What’s open and closed on Thanksgiving in Lakeland?

Whether you’re looking to entertain the kids while dinner’s cooking or hoping to make a last-minute run to the store, here are a few places open and operational on Turkey Day.

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Grab a bite at La Imperial Bakery

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Thanksgiving Day activities

Yoga Pointe, 2539 S. Florida Ave. | 8-9 a.m.
Stop by for an 8 a.m. “Planksgivingclass prior to your Thanksgiving day feast.

Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd. | 6 a.m.- dusk
Enjoy a pre or post-meal stroll around the park’s two-mile circulator, take a moment for gratitude overlooking the Blanton Family Lagoon, or spend your Thanksgiving in the treetops on the Crenshaw Canopy Walk.

Pro tip: Looking for a Thanksgiving week activity for the whole family while the kids are out of school? Check out Lakeland Mom’s list here.


La Imperial Bakery, 830 E. Main St. | 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a Thanksgiving-themed menu featuring classic favorites, such as homemade gravy served over turkey, paired with Spanish-style arroz con gandules.

The Terrace Grille, 329 E. Main St. | 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Head downtown to The Terrace Hotel for Thanksgiving this year, and enjoy a buffet-style dining experience for $120 per adult or $49 per child (12 and under). Dinner here is reservation only, so be sure to give The Terrace a call at (863) 603-5420 to reserve your spot.

Cracker Barrel, 4343 Lakeland Park Dr. | 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Stay warm by the open fireplace and dive into a delicious turkey dinner featuring Southern-style favorites, like sweet potato casserole and mac n cheese.

Noteworthy closures

Grocery stores
No pub subs on Turkey Day. Make sure you do your holiday shopping by Wednesday, Nov. 23, because Publix and Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Lakeland Regional Health’s primary care and walk-in care locations and Watson Clinic’s offices and urgent care locations will be closed.

City of Lakeland offices
Lakeland Electric offices, Lakeland public libraries, and gated parks like Common Ground Playground and Hollis Garden will be closed. Additionally, solid waste collection will not take place on Thanksgiving Day. Customers who usually have a collection on Thursdays will be visited on Friday, and Friday customers will have their waste collected on Saturday.