Now’s the perfect time of year to grab a cup of hot cocoa, hop in the car, and drive around looking for the best holiday lights in Lakeland. Thanks to our followers’ suggestions, we’ve mapped your stops, including a few around Polk County. So get in, Lakelanders — we’re going to look at the lights.
Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland
There’s something new every night at Light Up BSP. Walk through the Crenshaw Canopy Walk covered in twinkling lights and check out each evening’s activities happening 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland
Crank the heat and take a lakeside drive. Pro tip: If you’d prefer to walk and browse, you can park in the public lot next to the Lakeland Country Club.
Walk through Munn Park’s light displays, take in the holiday decor around Lake Mirror, or see the music-synced Christmas tree near the Fire Department.
Ariana Village, 1625 Ariana St., Lakeland
Drive through this mobile home park suggested by @alisah876. Residents have put on free drive-thru spectacles here for 30+ years.
Valley View Drive, Lakeland
@pourbearcoffee recommends visiting this street off of Hallam Drive, which loops back around to the main road for easy access.
Lake Miriam Drive, Lakeland
Drive south and head down a side street for impressive displays. @claretinsleyphotography recommends the Lancelot + Lochinvar streets.
Christmas Tree Lane, 2180 S. Kissengen Ave., Bartow
Buckle up — we’re headed to Bartow for this local favorite. @_craftkrazie_ recommends taking a horse-drawn carriage tour, starting at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Santa’s House by the Bigda’s, 4314 Shadow Wood Trl., Winter Haven
Round out your trip with a stop at this home for character meetings, Disney music, and hot cocoa. As @rosancruznyc says, “It’s worth the drive.”