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Hi <<First Name>>,
We are in the final countdown with less than 2 weeks until Christmas! I've been picking up Christmas gifts daily {mainly off the front porch 😂} and trying to enjoy the holiday season despite feeling like it is flying by. 

I'm also trying to wrap up holiday content for Lakeland Mom so I can take Christmas break off along with my kids, so you'll find info below all the way through New Years. 🎉

I know this time of the year can be overwhelming with shopping for gifts, school events, planning for holiday travel, spending money, teacher gifts, trying to fit in family fun... the list goes on and on during December. I hope you'll make a point to find time for YOU to decompress and look for the magic in the holiday season {I know - not always easy!} 

NEW THIS WEEK:
FEATURED WEEKEND EVENTS:
Have a festive weekend,
April Mucci
Owner & Publisher

NEW THIS WEEK

Winter Break Camps and Workshops in Lakeland

If you're looking for camps for Winter Break, activities to keep your kids busy, or you need childcare while you're working, we've got a list of Holiday Break camps in Lakeland.

75+ Christmas Break Activities in Lakeland

The Ultimate Christmas Break Activity Guide for Lakeland & Polk County. Events, activities, & things to do with kids out and about around town while school is out.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Lakeland, Tampa & Orlando

Wondering where you can ring in 2020 with the kids? We've rounded up a list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve (and NOON Year's Eve) events in Lakeland and across Central Florida. Whether you celebrate at 12pm or 12am, send 2019 out with a bang!

Since we couldn’t begin to pick just ten events for this month’s Top 10 list, instead we created a list of 25 days of Christmas Fun in Lakeland.

Click here to download your own printable & clickable calendar.

Click here to visit our website for the links to all of these fun events and activities.

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FEATURED EVENTS

Join First Presbyterian Church as we travel back in time to the night Christ was born. FPC’s drive-thru nativity is a Lakeland tradition you won’t want to miss. FPC volunteers tell the story of Jesus’ birth in a unique way, giving each of you the chance to see and hear the narrative of our Savior’s arrival in a way that literally comes to life. Enjoy this drive through nativity from the comfort of your vehicle. This is a FREE event, open to the community. 

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Florida Tropics Soccer Season Kicks off Saturday, December 14
Bring your family to a Florida Tropics indoor soccer game on a Saturday or Sunday this season. Action-packed soccer, family-friendly fun, plus kids activities and opportunities to meet & greet players for autographs and photos after every game. 
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Florida Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker

**SPECIAL EVENT**
 A Taste of Sweets & The Nutcracker
Friday, December 13 @ 6pm

Join Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and friends for a special evening of tasty treats and a journey through the land of the suites. Enjoy delicious cookies, little cakes, story time with Clara and then sit down to an epic performance of The Nutcracker.

Tickets available directly from FDT – http://www.floridadancetheatre.org/taste-of-the-sweets.html

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 14 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 @ 2:30pm

Once again, Lakeland’s own professional dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre, brings its celebrated annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium.

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Lakeside Village Holiday Artisan Market
Sunday, December 15 from 12-5pm

Stroll through a selection of hand-made holiday gifts, decor and treats from local artisanal makers at Lakeside Village.

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CHRISTMAS GUIDE

Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Events Guide

Our communities are bursting with holiday cheer this time of year, and we want to help you and your family make memories as you experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas and holiday season.

Although we have Lakeland in the title - we're doing our best to cover as many events across Polk County as we can.

NEW THIS WEEK - we updated our Christmas Giving Opportunities list to help you find places to donate toys, clothing, and other holiday items. 

SEE THE CHRISTMAS GUIDE

PLAN YOUR WEEK

Best Things To Do This Week
Best Things To Do This Weekend
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Full Calendar of Events

FRIDAY
⭐ FEATURED EVENT

Lakeland Magic Game - Blackout
December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | RP Funding Center
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Taste of The Sweets & The Nutcracker

December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
$20 | More information
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Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)
December 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Little Bookworms Storytime (Ages 2-5)
December 13, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | eLibrary South Lakeland
Free | More information
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Family Fundamentals - Let's Move Twogether (Age 2)
December 13, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 11:30 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Adventurer's Guild (ages 13-17)
December 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Technology Petting Zoo - Winter Haven Library
December 13, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Strolling Carolers and Snow at Lakeside Village
December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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Make it Magical - Lake Wales
December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Lake Wales – Downtown
Free | More information
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Holiday Haus Mrkt at Haus 820
December 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Haus 820
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Holiday Tree Lighting Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Winter Haven – Eloise Resource Center
Free | More information
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Holiday Party with Polk County Parks & Recreation
December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Winter Haven – Wilfred Smith Resource Center
Free | More information
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Bartow Christmas Parade
December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
Free | More information
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Snow Central in Winter Haven
December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Winter Haven – Chain O’ Lakes Complex
Free | More information
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Downtown Lakeland Festive Friday - Stores & Restaurants open late
December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Downtown Lakeland
Free | More information
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Lights of Lakeland
Fri, Sat & Sun: December 13 - 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Highland Park Church Lakeland
Free | More information
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Miracle on 34th St The Musical
Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Lakeland Community Theatre
$17 – $24 | More information
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SATURDAY
⭐ FEATURED EVENT
Florida Tropics Home Opener
December 14, 2019 @ 5:05 pm - 7:00 pm | RP Funding Center
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The Nutcracker presented by Florida Dance Theatre

