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Parks & Recreation

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: (863) 291-5656
Fax: (863) 291-5660

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Special Event Application

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Central Park

November 29   7 p.m.

This annual ceremony in Central Park features music, and of course, the lighting of the tree!  This is a great way for you and your family to begin to get into the holiday spirit.  For more information, contact Main Street Winter Haven at (863) 295-9422.  

Havendale Christmas Parade

Havendale Blvd., from Hwy 17 to Auburndale

December 5   7 p.m.

This is an annual Christmas parade for the City of Winter Haven in partnership with the City of Auburndale.  Bring the entire family out to enjoy this festive parade!  For more information, call (863) 291-5656. 

 

Carols in the Park

Downtown parks

December 6 - 7   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A long-standing tradition continues!  Get a start on your holiday shopping by attending Carols in the Park, which features crafters from around the country selling items such as stained glass, photographs, jewelry, quilts, soaps, plants and more!  Local schools and groups will perform music throughout both days and food vendors will also be there.  For more information, call Main Street Winter Haven at (863) 295-9422. 

Santa Calling

Santa Calling forms are due by December 8

Working closely with the North Pole Telephone Company, the City of Winter Haven has made special arrangements to have Santa Claus telephone your child to deliver a memorable greeting.  Santa Calling forms can be picked up at all recreation facilities, Library, City Hall, and online.  To have Santa call your child, forms are due by December 8.  Santa will be making phone calls to children on Thursday, December 11, between 6 - 8. 

 

Snow Central

Central Park

December 18   6 - 9 p.m.

Bring the family downtown to frolic in Winter Haven's very own winter wonderland!  There will be 70 tons of snow making up the snow slide and snow pile for children and adults to enjoy.  After the kids are done visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, they can take a ride on the kiddie train, jump in the bounce house and enjoy all the other activities that will be available. 

 

Derry Down Celebration

297 5th St. NW

December 20   3 - 9 p.m.

Derry Down will be the site of a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of opening night. There will be an outdoor concert, a food truck, and drinks. The event serves as a fund raiser for the restoration of the building. For more information, contact Main Street Winter Haven at (863) 295-9422.

 

 

City of Winter Haven Main Street Market
Joyce B. Davis Park

Intersection of Ave. D NW and 4th St. NW

Every Thursday    8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Take advantage of an opportunity to support local vendors selling plants, produce jellies, honey, baked goods and more by shopping at the outdoor Farmers' Market.  For more information or to become a vendor, contact the Senior Adult Center at (863) 291-5870. 

 

City of Winter Haven Main Street Market Agreement and Procedures  

City of Winter Haven Main Street Market Application Form

City of Winter Haven Main Street Market Information Sheet

 

Pickin' in the Park

Central Park

First Friday of every month    6:30 p.m.     

Come enjoy the musical talents of the band 'Harmony Grits' as they perform music for the crowd to sing along with!  Bring your blanket or lawn chair and the band provides the song books for the newbie's.  Call 291-5656 for more information. 

 

Praise in the Park

Central Park
Second Friday of every month    6:30 - 8 p.m.

Local church bands will be performing.  This will be the first year of the Praise Bands and we look forward to their bringing joy to the attendees.  Contact Leisure Services at (863) 291-5656 for more information.  *No event in December. 

 

Dulcimer Night

Central Park
Third Friday of every month    5:15 p.m. 


Play the dulcimer or just want to listen?  Dulcimer players are welcome to join in and everyone is welcome to listen to this beautiful instrument. Contact Leisure Services at (863) 291-5656 for more information.

 

JAM in the Park

Central Park
Fourth Friday of every month    5:30 p.m. 


Join other musicians for a JAM.  Stringed instruments are welcome.  Call (863) 291-5656 for more information.  *No event in November and December. 

 

Family Fun and Fitness at the Fountain

Central Park
First Saturday of every month    9 - 10 a.m.

Come enjoy a fun fitness event for the entire family each month! A different local gym or fitness organization will be in the park to lead a family friendly workout for free!  *No event in December. 

