Rock around the block with the Holiday Walkabout

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Here at YLakeland, we wholeheartedly believe in the power of small business. There’s no better place to spend your holiday time and money than at the storefronts in Downtown Lakeland! The businesses here are owned and operated by your neighbors and friends, and they need your support during this holiday season. Shops are open until 9 p.m., so you can get the very best items for those special folks on your list. Every shop has uncommon and unique items so your gift giving this year can be just that.

The Annual Holiday Walkabout kicks off the holidays tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th. Munn Park will be filled with holiday lights and festive music performed by area schools. Harrison School for the Arts students will be strolling around to provide festive caroling, entertaining passersby with their lovely tunes.  Get a head start on your shopping while enjoying the atmosphere of beautiful, historic Downtown Lakeland!


The lowdown:

According to the Downtown Lakeland Partnership

Photos with Santa – NO WAITING IN LINE THIS YEAR!  The Downtown Lakeland Partnership wants you to enjoy every minute of the walkabout and waiting in line is NO FUN! So this year they offer scheduled times for your photos. These professional photos are just $3 each, but you have to pick up your ticket for a reserved time at the Santa Photos location, 117 North Kentucky Ave, next to Explorations V Children’s Museum beginning at 5:45 p.m. Pay for your photo, get your ticket for your reserved time, then enjoy the event until your time comes around.  Santa must return to the North Pole that evening, so photos will end promptly at 9 p.m. Get your timed ticket early before they are all gone!

Logistics: The streets will NOT be closed to vehicular traffic as they are for First Fridays. Ample parking is available at the corner of Kentucky & Oak St, the Main Street garage, and various street parking throughout Downtown.


Carriage Rides:

Little Hands Ranch will provide horse-drawn carriage rides with Clydesdales.  The blocks around Munn Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for the carriage ride route. Rides are free, so the rides will be short to accommodate as many patrons as possible. See the map below for the drop off and pick up locations for the carriage ride.