December PlanAhead: Your Lakeland events calendar

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Happy December, Lakeland. ☃️ If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the cool breeze, holiday coffees, and 2022 on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in Swan City.

All month long

  • Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Every Sat. | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Support local business and shop from over 100 vendors including East of These, Florida Fresh Live Herbs, + La Caribbean Taste. 👩‍🌾
  • Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit | Select dates in Dec. through Jan. 9 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse, 9800 International Dr. | $55+ | Experience Van Gogh like you never have before in this immersive experience. 🌻
  • Festival of Lights | Select dates in Dec. through Dec. 26 | 6-10 p.m. | Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. | $25 | Bring the family to see Christmas lights in this drive-through display and finish with a walk through Santa’s village — ticket price is per car.
  • Winter Wonderland | Select dates in Dec. | 6-9 p.m. | 110 E Keysville Rd. | Free | Eat dinner, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy the light display + take pictures with Santa and the Grinch. ⛄

Monday, November 29 - Sunday, December 5

Monday, Nov. 29

  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Mon., Nov. 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.
  • Trivia Night | Mon., Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Couples Cooking: Fun Party Bites | Mon., Nov. 29 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $100 | Learn to make appetizers including samosas, sundried tomato tapenade, and crispy pancetta cups with your partner — one ticket needed per couple.
  • Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village | Mon., Nov. 29 | 6-9 p.m. | The International Market World, 1052 US-92 | $25 | Come out after Thanksgiving dinner for the first night of Wonderland of Lights to see holiday light displays and vendors — goes through Jan. 2. 🎄

Tuesday, Nov. 30

  • Molly’s Musician’s Showcase | Tues., Nov. 30 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub, 111 S. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Enjoy a night of live music and drinks — all musicians are welcome to give a live performance. 🎸
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Nov. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills + enjoy Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷
  • Live Trivia | Tues., Nov. 30 | 6:30-9 p.m. | The Brass Tap | Free | Show off your trivia knowledge to try and win the $70 prize + enjoy any of the beers on tap.
  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Tues., Nov. 30 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.
  • Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village | Tues., Nov. 30 | 6-9 p.m. | The International Market World, 1052 US-92 | $25 | Come out after Thanksgiving dinner for the first night of Wonderland of Lights to see holiday light displays and vendors — goes through Jan. 2. 🎄

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • Kids Cooking Class | Wed., Dec. 1 | 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $50+| Save the shopping, cooking + cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 🍴
  • General Knowledge Trivia | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Come and enjoy food from Salt & Fire Food Lab + compete in general knowledge trivia with teams of up to 6 people.
  • Beautiful Buns and Royal Nails | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6-8 p.m. | Paint Nail Bar Lakeland, 1486 Town Center Dr. | $40 | Princesses can get their nails and hair done followed by a sing-along and meet-and-greet with Cinderella. 👸
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Wed., Dec. 1 | 4:30-7 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven to visit family-owned restaurants and bars that host Happy Hour on weekdays. 🍸

Thursday, Dec. 2

  • Lakeland Christmas Parade | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Celebrate the holidays and enjoy festive floats, bands + a visit from the Clauses — this year’s theme is “together again for the holidays.” 🎅
  • Let it Throw | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 5-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play in some fun outdoor games + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Play traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 📻
  • Cookies with a Twist | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Revamp your holiday cookie recipe with frosted chocolate malt cookies, ginger, and maple macadamia nut cookies, and turtle cookie cups. 🍪
  • Ciros Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 10:30-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste the best sweets Winter Haven has to offer, including pies, muffins, and cupcakes. 🍰

Friday, Dec. 3

  • Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show | Fri., Dec. 3 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $12+ | Spend your weekend at the second annual Holiday Fly-In with plenty to do including a hot air balloon launch, airplane display, 5K, and car show. 🛫
  • Toys for Tots Night at Swan Brewing | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Bring an unwrapped toy to Swan Brewing for Toys for Tots, see Smokepoint live, and enjoy craft beer + food. 🧸
  • Afternoon Flavors of Winter Haven Food Tour | Fri., Dec. 3 | 2-4:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and try delicious, award-winning food from Winter Haven’s finest.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • First Friday: Hometown Holiday | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Experience live music, vendors, family fun + play in Rudolph’s games, take pictures with Santa. 🦌
  • The Legendary JC’s Live | Fri., Dec. 3 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $10+ | See the funk band the Legendary JC’s with frontman Eugene Snowden and dance all night long.

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Snowfest 21 | Sat., Dec. 4 | 5-9 p.m. | Lake Mirror Frances Langford Promenade | Free | Shop from vendors, meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s workshop + enjoy food from local food trucks — bring a canned food donation. ⛄
  • Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7 a.m.-5 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $12+ | Spend your weekend at the second annual Holiday Fly-In with plenty to do including a hot air balloon launch, airplane display, 5K race, and car show. 🛫
  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • Pet Pictures with Santa | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-4 p.m. | The Doggie Bag, 1702 E. Edgewood Dr. | $35+ | Take your fur baby to get pictures with Santa in time for the holidays. 🐾
  • 1969 Live | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $10 | You’ll think you’ve gone back to the 1960s in a time machine when you hear the band 1969 play the best hits from the 60s.
  • Gingerbread Houses | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75+ | Get into the holiday season and make a gingerbread house with one adult and up to 3 kids.
  • Carol Symphony | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7-8 p.m. | Polk Theatre | $21+ | Hear the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra perform several holiday classics. 🎻
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sat., Dec. 4 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Mistletoe Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Downtown Bartow | Free | Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, enjoy music and food and see Santa.
  • Bandit Holiday Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 3-9 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre, 263 W. Central Ave. | Free | Experience a different kind of artisan market, shop gifts for the holidays and enjoy live music, holiday cocktails + food.

Sunday, Dec. 5

  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2-5 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • Carol Symphony | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Polk Theatre | $21+ | Hear the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra perform several holiday classics. 🎻
  • Polk County Out of the Darkness Walk | Sun., Dec. 5 | 1-4 p.m. | Lake Parker Park, 820 E. Robson St. | Free | Help support the fight against suicide and promote mental health awareness in the community at this two-mile walk. 👟
  • Gingerbread Houses | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75+ | Get into the holiday season and make a gingerbread house with one adult and up to 3 kids.
  • Winter Haven Brunch Food Tour | Sun., Dec. 5 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven’s best brunch spots and taste your favorite brunch foods all while learning about Winter Haven’s culture + history. 🥞
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Monday, December 6 - Sunday, December 12

Monday, Dec. 6

  • Trivia Night | Mon., Dec. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Glory of Christmas Concert | Mon., Dec. 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Come see the 12th annual Glory of Christmas concert featuring the Chancel Choir and FPC Chamber Orchestra. 🎼
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., Dec. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Gram Parsons’ Derry Down | Free | Musicians of any age can sign up and perform up to three songs for a live audience. 🎤
  • Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics | Mon., Dec. 6 | 12-1:30 | Virtual | Free | Expand your resume and learn the basics of the data analysis software Tableau — must register in advance. 📊

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Molly’s Musician’s Showcase | Tues., Dec. 7 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub, 111 S. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Enjoy a night of live music and drinks — all musicians are welcome to give a live performance. 🎶
  • B-I-N-G-O | Tues., Dec. 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play a few games of B-I-N-G-O and try to win prizes + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Dec. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills while enjoying Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷
  • Fall Baking | Tues., Dec. 7 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Learn to make freshly baked fall treats including oatmeal baked apples, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, apple cheesecake, and hot chocolate cake rolls. 🍂
  • Chief’s Chat | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7:30-9 a.m. | Unfiltered Bartow, 160 S. Broadway Ave. | Join Interim Chief of Police Bryan Dorman and his staff for coffee, breakfast + conversation. 👮‍♂️

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story | Wed., Dec. 8 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $59+ | See the story of Buddy Holly retold in a hit musical on stage + enjoy an optional pre-show dinner at an additional cost. 🎙
  • Kids Cooking Class | Wed., Dec. 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking + cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 🍴
  • Happy Hips Yoga | Wed., Dec. 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Yoga Pointe, 2539 S. Florida Ave. | Prices vary | Athletes can stretch out their hips in this yoga class that will help with flexibility and strength.
  • Top Dog at Manheim Lakeland Auto Auction | Wed., Dec. 8 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Manheim Lakeland, 8025 N. State Rd. 33 | Free | Skip the cooking tonight and instead order from Top Dog, the menu includes Philly cheesesteaks, Nathan’s dogs, Angus burgers + veggie options.

Thursday, Dec. 9

  • Lakeland Food Truck Rally | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown + sample a variety of delicious dishes from over 20 vendors, including Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Express, Got Desserts, and Sawadee Thai Food. 🍴
  • After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 4-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | View the art galleries after hours. 🎨
  • Lakeside Village Live | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | Catch the Z Street Trio performing hits from the ’20s through today, as well as holiday classics.
  • Holiday Brunch | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Learn to cook brunch classics with a holiday twist including pear and cranberry Bellini’s, frittata, eggnog crepes, lobster eggs benedict, and gingerbread scones. 🍳
  • Let it Throw | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play in some fun outdoor games + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Play traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 📻
  • After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 4-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | View the art after hours + join the curator tour beginning at 6 p.m. 🎨
  • Book Talk | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-7 p.m. | Pressed LKLD | Free | Discuss the book “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger + get 15% off the book when you purchase your copy from Pressed.

Friday, Dec. 10

  • Festive Flix: Christmas Edition | Fri., Dec. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Lake Mirror Amphitheater, 121 S. Lake Ave. | Free | Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and snacks (preferably spaghetti and maple syrup) to the first Festive Flix of the season, Elf.
  • Bartow’s Magical Illumination Christmas Parade | Fri., Dec. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Downtown Bartow, 165 E. Main St. | Free | Get into the holiday spirit and see the decorated floats, cars, and marching bands make their way down the streets of Bartow.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Fri., Dec. 10 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Fri., Dec. 10 | 4:30-7 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven to visit family-owned restaurants and bars that host Happy Hour on weekdays. 🍸
  • Open House Wine and Dine Celebration | Fri., Dec. 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | Free | Wine and dine with Publix Aprons chefs as an introduction to Publix Aprons Cooking School — register in advance. 🍴
  • Point of View Gallery Talk | Fri., Dec. 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Learn about the museum’s newest exhibition from a special guest speaker. 🎨

Saturday, Dec. 11

  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • Angel Tree Toy Run | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10 a.m. | Polk County Fire and Rescue Station, 8936 US Hwy 98 N. | $10 | Motorcyclists can participate in a police-escorted ride and enjoy lunch, door prizes + a DJ — bring an unwrapped toy or $10 to register.
  • Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7-9 a.m. | Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Ave. | $35 | Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate in this 5K race + get a free t-shirt with registration — virtual race options are available. 🏃‍♂️
  • Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $33+ | Fans of Jazz can come out to see Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s take on American swing + jazz music, plus enjoy a pre-show meal at an additional cost. 🎷
  • Holiday Wishes Christmas Gala | Sat., Dec. 11 | Times vary | Branscomb Memorial Auditorium, 1085 Johnson Ave. | $4+ | Come see holiday musical favorites performed by Florida Southern College’s choral, instrumental, and string groups. 🎼
  • ArtLab | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $125+ | Take a class lead by a professional artist and engage in an experience related to an exhibition on display in the Museum — materials are included. 🖼
  • LKLD Santacon 2021 | Sat., Dec 11 | 5-7 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Dress as Santa and participate in this pub crawl where you can win prizes and visit bars including Dissent, Molly McHugh’s + Federal Bar.
  • Holiday Night Market | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5-10 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Experience over 100 vendors, live music, shopping + pictures with Santa.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Selfies with Santa | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hollis Garden | Free | Come out and enjoy the beauty of Hollis Garden + get your picture taken with Saint Nick.
  • Christmas Notes | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5-8 p.m. | Homeland Heritage Park, 249 Church Ave. | Free | Celebrate the season with Polk’s Parks and Recreations Department and take pictures with Santa, decorate cookies, and go on a holiday scavenger hunt. 🎅
  • Community Christmas Festival | Sat., Dec 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | CenterPoint Community Church, 6950 Eloise Loop Rd. | Free | Celebrate the meaning of Christmas and enjoy an interactive journey to Bethlehem, gifts, candy, games + prizes.

Sunday, Dec. 12

  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Sun., Dec. 12 | 2-5 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $17+ | See the story of George Bailey come to life through a 1940s radio broadcast and ensemble cast.
  • Second Sunday Artisan Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | Shop local makers selling hand-made goods and get your holiday shopping done early.
  • Dan Pepin at Swan Brewing | Sun., Dec. 12 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Come out to Swan Brewing to see Dan Pepin play live and enjoy drinks + food.
  • Buena Navidad Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Come do some holiday shopping at one of Buena Market’s three-holiday events.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sun., Dec. 12 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Family Portraits with Santa | Sun., Dec. 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Garden Ballroom, 301 3rd St. | $125 | Schedule a time to get you and your family’s picture taken with Santa and get the pictures back in time for the holiday. 🎅

Monday, December 13 - Sunday, December 19

Monday, Dec. 13

  • Fall Baking | Mon., Dec. 13 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Learn to make freshly baked fall treats including oatmeal baked apples, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, apple cheesecake, and hot chocolate cake rolls. 🍂
  • Trivia Night | Mon., Dec. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Southeastern University Men’s Basketball Game | Mon., Dec. 13 | 2 p.m. | Southeastern University | $3+ | See Southeastern’s Men’s Basketball team compete against Brewton Parker College. 🏀
  • Brass Heart Band | Mon., Dec. 13 | 7-9 p.m. | Chain O’ Lakes Stadium, 500 Cletus Allen Dr. | $20 | Enjoy this outdoor concert by Brass Heart Band as they play music of Chicago + holiday songs — bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

  • Molly’s Musician’s Showcase | Tues., Dec. 14 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Enjoy a night of live music and drinks — all musicians are welcome to give a live performance. 🎶
  • B-I-N-G-O | Tues., Dec. 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play a few games of B-I-N-G-O and try to win prizes + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Dec. 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills while enjoying Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷
  • Southeastern University Men’s Basketball Game | Tues., Dec. 14 | 4 p.m. | Southeastern University | $3+ | See Southeastern’s Men’s Basketball team compete against Grace College. 🏀
  • Florida Philharmonia Orchestra Christmas Concert | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | Come out to see the Florida Philharmonia Orchestra perform holiday classics.
  • Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., Dec. 14 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW. | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to calm your mind with an hour of yoga — space is limited. 🧘‍♀️

Wednesday, Dec. 15

  • Kids Cooking Class | Wed., Dec. 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking + cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for 4. 🍴
  • Florida Southern Men’s Basketball Game | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Florida Southern College | $5+ | See Florida Southern’s Men’s Basketball team compete against Clayton State University. 🏀
  • Top Dog at Manheim Lakeland Auto Auction | Wed., Dec. 15 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Manheim Lakeland, 8025 N. State Rd. 33 | Free | Skip the cooking tonight and instead order from Top Dog, the menu includes Philly cheesesteaks, Nathan’s dogs, Angus burgers + veggie options.
  • Vintage Frosty Cutout | Wed., Dec. 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $40 | Learn to paint a snowman in this step-by-step class + take your painting home with you at the end of the night — supplies included. ⛄

Thursday, Dec. 16

  • Gallery Concert Series: Holiday in Brass | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $37+ | Hear trumpets and horns announce the holiday season from within Polk Museum of Art’s gallery.
  • Futurebirds at Union Hall | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | Union Hall | $15 | See the rock band Futurebirds play Union Hall. 🤘
  • Let it Throw | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play in some fun outdoor games + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Play traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 📻
  • Lakeside Village Live | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | Catch the Harrison Light Duo perform jazz, swing, Latin, fusion, and holiday songs.
  • Lake Wales History Museum Holiday Party | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Lake Wales History Museum, 325 S. Scenic Hwy. | Free | Celebrate the season and enjoy live music, food, drinks, pictures with Santa + a hot chocolate bar — bring a non-perishable food item or gift donation. 🎄

Friday, Dec. 17

  • Canned Tuna Concert | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Come see the PINK FLOYD tribute band REX FLOYD perform in the Canned Tuna Concert series — bring a non-perishable food item to donate.
  • Wine and Dine: Elevated Winter Wine Pairing with Hess Wines | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Wine and dine with perfectly curated food to bring out the flavor in Hess wines.
  • Caleb Lee Hutchinson at Union Hall | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Union Hall | $20 | Come see country artist Caleb Lee Hutchinson at his show at Union Hall.
  • Proper Wednesday at Brew Hub | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Brew Hub | Free | See the band Proper Wednesday + enjoy drinks from Brew Hub.
  • Karaoke Night Presented by Just Cares | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Just Dance Academy of Dance and Etiquette, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Come out and sing karaoke for a $1 donation per song or cheer on your friends — proceeds support Just Cares Inc.
  • Christmas at the Barn | Fri., Dec. 17 | 5-8 p.m. | Hope Equine Rescue, 3805 High St. | $5 | Celebrate Christmas with horses, hot chocolate, lights + cookies.

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • A Tour of California Wine Country | Sat., Dec. 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Taste California wine with curated dishes prepared by Publix chefs. 🍷
  • Gingerbread Houses | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75+ | Get into the holiday season and make a gingerbread house with one adult and up to 3 kids.
  • Nightrain at LKLD Live | Sat., Dec. 18 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $20 | See the band Nightrain perform its rock and roll tribute to Guns n Roses. 🤘
  • The Nutcracker | Sat., Dec. 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium, 1085 Johnson Ave. | $20+ | Come see the classic holiday performance put on by the Festival of Fine Arts and Florida Dance Theatre — masks are required. 🩰
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sat., Dec. 18 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Dwight Icenhower’s Blue Christmas Elvis Tribute | Sat., Dec. 18 | 2-4 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre, 263 W Central Ave. | $25+ | See Dwight Icenhower’s give his tribute to Elvis Presley through singing and dancing in this holiday show.
  • Holiday in Brass | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lake Wales Arts Council, 1099 Florida 60 | $33+ | See the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet play holiday songs. 🎺
  • Winter Haven Brunch Food Tour | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven’s brunch spots and taste your favorite brunch foods all while learning about Winter Haven’s culture + history. 🥞

Sunday, Dec. 19

  • The Nutcracker | Sun., Dec. 19 | 2:30 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium, 1085 Johnson Ave. | $20+ | Come see the classic holiday performance put on by the Festival of Fine Arts and Florida Dance Theatre — masks are required. 🩰
  • Journey to Bethlehem | Sun., Dec. 19 | 6-8 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Drive through scenes of the Nativity and experience the biblical story of Christmas.
  • Poetry, Spoken Word, and Open Mic Night | Sun., Dec. 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | Free | Aspiring writers can come out and share their own writing or poetry, or they can read from one of their favorite writers. 🎙
  • Holiday Royal Tea with Belle | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $40+ | Kids from the ages of 2-12 can enjoy a holiday tea party with Princess Belle, have a sing and dance along + pose for royal portraits. 🌹
  • Breakfast with Santa Painting | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38 | Kids aged 5 and up can learn step-by-step how to paint breakfast with Santa holiday scenes — paint supplies are included. 🎨
  • Gingerbread Houses | Sun., Dec. 19 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75+ | Get into the holiday season and make a gingerbread house with one adult and up to 3 kids.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sat., Dec. 19 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Monday, December 20 - Sunday, December 26

Monday, Dec. 20

  • School’s out! The Kiddie/Family Class | Mon., Dec. 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $30 | Kids and their families can learn step-by-step how to paint baby Yoda in this special edition school’s out class — paint supplies are included. 🎨
  • Trivia Night | Mon., Dec. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Baby Deerest | Mon., Dec. 20 | 2-4 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $28 | Kids aged 5 and up can learn step-by-step how to paint a baby deer holiday scene — paint supplies are included. 🎨
  • Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show | Mon., Dec. 20 | 5 p.m. | Lake Silver, 250 S. Lake Silver Dr. | Free | See a water ski show put on by members of the original Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team — food, drinks, and merchandise are available for purchase.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

  • Tasty Tuesday | Tues., Dec. 21 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25+ | Skip dinner and instead try dishes from different participating downtown restaurants — tickets are sold in packs of 10. 🍴
  • Florida Dance Arts Presents The Nutcracker | Tues., Dec. 21 | Times vary | RP Funding Center | $35+ | Experience the classic holiday story of The Nutcracker in this one-day-only event. 🩰
  • Magical Gingerbread Cottage Workshop | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35+ | Kids will sing and dance along to holiday favorites, build a gingerbread cottage + meet fairytale characters.
  • B-I-N-G-O | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play a few games of B-I-N-G-O and try to win prizes + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills while enjoying Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Wednesday, Dec. 22

  • School’s Out Holiday Camp | Wed., Dec. 22 | 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $85 | Kids aged 5-13 can spend all day here where they will learn to make breakfast, lunch + a take-home dinner. 🍴
  • Cookies with a Twist | Wed., Dec. 22 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Revamp your holiday cookie recipe with frosted chocolate malt cookies, ginger, and maple macadamia nut cookies, and turtle cookie cups. 🍪
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus Tea Party | Wed., Dec. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35+ | Come have tea with the Clauses + have a holiday sing-along. 🤶

Thursday, Dec. 23

  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Play traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 📻
  • Swan City Improv Adult Only Show | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 8:30-11 p.m. | Laugh Out Lounge, 19 3rd St. NW | $10+ | Come out for some laughs and see the Swan City Improv group put on a show.
  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Knife Skills | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50+ | Learn how to use a knife like a professional chef and cook a complete meal including salad, jumbo shrimp, and strawberry parfait. 🔪
  • Let it Throw | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 5-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play in some fun outdoor games + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Christmas is Near | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 5-9 p.m. | Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, 303 Lemon St. | Free | Celebrate Christmas with the Christmas concert and candlelight service + see a performance by Kenzie Wheeler. 🎄

Friday, Dec. 24

  • Christmas Eve Mat Times | Fri., Dec. 24 | Times vary | Yoga Pointe, 2539 S. Florida Ave. | Prices vary | Join Yoga Pointe for a Christmas Eve class and get your sweat on, yogis. 🧘‍♀️
  • Holidays at Legoland | Fri., Dec. 24 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Christmas Lights in Downtown Lakeland | Fri., Dec. 24 | 5 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Light displays can be found in Munn Park, around Lake Morton, and around Lake Mirror.
  • Glorious Night | Fri., Dec. 24 | 6-10 p.m. | First Baptist Church Plant City, 3309 James L. Redman Pkwy. | Free | Enjoy this 30-minute drive-through light show featuring thousands of programmed lights and classic old and new Christmas songs.

Saturday, Dec. 25

  • Christmas Day at Bok Tower Gardens | Sat., Dec. 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Spend Christmas at Bok Tower among the red and green plants + enjoy holiday music concerts. 🌹
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sat., Dec. 25 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Christmas Lights in Downtown Lakeland | Sat., Dec. 25 | 5 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Light displays can be found in Munn Park, around Lake Morton, and around Lake Mirror.
  • Glorious Night | Sat., Dec. 25 | 6-10 p.m. | First Baptist Church Plant City, 3309 James L. Redman Pkwy. | Free | Enjoy this 30-minute drive-through light show featuring thousands of programmed lights and classic old and new Christmas songs.

Sunday, Dec. 26

  • Frozen Falls | Sun., Dec. 26 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38 | Learn step-by-step how to paint a frozen waterfall holiday scene — paint supplies are included. 🎨
  • You Make Me Happy | Sun., Dec. 26 | 1-3 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn step-by-step how to paint a golden sunflower — paint supplies are included. 🎨
  • Holidays at Legoland | Sun., Dec. 26 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Monday, December 27 - Friday, December 31

Monday, Dec. 27

  • Hairspray | Mon., Dec. 27 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $59+ | See the hit Broadway musical Hairspray as it passes through Lakeland while on tour.
  • Kids 3-day Camp: Science Behind Cooking | Mon., Dec. 27 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $120 | Learn the science behind cooking in this 3-day camp + make dishes including homemade butter, banana bread + spaghetti and meatballs — classes for kids aged 8-17 are available. 👩‍🍳
  • Holiday Camp: What’s Cooking Lakeland | Mon., Dec. 27 | 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $85 | Kids aged 5-13 can spend all day here where they will learn to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Trivia Night | Mon., Dec. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Holidays at Legoland | Mon., Dec. 27 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Tuesday, Dec. 28

  • Kids 3-day Camp: Science Behind Cooking | Tues., Dec. 28 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $120 | Learn the science behind cooking in this three-day camp + make dishes including homemade butter, banana bread + spaghetti, and meatballs — classes for kids aged 8-17 are available. 👩‍🍳
  • Holiday Camp: What’s Cooking Lakeland | Tues., Dec. 28 | 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $85 | Kids aged 5-13 can spend all day here where they will learn to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • B-I-N-G-O | Tues., Dec. 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play a few games of B-I-N-G-O and try to win prizes + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Tues., Dec. 28 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Dec. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills while enjoying Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Wednesday, Dec. 29

  • Holiday Camp: What’s Cooking Lakeland | Wed., Dec. 29 | 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $85 | Kids aged 5-13 can spend all day here where they will learn to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Kids 3-day Camp: Science Behind Cooking | Wed., Dec. 29 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $120 | Learn the science behind cooking in this three-day camp + make dishes including homemade butter, banana bread + spaghetti and meatballs — classes for kids aged 8-17 are available. 👩‍🍳
  • Pretty in Paris Family Day | Wed., Dec. 29 | 2-4 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $28 | Families can come and learn to paint a scene of the Eiffel Tower — supplies included. 🎨
  • Holidays at Legoland | Wed., Dec. 29 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Thursday, Dec. 30

  • New Years Eve Celebration | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $65 | Celebrate the new year and learn to make ricotta & spinach ravioli with lobster, prime rib, and champagne-poached pears. 🥂
  • Lakeland Magic vs Westchester Knicks | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 6-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $17 | See the Lakeland Magic play against the Westchester Knicks.
  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Play traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 📻
  • Let it Throw | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 5-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Play in some fun outdoor games + enjoy deals on drinks.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄

Friday, Dec. 31

  • New Years Eve Celebration | Fri., Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $65 | Celebrate the new year and learn to make ricotta & spinach ravioli with lobster, prime rib, and champagne-poached pears. 🥂
  • Bandida’s New Years Eve | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 p.m.-1 a.m. | The Poor Porker | Free | Ring in the new year with Latin music, dancing, and homemade treats.
  • New Years Eve Glow Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | OTC, 1560 Havendale Blvd. | Free | Come out to rock and glow at this end-of-the-year party.
  • Holidays at Legoland | Fri., Dec. 31 | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | Visit LEGOLAND for a holiday experience for the whole family with seasonal shows, holiday characters, and twinkling lights. 🎄