Christmas Is Near

December 23rd at Strawberry Festival Fair Grounds

Event Details

For 9 years Christmas Is Near has been the Premier Christmas Event for the whole Family. The best part is this event is FREE.

5-7:15 pm: Kid/Youth Zones and Photo Opportunities
5-7:30 pm: Pre-Show on the Main Stage with Kenzie Wheeler and Rekindled Bluegrass
7:30 pm: Christmas Concert and Candlelight Service

Location: Strawberry Festival Grounds Wish Farms Sound Stage
303 Lemon Street, Plant City, FL 33563


Choose Your Route

From the South Pole

Look for routes that will take you to Highway 60 located south of the Festival grounds. Once you are on Highway 60, proceed and follow the directions above that indicate if you are traveling east to west or west to east. The directions will be the same once you get on Highway 60 and make your way to the Festival.

If traveling from the Lakeland/Mulberry/Bartow area take State Road 60 to north bound State Road 39 (James Redman Pkwy.) then turn west on Alexander St., this will curve north, then take another west bound turn onto Reynolds St., leading you to the Festival grounds.

From the North Pole

Look for routes that take you to Highway 39 (Paul Buchman Highway) into Plant City. Paul Buchman Highway will turn into Wheeler Street.

Proceed South on Wheeler Street through town and then take a right on Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. heading West.

Once you get to Alexander Street take a right and proceed to Reynolds. Take a left on Reynolds and head west to the Festival grounds on your right.

Alternatively: Look for routes that take you to Alexander Street into Plant City. Alexander Street splits with Paul Buchman Highway north of the city, proceed South on Alexander and look for Reynolds Street as you enter town. Take a right on Reynolds and there is parking throughout the area located just south of the Festival Grounds.

From the West

Take Highway 60 through Brandon and head east to Highway 39.
At the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 39 turn left and take Highway 39 (James L. Redman Pkwy) north to Alexander Street.

At Alexander Street and Highway 39 (James L. Redman Pkwy) turn left.
Take Alexander to Reynolds and turn left at the intersection of Alexander and Reynolds. Once you turn on Reynolds, look for parking to the north or south of the Festival Grounds. The grounds are just up the road as you head East on Reynolds.

Visitors from the West bound I-4 Park Rd:  Exit Interstate 4 at Park Rd. (exit 22) go south bound to Hwy. 92 (Baker St.), continue west, turn south bound on Alexander St. then west bound Reynolds St., leading you to the Festival grounds.

Visitors from the West bound I-4 Buchman Hwy. /Alexander St:  Exit Interstate 4 at Buchman Hwy. /Alexander St. (exit 21), go south bound Alexander St. then west bound Reynolds St., leading you to the Festival grounds.

From The East

Take Highway 60 through Mulberry and head West to Highway 39.
At the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 39 turn right and take Highway 39 (James L. Redman Pkwy) north to Alexander Street. Follow the same route as if you were coming from the West outlined above.

Visitors from East bound I-4: Exit Interstate 4 at Forbes Rd. (exit 17), proceed south to Hwy. 574 (MLK Blvd.) then east to the Festival area.

Kids and Youth Zone

From 5:00-7:15 pm we will have train rides, carnival games, inflatables, gaming truck, and a Christmas maze over in our Kids and Youth Zone.

Photo Opportunities

From 5:00-7:15 pm we will have Photo Opportunities with Santa set up underneath the Wish Farms Stadium Stands.

Main Stage Events

The Main Stage Pre-Show will be from 5:00-7:15 pm.
5:00 pm- Welcome and Kick off
5:30 pm- Rekindled Bluegrass
6:30 pm- Kenzie Wheeler
7:30 pm- Relevant Church Band and Candlelight Service Led by Pastor Paul Wirth

Rekindled Bluegrass
Rekindled Bluegrass

Rekindled has quickly become a staple in the Bluegrass community in a little over 9 years together! Their drive and timing are like a well-oiled machine and their blend of voices will bring you to tears of joy as they deliver the message of life in a song! They are the host band for the monthly “Fourth  Friday Bluegrass Night” at the Krazy Kup Coffee Shop in Plant City, Florida.

Kenzie Wheeler
Kenzie Wheeler

Kenzie was a Finalist on Season 20 of the Voice and is an old soul with classic charm that takes us back to the golden era of country music. He released his first album Dover in 2018, named after his hometown of Dover, Florida.

Relevant Church Band
Relevant Church Band

Relevant Worship is a contemporary worship band based out of Ybor city. The band is composed of local talent and is lead by Plant City native Edgar DeJesus. Their sole focus is bringing glory to God through various genres of music, from gospel to rock there’s a little something for everyone.

Food Trucks

Come hungry. With local food trucks attending this event, you will have a wide variety of options.

Smitty's Corn Dogs

Enjoy Smitty's Original Hand-Dipped Buttermilk Corn Dogs.

Fiske Concession

Enjoy Fresh cut fries and Fresh squeezed Lemonade.

Gertrude’s Low Country Wings Food Truck

Enjoy a variety of Wings and Sauces.

Slider Guy Food Truck

Enjoy a variety of delicious and unique beef and chicken sliders.

Fishin' Chicken

Enjoy amazing chicken tenders prepared in unique and specialized ways.

Sikes Southern BBQ

Enjoy some delicious souther BBQ Cuisine



Will there be a Bag check?

Yes. There will be a bag check area right when you walk in.

Will there be Handicap Parking?

Yes. Upon entering you will see signs & parking volunteers directing you to Handicap.

Can I bring my Dog?

No, only service dogs are allowed at this event.

I received a $5 Food Voucher, how do I use it?

Upon entry head to one of our Information Booths to exchange your $5 Voucher for a Coupon that you will hand to any Food Truck which is good (1 per Family please).

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to attend Christmas Is Near. The only cost to you is if you order Food from one of our Food Trucks.

Can I bring a Lawn Chair?

Yes! There will be ground seating on the lawn, it will fill up fast so plan to be there early if you want ground seating.

Are there ATM's to get Cash for Food Trucks?

Yes! A few of the Food Truck Vendors only accept Cash so we will have ATM's on property for you to get Cash out if needed.

Donate to Christmas is Near

Christmas is Near isn’t just a concert or a service, but also a great opportunity to start a new tradition and make some great memories. This event is made possible by funds raised through the Christmas is Near Golf tournament. In addition, over half of the proceeds go toward building bunk beds here in our local community and globally in the Dominican Republic. Finally our goal is to bless over 100 families in the Tampa Bay area with a $400 Christmas shopping spree.

This would be not be possible without our generous sponsors below. Save the Date for December 23rd starting at 5 pm at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds. You don’t want to miss this FREE family event!

Covid Protocols

• Please do not enter if you are sick, have had fever, traveled to high COVID-19 areas or do not feel well
• Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

* By choosing to participate in this event, I understand that there may be personal risk which could include exposure to and transmission of illnesses, including

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