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.
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.