We have many local Christmas events and activities happening in our communities and cities throughout Central Florida’s Polk County, including Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Bok Tower Garden’s Holiday Home Tour and Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert.
Full Parade Schedule
- Auburndale Christmas Tree Lighting - November 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Winter Haven Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park - November 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Polk City Christmas Parade – December 1, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- Fort Meade Christmas Festival and Parade – December 3, 4:30 p.m.
- Haines City’s Glitter, Glisten & Snow – December 1, 6:00 p.m.
- Carols in the Park in Winter Haven's Central Park - December 1-2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Junior League of Greater Lakeland Christmas Parade – December 6, 7:00 p.m.
- Havendale Christmas Parade - December 7, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Boat Parade - December 8, 6:00 p.m.
- Lake Alfred Christmas Parade - December 8, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
- Davenport Winterfest & Parade – December 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Mulberry Christmas Village and Parade – December 8, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Downtown Bartow Christmas Parade – December 20 CANCELLED
- Winter Haven's Snow Central - December 20, 6:00 CANCELLED
Family Friendly Holiday Events
LEGOLAND Florida Resort celebrates the holiday season with Christmas Bricktacular, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22-31. Festivities include the daily lighting of a 270,000 LEGO brick Christmas tree, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate
The gem of Bok Tower Gardens holiday festivities, the 20-room, 1932 Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate is a step back in time to the grandeur and glamour of a bygone era. Learn more about this fascinating period in American history through the eyes of C. Austin Buck and his family, one of America’s true steel dynasties.
Find the full schedule on our blog: Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens.
Heartland Farming Christmas Extravaganza
On December 15, Heartland Farm in Polk City will have activities for visitors of all ages, including a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, The Polar Express playing throughout the day, A Christmas Storytelling of Santa’s Unfortunate Events, followed by a hayride, live music at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., dance performances and much more.
Festival of Wreaths
The Polk County History Center is proud to host their annual Festival of Wreaths, through December 13. Each wreath is sold via silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the History Center.
Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club's Christmas in the Village
Celebrate the holidays with friends and family during Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club's Christmas in the Village in Fort Meade. You’ll start your Christmas in the Village journey on some sort of trailer with seating and journey through many acres learning about the village and gazing upon thousands of Christmas lights as they shine in the dark of the night.
Outstanding Holiday Entertainment
You can enjoy numerous holiday performances throughout Polk County including The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, December 7-9 and 14-16, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on December 8, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on December 15-16 and Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker on December 20.
We have many more wonderful events and activities taking place all across Polk County, as well as the best places to stay in Central Florida, and tips for making your time in Central Florida merry and bright. Happy Holidays!