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Annual Holiday Walkabout

Tuesday, December 1st - Downtown Lakeland
This annual event in Downtown Lakeland celebrates the holidays with shopping, dining, music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more! Holiday music from many area schools and churches create a festive atmosphere. And don’t forget shopping!  If you want a gift that doesn’t say I was mass produced in a department store, then shopping in Downtown Lakeland is for you.  Stores and restaurants will be open from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Free parking will be available at the main street garage. The public parking entrance is located on Cedar St. The Bay Street entrance is also open and can be accessed from Tennessee Ave.

35th Annual Christmas Parade

On Thursday, December 3rd the 35th Annual Christmas Parade will kick off at 7:00 pm with a fantastic fireworks display over Lake Mirror. The theme of this year’s parade - Lights of the Night...  Over 100 organizations will be participating in this year’s event. The parade will leave the Lakeland center and make its way down Lemon Street twisting and turning through Downtown Lakeland. Streets along the parade route will begin closing at 5:30 pm. Additional parking will be available after 5:00 pm in the Downtown parking garages and parking lots. </class="floatright>

So get your seat early and keep and keep an eye out for the Big guy at the end. 
View Parade Map 


Saturday December 5th - Munn ParkSnow will fall in Lakeland as the 35th Annual Snowfest kicks off at Munn Park from 10am – 2 pm. This year’s event will feature two traditional snow mountains, a visit from Santa Claus, children’s entertainment, inflatables and food vendors will complete the day. Price for admission to snow mountain or the snow slide will be a canned food item or a $1.00 donation. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00 All canned food items will be donated to the Polk county Senior Orphans Charity.

Santa's Calling

Tuesday, December 8th - Deadline for forms is Monday, December 7th
Special arrangements have been made this year for Santa to phone local children from his workshop. Santa and his long distance operators will be calling elementary school children on Tuesday, December 8th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. To ensure your child doesn’t miss out on this exciting opportunity you must complete a Santa’s Calling form. Forms can be obtained online or picked up at any of the following facilities:

  • Kelly Recreation Complex - 404 Imperial Blvd
  • Simpson Park - 1725 MLK Jr. Ave
  • City Hall located - 228 S Massachusetts ave

All forms must be submitted by Monday, December 7th.

As you see, the City of Lakeland has plenty of fun holiday events for you season. And, from all of us at the City of Lakeland we want to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

City of Lakeland and Polk County impact fees set to change  January 1, 2016.

Polk County’s impact fees have been reinstated following a moratorium, and the City of Lakeland’s have been adjusted as the result of an updated fee study.  While some individual fees will increase, others will actually be reduced, so you should take steps to evaluate the effect of the fee change on any projects you anticipate permitting before or after the New Year.Please note that the cumulative effect of the changes is not an across the board increase.  We have prepared a series of example fee calculations for single-family, multi-family, 8,000 square foot restaurant, and 150,000 square foot warehouse projects so you can compare the current cumulative impact fees with those that will become effective January 1stClick here to review the examples.

In order for current (pre-2016) fees to apply to a particular project, applications and complete approvable plans (Site and Construction) must be submitted on or before December 31, 2015, and the permit(s) for which the applications and plans are submitted must be issued within 180 days.

For more information you may wish to explore our full web page on impact fees (click here), or, to discuss your specific project(s), please contact the Community Development Department at (863) 834-6011.


#ClickItOrTicket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave Going On NOW - Buckle Up

The LakelandPD is joining with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from November 17 thru November 30, 2015 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114.00.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

Hancock Street Sidewalk

City of Lakeland crews will be constructing a new sidewalk along the South side of Hancock Street from Lincoln Ave to New York Ave. New sidewalk will also be constructed on the East side of Lincoln Ave from Hancock Street to Park Street. Every effort will be made to alleviate inconveniences however temporary delays can be expected. During construction some driveway aprons will need to be reconstructed to meet standards. We will make every effort to make contact with the property owners that will be affected to schedule the best time for the removal and replacement of their driveway aprons. The City of Lakeland appreciates your patience as we work to enhance pedestrian mobility in your neighborhood.


Horney Park Drainage.

For the next several weeks City Crews will be up- grading the storm drain system in Horney Park and along the North side of E. Hibiscus Dr. No major delays are expected although construction equipment and vehicles will cause some congestion.


Cleveland Heights ADA ramp.

Contractors working for City of Lakeland will be repairing and replacing handicap ramps as part of the future resurfacing of Cleveland Heights Bl from E Edgewood to Westover St. Roads will remain open however; lane closures will occur. Work is expected to take 4 weeks to complete.