December 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
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Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k & Reindeer Dash Kids Run
December 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am | Cleveland Heights Golf Club
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Breakfast with Santa in Haines City
December 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Haines City – Beef ‘o Brady’s
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Jingle Bark with Polk County Parks Recreation
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Davenport – Northeast Regional Park
Free | More information
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Tenoroc High School Winterfest
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Tenoroc High School
Free | More information
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Christmas in the Country at Cracker Country
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Cracker Country
$8 – $10 | More information
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Cowboy Santa at Lay's Western Wear and Feed
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Lay’s Western Wear & Feed
Free | More information
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Candy Land Holiday Adventure
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Larry R. Jackson Branch Library – Lakeland
Free | More information
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Santa's Workshop at the Lakeland Library
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Art Lab at Polk Museum of Art
December 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Polk Museum of Art
Free – $5 | More information
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Santa at the Christmas Tree - Lakeside Village
December 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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Saturday Afternoon Family Movie Matinee - WH Library
December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Winterfest and Christmas Parade in Davenport
December 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Davenport – Wilson Park
Free | More information
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Christmas Notes
December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Homeland Heritage Park
Free | More information
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Strolling Carolers and Snow at Lakeside Village
December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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Christmas Open House at FBCH + One More Child
December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | FBCH I One More Child
Free | More information
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Mulberry Christmas Parade
December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Mulberry – Spence Park
Free | More information
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Lake Wales Kiwanis Christmas Parade
December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Lake Wales – Downtown
Free | More information
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FREE Golf with Santa in Davenport
December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Girls Golf LGA
Free | More information
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Come to the Stable and Bethlehem Square Live Nativity
December 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Winter Haven – First Presbyterian Church
Free | More information
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Mulberry's Christmas Village
December 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Mulberry – Spence Park
Free | More information
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SUNDAY
⭐ FEATURED EVENT
Journey to Bethlehem at First Presbyterian Church
December 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth
Free | More information
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Holiday Artisan Market at Lakeside Village
December 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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⭐ FEATURED EVENT
Lakeland Magic Game - Sunday Funday

December 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | RP Funding Center
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⭐ FEATURED EVENT
The Nutcracker presented by Florida Dance Theatre
December 15, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Florida Southern College – Branscomb Auditorium
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Messiah Sing Along in Bartow
December 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Bartow – First United Methodist Church
Free | More information
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Christmas With Family at Family Worship Center
December 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Family Worship Center
Free | More information
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MONDAY
Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)

December 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Book Buddies at Explorations V Children's Museum
December 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | Explorations V Children’s Museum
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Tech-Know Mondays (ages 6-12)
December 16, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre - Christmas Vacation
December 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Polk Theatre
$5 | More information
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Christmas With Family at Family Worship Center
December 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Family Worship Center
Free | More information
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TUESDAY
Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)
December 17, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Preschool Storytime (ages 4-5)
December 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Little Sprouts Story Time - Winter Haven Library
December 17, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 10:30 am | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Curious Kids at Explorations V Children's Museum
December 17, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | Explorations V Children’s Museum
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Teen Scene at the Library
December 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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LEGO Club - Winter Haven Library
December 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre - A Nightmare Before Christmas
December 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Polk Theatre
$5 | More information
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Autism Support Group
December 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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WEDNESDAY
Family Fundamentals - Great Beginnings (under 12 months)
December 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Little Sprouts Story Time - Winter Haven Library
December 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 9:30 am | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)
December 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Toddler Time (Library Storytime Ages 2-3)
December 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Family Fundamentals - Once Upon a Time (Age 1)
December 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Storytime (Age 2) at the Auburndale Library
December 18, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am | Auburndale Public Library
Free | More information
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Family Fundamentals - Twogether Time (Age 2)
December 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Kids' Korner (ages 5-12)
December 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Storytime with Santa at the Mulberry Civic Center
December 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Mulberry Civic Center
Free | More information
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre - A Christmas Story
December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Polk Theatre
$5 | More information
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THURSDAY
Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)
December 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Storytime (Age 3-5) at the Auburndale Library
December 19, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am | Auburndale Public Library
Free | More information
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Kitchen Kids at Explorations V Children's Museum
December 19, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | Explorations V Children’s Museum
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Mother Goose Baby Time (6-18 months)
December 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Tween Time at the Library (Ages 9 - 13)
December 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Free Concerts – Thursdays at Lakeside Village
December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre - Die Hard (Rated R)
December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Polk Theatre
$5 | More information
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FRIDAY
Family Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)
December 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
December 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm | LEGOLAND Florida Resort
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Little Bookworms Storytime (Ages 2-5)
December 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | eLibrary South Lakeland
Free | More information
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Family Fundamentals - Let's Move Twogether (Age 2)
December 20, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 11:30 am | Family Fundamentals – Success By 6 Resource Center
Free | More information
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Ultimate Improv (Ages 13 - 17)
December 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Lakeland Public Library
Free | More information
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Minecrafters - Winter Haven Library
December 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Winter Haven – Public Library
Free | More information
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Strolling Carolers and Snow at Lakeside Village
December 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Lakeside Village
Free | More information
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Holiday Extravaganza in Winter Haven
December 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Winter Haven – Recreational & Cultural Center
Free | More information
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December Friday Fest in Bartow
December 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
Free | More information
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Haines City Christmas Parade
December 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Haines City
Free | More information
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**EVENT CANCELLATIONS - We aren't able to keep up with last-minute changes, however, all events on our calendar include a link to more information or the host's Facebook page where you can check to see if events are impacted by the weather or otherwise canceled.**

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