2022 Holiday Fun Guide | Polk County Moms

2022 Holiday Fun Guide

Covering events and activities Clermont, Groveland, Davenport, Haines City, Polk City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Dundee, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Frostbite, Mulberry, Bartow, Lakeland, Auburndale, Plant City, Poinciana

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Shop from a curated list of local vendors in an indoor setting. Take a FREE picture with Santa Claus, and after your picture with Santa enjoy cookies courtesy of St. John United Methodist Church. Heartland for Children will be on hand accepting donations for their Rudolph Roundup. Indoor holiday market in Winter Haven, Fl

 

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Holiday Lights Display

November 3 – January 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Enjoy a Holiday Light Display by The Bigda’s. Listen to the music on your car radio on 87.9FM

4314 Shadow Wood Trail,
Winter Haven, FL

 

November 25 – January 1
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Spectacular light show in Davenport

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Enjoy a Holiday Light Display by The Bigda’s. Listen to the music on your car radio on 87.9FM

7237 Mystic Brook Way
Davenport, Fl 33896

 

November 28 – January 1
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fetterman Christmas Light Show

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Spectacular light show in Auburndale set to music on station 87.9 FM.

2214 & 2216 Michelle Dr
Auburndale Florida 33823

 

Parades & Tree Lighting Events

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Enjoy music from the Tenoroc High School band, a live choir performance, special guest speaker Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, and stilt walkers while we wait for Santa to ride in on the world’s largest kettle

Lakeside Village
1429 Town Center Drive
Lakeland, FL 33803

December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Winter Haven Tree Lighting

 

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Enjoy the sounds of Chain O’ Lakes Big Band singing Christmas carols and Holiday hits! The First 100 children will enjoy free hot cocoa from Richard’s Fine Coffee and cookie decorating courtesy of Gourmet Goodies!

Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
469 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33881

 

December 1 @  7:00 pm

City of Lakeland Christmas Parade 2022

 

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The City of Lakeland’s Annual Parade begins at RP Funding Center

RP Funding Center
701 W Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815

 

December 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lights in the Park in Auburndale

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Enjoy music, food trucks, artificial snow, an ice skating rink, and Santa!

Auburndale Historic Depot Building
120 West Park Street
Auburndale, FL

December 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lights of Love 2022 in Plant City

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A 20+ foot live tree is adorned with lights “purchased” by individuals, families, and businesses in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Proceeds benefit the many services and programs at South Florida Baptist Hospital

McCall Park
100 N. Collins Street
Plant City, 33563

December 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Clermont

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Enjoy holiday music, food trucks, photo opportunities with Santa & Mrs. Claus, shopping, and more

Downtown Clermont
685 W Montrose Street
Clermont, FL 34711

December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting in Dundee

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Enjoy live performances, meet Santa, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa

Dundee Community Center
603 Lake Marie Blvd
Dundee, FL 33838

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 Enjoy the City of Mulberry’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Immediately proceeding, guests are invited to watch the city’s tree officially turn on for the holiday season with a musical performance by Purcell Elementary students.

Gem Theater
110 Northwest 1st Avenue
Mulberry, FL 33860

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Tree lighting at 6 pm followed by live music, games, crafts, hot chocolate, Christmas movies and popcorn, snow, SANTA, vendors, and much more!!! All activities are free and have no admission!

Main Street Fort Meade
214 W Broadway Ste B
Fort Meade, FL 33841

December 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Havendale Christmas Parade

 

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The route is planned to begin at Spring Lake Shopping Plaza in Winter Haven and head west to the Publix in Auburndale.

December 3 @ 10:00 am

Hometown Parade at Waterfront Park

 

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The route is planned to begin at Spring Lake Shopping Plaza in Winter Haven and head west to the Publix in Auburndale.

