Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide2018-12-17T11:05:17-04:00
Lakeland Holiday Christmas Event Guide

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 2018. 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.

See something we missed? Contact Us or Submit your Event. We’ll be adding events and activities daily, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!

Celebrate the Season in Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland Christmas Events Holiday Activities

Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Lakeland at the Holiday Walkabouts on December 14 and December 21 from 6pm-9pm. Stores and shops will be open late serving up yummy goodies (like cider and cookies) and special deals. There will be live music on the street corners and carriage rides loading on Pine Street ($1 per person). The traditional holiday lights will be on display in Munn Park and costumed characters patrolling around for spontaneous selfies.

On December 14, visitors can take pictures with Santa at Just Dance Academy on 124 S. Kentucky Ave. and participate in a Gingerbread Contest at My Office & More on 122 E. Main St. for a chance to win prizes.

On December 21, visitors can take pictures with Santa at Focus Realty on 218 E. Pine Street. You can also participate in a “Whoville Hair” and “Ugly Sweater Selfie” contest.

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Make plans this year to visit Downtown Lakeland to shop local, eat local, enjoy the Munn Park lights, and create lasting Holiday memories with your family!

Christmas & Holiday Posts

Single Day Holiday & Christmas Events in Lakeland & Polk County

Nov
16
Haven Holiday market 2
Haven Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Nov
20
Cirque Dreams Holidaze 2019
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
RP Funding Center
7:30 pm
Nov
25
Elf on the Shelf Musical 2019
Nov
29
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Nov
30
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
1
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
5
Lakeland Christmas Parade 2
Lakeland Christmas Parade
Downtown Lakeland
7:00 pm
Dec
6
Jingle Bell Rock Party Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bell Rock Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Wabash Community Center – Lakeland
6:00 pm
Dec
6
Southeastern University Christmas Concert
Southeastern University
7:30 pm
Dec
6
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
7:30 pm
Dec
7
Fancy Flea Jingle Bell Market 2019
The Fancy Flea Jingle Bell Market
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
9:00 am
Dec
7
Winter Haven Carols in the Park
Carols in the Park Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Dec
7
Snowfest Downtown Lakeland 2019
Snowfest in Downtown Lakeland
Downtown Lakeland
10:00 am
Dec
7
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
7
Polk City Christmas Parade
Polk City – Freedom Park
2:00 pm
Dec
7
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
2:30 pm
Dec
7
Frostproof Christmas Parade 2019
Frostproof Christmas Parade
Frostproof, Florida
6:00 pm
Dec
7
Glitter Glisten & Snow Haines City
Glitter, Glisten & Snow in Haines City
Haines City – Lake Eva Park
6:00 pm
Dec
7
Lake Alfred Christmas Parade
Lake Alfred Christmas Parade
Lake Alfred – Gardner Park
6:30 pm
Dec
7
Polk State College Winter Concert
Polk State College – Winter Haven
7:00 pm
Dec
7
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
7:30 pm
Dec
7
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
7:30 pm
Dec
7
Southeastern University Christmas Concert
Southeastern University
7:30 pm
Dec
8
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
8
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
2:00 pm
Dec
8
Lakeland Concert Band Christmas Concert (FREE)
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
2:30 pm
Dec
8
Polk State College Winter Concert
Polk State College – Winter Haven
2:30 pm
Dec
8
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church Lakeland
4:00 pm
Dec
8
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church Lakeland
7:00 pm
Dec
9
Glory of Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth
7:00 pm
Dec
13
Make it Magical Lake Wales 2019
Make it Magical – Lake Wales
Lake Wales – Downtown
5:00 pm
Dec
13
Bartow Christmas Parade
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
6:00 pm
Dec
13
Polk Holiday Party Lakeland
Holiday Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Winter Haven – Wilfred Smith Resource Center
6:00 pm
Dec
13
Holiday Tree Lighting Party Polk Parks Recreation
Holiday Tree Lighting Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Winter Haven – Eloise Resource Center
6:00 pm
Dec
13
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
7:30 pm
Dec
14
Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 2019
Dec
14
Jingle Bark Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bark with Polk County Parks Recreation
Davenport – Northeast Regional Park
10:00 am
Dec
14
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
14
Christmas Notes Polk County
Christmas Notes
Homeland Heritage Park
5:00 pm
Dec
14
Lake Wales Christmas Parade
Lake Wales Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Lake Wales – Downtown
6:00 pm
Dec
14
Mulberry Christmas Parade 2019
Mulberry Christmas Parade
Mulberry – Spence Park
6:00 pm
Dec
14
Mulberry Christmas Village 2019
Mulberry’s Christmas Village
Mulberry – Spence Park
7:00 pm
Dec
14
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
7:30 pm
Dec
15
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
15
Miracle on 34th Street Lakeland Community Theater 2019
Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Lakeland Community Theatre
2:00 pm
Dec
20
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
20
Christmas Wonderland 2019
Dec
21
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
22
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
23
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
24
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am
Dec
25
Christmas LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
10:00 am

Be sure to check out our Spring & EasterSummer, and Fall & Halloween event guides.