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Suffolk Grand Illumination 2023

The 2023 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 17, 2023, with a hometown kickoff. The Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park (next to the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum) in Downtown Suffolk will ring in the holidays with the park opening at 6pm.

Watch the 32-foot tree light up when the switch is flipped to illuminate Suffolk for the holiday season. Be there as Santa arrives in style, enjoy seasonal music, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. Youngsters will be able to participate in various holiday-themed craft activities in 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.

This is a Suffolk Parks & Recreation event. For more information, contact Suffolk Parks & Recreation at 757.514.7250.


Nov 17 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
326 N. Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23434
Suffolk Parks & Rec Website


  1. Mike Cole


    How do I purchase tickets for the carriage rides associated with the grand illumination event?

    • Katie Kelley

      Please contact Suffolk Parks & Recreation at 757-514-7250 for more information!

  2. steve omtvedt

    i hope this gets to parks and rec planning people, we are starting to have some things in Suffolk but we need more!!! we have a beautiful area on both sides of pruden blvd from walmart/kroger to the Hilton bridge why don’t we find ways to use those areas? it will take some work but i bet you could get lots of volunteer’s if you ask. for example how about a waling light tour on the trails behind kroger? a lot of people dont even know that awsome park and walking area exists.
    Just thoughts, and we do have several community based clubs here that could help.

    • Katie Kelley

      Thank you for your suggestions. Please contact Suffolk Parks & Recreation at 757-514-7250 or ParksEmail@suffolkva.us with your great ideas!


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