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 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.

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!

Christmas & Holiday Guides

New Year's Eve Lakeland Kids Family Friendly

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Lakeland, Tampa & Orlando

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!
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Winter Break Camps Christmas Holiday Lakeland Florida

Winter Break Camps and Workshops in Lakeland

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.
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Holiday Break Activities Lakeland

75+ Holiday Break Activities 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.
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Neighborhood Christmas Lights Lakeland

The Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays in Lakeland

Find the best neighborhood Christmas Light displays and community lights around Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, and Plant City. Includes a map you can use for your own Christmas lights driving tour!
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Holiday Ice Skating

Ice Skating in Lakeland, Tampa, & Orlando

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.
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Christmas Activities & Holiday Day Trips Tampa Orlando

Christmas Activities & Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida: Plant City, Tampa & Orlando

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!
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Santa Tracker Christmas NORAD Google

How to Track Santa on Christmas Eve – NORAD Santa Tracker & Google Santa Tracker

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.
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Christmas Events Activities Lakeland FL

25 Days of Christmas Fun in Lakeland {with Printable Calendar}

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!
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Lakeland Area Christmas Giving Opportunities

Christmas Giving Opportunities & Toy Donation Needs in the Lakeland Area

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.
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Santa's Calling Lakeland Kids

Santa’s Calling! Sign your child up for a phone call from Santa on December 10

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.
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Christmas Tree Lots Live Trees Lakeland Florida

Christmas Tree Lots in Lakeland and Christmas Tree Farms in Florida

We’ve got the scoop on Chrismas Tree Lots in Lakeland and Polk County, plus a list of Christmas Tree Farms where you can cut your own Christmas Tree in Central Florida.
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Lakeland Christmas Parade

Lakeland Christmas Parade & Holiday Parades Across Polk County

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.
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Santa photos in Lakeland

Santa Pictures and Breakfast with Santa Events in Lakeland & Polk County

Whether you’re looking for a great Santa photo 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!
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Single Day Holiday & Christmas Events Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow

Single Day Holiday & Christmas Events in Lakeland & 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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Lakeland Christmas Concerts Holiday Shows

Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows & Live Performances In & Around Lakeland

Christmas concerts, holiday shows, Christmas plays, holiday galas, orchestra performances and live music to get you in the holiday spirit! Incuding The Nutcracker, A Christmas Story, and more.
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Lakeland Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies & TV Specials – Including Local Holiday Movie Showings

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.
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Holiday Markets & Craft Fairs Lakeland Winter Haven

Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs in 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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Experience Gift Ideas Lakeland

Experience Gift Ideas (that don’t take up space!)

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.
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Gift Ideas & Christmas Event Reviews

Family Board Games

Our Top 10 Favorite Family Board Games

Our family loves playing card games and board games, and we’ve graduated to strategy games where everyone – kids included – has a fair shot at winning and there are often bragging rights involved! See our 10 favorite family-friendly games both parents and kids will enjoy.
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Five Festive Favorites at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Five Festive Favorites at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom is a special event to celebrate the Holidays and get into the Christmas spirit. Read our review and tips for your visit including our festive favorites!
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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.


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