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Christmas Events at the RP Funding Center

By: Christopher Follenus

The song may say that the weather outside is frightful, but holidays in Florida lean more towards delightful. Without cold and snow to help get you in the holiday mood, we suggest a visit to any one of these Christmas events at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland to put the ho-ho-ho back in your step.

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Guide to Holiday Events and Shows at the RP Funding Center

3rd Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Content

For the third year in a row, employees of the City of Lakeland will decorate Christmas trees placed around the RP Funding Center as a fund raiser for the United Way. The public is invited to join them for their Third Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest holiday kickoff November 19th from 5 to 7 p.m., or you can stop by the RP Funding Center to vote on your favorites during regular business hours. The trees will be displaced from November 19th to December 31st.


Tree Decorating Invite


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Roll into Christmas as one of the top musical acts of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, brings its mix of Classical musical and thunderous rock and roll energy to the RP Funding Center November 19th. Recreating their classic 1984 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas note-for-note, you’ll surely be in the mood after their modern takes of “Deck the Halls,” “We Three Kings,” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.”

Mannheim Steamroller on stage for Christmas show


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Swing it Santa, swing it! The jump jazz gyrations of the December 11th Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party could make Scrooge get out his dancing shoes. World-renowned for their live shows, you’ll hear unique spins on Christmas classics as well as some original holiday music, all through the prism of the bands quirky view.

Big Voodoo Daddy on stage at Christmas show


Cirque Music Holiday Spectacular

Elastic elves and rebounding reindeer. The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular mixes the nostalgia of holiday music with all the spinning, diving and high wire acts of the Cirque brand of entertainment. Performed before a live orchestra, the music only serves as a backdrop for the skilled and daring acts taking place on the stage. Sunday, December 19th only!

Cirque Musica Poster



The Nutcracker

Snap up your tickets now for this ever popular Christmas show. The classic ballet of Clara’s visit to the Land of Sweets is brought to life in The Nutcracker, December 21st. This story of whimsy and magic is presented by Florida Dance Arts, a non-profit community arts collective serving the Lakeland area.

Nutcracker Poster



To get tickets for any of these events go to, or phone 863-834-8111.

There is plenty going on this Holiday season in Central Florida check out our Holiday Events blog for lots more festive fun!

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