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!)
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)
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
24. Track Santa on Christmas Eve
25. Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including:
🎄 Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays
🎄 FREE Christmas Events
🎄 Outdoor Events + Walk Thru Light Displays
🎄 Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa
🎄 Christmas Parades
🎄 Holiday Concerts + Live Performances
🎄 Christmas Movies + TV Specials
🎄 Ice Skating
🎄 Christmas Giving + Toy Donations
🎄 Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs
🎄 Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida
🎄 25 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness