Cooking a full Thanksgiving meal isn’t for everyone. Whether you’re taking a year off or honoring your annual tradition of leaving that oven good and cold, check out our list of where to dine in + carry outfor Thanksgiving dinner.
La Imperial Bakery, 830 E Main St. | 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving-themed menu featuring classic favorites, such as homemade gravy served over turkey, paired with Spanish-style arroz con gandules. You can also pre-order a Thanksgiving package for takeout.
The Terrace Grille, 329 E. Main St. | 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., or 5 p.m. Enjoy a buffet-style dining experience for $120per adult or $49 per child (12 and under). Dinner here is reservation only, so be sure to give them a call at (863) 603-5420 to reserve your spot.
Harborside, 2435 7th St. SW, Winter Haven | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fill up on Turkey Day classics when you order from the standard three-course Thanksgivingmenu at $45 per person, or order from the A La Carte menu. Call for reservations.
Cracker Barrel, 4343 Lakeland Park Dr. | 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Stay warm by the open fireplace and dive into a turkey dinner featuring Southern-style favorites like sweet potato casserole and mac ’n cheese.
Nutwood, 132 Ave. B SW, Winter Haven | Order by Fri., Nov. 18 Pick up a freshfarm-to-table meal on Wed., Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thurs., Nov. 24 from 9-11 a.m.
Publix, locations vary | Order by Tuesday, Nov. 22 Publix has a fully cooked turkey dinner for you and 14-18 other people — just put it in your oven and it’s ready to go. This meal includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, marshmallow delight, and cranberry-orange relish. Prices range from$55-$100.
Sixx L Sixx w/ Smokin’ Chanchos | Friday, Nov. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W Pine St, Lakeland | Free | All ages are welcome to listen to live music from Sixx L Sixx and order from the Smokin’ Chanchos food truck.
Zen Awakening Festival 2022 | Friday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 20 | 1-11:45 p.m. | Zen Meditation Fields Central, 2819 Tiger Lake Rd., Lake Wales | $88-$333 | Visit this four-day music and arts festival to connect with performances, meditation, yoga, and 100+ workshops — on-site camping is available.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Dixieland AlleyFest | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dixieland Village, 1035 South Florida Ave., Lakeland | Free | Stroll through Dixieland to shop from local businesses, artists’ booths, and antique shops, and grab a bite from food trucks.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St, Lakeland | Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head at this performance combining circus arts and Broadway-style production.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Goat Yoga on the Farm! | Sunday, Nov. 20 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | The Cloven Hoof Farm, 6170 Robbins Rd, Lakeland | $20 | Get your flow on with a beginner-friendly yoga class surrounded by baby goats.
Public Skate 2022/23 | Sunday, Nov. 20 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Lakeland Ice Arena, 3395 W Memorial Blvd, Lakeland | $15 | Start your week on the ice at Lakeland’s only real ice arena — bundle up and bring or rent your skates.
Monday, Nov. 21
New Yoga | Monday, Nov. 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 Martin Luther King Dr., Lakeland | $5 | Bring your mat and some water to this yoga class for all levels focusing on breath, alignment, balance, and strength — must be 16 or older.
All of Us Choir Concert | Monday, Nov. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium, Robert Davis Performing Arts Center, Florida Southern College, 1100 Johnson Ave., Lakeland | $5-$10 | Hear fun and powerful choral music with pieces that center on love and unity.
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Carpenter’s Way could see1,200 new homes, pending two developments. Ryan Companies proposed 320-558 multifamily units and SJD Development proposed 994 homes on the former Wedgewood Golf Course. The Planning and Zoning Board + City Commission will vote on both developments on Dec. 20 and Nov. 21, respectively. (The Ledger)
Fans of Uncle Nick’s bagels, this one is for you. The Lakeland staple has reopened its Edgewood location — known asChristopher’s Cafe — at 1755 E. Edgewood Dr. with temporary hours from Wednesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Keep your eyes on the business’s social media for extended hours following Thanksgiving. 🥯
Julio’s Sandwich Shopopened its second location at 4525 S. Florida Ave., Ste. 33, near Alamo Plaza. The biz, which also serves up sandwiches at 1825 E. Edgewood Dr., has been in operation since 1981. Head to their new location Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Polk County Public School Board is consideringsix different sites for a new high school in northeastern Polk County. Before a decision is made, members of the board have requested a presentation on impact fees and commitments from the district’s attorney. 🍎 (The Ledger)
West Lakeland has a new food pantryoperated by Polk County Public Schools and located at West Area Adult School (604 S. Central Ave.). Individuals in need of food can stop by every other Friday — including today, Friday, Nov. 18 — from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. No qualifications apply. (LkldNow)
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Bonnet Springs Park are seeking volunteers for the Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) program. CAP volunteers work two-hour shifts during park hours, patrolling the park in a marked four-seat electric utility task vehicle. You’ll be trained in patrol, observation, and crime prevention. Apply here.
Polk Sheriff’s Charities is giving away1,200free turkeys tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19. Turkeys will be dispersed between three Polk pick-up locations, including Lakes Church(1010 E. Memorial Blvd.) in Lakeland. The Freedom Tour will also be distributing foodboxes for families in need. (The Ledger)
Thanksgiving is nearly here, so we’re taking notes from PEFCU on how to keep the holidays joyful without spending extra cash and find moments of thankfulness with friends + family with these money-saving tips for turkey day. 🦃 *
When we say firefighters and pets, what comes to mind? If you thought “holiday calendars,” you’re right on track. TheSPCA and the Lakeland Fire Departmentpartnered up for the 2023 Rescued Pets calendar, and you can order yours online. 🔥
We might have lost our center when we shared the wrong address for this year’s Zen Awakening Festival. What we should have said is that it takes place at 2819 Tiger Lake Rd. in Lake Wales until Sunday, Nov. 20. Don’t miss this event full of meditation and music.
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