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October 28, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 8, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Suffolk Art Gallery
This Juried Exhibition is open to all visual artists working in any medium. The exhibition typically features approximately 100 works of art by artists from the Hampton Roads region and beyond.
November 9, 2017, 11:00 AM - December 23, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Showcasing the work of artists chosen through a juried process by the Artisan Center of Virginia. Works on display will be from a variety of mediums and items will be available for purchase, a unique gift-giving opportunity for the holiday season. Information on the extensive state-wide Artisan Trail in Virginia will be available.
The Artisans Center of Virginia develops and implements systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture.
November 17, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Market Park at Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
The 2017 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 17, 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!
November 18, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion
Start your holiday shopping at the Sixth Annual Suffolk Artisan Gift Fair. Held in conjunction with the Suffolk Farmers’ Market, the traditional outdoor holiday market features artisan-quality crafts, jewelry, soaps, fine art, candles, woodcrafts, birdhouses, crocheted items, jams and jellies, totes, holiday ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, seasonal produce, meats and more. The Artisan Gift Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the open-air Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion. Conveniently located at the corner of Constance Road and North Main Street, the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion will be festive with live music, petting zoo, face painting and a bounce house. From 1 to 3 p.m. the Suffolk Art League will provide art activities for children and the young at heart. Enjoy light refreshments inside the Visitor Center. Meals will be available for purchase from Suffolk BBQ. The Suffolk Artisan Gift Fair is free and open to the public.
November 18, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Riddick's Folly House Museum
Meet Gabriela McBride, the Girl of the Year for 2017! Gabriela has grown up surrounded by the arts—dance, painting, music, and theater. But poetry is becoming her art form of choice, for good reason: she struggles with stuttering and poetry helps her words flow more freely. Although Gabriela is a bit quiet, when she does speak, she is sharp, honest, and funny. But can she learn to harness the power of her words and her creativity to help save her beloved community arts center from being torn down? We will be giving away a doll to one of the girls who attends. There will be 3 sittings: 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Call for reservations at 757.934.0822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, beginning 14 days before the event.
November 18, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (off White Marsh Road)
"Swamped and Loving It!"
Meet the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in a new way—up close and personal! Enjoy a biologist-led nature walk as you learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife and history that abound in the 111,000-acre wilderness. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center to reserve your spot.
November 18, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Departs from Suffolk Visitor Center
See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by.
Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century, when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the city it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s Historic Lakeside neighborhood.
November 19, 2017, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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.
November 23, 2017, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
Make Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront a new holiday tradition! Join us on November 23, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for our Thanksgiving Day buffet. Reservations are highly encouraged.
For more information or to make your reservation, please call our Sales Office at 757.774.9076.
November 25, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
Join the fun on Saturday, November 25, 2017, for Breakfast with Santa! For $4 for kids (ages 2-12) and/or $6 for adults, you'll get to partake in a delicious breakfast buffet that the whole family can enjoy, while kids can decorate their own Christmas cookie, participate in coloring station fun, make an awesome holiday craft...AND get a photo opportunity with the Big Guy! Be sure to bring your camera!
Advance reservations are required, by Tuesday, November 21. 2017.
November 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Suffolk
Deck the halls this holiday season with handcrafted, homemade and eclectic gifts. On Saturday, November 25, 2017, join merchants and food vendors throughout Suffolk’s historic downtown district offering artisan-quality crafts, jewelry, soaps and bath salts, fine art, candles, glass, needlework, ceramics, greenery, woodcrafts, crocheted items, jams and jellies, nuts, pottery, totes and handbags, holiday ornaments, baked goods, home decor, and more. Shoppers will also find discounts and holiday specials from downtown’s established retailers and restaurateurs’ as well.
November 25, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Kings Highway, Driver Village
Stop in and shop all through the day! The town will be lit up with the arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. on a fire truck. Free chili from the Driver Volunteer Fire Department and crafts for the kids.
November 27, 2017, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
November 27, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Departs from Suffolk Visitor Center