Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

By: Peyten Palo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Check out the Holiday Happenings 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, and more.

Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

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 25-27, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 22-31. General Admission tickets include all themed events and shows.

Santa at photo spot during Holidays at LEGOLAND

Wonder House Christmas Tours

Wonder House in Bartow will be hosting Christmas tours from November 25 – 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 Bok Tower Gardens

A favorite with visitors and locals alike, Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens features many events from November 25 thorough January 8. This year’s theme, Let Heaven & Nature Sing, is a holiday celebration that connects us to nature and the Heavens. Special events include holiday concerts, outdoor gnome hunt, and tours of El Retiro.

Polk County History Center Festival of Wreaths

Polk County History Center is proud to host their annual 12th Annual Festival of Wreaths, November 12 – December 13. 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 December 1 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.

Haven Holiday Market

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

November 19, 2021 | 10:00 am – 4:00 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

Holiday Parades Around Central Florida

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade

Celebrate the holidays Central Florida style with the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade on December 3, 2022! This annual event, hosted by Chain Life Winter Haven begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Lake May in Winter Haven. The best viewing areas are Harborside Restaurant, Tanner’s Lakeside Bar & Grill, Old Man Franks and the Twisted Prop.

Havendale Christmas Parade

The annual Havendale Christmas Parade in Winter Haven and Auburndale is returning December 2nd, 2022 from 7-9pm. The route this year is planned to start at the Spring Haven Community in Winter Haven and head west to the Publix in Auburndale. Former Auburndale City Manager Bobby Green will be featured as the Grand Marshall and the planning committee, featuring the Greater Auburndale Chamber of Commerce, is working to sign up groups and businesses to participate in the parade.

2022 Havendale Christmas Parade

Lakeland Christmas Parade

Recognized as one of Lakeland’s largest annual events, the Lakeland Christmas Parade start off at the RP Funding Center to begin their 1.25-mile course winding through the city’s streets, around Lake Mirror and back down Lemon Street. Parade participants deck out their floats to reflect each year’s theme, “Christmas Past, Present and Future.”

Lakeland Christmas Parade

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!

water ripples used as email signup background

Subscribe to


Join our email list and stay up to date with all the great things happening in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.