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.

🍂  Head to the WE3 Expo on November 1, 2, or 3 to learn more about Polk County Schools

🍂  Spend a night out in Downtown Lakeland on Friday, November 2 as part of First Friday: Tribute to Courage

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🍂  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.

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🍂  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

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🍂  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 Nightwe’ve got a list of our top 10 favorite games

🍂 Start planning for CHRISTMAS!

April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

About the Author: April Mucci

April is the owner of She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 9 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!