The 2018 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 16, with the Suffolk Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in Downtown Suffolk. The event rings in the holidays with the park opening at 6 p.m. Watch the 32′ tree light up when the switch is flipped at 6:15 p.m., illuminating Suffolk for the holiday season. Be there when Santa arrives in style (around 6:30 p.m.), and enjoy seasonal music courtesy of local choirs. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture your children’s smiling faces as they whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus. Stick around to purchase tasty treats from local vendors, as your children decorate their letter to Santa and visit the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. There will also be horse and carriage rides available for purchase!
All activities are open until 8 p.m. Parking will available at the Suffolk Visitor Center at 524 N. Main Street and free shuttle service will run from the Godwin Courts Building parking lot from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.
This event is produced by Suffolk Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Suffolk Tourism and Suffolk Media & Community Relations. Contact Suffolk Parks and Recreation at 757.514.7267 for more information.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Luke Willette grew up in Franklin County, Missouri, and settled in Hampton Roads after a stint in the Navy. Luke lives in Suffolk with his wife Amy and two children. He owns Willette Plumbing. Luke has been playing guitar on and off since he was 12 and has been working at songwriting for the past ten years.
Cost: $10 Ages 21+
The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.
Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12