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12 Festive Christmas Parades in Lakeland, Bartow, Havendale + Polk County

Lakeland Christmas Parade

There’s nothing like a festive Christmas parade to make you feel like a kid again! If you’re looking for free Christmas activities or just love seeing the floats and marching bands, head out to one of these Christmas Parades in Polk County for a night of family fun.

There are Christmas Parades planned in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Mulberry, Davenport, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, and other local communities across Central Florida.

We’ve got a list of local parades to save you time searching for details and get back to making family memories. We’ve also got a separate list of tips for attending the Lakeland Christmas Parade.

See a full list of events on our Calendar Page.

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.

2023 Polk County Christmas Parades Near You

2023 Lakeland Christmas Parade – Tips + FAQs

The annual Christmas Parade in Lakeland has been a local tradition for almost 40 years. Thousands of people flock to Downtown Lakeland in early December each year to watch more than 100 floats and marching bands kick off Christmas in Lakeland. If you’ve never been to the Lakeland Christmas parade, or you’re wondering how to make it a little less stressful, we put together some tips from our own experience and from our local readers. Plus a few frequently asked questions about the Christmas Parade in Lakeland FL.

**IMPORTANT ROUTE CHANGE – the Christmas Parade Route has been changed for 2023 due to road construction. See the 2023 Lakeland Christmas Parade Map.**

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.