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The parade will travel along the scenic highway north from west 3rd street to west F street

Frostproof

 

December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Glitter, Glisten, & Snow in Haines City

 

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Count down with Haines City as they light up Lake Eva Park with thousands of lights, including a 31 ft Christmas tree. Santa will be there

Lake Eva Park

555 Ledwith Ave,

Haines City, FL 33844

 

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The parade route starts at Central Park, located at the corner of Glencruiten and Cummings, and then down to 17/19 and ends at Gardner Park. Following the annual tree lighting take a picture with Santa at the Gardner House and other fun festivities!

Frank C. Gardner Park
258 E Main St
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

December 5 @ 6:00 pm

Christmas Tree Lighting in Lake Wales

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Enjoy the sounds of the Janie Howard Wilson Elementary School chorus as Mayor Jack Hilligoss lights up the tree.

Lake Wales City Administration Building
201 W Central Ave
Lake Wales, FL 33853

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Bring the family and celebrate the annual lighting of the Davenport Christmas Tree.

Market Square
110 Bay St W,
Davenport, FL 33837

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Downtown Bartow welcomes the arrival of Santa and holiday lights

Main Street Bartow
160 S Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 3383

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Join the town of Dundee for its biggest event of the year! Meet Santa following the parade

Dundee Community Center
603 Lake Marie Blvd
Dundee, FL 33838

December 10 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Parade & WinterFest in Davenport

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Santa will be there along with snow, vendors, and more. The Christmas Parade staging will take place at the Lewis Mathews Complex and will finish at the Tom Fellows Community Center.

Tom Fellows Community Center
207 North Boulevard West
Davenport, FL 33837

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This year’s theme will be “Sounds of the Season”. Floats and walking units will incorporate their favorite carols, holiday instruments, and joyful noises.

Spence Park
NE 1st Street
Mulberry, FL 33860

One Day Events, Festivals & Markets

November 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Magic on Main – Holiday Themed Friday Fest in Bartow

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This month will feature the launching of the Main Street lights and Santa himself! Santa will be at the History Center from 4 to 6 pm for Selfies (by reservation only) and 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Central Avenue

Main Street Bartow
160 S Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

 

November 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This event will feature 10 outdoor vendors selling unique antiques and vintage Christmas decor

The Village Sampler
155 Avenue B
Winter Haven, FL

 

November 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

8th Annual Haven Holiday Market

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The 8th Annual Haven Holiday Market will feature more than 150 unique vendors

Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
469 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33881

 

December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Amplify your holiday shopping with gifts from some of the best local vendors

Union Taproom
245 West Central Avenue suite 102
Winter Haven, FL

 

December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Enjoy an evening of shopping local and purchasing presents to put under the tree this year from our different vendors! There will also be a family friendly movie playing

Warner University
13895 US Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL

 

December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Shop from over 50 local women-owned businesses

Venue 650
650 6th Street SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy free activities, games, and live music in Munn Park.

Downtown Lakeland
117 N. Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

 

December 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Enjoy a fun morning complete with a breakfast buffet, crafts, games, and some quality time with Santa. Breakfast with Santa tickets are now available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation Department (119 W Park St). This is a limited-capacity event, so please get your tickets soon. They can be purchased for $10 from the department office

Auburndale Civic Center
115 W Park Street
Auburndale, FL

 

December 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Free breakfast with Santa -donations accepted. Open to the community

St. John United Methodist Church
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33884

 

December 3 @ 9:00 pm – 3:00 pm

December 3rd Auburndale’s Merry Holiday Market

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There will be live music, over 70 local vendors, and a few special holiday surprises! Santa will be on hand from 11 am to 1 pm

Auburndale City Park
200 E Park Street
Auburndale, FL 33823

 

December 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This event has become a tradition for multiple generations, with a special Candy Cane Corner for children of all ages! Kids will enjoy FREE pictures with Santa Claus, a take-home holiday craft, and a bounce house…among other fun activities!

Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
469 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33881

 

December 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Enjoy cool jams and even cooler drinks as you shop with over 40 unique and alternative small businesses from around central Florida.

