Lakeland Christmas Parade & Holiday Parades in 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.

Just because the largest parades are not happening this year (the 2020 Havendale Christmas Parade and 2020 Lakeland Christmas Parade have been canceled) doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a holiday parade this year. There are still 2020 Christmas Parades planned in Mulberry, Davenport, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, and other local communities. We’ve got a list of local parades to save you time searching for details and get back to making family memories.

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.

The 2020 annual Lakeland Christmas Parade has been canceled this year. Visit the City of Lakeland website to learn more. The parade begins with fireworks over Lake Mirror and then makes its way through downtown Lakeland. Route map below. Hosted by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland and the City of Lakeland.

See a full list of events on our Calendar Page.

2020 Polk County Christmas Parades

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!

Christmas Boat Parade in Winter Haven

Winter Haven Boat Parade
December 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

Christmas Boat Parade in Winter Haven - Dec 5, 2020

Frostproof Christmas Parade

Frostproof Christmas Parade 2020
December 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frostproof, Florida
Frostproof, FL United States + Google Map

Catch the annual Christmas Parade in Frostproof on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6pm! Holly Jolly Christmas Party at Henderson Field immediately following the parade.

Winterfest and Christmas Parade in Davenport

Davenport Winterfest 2020
December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Davenport – Wilson Park
County Rd 547 W Orange St
Davenport, FL 33837 US
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Festivities will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, night time parade, cookie decorating, Festival of Trees, games and vendors. WinterFest 4 pm till 9 pm at Wilson Park. Parade starts at 6:00 pm at Lewis Mathews Sport Complex.

Mulberry Christmas Parade

Mulberry Christmas Parade 2020
December 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mulberry – Spence Park
1100 1st St NE
Mulberry, FL 33860 US
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The Mulberry Christmas Parade is a favorite annual event. The Mulberry Christmas Village is happening at Spence Field immediately following the parade.

Polk County Christmas Parades that have been Canceled for 2020

Lakeland Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

Lakeland Christmas Parade 2
December 3, 2020
Downtown Lakeland
100 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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The 2020 Lakeland Christmas Parade has been canceled. Visit the City of Lakeland's website to learn more.

Havendale Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

December 4, 2020
Havendale Blvd
940 Havendale Blvd NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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CANCELED for 2020. The City of Winter Haven in conjunction with the City of Auburndale is pleased to bring you the Havendale Christmas Parade! This annual parade will officially start at 7:00 PM from Spring Lake Square and work its way up Havendale Blvd. to Wells Fargo in Auburndale.

Polk City Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

December 5, 2020
Polk City – Freedom Park
7750 Berkley Rd
Polk City, FL 33868 US
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The Annual Polk City Christmas Parade has been CANCELED for 2020.

Lake Alfred Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

Lake Alfred Christmas Parade
December 5, 2020
Lake Alfred – Gardner Park
US-17 E Main St
Lake Alfred, FL 33850 US
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CANCELED for 2020. Join us for the Lake Alfred Christmas parade, then join us at Frank C. Gardener Park for our annual tree lighting, snow and cookies! Then give your wish list and get your picture taken with Santa at the Gardner House!

Fort Meade Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

December 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fort Meade – Monument Park
SE 2nd Street
Fort Meade, FL 33841 United States
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The 2020 Fort Meade Christmas Parade has been canceled.

Bartow Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

December 11, 2020
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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CANCELED for 2020. Take a break from hectic preparations to enjoy Bartow's Magical Illumination Christmas Parade.

Lake Wales Kiwanis Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

Lake Wales Christmas Parade
December 12, 2020
Lake Wales – Downtown
200 E Park Ave
Lake Wales, FL 33853 US
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CANCELED for 2020

Haines City Christmas Parade – CANCELED for 2020

Haines City Christmas Parade 2019
December 18, 2020
Haines City
Haines City, FL United States + Google Map

The Haines City Christmas Parade has been CANCELED for 2020.

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Lakeland Christmas Parade Tips {canceled for 2020}

If you’ve never been to the Lakeland Christmas Parade, the most important thing to know is that it is CROWDED!! Don’t be scared away, just prepare yourself (physically AND mentally), and know how to make the most of this Lakeland tradition.

  • People set their chairs out early. We’re talking 7am on parade day or even the night before. Front row spots are almost always claimed by 7am. I usually head down around 8:30am after I drop kids off at school and we have no problem finding a 2nd row spot, and then stand up if we can’t see. If you set chairs out be sure they aren’t special to you just in case they go missing (we don’t think this happens, BUT just in case…)
  • Pick your spot in advance – remember that it takes 45-60 minutes for the first float to get to the end of the parade route. Also think about where you have to go when the parade is over. The parade makes a big U, streets will remain closed until the parade finishes.
  • Take dinner and drinks with you – there are options for finding food, but it is usually easier to just take subs or a pizza with us. Plus it gives us something to do for the hour+ wait before the parade starts. (see next point)
  • Plan to get there early. The fireworks start at 7pm, we are usually at our spot by 6pm, if not earlier to be sure we still have a spot (chairs sometimes get “shifted”).
  • BE COURTEOUS – the parade is a much more enjoyable experience when people are friendly! 
  • Traffic is awful before and after the parade. THOUSANDS of people in Downtown Lakeland makes for a lot of traffic. Just accept it and know you’ll eventually get home!

Lakeland Christmas Parade Map {canceled for 2020}

Lakeland Christmas Parade map