Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide
Congratulations! You are looking at the ultimate guide to family-friendly holiday fun in Lakeland and Polk County for 2019. Our communities are bursting with holiday cheer this time of year, and we want to help you and your family make memories as you experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas and holiday season.
Below you’ll find all the family-friendly holiday happenings and kids activities in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry, Auburndale, Haines City, & across Polk County. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas parade, photos with Santa, live performances, Christmas concerts, places to donate or volunteer, day trips in Central Florida, special events, or the best neighborhood Christmas light displays, your search is over – you’ll find it all here.
**This page will be updated in November 2020**
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Christmas & Holiday Activities
Track Santa Claus as he travels around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to modern technology, you can find out Santa’s current location on a phone, tablet, or computer using the NORAD Santa Tracker and Google Santa Tracker.
Wondering where you can ring in 2020 with the kids? We’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve (and NOON Year’s Eve) events in Lakeland and across Central Florida. Whether you celebrate at 12pm or 12am, send 2019 out with a bang!
If you’re looking for camps for Winter Break, activities to keep your kids busy, or you need childcare while you’re working, we’ve got a list of Holiday Break camps in Lakeland.
The Ultimate Holiday Break Activity Guide for Lakeland & Polk County. Events, activities, & things to do with kids out and about around town while school is out.
Since we couldn’t begin to pick just ten events for this month’s Top 10 list, instead we created a list of 25 days of Christmas Fun in Lakeland. We’ve even included a printable calendar for you to put on the fridge or save to your phone!
Find local opportunities in Lakeland to donate toys for children, food for families, volunteer your time, or make a financial donation to give back to our community this holiday and Christmas season.
The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department has made arrangements for Santa to telephone your elementary school-aged children this December. Click to learn more and sign up before the deadline.
Find a Christmas Tree Lot near you in Lakeland and Polk County, plus a list of Christmas Tree Farms where you can cut your own live Christmas Tree in Central Florida.
Looking for that one-of-a-kind holiday gift? Visit a holiday market or craft fair to find those unique Christmas gifts your friends and family will love. Get your Christmas shopping done while you shop local and support makers from Lakeland and Central Florida.
Whether it’s a fun family outing or an “experience” Christmas gift, we’ve got a list of special events and activities happening in Plant City, Tampa and Orlando this holiday season where you can make memories!
Check out our list of experience gifts that don’t take up space or add to the clutter in your house! These are performances, tickets, and experiences that will bring smiles, build up families, and won’t end up in a donation bin.
Settle in with blankets and hot cocoa and find your favorite Christmas Movies and TV Specials in November & December! Plus a list of local holiday movie showings in Lakeland, Bartow, & Haines City.
Whether you’re looking for Santa pictures in Lakeland, or your kids prefer to admire Santa from afar, we’ve got photo locations, Breakfast with Santa, and other events where he can be found!
There’s nothing like a festive Christmas Parade to make you feel like a kid again! Head out to the Lakeland Christmas Parade or another Polk County Parade for a night of family fun with floats, bands, entertainment, and SANTA.
Find ice rinks in Tampa, & Orlando where you can lace up your skates and hit the ice for a day of family fun at both seasonal and year-round ice skating rinks.
Single Day Holiday & Christmas Events in Lakeland & Polk County
This section feeds from our calendar and only shows events tagged for the Holidays & Christmas. Click on the name of any event to get more details. Events are listed for both November & December. Visit our calendar page to see a full list of events.