Entertainer & Vendor Information
Vendor booths will be available for both Food and Merchant/Service vendors. Please read through all the updated rules & regulations for the 2022 event season - Rules & Regulations.
Grand Illumination - November 18, 2022
The Suffolk Holiday Season begins with a hometown kickoff. The Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in downtown Suffolk will ring in the holidays for families in our community with the park opening at 6 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, take a tour of the Suffolk Seaboard Railroad Museum and purchase your own horse-drawn carriage ride. Youngsters will also 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.
Holiday Parade - December 10, 2022
Join in the lights and sounds of the Suffolk Holiday Parade. The parade starts 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 the parade route ending at Finney Avenue.
This year’s Grandstand will be in front of the Suntrust Building in the 100 block of North Main Street. Be there to catch the performances of the local bands and performance groups. Free parking for the event is available in all City public lots including the Godwin Courthouse parking lot, Saratoga Street lot, Commerce Street Lot and Market Park parking lot.
This event will require road closures on Main Street, Washington Street and Prentis Street. Parking in the downtown area will be effected.
Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park
November 25 - December 30, 2022
Good things come in little packages! Enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer at the inaugural Suffolk Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park. This drive-through light display will be open beginning November 25th, through December 30th, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The display will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
View an exhibit of five holiday light themes from the warmth and comfort of your car at the quaint Festival of Lights drive-through display at Suffolk's Sleepy Hole Park, located at 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. Additional light theme displays will be added each year moving forward to further enhance the festive experience.
Eggstravaganza - April 1, 2023
Join us at Bennett's Creek Park 11 AM - 2 PM for an egg-citing scavenger hunt. Visit with Peter Cottontail when he arrives at 11:15 AM. Food will be available for purchase in the park. This event is geared toward children 2-10 years old.
Carpool Cinema - May 6, 2023
Twice a year, a movie is conducted on the lawn of our beautiful Bennett’s Creek Park at 3000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road. This event is usually held in May and October. Bennett’s Creek Park will transform into a Movie Theater with two screens. Stay comfy in your car, or bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Arrive early to get the best seat in the park! A concessions areas will be available with food and treats. Pets are welcomed on a leash. This event is free and open to the public.
TGIF Summer Concert Series - 2023
Enjoy live music on Friday's in Suffolk at two of our parks this summer! All concerts are free and open to the public. Each event is 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Beer is available for purchase for those 21 and older. Coolers are not allowed at these events.
June 16, June 23, June 30, July 14
Bennett's Creek Park
July 28, August 4 & August 11, August 18
Check back in the Spring for our entertainment line-up!
If you have any questions about the events hosted by Suffolk Parks & Recreation, you can contact our Administrative office at 757-514-7250 or contact the Recreation Supervisor - Special Events, Chelsea Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org