 

Cruisin' Winter Haven

Downtown Winter Haven
First Saturday of every month    4 - 9 p.m.

Experience the one-of-a-kind car show.  Enjoy great music from the 50's along with a cruising display of all the cars at the end of the evening (approximately 8:15).  Event features vendors, activities for families and children, entertainment, door prizes and raffles. Contact Leisure Services at (863) 291-5656 for more information.
  *No event in December. 

 

2nd Saturday Downtown Market

Virginia Miller Park
Second Saturday of every month    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Vendors will be selling items such as cupcakes, jewelry, soaps, produce, plants, and much more. For more information, call (863) 258-3561.

 

4th Saturday Downtown Market

Virginia Miller Park

Fourth Saturday of each month     9 a.m. - 2 p.m.      

  

Vendors will be selling items such as cupcakes, jewelry, soaps, produce, plants and much more.  For more information, call (863)258-3561.  *No event in August and October.

 


Art & Gallery:

Ridge Art Association
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
(863) 291-5661

www.ridgeart.org

The mission of the Ridge Art Association is to educate and promote understanding of the visual arts and to sponsor cultural events within the community.

For five decades, Ridge Art Association, Inc. has functioned as a cultural organization for the general public, to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the fine arts through exhibitions and educational programs.

Located in Winter Haven’s Chain O’ Lakes Civic Center, the Association is governed by a Board of Directors, staffed by a salaried employee and benefits from the efforts of countless volunteers to achieve its goals.

Income is derived from membership dues, exhibition sponsors, competition entry fees, private and corporate donations and the City of Winter Haven. The Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation; donations are tax-deductible.

As a member, you’ll be invited to our opening receptions and special events, enjoy reduced fees for classes and receive a discount on fees to enter competitions. As a member, you’re participating in our efforts to promote young artists and students in their educational and artistic pursuits. As a member, you make possible our outstanding exhibitions.

Your tax-deductible annual dues and donations enable us to provide the fine arts activities that are vital to the quality of life in our community. We cordially invite you to support all that Ridge Art Association brings to the area this season.

Membership Categories:
Platinum Palette $ 2,500
Golden Palette $1,000
Silver Palette $500
Benefactor $250
Patron $125
Family $50
Individual $30
Student (21 and under) $25
Senior (60 and over) $25

Exhibits:

Tradition: '13 Members

Location: Ridge Art Association

Date: September 19 - October 12

 

The Aviation Exhibit

Location: Winter Haven Municipal Airport

Date: Ongoing

My Winter Haven Exhibit: Sticks and Bricks

Location: Winter Haven City Hall

Date: Now through June 2015

 

Theatre Productions:

Theatre Winter Haven
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880

Box Office: (863) 294-SHOW (7469)
Business Office: (863) 299-2672
Fax: (863) 291-3299

www.theatrewinterhaven.com

Since our founding as a non-profit organization in 1970, our mission has been to nurture the cultural growth of the community by providing quality live theater through presentation, participation and training.

With a well-rounded program, Theatre Winter Haven offers main-stage productions for adults, a complete Theatre for Young People program, in-school and after school classes, a touring program for young adults and a summer musical. A professional staff of eight oversees the entire program, and professional artists are brought in from around the state to direct, design and perform.

Nine productions per year, plus a play-reading series.
More than 32,000 tickets sold annually.
More than 100 performances annually.
More than 7,000 volunteer hours donated annually.
More than 3,400 annual subscribers.

Ticket Prices:
Students $19, Adults $20

Theatre Box office hours:
Weeks with mainstage performance
Tuesday - Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m.

Weeks without mainstage performace
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 - 4 p.m.

Please contact the box office at (863) 294-7469 for more information.

Theatre Performances:


Mary Poppins: Se
ptember 18 - October 12

Second Samuel: December 4 -21

James and the Giant Peach - Theatre Winter Haven Academy: October 31 - November 2

 

 
 
Parks & Recreation:

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: (863) 291-5656
Fax: (863) 291-5660


 
 
 


 


 



 
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