Celebrate the holidays with friends and family during Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club’s Christmas in the Village in Fort Meade.
Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club
This season, make plans to attend one of Fort Meade’s most unique holiday events – Christmas in the Village. A remote area of Polk County (between Frostproof and Fort Meade) is the home of the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club. This non-profit club began in 1972 and is made up of members who share the combined interest of restoring, preserving and exhibiting antique internal combustion engines, steam engines, antique tractors and automobiles, and other labor saving devices from the by-gone years.
The Flywheelers host events throughout the year including the annual Antique Engine & Tractor Swap Meet, Antique Engine & Tractor Show and Fall Fuel Up, as well as Christmas in the Village.
The Village Tour
Christmas in the Village is a two-weekend event that takes Florida Flywheelers volunteers about four weekends to setup and it’s a great experiences for locals and visitors alike. You’ll start your Christmas in the Village journey on some sort of trailer with seating (there were several different styles from a flat-bed with bench seats to an old trolley from Boardwalk and Baseball) pulled by a tractor. Most of the tractors include a narrator.
Stops Include Candy, Cookies and Eggnog
You’ll journey through many acres learning about the village and gazing upon thousands of Christmas lights as they shine in the dark of the night. Be sure to spot the man dressed in Christmas lights! Throughout the journey, each tractor group makes five fun stops; the first to receive candy canes; the second to take photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus; the third for cookies and hot chocolate; and the final and stop will be for cider, eggnog, cookies and music.
You’ll thoroughly enjoy your experience “in the Village” and be sure to take time to talk to some of the members and hear about vehicles they’ve built from scratch with parts from a junkyard, or about which tractors they’ve owned.
Donation Covers Admission
Florida Flywheelers will host Christmas in the Village on December 8-9 and 14-15, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. As we mentioned before, Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club is a non-profit organization so entrance to Christmas in the Village is gained by bringing an unwrapped toy, canned food, or a monetary donation. All of the donations are given to local community members in need. Events held throughout the year support local FFA Tractor Restoration Teams.