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Special Events

2014 Special Events
City of Suffolk, Parks and Recreation

Grand Illumination

November 21, 2014 {Friday}
Market Park/Main Street
6:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
The 2014 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 21, with the city’s Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in downtown Suffolk.  The event rings in the holidays starting at 6:30 p.m. with the park opening at 6:00 p.m.
Watch the 32 foot tree light up when the switch is flipped to illuminate Suffolk for the season. Be there as Santa arrives in style, enjoy seasonal music courtesy of local choirs, and purchase your own horse-drawn carriage ride. Children will delight in a special showing of holiday films and be able to participate in various holiday themed craft activities in specially-heated tents.  Be sure to bring along your camera to capture your children’s smiling faces as they whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus.


Breakfast with Santa

December 6, 2014 {Saturday}
Planters Club
4600 Planter’s Club Drive
9:00am- 10:30am

Hosted by Suffolk Parks and Recreations Therapeutic Program, it’s Breakfast with Santa. Your child will experience loads of fun while eating breakfast and taking pictures with Santa. This event is for families with children ages 10 and under that have a diagnosed disability. Breakfast will be provided by Roy and Ricky’s Catering.  This event will be free for the children with the donation of a new toy, and for parents who would like to eat breakfast as well the cost will be $5 per adult.  Registration from November 3- November 21, 2014. Pre-registration is required. Register today at the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 134 South Sixth Street during normal business hours.  If you have any questions please contact Kaitlin Espinosa at 757-514-7264 or

Lunch with Santa

December 6, 2014 {Saturday}
Northern Shores Recreation Center
6701 Repass Beach Rd.
11:00am- 1:00pm

The Holiday season has begun and all little boys and girls are ready to meet Santa. Children can enjoy fun and games, prizes, take a photo and share their wish list with Santa. Children ages 12 and under can participate by donating one new, unwrapped toy per child.  These toys will be given to a local charity. Adults wishing to have lunch can do so for $5 per person.  Registration has started and forms are available at the following sites:


Booker T. Washington Recreation Center

204 Walnut Street, Suffolk VA, 23434

Creekside Recreation Center

1000 Bennett’s Creek Park Rd., Suffolk VA, 23435

Mack Benn Jr. Recreation Center

1253 Nansemond Pkwy., Suffolk VA, 23434

Northern Shores Recreation Center

6701 Respass Beach Rd, Suffolk VA, 23435

Oakland Recreation Center

5505 Godwin Blvd., Street, Suffolk VA, 23434


Deadline for registration is Friday November 28, 2014

Holiday Parade

December 13, 2014 {Saturday}
Downtown Suffolk
7:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
The City of Suffolk is full of holiday cheer as the season’s festivities happen all around.  Be sure to join in the lights and sounds of the 2014 Suffolk Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 13th, at 7:00 p.m.  Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands and festive vehicles stroll down West Washington Street and take a turn up North Main Street with parade route ending on Prentis Street at the Grand Stands.


For more information on the City's Special Events please call Emily Upton, Special Events Coordinator and (757) 514-7267 or email at

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