There’s nothing like a festive Christmas parade to make you feel like a kid again! Head out to one of the parades listed below for a night of family fun.

The 2019 annual Lakeland Christmas Parade is kicking off its 39th year on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm. 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.

You will only see upcoming events below. See a full list of events on our Calendar Page.

Prefer to see events or Holiday information by category? Check out our other Christmas posts including:

🎄  Christmas Activities & Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida
🎄  Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa
🎄  Lakeland Christmas Parade & Holiday Parades Across Polk County
🎄  Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows & Live Performances
🎄  Local Holiday Movie Showings and Christmas Movies & TV Specials
🎄  Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays in Lakeland
🎄  Christmas Giving Opportunities & Toy Donation Needs
🎄 Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs in Polk County
🎄 Experience Gift Ideas (that don’t take up space!)
🎄 Ice Skating in Lakeland, Tampa, & Orlando

Polk County Christmas Parades

Lakeland Christmas Parade

Lakeland Christmas Parade 2
December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Lakeland
100 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
Google Map

2019 Polk County Christmas Parades

Lakeland Christmas Parade – Thursday, December 5 @ 7pm
Havendale Christmas Parade (Auburndale & Winter Haven) – Friday, December 6 @ 7pm
Polk City Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7 @ 2pm
Light up the Lakes Winter Haven Boat Parade – Saturday, December 7 @ 6pm
City of Frostproof Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7 @ 6pm
Fort Meade Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7 @ 6pm
Lake Alfred Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7 @ 6:30pm
Bartow Christmas Parade – Friday, December 13 @ 6pm
Winterfest in Davenport & Parade  – Saturday, December 14 @ 4pm
Mulberry Christmas Parade & Christmas Village –  Saturday, December 14 @ 6pm
Lake Wales Kiwanis Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 14 @ 6pm 
Haines City Christmas Parade – Friday, December 20 @ 7pm


Lakeland Christmas Parade Tips

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

Lakeland Christmas Parade map