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25 Days of Christmas Fun in the Lakeland area {with Printable Calendar}

25 Days of Christmas Fun Printable Calendar Lakeland Florida 2020

Are you ready to count down the days until Christmas 2020?? We created a list of 25 days of Christmas Fun in Lakeland to help you make the most out of your family time this December. While we certainly don’t expect you to do ALL the things on this calendar, we do hope it helps you and your family find a few special things to enjoy this holiday season in Lakeland and Central Florida.

We’ve even included a printable calendar for you to put on the fridge or save to your phone!

Use the calendar or the links below to get more information on dates, times, locations, and registration/tickets (if applicable). Our calendar includes Lakeland Christmas events, ideas for family activities across Polk County, and our popular Christmas Light Driving Guide. These events are fun, family-friendly, and many of them are free!

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.

Note that the Christmas Calendar is easiest to save and/or print from a laptop. Various settings on mobile devices may prevent you from opening this as a printable or clickable PDF as it is designed.


25 Days of Christmas Fun in Lakeland FL

*Denotes events that are on a specific date – don’t miss these 1-2 day events!

1. * Get into the holiday spirit at the Downtown Lakeland Holiday Walkabout on December 1, First Friday on December 4, and Festive Fridays on December 11 and 18. (The Christmas Lights in Munn Park are some of our favorites!)

2. Find a Christmas Tree or visit a Christmas Tree Farm

3. * See a performance of the Nutcracker – including Russian Ballet Orlando at the Polk Theatre (12/5) and Florida Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker Spectacular outdoors at SUN ‘n FUN (12/12)

4. * It will be SNOWING in Lakeland on December 4 and 5 at SNOWFEST – this event is being held in the evening this year along the Promenade at Lake Mirror

5. * See Santa Fly In at the SUN ‘n FUN Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show on December 4 and 5

6. Enjoy live Christmas music at a Christmas Concert (lots of outdoor and virtual options are available this year)

7. Visit a Holiday Market or Craft Fair to shop local and support our community’s makers

8. * Sign up for a phone call from Santa on December 8 (register by 12/4)

9. Social distance at one of the Outdoor Holiday Events or Walk Through Christmas Light Displays in Lakeland and Central Florida

10. Take Photos with Santa or meet him at an event

11. * See Elf The Musical at Lakeland Community Theatre (Dec. 4-6, 11-13)

12. * Attend a holiday parade in Polk County (the Lakeland Christmas Parade and Havendale Parade have been canceled for 2020, but others are still happening)

13. * Attend a Menorah Lighting during Chanukah (Hanukkah). Chabad Jewish Center will light a giant Menorah in Lakeland (12/13), Winter Haven (12/14) and Lake Ashton (12/15)

14. Watch your favorite TV Specials and Christmas Movies at a local event / theatre or at home

15. Sign up for a fun camp for kids over Winter Break.

16. * Sign up for a holiday themed 5k race

17. Visit Bok Tower Gardens or LEGOLAND Florida for holiday-themed fun at these popular local attractions

18. Stroll around the brand new Starlight Nights light displays in Downtown Winter Haven and enjoy the light tunnels.

19. Donate toys and holiday gifts to families in need.

20. Plan a Day Trip (or night trip) towards the Tampa or St. Pete / Clearwater area to enjoy a holiday event including the Christmas Trail, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa, the Christmas Village at Curtis Hixon Park and light displays along the Riverwalk, and more. Plan a Day Trip (or evening trip) to Orlando to enjoy Holiday Festivitivies including Night of a Million Lights, Now Snowing in Celebration, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, Christmas at Gaylord Palms, and more.

21. Perform Random Acts of Kindness (we’ve got a list with 25 kid-friendly ideas)

22. Go Ice Skating with friends or family

23. Take a drive to see Christmas Lights

24. Track Santa on Christmas Eve


BONUS – coming soon – our Holiday Break Activity Guide and Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events.

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.