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November Activities + Thanksgiving Planning in Lakeland and Polk County

Best Events in Lakeland November (3)

November always feels like an awkward month where we still have one foot in fall and the other in the Christmas holidays. Some of you already have your holiday decorations up, and others want to continue enjoying pumpkin spice all month long. Whatever you love about November, we’re here to help with your Thanksgiving and Christmas planning so you can make the most of this month.

Popular fall activities that continue into November include corn mazes and sunflower fields. Christmas activities that start in November include Christmas markets, Christmas tree lots, and community events to kick off the holiday season.

We’ve got plenty of info for you to make it a November to remember, and we’ve created this page to be sure it doesn’t get lost between Halloween and December! Be sure to check the publish date on the articles listed here – some may not be updated for this year until early to mid-November.

November Articles

Holiday Markets Christmas Lakeland Florida

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. 

Thanksgiving Catering in Lakeland Florida

Thanksgiving Dinner To Go and Thanksgiving Catering in Lakeland + Polk County

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving Dinner, need some help with the side dishes or pies, or don’t want to show up at a holiday dinner empty-handed, we’re here to help with a list of Lakeland and Winter Haven area restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Catering, Dinners To Go, and Holiday Pies.

Things to do in November Lakeland + Polk County

Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County in November

The holiday season is in full swing in November! We’ve got a list of the best things to do this month so you can be sure the “can’t miss” events are on your calendar. Check out our November Things to Do for Lakeland and Polk County.

Christmas Assistance Toys for Tots Salvation Army Lakeland Florida

Sign Up for Christmas Assistance in Lakeland + Polk County

If you need a little bit of help with some Christmas magic this holiday season, there are local holiday assistance programs that provide toys, gifts, and food to families in need. Applications are due in October and November so be sure to apply early.

Things to Do in November in Lakeland + Polk County

◈ Play outdoors! Try a new outdoor activity or a family favorite from our Outdoor Fun Guide.

◈ Find a bike trail, hiking trail, or walking path to enjoy the cooler November weather.

◈ Play on the playgrounds and have a picnic at Bonnet Springs Park.

Pre-order a Thanksgiving dinner, your favorite turkey day sides, or a Thanksgiving pie to simplify your Thanksgiving this year.

◈ Find a local restaurant open on Thanksgiving day.

◈ Sign your kids up for something fun to do during the first few days of break with a Thanksgiving Break Camp.

◈ Check out a fall festival held at local farms across Central Florida {many are open through November}.

◈ Take your family to one of these a-MAZE-ing corn mazes in Central Florida and put your navigational skills to the test {open through November}.

◈ Go on a hayride at Harvest Holler Corn Maze {open through mid-November}.

◈ Visit a Sunflower Field in Central Florida for U-Pick Sunflowers.

◈ Lace up your running shoes and take the entire family out for a Fall 5K Race or Kids Fun Run.

◈ Pick out a tree at a Christmas Tree Lot {most open on Thanksgiving or the day after}

◈ Go on an early Christmas Day Trip – many special holiday activities begin in mid/late November. Check out our Tampa Christmas Guide and Orlando Christmas Guide for special events at theme parks, zoos, and other attractions.

◈ Set your chairs out for the Lakeland Christmas parade. Rumor has it some people do this in mid-November. {KIDDING! Don’t do this until the day of the parade}

Start planning your December calendar with our Holiday + Christmas Activities Guide!

Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.