Outdoor Holiday Activities + Walk Through Christmas Lights in Lakeland and Central Florida

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The holidays are a magical time of year in Lakeland and Central Florida! Our goal is to make sure everyone can enjoy Christmas festivities. We are here to help your family find ways to celebrate the season outdoors.

Whether you have someone in your family who is medically vulnerable, or you aren’t comfortable spending time in crowded indoor public spaces, your family can still enjoy these outdoor Christmas events.

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities through October 9. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

Check out all of the things you can do outdoors in Lakeland, Tampa, Orlando and Central Florida during the Christmas season including:

Some of these outdoor things to do are FREE, others require paid admission.

Please note that other than taking place outdoors, we do not know what additional safety precautions or social distancing requirements will be in place at these outdoor events, some may be crowded. Check directly with event organizers with questions.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

Drive Through Christmas Light Displays

We have a separate article just about Christmas lights! Check out our list of amazing neighborhood Christmas light displays.

Glorious Night at First Baptist Church of Plant City

Join First Baptist Church of Plant City this Christmas season for something new and unique. Glorious Night is a 30-minute drive-in light show featuring Christmas songs old and new, a story of hope, and thousands of programmed Christmas lights. Come and experience Glorious Night. {Show restarts every 40 minutes from 6-10pm but it is designed so that no matter when you arrive you can enjoy the show}. This show was called The Light of Christmas at First Baptist Plant City in 2020.

  • Friday, November 6, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022 | Nightly, 6 PM – 10 PM
  • FREE
  • First Baptist Church of Plant City – 3309 James L Redman Pkwy, Plant City, FL 33566
  • Website (see a short preview from 2020 on Facebook)

Walk Through Christmas Light Displays

Christmas Lights in Downtown Lakeland and Munn Park

Every year the City of Lakeland makes Downtown Lakeland magical with the addition of light displays all over Munn Park. Lights come on at dusk every night, so pick a night to eat at a great local eatery downtown, and take a stroll through the park! Or visit during one of December’s special events, such as First Friday, the Food Truck Rally, or Buena Market. See a list of upcoming events in Downtown Lakeland.

You can also find light displays around Lake Morton and Lake Mirror in the downtown area.

Lights of Lakeland

Lights of Lakeland will not be open in 2021. These are the Lakeland church Christmas Lights located on Lakeland Highlands Road.
You’ll find an impressive display of OVER 500,000 LIGHTS at Lights of Lakeland! Located just south of the Polk Parkway on Lakeland Highlands Road, Lights of Lakeland is Highland Park Church’s ANNUAL, FREE walk-thru Christmas experience the whole family can enjoy!

  • FREE
  • Highland Park Church – 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813

Outdoor Things to Do in Polk County this Christmas

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration for all ages and one of the best times of year to visit. Let Your Spirit Soar this holiday season with beautiful displays of poinsettiasbegoniasevergreens, and more. Take part in a delightful outdoor hunt with Tucker & Tilly, the delightful Pinewood Estate squirrel family and ring in your holidays with daily carillon concerts. Find additional joy with a robust schedule of educational programs and concert events.

  • November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022 – Open daily from 8am – 6pm
  • Most activities included in Regular Admission for Bok Tower – Adult admission is $15, Children (ages 5-12) $5, children under 5 are free, Dogs are $5. Some concerts and special events require a reservation and separate tickets, details on the website.
  • Bok Tower Gardens – 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
  • Bok Tower Gardens Website

Happy Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND’s annual holiday celebration returns to deck the halls in 2021. Enjoy special holiday shows, a giant LEGO Christmas tree, festive decorations, Holly Jolly Jubilee live, a life-size LEGO Santa, holiday-themed scavenger hunts with prizes, holiday character photos, and more.

  • Included in LEGOLAND Admission
  • November 26-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-31, 2021
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort – 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
  • LEGOLAND Website

Christmas Parades

All of the Christmas Parades in Polk County are held outdoors.

Outdoor Christmas Activities in Tampa Bay

Head to Tampa for a day of outdoor Christmas fun! Get details on Christmas Lights and outdoor holiday activities in the Tampa Bay area that are outdoors including:

  • Festival of Lights + Santa’s Village at the Hillsborough Fairgrounds
  • Nights of Shimmering Lights in Dover
  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
  • Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park
  • FREE Light Displays at the Tampa Riverwalk and St. Pete Waterfront
  • Drive-Thru Lights and Walk Through Lights in Clearwater

Outdoor Christmas Activities in Orlando

Orlando has lots of options for outdoor Christmas fun. Get details on Christmas Lights and outdoor holiday activities in the Orlando area including:

  • Night of a Million Lights at giving Kids the World Village
  • Now Snowing at Celebration, Florida
  • The Lights on Jeater Bend in Celebration
  • Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens
  • Holidays at Disney Springs + Christmas Tree Trail
  • Holidays at Universal Studios
  • Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

Single Day Christmas Events

In 2021 we changed calendar programs and our “outdoor event” category was erased. So we do not have a list of events that are exclusively outdoors, but we do have a fantastic list of Christmas events in Lakeland and Polk County that you can use to find outdoor Christmas events near you.

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.