December 2013


"Coloring Outside of the Lines: The Art of a Doodler" Exhibit

Shooting Star Gallery
118 North Main Street
Opening Reception: November 30, 2pm-5pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday Noon-5pm
Free and open to the public.

The Shooting Star Gallery presents "Coloring Outside of the Lines: The Art of a Doodler featuring doodle art by Theresa Earles, Virginia Everett and others.  Also available are lovely artisan quality gifts, unique items, jewelry, art and more. On display until December 21.




Friday Evening Wine & Cheese Tastings

Every Friday Evening

Friday Wine & Cheese Tastings


115 West Washington Street

5-9pm. Complimentary Tastings; Ages 21 and older.



Learn about the wines you love and what food pairings are best.  C3Vino offers gourmet foods, wine and beer.  Daily soup and sandwich specials – carryout only.


“Artfully Done: Gifts for All Seasons”

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
11am-4pm. Tuesday-Saturday. Free and open to the public.

Regional artists display a spectacular variety of original artwork which is available for purchase just in time for the holidays!

11/29 to 12/01

Annual Downtown Suffolk Holiday Open House

Downtown Restaurants, Shops, Galleries, Museums and Venues
Sponsored by the Downtown Suffolk Hospitality Association
Friday, 4-7pm; Saturday, 10-7pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm. Free and open to the public.

Downtown Suffolk is kicking off the holiday season with live entertainment, refreshments, great discounts and deals, open houses and more.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Building
300 Carolina Road
10am-4pm, Open to the Public

The Friends of the Library hold a monthly book sale, the revenue of which is used to support library programs. Peruse thousands of used books, magazines, movies and more. Prices: Paperbacks (Fiction) - $0.50 per inch, Softcovers - $0.50, Hardcovers - $1, Children's - $0.50 per inch, DVDs - $2 , Music CDs - $1, Audio Books on CD - $2, Audio Books on Cassette - $1, Other items specially priced.


2nd Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Pavilion

Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion
524 North Main Street
10am-5pm. Free & open to teh public.

Kick off your holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts at the 2nd Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Suffolk Visitor Center's open-air Pavilion. Enjoy festive music, light refreshments and arts and crafts. 

Click here for a complete Holiday Event Calendar: Holiday_Calendar_2013.pdf

12/07 to 12/08

Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society Candlelight Tour

Historic Bennett's Creek Area
1pm-5pm. $20 per person in advance. $25 per person (day of tour)

Visit the homes and sites in Suffolk's Historic Bennett's Creek Area, featuring festive holiday decor.  The tour is the quintessential event of the holiday season.

This is the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society's annual holiday tradition of touring some of Suffolk's most historic and interesting homes and businesses. Whether the featured structures were kept in pristine condition for over a century or thankfully rescued from disrepair, this annual tour is an absolute delight. Features traditional, period holiday decorations and sugar plum kitchen.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Suffolk Visitor Center, Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, A. Dodson's and The 18th Century Merchant.


Movie: A Christmas Story

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
2pm. Free and Open to the Public. (The donation of a non-perishable food item will be gladly accepted)

Director Bob Clark's charming, touching, and very funny adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's nostalgic, autobiographical Yuletide novel, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, remains essential holiday family viewing. Narrated by a man (Shepherd) recalling his childhood, the film looks back at the compulsive efforts of 7-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he tries every means possible to acquire his dream Christmas gift--a Daisy-brand Red Ryder repeating BB carbine with a compass mounted in the stock. Problem is, he lives in a Norman Rockwell-esque Midwestern town in the 1940s, where his parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus all warn Ralphie that "he'll shoot his eye out."

Episodic in nature and seen entirely through the eyes of a child, the film offers a wonderful look at the day-to-day eccentricities that grew out of this conservative period. More interestingly, it cleverly captures childhood urgency, where even the most trivial fantasies or objects become immediate life-or-death necessities. While countless family Christmas movies serve up clichéd situations suffocating with preachy sermons, Clark's acute eye for detail and odd mixture of warmth, satire, and quirky humor are the reasons why so many viewers have rediscovered this after it initially bombed in the theaters.

Sentimental without being syrupy, it's a true rarity: a holiday movie that adults and children can enjoy equally, for completely different reasons and regardless of the season. Rated PG. Sponsored by Suffolk Tourism.

12/14 to 12/15

The Sugarplum Tea

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
1:30pm. $15.

Before the Nutcracker Performance, join us for a delightful afternoon with friends and family at the Sugarplum Tea. Meet The Nutcracker cast and enjoy delicious treats. Children will walk through the Enchanted Forest and create a holiday keepsake.

12/14 to 12/15

The Nutcracker Suite by Ballet Virginia

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
3pm. $25.

Surrender to the grand sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score and the wonders of childhood. Enjoy Ballet Virginia International’s Performing Company and guest artists as they dance their way through this classic fantastical journey. See young Clara’s dream come to life! Witness Dr. Drosselmyer’s magical snow transform Clara and her beloved Nutcracker into a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. Join the royal couple as they travel to exotic and enchanted lands. Waltzing flowers, tiny mice and Mother Ginger’s lively brood will stay with you forever and put the entire family in a warm holiday mood. The Nutcracker Suite is a combination of theatrical narration and classical ballet—the perfect length for children of all ages.


Suffolk Holiday Parade

Downtown Suffolk
7pm. Free and open to the public.

This annual downtown tradition will parade through the streets with illuminated floats, high school marching bands, dancers and equestrian groups entertaining the entire family.

If you are interested in participating in the Annual Suffolk Holiday Parade, please contact Emily at 757.514.7267.


Meet Santa at the Suffolk Visitor Center

524 North Main Street
11am-4pm. Free and open to the public.

Bring the kiddos to meet jolly ol' St. Nick! Bring your cameras for photos with Santa. Holiday décor and light refreshments make this the ideal place to snap a photo with Santa.


A Traditional Holiday Tea

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
2pm. $15 per person.
757.514.4130 for reservations

Sip a variety of traditional and holiday flavored teas along with fruit, finger sandwiches, quiche and desserts. Live music. Reservations required. Limited to 30 people.

12/16 to 12/17

Santa’s Calling

Suffolk Parks and Recreation
Free. Registration required.

Have Santa or one of his helpers call your little one! Courtesy of Suffolk Parks and Recreation. Registration is required.

Click here to register online


Virginia Symphony: Holiday Brass

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Avenue
8pm. $25.

The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brass section will help you ring in the holidays in a bright new way! With a variety of styles from classical to contemporary, you'll delight in the sounds of the season. Sponsored by Bank of America.


Lousy Bird Walk

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Rd.
7:30am. Free and open to the public.
Reservations required.

Join the biologists at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge for a "lousy" bird walk.  Dress warmly.  In the event of rain, the walk will be cancelled. Check the Refuge's Facebook page for weather announcement.

12/21 to 12/22

Meet Santa at the Suffolk Visitor Center

524 North Main Street
11am-4pm Saturday; 12pm-3pm Sunday. Free and open to the public.

Bring the kiddos to meet jolly ol' St. Nick! Bring your cameras for photos with Santa.
Holiday décor and light refreshments make this the ideal place to snap a photo with Santa.

**Sunday is bring your pet to meet Santa! We welcome all friendly, well-behaved critters. Dogs must be leashed. Pet owners are encouraged to bring a donation for the homeless pets at the Suffolk Animal Shelter. The following items are encouraged kitty litter, cat food/kitten chow, dog food/puppy chow, leashes and collars, grooming supplies, toys, crates, towels, blankets, bleach, hand sanitizer & wipes, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, trash bags and carriers.**

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