November is officially here which means it feels like we’ve got one foot in fall and the other in the holidays, at least for the next 3 weeks! Whether you’ve already got Holiday music on the radio OR you hold back on Christmas until Thanksgiving passes, we’ve got a full list of activities to make it a November to remember.
Click on the name of any event below to see times, locations, and additional details.
🍂 Did you have a baby that spent time in the NICU? Reconnect with the doctors, nurses, and other families at the Lakeland Regional Health NICU Reunion on Saturday, November 3
🍂 Fall Festivals are still in full swing – see a full list of fall themed events on Saturday, November 3
🍂 Sign up for a FREE hands on kids workshop at Home Depot on Saturday, November 3 or Saturday, November 24
🍂 Harvest Holler Corn Maze is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 11
🍂 Find a photographer to capture your holiday memories – check out our Guide to Lakeland Area Family Photographers
🍂 Teach your pre-teen or teenager about giving back and head to the quarterly meeting of 100 Teens Who Care Lakeland on Monday, November 5
🍂 Run, run as fast as you can at the Red Ribbon Run on Saturday, November 10 (Fun Run, 5K and half marathon)
🍂 Celebrate Veterans at the Lakeland Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, November 10
🍂 Kick off the season with the Lakeland Magic at their Home Opener on Saturday, November 10
🍂 Honor our Veterans with one of the Veterans Day Events happening November 9 – 11
🍂 Take your preschooler to the Polk County History Center on Tuesday, November 13 for a free Thanksgiving themed storytime and craft
🍂 Get into the rhythm with Angel Romero and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra when he brings his Spanish guitar to Lakeland on Tuesday, November 13
🍂 Start your holiday shopping in Downtown Lakeland with the Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 15. Stores will be open late as we wrap up a festive fall downtown.
🍂 Join the Salvation Army and Lakeside Village for the Red Kettle Kickoff on Friday, November 16
🍂 Be part of Kidsgiving, Drop Off Art Studios, and Pennies for Play at Explorations V Children’s Museum during the month of November
🍂 Volunteer with VISTE on Wednesday, November 21 and help deliver over 1800 Thanksgiving meals to the seniors in our community
🍂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22
🍂 Check out Wonderland of Lights when it opens on Thursday, November 22 or any night through December 29
🍂 Start your holiday shopping at Lakeside Village on Friday, November 23 and enjoy strolling carolers and snow at the Christmas Tree
🍂 Visit with Santa when he arrives at Lakeside Village on Saturday, November 24
🍂 Support our local businesses during Shop Small Saturday on November 24
🍂 Celebrate the season at the annual Winter Haven Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 29
🍂 Sign up to volunteer at Night To Shine: Polk County’s Special Needs Prom at First Presbyterian Church
🍂 Check out a program for toddlers, kids, or teens at one of the Lakeland Library branches – all FREE!
🍂 Don’t wait until January to make a resolution to be healthy – start exercising DURING the holidays. Learn more about 9Round – my favorite place for a 30 minute workout
🍂 See the opportunities and activities locally for families with special needs in our Sensory Friendly & Special Needs Activities Guide
🍂 Skip cooking and take the kids out for dinner somewhere that Kids Eat Free!
🍂 Check out our Lakeland Gives Back series and learn more about local non-profits and holiday donation needs (being updated soon for 2018)
🍂 Find a new local playground to explore
🍂 Spend a day at Bok Tower Gardens and check out the Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden and play area
🍂 Plan a Family Game Night – we’ve got a list of our top 10 favorite games
🍂 Start planning for CHRISTMAS!