events can be viewed on our Calendar Page.

Featured Performances

Russian Ballet Orlando – The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 5, 2020
2 pm and 7pm – Two Performances
The Polk Theatre
139 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33801
Experience the timeless story of the Nutcracker in this grand production. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning holiday presentation. The Russian Ballet Orlando production has become a memorable annual event for families all over Central Florida.

Florida Dance Theatre presents the Nutcracker Spectacular
Saturday, December 12, 2020

1pm and 4pm – Two Performances
SUN ‘n FUN Campus
4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811
Join Florida Dance Theatre as they present a day of outdoor holiday magic. The Nutcracker Spectacular is a two part event that includes a special one-hour matinee performance of The Nutcracker, Character Meet & Greets, food trucks and access to some of Lakeland’s amazing vendors during the holiday season. General admission is $15 per person. Children under 5 free!

2020 Christmas Shows & Holiday Concerts

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for safety protocols, mask requirements, 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. Be informed, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, have fun, and make good choices!

A Christmas Carol – Florida Southern College (Virtual Performance)

Free
Christmas Carol FSC 2020
November 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online

Performed by FSC Theatre department, written by Charles Dickens,  Adapted for the stage by FSC Theatre faculty, A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, but is transformed through the visitations of four ghosts. Watch on the Festival of Fine Arts You...

A Christmas Carol – Florida Southern College (Virtual Performance)

Free
Christmas Carol FSC 2020
November 22, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Performed by FSC Theatre department, written by Charles Dickens,  Adapted for the stage by FSC Theatre faculty, A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, but is transformed through the visitations of four ghosts. Watch on the Festival of Fine Arts You...

Theatre Winter Haven Outdoor Concert Series

$18November 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Haven – Chain O’ Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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Theatre Winter Haven is hosting safe outdoor entertainment every week: Fridays at 7 PM, Sundays at 4 PM at the Chain O' Lakes Stadium. Bring your blankets or chairs. Each concert is $18 or buy three for $40!

Southeastern University Christmas Concert

December 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online

Join the Southeastern University instrumental ensembles and choirs for our annual musical celebration of Christ’s birth. This concert focuses on a theme of prophecy and promise, featuring music from diverse styles and interesting perspectives, as the music presented by our talented young artists a...

Southeastern University Christmas Concert

December 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online

Join the Southeastern University instrumental ensembles and choirs for our annual musical celebration of Christ’s birth. This concert focuses on a theme of prophecy and promise, featuring music from diverse styles and interesting perspectives, as the music presented by our talented young artists a...

A Christmas Carol – Florida Southern College (Virtual Performance)

Free
Christmas Carol FSC 2020
December 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online

Performed by FSC Theatre department, written by Charles Dickens,  Adapted for the stage by FSC Theatre faculty, A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, but is transformed through the visitations of four ghosts. Watch on the Festival of Fine Arts You...

A Christmas Carol – Florida Southern College (Virtual Performance)

Free
Christmas Carol FSC 2020
December 6, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Performed by FSC Theatre department, written by Charles Dickens,  Adapted for the stage by FSC Theatre faculty, A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, but is transformed through the visitations of four ghosts. Watch on the Festival of Fine Arts You...

Theatre Winter Haven Outdoor Concert Series

$18December 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Haven – Chain O’ Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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Theatre Winter Haven is hosting safe outdoor entertainment every week: Fridays at 7 PM, Sundays at 4 PM at the Chain O' Lakes Stadium. Bring your blankets or chairs. Each concert is $18 or buy three for $40!

Glory of Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church (Virtual)

Free
Glory of Christmas 2020 First Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert
December 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online

Join us for a one-time only viewing of this special concert featuring superb musicians from our church and region along with internationally known artists. Help us celebrate Christmas 2020 in this special way!

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Lakeland Concert Band Outdoor Christmas Concert

FreeDecember 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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FREE Outdoor Christmas Concert! The Lakeland Concert Band entertains and inspires Lakeland area residents young and old with concerts from November through April. The concert is free and no tickets are needed. Bring blankets or chairs.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at First United Methodist (VIRTUAL)

Free
December 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church Lakeland
72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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This year you can celebrate the Sights and Sounds of Christmas from the comfort of your own living room! Make this wonderful concert a part of your family’s holiday plans. View the premiere of the concert on Sunday, December 13th at 4pm.

Bartow Community Holiday Concert with the BHS Band

Free
Bartow High Band Concert Christmas 2020
December 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bartow – Mosaic Park
2250 S Floral Ave
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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Join the Bartow High School Wind Symphony and Chorus for an outdoor Holiday Concert at the Mosaic Park Band Shell. Bring your own seating (blankets and chairs) and a mask. There will be plenty of room for social distancing. Pre-concert and seating begins at 6pm, performance begins at 7pm.

Lakeland High School Winter Concert

Free
LHS Winter Concert 2020
December 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Come and get your holiday cheer! Performances by the incredible Lakeland Sr. High School Music Department.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

Elf the Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre

$17 – $24
Elf the Musical Lakeland Community Theatre
December 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
121 S Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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The Broadway hit Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

The Nutcracker Ballet – Florida Dance Arts

$25 – $35December 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
RP Funding Center
701 West Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815 US
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Join us for an evening of magic, whimsy, and adventure as Clara journeys to the Land of Sweets. Florida Dance Arts presents this classic story of The Nutcracker .

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Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala

$4 – $8
Florida Southern Gala
December 7, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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FSC’s Department of Music presents ‘Tis the Season: The Christmas Gala with a riveting group of musical holiday favorites, beautifully performed by choral, instrumental, and string groups – and selected special music by other musical combinations.

Polk State College Winter Concert

Free – $7
December 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Polk State College – Winter Haven
999 Ave H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Polk State College Music Department presents a Winter Concert

Polk State College Winter Concert

Free – $7
December 8, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Polk State College – Winter Haven
999 Ave H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Polk State College Music Department presents a Winter Concert

Messiah Sing Along in Bartow

FreeDecember 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bartow – First United Methodist Church
310 South Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830 United States
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Join this unrehearsed community choir as we perform selections from Handel’s Messiah. Anyone is welcome to join in the choir. Bring your own musical score or borrow one of ours. Described as “miraculous”, we are always amazed at the level of performance this concert achieves.

Christmas With Family at Family Worship Center

FreeDecember 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Family Worship Center
1350 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Experience Christmas with Family, an annual production at Family Worship Center. Admission is FREE. A community event you don’t want to miss! 

Christmas With Family at Family Worship Center

FreeDecember 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Family Worship Center
1350 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Experience Christmas with Family, an annual production at Family Worship Center. Admission is FREE. A community event you don’t want to miss! 

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