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Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

By: Peyten Palo

Holiday Happenings in Central Florida is our annual blog post listing local Christmas events and activities happening in Central Florida. This year’s events are highlighted by Christmas themed events at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in Winter Haven, Bok Tower Gardens, and Polk County History Center.

Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

Wonder House Christmas Tours

Wonder House in Bartow will be hosting Christmas tours from November 20 – January 9. Tours are available Friday – Sunday and must be scheduled in advance, and typically last an hour and a half.

Exterior of 3-story Wonder House in Bartow, FL

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Celebrate the holidays the LEGOLAND way! This jolly time of year features a combination of seasonal shows and treats, special LEGO characters, twinkling lights, fireworks on select nights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND and Kids’ New Year’s Party!

Select dates: November 26-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 & 24-31. General Admission tickets include all themed events and shows.

Santa at photo spot during Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens

A favorite with visitors and locals alike, Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens features many events from November 25 thorough January 2. This year’s theme, Let Your Spirit Soar, is a holiday celebration that connects us to nature, our families, and the world. Special events include holiday concerts, beer and wine tastings, and children’s natural ornament making.

Polk County History Center Festival of Wreaths

Polk County History Center is proud to host their annual 10th Annual Festival of Wreaths, November 12 – December 16. The History Center is selling wreaths via silent auction and all proceeds benefit the historic landmark. Visit the museum Tuesday – Saturday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Starlight Nights Downtown Winter Haven

Starlight Nights is Winter Haven’s newest Holiday tradition – a six-week long festival of lights celebrating the Holidays and the city’s wonderful Historic Downtown District. From November 24 through January 6 visitors can experience the magic of the Holiday’s with over 22,000 lights, extended shopping hours (Thursday – Saturday only), and food and drink specials!

Downtown Winter Haven will be lit up from 5:30-10:00PM each night.

Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show

If you love cars and planes, then you’ll really enjoy SUN ‘n FUN’s Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show on December 4-5. This Lakeland event includes aircraft displays, a large airplane and car show, plus food vendors, live music, and many other activities.

Santa sitting in an airplane at the SUN 'n FUN flying festival

Haven Holiday Market

Haven Holiday Market, featuring more than 150 vendors, is a great place for you to get your holiday shopping started!

November 20, 2021 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Snow Central 2021

Basque in festive family fun as the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Stadium is transformed into a winter wonderland for Snow Central 2021. With food vendors, Santa Claus himself, live music, games and lots more, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

December 10, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Outstanding Holiday Entertainment & Family Fun

You can enjoy numerous holiday performances throughout Polk County including a series of concerts and events at the RP Funding Center.

Imperial Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble wearing masks during performance in photo for Kingdom of Sweets

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 here merry and bright. Happy Holidays!

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