Suffolk, Virginia Activity Book: Holiday Edition

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Color the Christmas Tree at Market Park

Trees can be big, and trees can be small... But Christmas trees are the best of them all!

Market Park

Market Park sits just outside the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum and hosts many exciting events, including the annual Grand Illumination of the Suffolk Christmas Tree! 326 N. Main Street | | 757.514.7250

Word List

scarf pies

hot chocolate



bounce house




petting zoo




face painting

Word Search

Find these Holiday Gift Market words! Solution at the


of the

Color the Wreath at The Phillips-Dawson House, Home to the Historical Society

This historic house may be white but color it in for a holiday sight!

The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society

In operation since 1966, the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society has become an advocate for the community by bringing attention to people and places that are in danger of being forgotten or lost. The beautiful Phillips-Dawson house (c.1889) has been the headquarters of the SNHS for over 15 years. In the 1920s, the house’s Bank Street entrance, as illustrated above, was enlarged to be the primary entry way to the home. Today the SNHS has rotating exhibits and lectures, and facilitates local historical research.

137 Bank Street | | 757-539-2781

Color the Holiday Banner at the Visitor Center

Check out this beautiful banner, all decked out in a holiday manner!

Suffolk Visitor Center (c. 1839)

Overlooking the Nansemond River, the former historic Nansemond County Courthouse retains its commanding presence and historical significance as the Suffolk Visitor Center. The first floor provides an exhibit gallery highlighting the history of Suffolk and the Great Dismal Swamp, a greeting and information area, and a gift shop. The second floor houses the offices for Suffolk Tourism, and the outdoor area includes an open-air Pavilion, used for various family-friendly events. 524 N. Main Street | | 757-514-4130

Color the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion

Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion

outside is so much fun! Breathe the clean air and feel the winter sun!
The Pavilion at the Suffolk Visitor Center was constructed in 2011. The outdoor structure is used primarily for the Suffolk Farmers’ Market, as well as other special outdoor events and movies.
524 N. Main Street | | 757-514-4130

Connect the Dots!

This gift is hiding under the Market Park tree! Connect the dots to make it appear!

Solution at the end of the book!

Color Top Hat Kevin and Mr. Peanut®

These two are a partnership made in heaven: Suffolk’s favorite Mr. Peanut and our good friend Kevin!

Mr. Peanut® Statue at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion

Through the decades, Mr. Peanut has evolved into a treasured American icon, garnering attention from memorabilia collectors, marketing companies and of course, consumers. Mr. Peanut will always be number one in Suffolk. Stop by and see him at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion or at Character Corner in downtown on the corner of Main and Washington Streets.

Kevin Sary is a Tourism Development Specialist with Suffolk Tourism. Mr. Kevin researched and wrote the very popular “Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk,” in which he guides participants along the storied streets of downtown Suffolk while in historic costume.

Find the Differences!

There are TEN differences between these two pictures. Can you find them all?

Solution at the end of the book!

Reindeer In Hiding

Use the number key to color in the missing reindeer!

1. blue

2. light blue

3. black

4. brown

5. red

6. pink

7. gray

Solution at the end of the book!

Complete the Maze

Help the missing candle get back to the menorah!

Hannukah and the Menorah

Hannukah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Hannukah is observed for eight nights and days by lighting candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah. One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. Each night, one additional candle is lit until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Other Hannukah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating foods such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Hannukah has attained major cultural significance as a Jewish alternative to Christmas.

Solution at the end of the book!

Color this Visit with Santa!

It’s Christmastime and Santa Claus is near...

So lean in close to whisper wishes in his ear!

Visits with Santa

Suffolk Tourism provides many opportunities to visit with the big guy himself, ‘Ol St. Nick! The best opportunity is during the Grand Illumination, when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style to the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, ready to listen to all your wishes for the upcoming holiday season. 326 N. Main Street | | 757-514.4135

Happy Kwanzaa!

Use the number key to color in this Kwanzaa greeting!


Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture which is held from December 26th to January 1st, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith, called Karamu Ya Imani. It was created by Maulana Karenga and first celebrated in 1966.

Solution at the end of the book!
1. red 2. orange 3. yellow 4. brown 5. green 6. black

All Scrambled Up!

Unscramble the letters to reveal the word!

1. dragn millauiniton___________________________________________

(This annual tradition signals the start of the holidays in Suffolk)

2. lhylo

(This plant is often used for decoration at the holidays)

3. hdrlpuo

(This animal on Santa’s team has a glowing red nose)

4. ndacy eacn

(This traditional holiday candy has red and white stripes)

5. hkahnuak

(This Jewish festival is observed for eight days and nights)

6. ntasa luacs_________________________________________________

(This large gentleman traditionally listens to wishes and gives out gifts at Christmas)

7. lsnite _____________________________________________________

(This is a type of decoration that consists of thin strips of sparkling material attached to a thread)

8. fel _______________________________________________________

(This miniature person helps Santa at the North Pole)

9. layidho eraapd______________________________________________

(This annual event in Suffolk showcases marching bands, floats, decorations, and music)

10. ngegog

(This drink is a rich, chilled, dairy-based beverage, traditionally served at the holidays)

Solution at the end of the book!

Color the Holiday Shopping Bag!

Buy local goodies for family and friends, spread good tidings and let the joy never end!

About “Love Local, Buy Suffolk”

Love Local, Buy Suffolk is a program designed to promote local, independently-owned businesses. The Suffolk Economic Development Department has partnered with Independent We Stand for the initiative. More than 100 small businesses in Suffolk have signed up and promoted themselves by using window decals, brochures, billboards, newspaper, website, and television advertising.

Color the Holiday Cake

At the holidays we love to bake so have a bite of this delicious cake!

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshoppe

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshoppe serves up some sweet confections and special occasion treats! If you’re looking for a magnificent custom cake for your special occasion or want to spoil your guests with delectable desserts, you’ve come to the right place!

908 N. Main Street | | 757-935-5042

Christmas Kwanzaa Hanukkah Shopping Cheer

Word Search

Find these holiday words!

Gift Bells Candy Cane

Mistletoe Noel

Carol Eggnog




New Year’s Day



Solution at the end of the book!

How Many?

Count the ornaments, presents, trees, and stockings! Solution

end of the book!
at the

I Spy: The Holidays in Suffolk

Use your eyes ... look around... circle all the things that can be found!


Gingerbread House

Holly Reindeer

brightly-colored scarf


Menorah stocking


Christmas Tree Candle

Wrapped Present

Candy Cane

Christmas Cookies

Complete the Maze

Mr. Peanut went on a walk and needs to get back to his spot at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion! Can you help him?

Solution at the end of the book!

Color the Bear Statue at the Suffolk Visitor Center!

This black bear is waiting for you to pose, so he put on a scarf to match your holiday clothes!

Bears at the Great Dismal Swamp

Black bears are North America’s most familiar and common bears. They typically live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white.

COMMON NAME: American Black Bear | SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ursus Americanus | TYPE: Mammal

DIET: Omnivore | GROUP NAME: Sleuth, sloth | SIZE: 5 to 6 feet |

WEIGHT: 200 to 600 pounds

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN in the wild: 20 years

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524 N. Main Street Suffolk, VA 23434 757-514-4130 /visitsuffolkva

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