Here's how you can eat, drink, and be merry without having to slave over a hot stove or wash a sink full of pots and pans!
A delicious, stress-free meal is what vacationing is all about. Not on vacation, and live in (or near) Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales or Haines City? We've got you covered too.
Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 863-647-0066
The Terrace Grille, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. They will also host a Christmas Eve dinner from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 863-603-5420
The Peking House, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 863-688-9022
Rib House, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 863-687-8260
Haines City Restaurants
Balmoral Resort Bar & Grill, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 863-588-3097 Reservations required. Menu
Lake Wales Restaurants
Blue Palmetto Cafe at Bok Tower Gardens, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sizzling Grill, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last seating) 863-676-4898
Chain Restaurants Throughout Polk County
Starbucks, various locations.
Denny's, regular hours.
IHOP, regular hours.
Village Inn, regular hours.
Waffle House, regular hours.
Cracker Barrel, closed. Contrary to popular belief, all Cracker Barrel stores close at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.
Bok Tower Gardens Open on Christmas Day
Yes, local movie theaters will be open on Christmas Day but did you know Bok Tower Gardens is open too? Yes! One of our favorite Central Florida attractions is open on Christmas Day from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy Carillon Concerts and tours of Pinewood Estate.
Is your Polk County restaurant open on Christmas Day? Email the restaurant name, phone number and hours to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update the list.