7 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season on Campus

Nov 28, 2022

It's official. The holiday season is here.

Although there aren’t any white Christmases in Florida, there’s still lots of ways to get into the spirit of the season here in Lakeland!

Here are seven ways to get your holiday cheer on:


The Lakeland Christmas Parade

Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade
December 1 - 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Lakeland

Every Lakelander must participate at least once in this time-honored tradition. The parade, which starts with a firework display over Lake Mirror, steps off from the RP Funding Center down Lemon Street, meandering 1.25 miles through downtown.


Lessons & Carols

43rd Lessons & Carols Candlelight Service
Wednesday, December 7 - 7 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

A season favorite, the intimate service will feature faculty members as readers and music from Florida Southern's talented music department. The service will conclude with the traditional lighting of candles and singing Silent Night.


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
December 8
Mr. George's Green

Take a study break and enjoy some 'winter' fun. Indulge in hot chocolate and cookies while taking in the warmth of a bonfire. Create novelty crafts with friends to commemorate the event, and be sure to take a sled ride.


Christmas Gala

Christmas Gala: Spirit of the Season
December 10 - 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Join the Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Choirs as we celebrate the season with familiar holiday classics and classics with a 'twist.' Small ensembles around the performing arts center will help put you in the holiday mood. Please join us for this annual celebration with the Department of Music! Get your tickets →


The Nutcracker

December 17 - 7:30 p.m. and December 18 - 2:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

Join Clara as she adventures into the Land of the Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince. Meet the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, and discover many more magical characters in this holiday family favorite ballet presented by Lakeland's Florida Dance Theatre! Get your tickets →


Ice Skate!

Ice Skate!
Through the end of December
Lakeland Ice Arena
3395 W Memorial Blvd, Lakeland

Start a new tradition. Bundle up, bring skates, or rent them to enjoy the cool air and great tunes as you have fun on Lakeland's only sheet of ice. 


Holiday Gifts

Get Your Holiday Gifts
Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center and GEICO Gift Shop
840 Johnson Avenue

Head to the Frank Lloyd Wright Vistors Center  and pick up some fun, budget-friendly architecture-themed gifts for family and friends. Choose from apparel, home decor, jewelry, and stationary. Why not schedule a guided tour if you're staying local for the holidays?