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:
- Winter Haven Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park - November 26 at 7:00 p.m.
- Junior League of Greater Lakeland Christmas Parade – December 1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Lake Alfred Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
- Havendale Christmas Parade - December 2, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Polk City Christmas Parade – December 3, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
- Fort Meade Christmas Festival and Parade – December 3, 6:00 p.m.
- Haines City’s Glitter, Glisten & Snow – December 3, 6:00 p.m.
- Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Boat Parade - December 3, 4:00 p.m.
- Carols in the Park in Winter Haven's Central Park - December 3 - 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Downtown Bartow Christmas Parade – December 9, 6:00 p.m.
- Christmas Notes at Homeland Heritage Park - December 10, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Lake Wales Christmas in Toyland Parade – December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Davenport Winterfest – December 10, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Mulberry Christmas Village and Parade – December 10, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Family Friendly Holiday Events
The Lakeland Center is getting a serious cold front, November 20 - 27 and December 20 – January 1, with the return of public ice skating. While it is not specifically a holiday event, the tradition eases participants into the holiday spirit by adding a chill to the air and giving them a reason to celebrate sweater weather.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort celebrates the holiday season with Christmas Bricktacular, December 17-18, 24-30. 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
For the 2016 edition, it is 1940’s post war and Pinewood Estate owner C. Austin Buck has invited his whole family to celebrate the holidays in Florida and the safe return of his son from the war, yielding this year’s design theme, “Home for the Holidays!”
Children are encouraged to tour the 1930’s-style home and are invited to search for The Elf on the Shelf. Bok Tower Gardens hosts evening concerts year-round including Sunset & Symphony, a holiday concert on December 3.
Find the full schedule on our blog: Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens.
Christmas at the Ramon
The Ramon Theatre in Frostproof presents Christmas at the Ramon on December 3 at 2:00 p.m., a holiday themed program for the entire family to enjoy. Adults can ring in the New Year at the New Year's Eve at the Ramon Theater with intrigue, deception and delicious food. Admission includes a sparkling beverage, party favors and the Ramon’s own “cast of characters”. Advance reservations are required.
Be sure to Shop Local this season. Polk County has great boutiques, antique and specialty stores, citrus, candy and novelty gift shops, in addition to numerous retail shopping centers and major department stores. So finish off your shopping list and treat yourself to a little retail therapy afterward.
Festival of Wreaths
The Polk County History Center is proud to host their annual Festival of Wreaths, November 18 through December 10. Each wreath is sold via silent auction with all proceeds benefitting 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
In a stark departure from traditional holiday dance performances, the Ultimate Dance Center presents The Ultimate Nightmare Before Christmas on December 3 and 4. The performance will be a homage to Tim Burton's stop-motion animation film through jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary dance. This is a colorful, expressive, creative show will emphasizes the story of being true to yourself.
The Lakeland Center will host numerous holiday performances including the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on November 17, Kenny G Miracles Holiday & Hits on December 3, Christmas with the Nelsons: A Tribute to Ricky Nelson on December 4, Imperial Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Concert on December 13, and Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker on December 27.
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!