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2021 Holiday and Christmas Guide
Lakeland, Polk County + Central Florida

Lakeland Mom Christmas Activities Polk County Florida

🎄 Do you want to make Christmas 2021 a holiday season your kids will remember?
🎄 Are you tired of trying to figure out what events are still happening this year?
🎄 Ready to get out there and start celebrating the Christmas season with your family?

You found the ultimate guide to family-friendly holiday fun in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida. 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.

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HOLIDAY + CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

SANTA PHOTOS

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

CALENDAR OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FUN {PRINTABLE}

25 FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS + ACTIVITIES

25 RANDOM ACTS OF CHRISTMAS KINDNESS

CHRISTMAS PARADES

NUTCRACKER + HOLIDAY CONCERTS

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS + FARMS

HOLIDAY MARKETS

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVES

OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS EVENTS

TAMPA + ORLANDO HOLIDAY DAY TRIPS

ICE SKATING

CHRISTMAS MOVIES

LIVE NATIVITIES

HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS

LOCAL EXPERIENCE GIFTS

WINTER BREAK CAMPS

CHRISTMAS BREAK ACTIVITIES

KID-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S EVE

THINGS TO DO IN LAKELAND + POLK COUNTY FOR CHRISTMAS

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for mask requirements, safety protocols, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.

Go on a drive and see the best Christmas light displays in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Polk County.

Enjoy floats, bands, and the festive atmosphere of the Lakeland Christmas Parade or one of the 11 other Christmas Parades in Polk County.

Find an outdoor Christmas event, walk through event, or drive through light display.

Enjoy FREE Christmas Events and activities you can do at home without spending any money.

Print out our 25 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Calendar and find ideas to spread joy to others this holiday season.

Find a place to take photos with Santa or sign up for a Santa Breakfast.

Sign up for a free phone call from Santa.

See Santa fly a plane at the SUN ‘n FUN Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show on December 3 – 4

Pick out your Christmas Tree at a local Christmas Tree Lot or get adventurous and find a Christmas Tree Farm in Florida.

Browse a Holiday Market or Christmas Craft Fair and find handmade, unique Christmas gifts.

Watch the Nutcracker Ballet performed live or enjoy a Holiday Concert.

Print out our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Calendar for a month’s worth of holiday fun.

Watch your favorite Christmas Movie or a Holiday TV Special.

Go Ice Skating in Lakeland, Tampa, or Orlando.

Donate Christmas Toys or Food or find places to Volunteer and other free things you can do to spread kindness this holiday season.

Head to Tampa or Orlando for a Holiday Day Trip.

Purchase an Experience Gift this year – they don’t take up space!

Find things to do during the holiday break in Lakeland while the kids are out of school.

Sign your kids up for a Christmas Break Camp.

Track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Ring in 2022 at a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration {because we are ALL ready to bid farewell to 2021!}

RECENT CHRISTMAS + HOLIDAY ARTICLES

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Where to Buy Hot Chocolate Bombs in Lakeland + Polk County

Thank you 2020 for the gift of hot chocolate bombs! This new trending edible gift is the newest way to make hot cocoa, just in time for the Christmas holidays. Find out where to buy hot chocolate bombs in the Lakeland area in 2021.

Christmas Events Calendar for Lakeland and Polk County

We’ve sorted through the MANY events happening in Lakeland and Polk County during the holidays and put all of the kid-friendly activities and family events into one list for you. Instead of spending your time tracking down events, we want you to have time for holiday fun and Christmas cheer.

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