Wow !  So much holiday fun, perfect for children,  is planned for this week, I thought I’d share what’s going on in town.  Plus, I’ve found some excellent online resources for keeping up with local events.

Snow? In Lakeland? Believe !

Events planned for the 1st week of December:

TUES.  –  Dec.  1 @ 6pm20th Annual Holiday Walkabout

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. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a kiddie train ride, pony rides and lots of holiday shopping complete the picture!

Explorations V Children’s Museum, 109 N Kentucky Ave., is open late with hands-on activities for the kids!  Hot cocoa/apple cider for $1 donation.

THUR.  – Dec.  3 @ 7pm28th Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade        Theme:  “Festival of Lights”        See the Parade Route.       My family will be on the route near Barnett Park.

FRI.  –  Dec.  4 @ 6pmFirst Friday “Holiday Happenings”

Downtown Lakeland stays open late for holiday shopping and cheer.   Enjoy photos with Santa, holiday music and entertainment.    School groups performing!  Explorations V open late with hands-on fun!

SAT.  – Dec.  5 @ 10 am – 2 pm   Snowfest at Lake Mirror

This year’s event will feature the traditional Snow Mountain and also a Snow Slide!  A visit from Santa Claus, children’s entertainment, inflatables and food vendors will complete the day.

Price for admission to the Snow Mountain and Snow Slide will be a donated canned food item or a $1.00 donation.  Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00.

SAT.  – Dec.  5 @ 7:30pmFlorida Southern Christmas Gala
Each year, FSC’s talented musicians present a wonderful gift to our community: the best of the season’s sacred and secular music.   Branscomb Memorial Auditorium    Single admission ticket: $15

And that is just THIS week !  Check out the following online resources for even more holiday fun !

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Website provides a list and description of activities happening in the downtown Lakeland area.

Lakeside Village Website shares the options for music around the Village as well as Saturday Breakfasts with Santa.

I hope to see you around during some of these fun events !  If you have any more to share – PLEASE ADD your comments !