Find a complete listing December and January events taking place in Polk County at

1930s HoliDAYS
Date: Tuesday, December 16
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
– It’s automotive yesteryear with Model A’s on display at Pinewood Estate.
– Meet historical characters, and immerse yourself in a bygone era of Christmas past at this event presented by the Florida Flywheelers.

Ice Skating
Tuesday, December 16-Monday, January 5
Venue: The Lakeland Center
– ‘Tis the season to get in the holiday spirit as public ice skating returns to The Lakeland Center.

Guided Bird Hike
Date: Wednesday, December 17
Venue: Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
– Join one of Circle B’s volunteer guides on a hike through the Marsh to learn about the birds of the area.

Heritage Trail Hike and Tram Tour
Date: Thursday, December 18
Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
– Join a “heritage” volunteer on a tram tour with a short walk to the Cow Camp where you’ll learn about the history of ranching and the citrus industry of Florida as you enjoy the scenic walk and explore the exhibit area.
– The tram ride ends with a tour of the Banana Creek Marsh.

Formal Fridays
Friday, December 19
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
– Take holiday photos in your formal attire. Enjoy roaming carolers as you enter the Holiday Home Tour, and greet our Pinewood Angels dressed in their holiday best.

Architectural Tour
Date: Saturday, December 20
Venue: Polk County History Center, Bartow
– Explore the courthouse, and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture with the center’s new architectural tour.

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Holiday Show
Saturday, December 20
Venue: Lake Silver, Winter Haven
– Join the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team, which was reestablished in 2012 by former theme park employees, for a festive holiday ski show on Lake Silver.

Tram Nature Tour
Date: Saturday, December 20 – Sunday, December 21
Venue: Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland
– Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property.

Carillon & Chorale
Sunday, December 21
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
– Enjoy an hour-long carillon concert with a live choir under the stars. Visit Pinewood Estate for a special nighttime tour complete with hot chocolate and cookies. A light dinner will be available at the café before the concert for an additional fee.

Historic Lake Mirror Tour
Date: Tuesday, December 23
Venue: Downtown Lakeland
– Join the monthly walking tour to learn about the history of Downtown Lakeland and how the Loggia came about.

Find more holiday events this week and coming up at: 2014 Holiday Events in Central Florida’s Polk County



A Country Christmas Hayride – Fridays and Saturdays through December 27 (The Smith Family Ranch, Lakeland)

BeFly Bike Tours Christmas Lights Tour – Fridays and Saturdays through December 27 (Lakeland)

Christmas Bricktacular –Saturdays and Sundays through December 28 (LEGOLAND Florida, Winter Haven)

Holiday Home Tour – Through January 4 (Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales)

Poinsettia Displays and Holiday Carillon Music – Through January 4 (Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales)

Winter Walking Tours – Through January 4 (Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales)

Ice Skating – Through January 5 (The Lakeland Center)

Gabrielle Wu Lee Exhibition – Through March 14 (Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland)

Her Ethereal Self: Portraits by Kathy Sosa – Through March 14 (Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland)

Special Events at the Grove House – Wednesdays and Saturdays through May 2015 (Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House, Lake Wales)

Haines City Farmers Market – Wednesdays weekly

Davenport Farmers Market at Polk Outpost 27 – Thursdays weekly

Winter Haven Farmers Market – Thursdays weekly

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market – Saturdays weekly

1st and 3rd Saturday Market in South Lakeland – First and third Saturdays monthly

Lake Wales Farmers Market – Second and fourth Saturdays monthly

Highland City Community Market – Third Saturday monthly

Mulberry Farmers Market – Third Saturday monthly

4th Saturday Market Winter Haven – Fourth Saturday monthly

Saturday Night Rodeo – Saturdays weekly (Westgate River Ranch Resort, River Ranch)

Children’s Programming: – Monday through Friday weekly (Explorations V Children’s Museum, Lakeland)

Old and Whacky Christmas Traditions: The Picket Fence

Old and Wacky Christmas Traditions: "Sit" or "Go"