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Lakeland Mom Christmas Activities Polk County Florida

2023 Holiday and Christmas Guide
Lakeland, Polk County + Central Florida

🎄 Do you want to make Christmas 2023 a holiday season your kids will remember?
🎄 Are you tired of trying to find the best Christmas events near you?
🎄 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. Sign up for our email “fun-letter” to get new ideas for Christmas activities in Lakeland each week.

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7 Tips for Attending the Lakeland Christmas Parade {from a Local}

The annual Christmas Parade in Lakeland has been a local tradition for 40 years. Thousands of people flock to Downtown Lakeland in early December each year to watch more than 100 floats and marching bands kick off Christmas in Lakeland. Get tips for attending this popular parade.

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Christmas Markets and Holiday Craft Fairs in Lakeland + Polk County

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. 

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100+ Things to Do with Kids

Check out our Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Lakeland + Polk County to find indoor fun, outdoor fun, free things to do, seasonal activities, and more.