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.

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!

The Terrace Grille
The Terrace Grille

Lakeland Restaurants

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
Bok Tower Gardens

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 jessica@visitcentralflorida.org and we’ll update the list.