Historic Ritz Theatre
263 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

December 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

AHS Winter Fest at Auburndale High School

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There will be live music, over 70 local vendors, and a few special holiday surprises! Santa will be on hand from 11 am to 1 pm

Auburndale City Park
200 E Park Street
Auburndale, FL 33823

 

December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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There will be live music, over 70 local vendors, and a few special holiday surprises! Santa will be on hand from 11 am to 1 pm

Auburndale City Park
200 E Park Street
Auburndale, FL 33823

 

December 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Enjoy Free Santa Photos, Snacks, and Crafts! All photos are professionally done and the photos will be sent via email to everyone! Feel free to take photos with your phones too.

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Lakeland
1715 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL United States

 

December 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Drive through a winter wonderland, in the comfort of your own vehicle. The Village is fully lit up with Christmas lights! Admission cost: canned goods, unwrapped toys, or monetary donations.

Christmas in the Village
7000 Avon Park Cut Off Rd
Fort Meade, FL 33841

 

December 9 @ 7:00 pm
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Bring your friends and family members, your blankets and lawn chairs, and your favorite snacks (or buy some on-site), and savor the Christmas classic The Grinch on the big screen. The event is free to attend, and parking is available at the Lake Mirror Complex.

Downtown Lakeland
117 N. Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

December 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Enjoy shopping in our sweet downtown and strolling through local shops, and art and craft vendors with plenty of holiday décor and live music. Free admission treats guests to crafts, activities, a visit with Santa, and SNOW!!

Lake Wales Main Street
245 E Park Avenue
Lake Wales, FL 33853

December 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and are very limited. Admission is $10 per person and includes the purchase of a meal – buy tickets HERE

Lake Eva Event Center
799 Johns Avenue E
Haines City, FL 33844

 

December 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Vendors, Food, Music, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Bouncehouse, Crafts, GIVEAWAYS & much much more!

Hidden Gem Consignement
3139 North Galloway Road
Lakeland, FL

 

December 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Walking In A Winter Vendorland

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Shop from a curated list of local vendors in an indoor setting. Take a FREE picture with Santa Claus, and after your picture with Santa enjoy cookies courtesy of St. John United Methodist Church. Heartland for Children will be on hand accepting donations for their Rudolph Roundup.

St. John United Methodist Church
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33884

 

December 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Holiday gifts, crafts, jewelry, candles, music, food trucks and SANTA on the streets of Main Street Bartow

Main Street Bartow
160 S Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

 

December 10 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm
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This year, the gates open at 9:45 a.m. and Santa will be available for pictures until 1:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, just be sure to bring your own camera!

Hollis Gardens
702 E. Orange Street
Lakeland, FL 33801

 

December 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Wear your festive sweaters, bring a chair or a blanket, and enjoy a fun family celebration.

Lakeside Village
1429 Town Center Drive
Lakeland, FL 33803

 

blurry holiday lights on a tree
garland and pine cones dusted with snow
Sugar cider donut in front of a fire pit

Recurring Events

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Immerse yourself in a dazzling winter wonderland illuminated with millions of lights and filled with festive family activities and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive holiday experience. This event benefits Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, a whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Island H2O Water Park
3230 Inspiration Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747

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Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. You’ll see the story of the Grinch in larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge-down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience. Presented by Pepsi.

Prices & Hours: Vary
Purchase Tickets HERE

Gaylord Palms Resort & Water Park
6000 W Osceola Pkwy
Kissimmee, FL

Elf on the Shelf Printables

Elf on the Shelf Printables

Print out these props for your elf!

Enjoy a pomergranate margarita with friends

Pomegranate Cosmo Recipe

Cup of Coquito

Coquito: Spiked Puerto Rican Eggnog

Pot roast over mashed potatoes

DIY: Dried Orange Garland

Lemons, eucalyptus and rosemary for a clean smelling home.

Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus Simmer Pot Recipe

Salt Dough Ornament

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

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