Things To Do During Thanksgiving Break in Lakeland + Polk County

Thanksgiving Break Lakeland

Thanksgiving break is a great opportunity to slow down, sleep in a bit later, and plan activities with your family that you might not find time for during the school week hustle and bustle.

We’ve got a list of ideas and activities including a kid-friendly volunteer opportunity.

Click on the name of any event below to see times, locations, and additional details.

🍂  Join the Salvation Army and Lakeside Village for the Red Kettle Kickoff on Friday, November 20

🍂 Get into the holiday spirit at Bartow’s Magic on Main on Friday, November 20

🍂 See the decorated Christmas trees at the RP Funding Center on Friday, November 20 for the Tree Decorating Contest Kick Off. Story time, Santa photos, kids crafts and more.

🍂 Check out our Thanksgiving Break Camp Guide for a list of camps during the week – anywhere from 1/2 day on just 1 day, to full day for every day but Thanksgiving.

🍂 Stop by the RP Funding Center anytime between 9am – 5pm daily to see the City of Lakeland Christmas Tree Contest, with 12 beautifully decorated trees. Vote for your favorite to raise money for the United Way. Runs November 20 – December 31.

🍂  Volunteer with VISTE on Wednesday, November 25 and help deliver over 1800 Thanksgiving meals to the seniors in our community (registration required this year)

🍂  Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and have a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26

🍂  Run for the Pies (5K) on Thursday, November 26

🍂  Start your holiday shopping at Lakeside Village on Saturday, November 28 and make reservations for Photos with Santa

🍂  Support our local businesses during Shop Small Saturday on November 28

🍂  Skip cooking and take the kids out for dinner somewhere that Kids Eat Free!

🍂 Order your Thanksgiving dinner in advance and enjoy more time with your family.

🍂 Find out which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in Lakeland.

🍂 Check out these Holiday Day Trip ideas with attractions and free activities in the Tampa and Orlando area

🍂 Go on a hike

🍂 Take a walk as a family around Lake Mirror

🍂 Go on a bike ride

🍂  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 board games

🍂  Find an outdoor activity

🍂  Dig for sharks teeth and fossils at the Mulberry Phosphate MuseumMake sure you bring a small shovel or other item to dig through the rock pile, and something to sit on – you won’t want to kneel.

🍂   Have everyone find their favorite artwork at the Polk Museum of Art– FREE every day! (Closed on Monday) Check out this list of questions to ask kids about artwork.

🍂  Have a family mini golf competition at Family Fun Center

🍂  Head out for a drive to see Lakeland’s Best Christmas Lights, many are turned on starting on Thanksgiving (Some locations still TBD for 2020)

🍂  Buy your tickets for The Nutcracker and other Christmas Concerts and Live Performances during December

🍂  Find out when your favorite Christmas Movies and TV Specials will be on TV and set that DVR

🍂  Get ALL of your favorite Christmas Events on your calendar with our handy Christmas Event List

🍂 Start planning for CHRISTMAS! Use our huge Christmas Guide to get info on:

🎄  Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida
🎄  Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa
🎄  Lakeland Christmas Parade & Holiday Parades Across Polk County
🎄  Christmas Concerts, Holiday Shows & Live Performances
🎄  Local Holiday Movie Showings and Christmas Movies & TV Specials
🎄  Christmas Giving Opportunities & Toy Donation Needs
🎄 Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs in Polk County
🎄 Experience Gift Ideas (that don’t take up space!)
🎄 Ice Skating in Lakeland, Tampa, & Orlando

Don’t miss our November + Thanksgiving Guide for things to do in November, restaurants open on Thanksgiving, places to order Thanksgiving turkey, sides, and pies, places to Donate and Volunteer this holiday season.

Get a head start on the holidays with our Christmas + Holiday Guide featuring Lakeland’s best Christmas light displays, Santa Photos, local Christmas Events, places to find a Christmas tree, Christmas Parades, and so much more!