Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide2018-11-08T16:33:53+00:00
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

The first annual Holiday Open House in Downtown Lakeland will be on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Visitors can enjoy live music, face painting, and carriage rides, as well as merchant goodies, and giveaways. Many Downtown businesses will be open late offering discounts, deals, and refreshments.

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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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Additional holiday events in Downtown Lakeland include:

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24
Lakeland Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 6 at 7pm
First Friday Hometown Holiday sponsored by Burnetti, P.A.
Friday, December 7 at 7pm
Snowfest
Saturday, December 8 from 10am – 2pm

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
Bartow Holiday Friday Fest – Magic on Main
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
6:00 pm
Nov
17
Haven Holiday market 2
Haven Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Nov
24
Home Depot FREE Workshops for Kids
Home Depot Stores
9:00 am
Nov
29
Winter Haven Tree Lighting Ceremony
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
Nov
29
Auburndale Christmas Tree Lighting 2018
Nov
29
Merry and Bright Art Show Opening Reception
Mulberry – Cultural Center
5:30 pm
Dec
1
Home Depot FREE Workshops for Kids
Home Depot Stores
9:00 am
Dec
1
Winter Haven Carols in the Park
Carols in the Park Holiday Market
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
10:00 am
Dec
1
Jingle Bark Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bark with Polk County Parks Recreation
Davenport – Northeast Regional Park
12:00 pm
Dec
1
Polk City Christmas Parade
Polk City – Freedom Park
2:00 pm
Dec
1
Glitter, Glisten & Snow in Haines City
Haines City Parks & Recreation
6:00 pm
Dec
1
Frostproof Christmas Parade 2018
Frostproof Christmas Parade
Frostproof, Florida
6:00 pm
Dec
1
Mulberry Christmas Tree Lighting
Mulberry Christmas Tree Lighting
Mulberry Civic Center
7:00 pm
Dec
1
Polk State College Winter Concert
Polk State College – Winter Haven
7:00 pm
Dec
2
Polk State College Winter Concert
Polk State College – Winter Haven
2:30 pm
Dec
3
Glory of Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth
7:00 pm
Dec
4
Dec
4
Grinchmas 2018
Grinchmas at Gourmet Goodies
Winter Haven – Gourmet Goodies
4:00 pm
Dec
6
Lakeland Christmas Parade 2
Lakeland Christmas Parade
Downtown Lakeland
7:00 pm
Dec
7
Make it Magical – Lake Wales
Lake Wales – Downtown
5:00 pm
Dec
7
Jingle Bell Rock Party Polk Parks Recreation
Jingle Bell Rock Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Wabash Community Center – Lakeland
6:00 pm
Dec
7
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm
Dec
7
Havendale Christmas Parade 2018
Havendale Christmas Parade
Havendale Blvd
7:00 pm
Dec
7
Southeastern University Christmas Concert
Southeastern University
7:30 pm
Dec
8
Breakfast with Santa Haines City
Breakfast with Santa in Haines City
Haines City – Beef ‘o Brady’s
9:00 am
Dec
8
Breakfast with Santa Auburndale 2018
Breakfast with Santa – Auburndale
Auburndale Community Center
9:00 am
Dec
8
Tenoroc High School Winterfest
Tenoroc High School
10:00 am
Dec
8
Storytime with Ms. Claus
Mulberry Phosphate Museum
10:00 am
Dec
8
Snowfest Munn Park 2018
Snowfest in Downtown Lakeland
Downtown Lakeland
10:00 am
Dec
8
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
2:30 pm
Dec
8
Mulberry Christmas Parade
Mulberry Christmas Parade
Mulberry – Spence Park
6:00 pm
Dec
8
Boat Parade 2018
Christmas Boat Parade in Winter Haven
Winter Haven Chain of Lakes
6:00 pm
Dec
8
Davenport Christmas 2018
Winterfest and Christmas Parade in Davenport
Davenport – Wilson Park
6:00 pm
Dec
8
Lake Wales Christmas Parade
Lake Wales Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Lake Wales – Downtown
6:00 pm
Dec
8
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Lake Alfred Christmas Parade
Lake Alfred – Gardner Park
6:30 pm
Dec
8
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm
Dec
8
Mulberry Christmas Village
Mulberry’s Christmas Village
Mulberry – Spence Park
7:00 pm
Dec
8
Christmas Carol 2018
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
RP Funding Center (formerly Lakeland Center)
7:30 pm
Dec
8
Florida Southern Gala
Joys of the Season: The FSC Christmas Gala
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
7:30 pm
Dec
8
Southeastern University Christmas Concert
Southeastern University
7:30 pm
Dec
9
Lakeland Concert Band
Lakeland Concert Band Christmas Concert (FREE)
RP Funding Center (formerly Lakeland Center)
2:30 pm
Dec
9
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church Lakeland
4:00 pm
Dec
9
Journey to Bethlehem FPC Lakeland
Journey to Bethlehem – A Drive-thru Nativity Experience
First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth
6:00 pm
Dec
9
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm
Dec
9
The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church Lakeland
7:00 pm
Dec
11
ISO Handel's Messiah 2018
Annual Holiday Concert: Handel’s Messiah
RP Funding Center (formerly Lakeland Center)
7:00 pm
Dec
14
Holiday Party Polk Parks Recreation
Holiday Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
Winter Haven – Wilfred Smith Resource Center
6:00 pm
Dec
14
Bartow Christmas Parade
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
6:00 pm
Dec
14
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
14
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm
Dec
15
Jingle Bell Jog
Dec
15
Christmas Notes Polk Parks Recreation
Christmas Notes
Homeland Heritage Park
5:00 pm
Dec
15
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm
Dec
15
The Nutcracker presented by Florida Dance Theatre
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
7:30 pm
Dec
16
The Nutcracker presented by Florida Dance Theatre
Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
2:30 pm
Dec
16
Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church Lakeland
6:30 pm

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