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The holiday season is a great time to get to know Franklin-Southampton. Come enjoy all the  family events, shopping, dining and playing located right here at home in Franklin-Southampton.

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Town of Wakefield Tree Lighting

The holiday season kicks off in Wakefield with the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony, followed by pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Wakefield Foundation. 

Date: December 1, 2022

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Wakefield Foundation

Franklin Christmas Parade

Franklin Parks & Recreation proudly presents the 2022 Franklin Christmas Parade.  Theme: Gingerbread Land. Parade route: Starting at Fourth Ave and ending on South Main. To complete application to participate go to City of Franklin Website at , under events tab.

Date: December 2nd, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Downtown Franklin

Christmas in Windsor

Windsor is the place to be on December 3rd! Come enjoy a full day of holiday events including Breakfast with Santa at the Town Center, the Windsor High Winter, Woman’s Club Catfish Dinner, Studio 37’s Holly Jolly Hometown Jamboree and the annual Christmas parade!.

Date: December 3, 2022

Location: Windsor, Virginia

Polar Express Nostalgic Christmas

Hot Coco, visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause ! Train rides around Heritage Village on the Polar Express ! A evening you and the kids don’t want to miss! Saturday, December 3th 4 pm – 7 pm Southampton Agriculture and Forestry Museum $2.00 per person or a non perishable food item. Children under 2 Free

Date: December 3, 2022

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Location: Southampton Agriculture and Forestry Museum 

Breakfast with the Grinch!

The Suffolk Virginia Sheriff’s Office presents this fundraiser to benefit their Toy Drive. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and juice and a picture with the Grinch. Tickets are $12.

Date: December 3, 2022

Time: 8am-10am

Location: Baron’s Pub. 185 N. Main St. Suffolk.

Christmas in Ivor

Ivor kicks off the Christmas season in a special way with a parade, a Christmas Market, food truck, food vendors, meet n’ greet with Santa, rock climbing wall, and the light of the Cody Stallard Memorial Christmas Tree!

Date: December 4, 2022

Time: 12:30pm – 5pm

Location: Ivor, Virginia

Boykins Circle of Trees

The Boykins Parks & Rec Committee presents this 3rd annual event. Decorating begins at 2pm and the tree lighting will be held at 5:30pm.  Refreshments will be provided by Coldwell Banker – Franklin.

Date: December 4, 2022

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Buck Lassiter Mini Park

IOW County Tree Lighting

Kick off the holidays at the annual tree lighting and wreath hanging ceremony on the front lawn of the Board Room. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, crafts and more. Consider bringing new books suitable for Pre-K, Kindergarten, or First graders to support the 2022 Miss Isle of Wight County Fair, Madelyn Cosby, in her book drive for the Virginia Fair Association.

Date: December 7, 2022

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Isle of Wight Courthouse

 Suffolk Holiday Parade

Enjoy the sights and sounds at the annual Suffolk Holiday Parade featuring floats, equestrian units, marching bands, and festive vehicles as they make their way down W. Washington Street, turn up N. Main Street and ending at Finney Avenue. 

Date: December 10, 2022

Time: 7pm

Location: Downtown Suffolk

Murfreesboro Candlelight Christmas Tour

The Murfreesboro Historical Association invites to this two night event where you can enjoy a walk through Murfreesboro’s historic district and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas past and present. The walk is free. Horse drawn carriage rides and access to historic buildings will be offered for $20 before December 4th and $25 after that date. For details or to purchase tickets, call 252.398.5922 or email [email protected] Tickets can be ordered online at

Date: December 9th & 10th, 2022

Time: 5pm –  8pm

Location: Historic Murfreesboro

Christmas at the FAIR

Magic is in the air at the Southampton County Fairgrounds! Feel the magic as you walk through the light display, Christmas Tree Room, and have your pictures made with Santa. There will also be Vendors, Food, Homemade Hot Cocoa, S’mores around a fire pit,, Golf Cart Parade and much much more to come!!

Date: December 8-10, 2022

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Location: Southampton County Fairgrounds

Courtland Christmas Parade

Bring the family and enjoy this years Courtland Christmas Parade “Under the Northern Lights”.

Date: December 10, 2022

Time: 7pm

Sedley Hometown Christmas

You’re invited to hometown holiday celebration in the village of Sedley to enjoy a parade, visit from Santa – including professional photos by Brittany Vandiford Photography, community tree lighting and a cider and social.

Date: December 10, 2022

Time: 4:45pm – 7pm

Franklin PD Toy Drive

The 10th annual”Stuff the Police Car” toy drive sponsored by Franklin Police Department. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Dillon Supply to help stuff the police car. All toys will be donated to the Trooper Hill Toy Drive. Enjoy snacks & a bounce house.

Date: December 10, 2022

Location:  Dillon Supply Company. 190 Stewart Drive

Time: 10am – 1pm

Holiday Drive-In Movie

Come to the Isle of Wight Fairgrounds and enjoy a showing of the holiday classic movie, “Elf”, starring Will Ferrell. Enjoy good eats from the folks with Aloha Cravings Food Truck.  No buses or 15 passenger vans allowed! Space is limited.

Date: December 10, 2022

Location:  Heritage Park Fairgrounds. 21311 Courthouse Highway, Windsor.

Time: Gates open @5pm, movie @6pm

Newsoms Christmas Parade & Fireworks

The Newsoms Ruritan Club invites to ring in the holidays at their Christmas Parade and fireworks! Following the parade,enjoy the community tree lighting and a visit with Santa with hotdogs and chips at the Ruritan Building.

Date: December 10, 2022

Location:  Newsoms

Time: 5pm

Boykins Christmas Parade

The holiday season officially arrives in Boykins on Saturday December 11th with the annual Christmas Parade. Entries wanted! Call 757-654-6361 to be added to the line up.

Date: December 11, 2022

Lineup: 2pm

Time: 3pm

Christmas Decorations Contest

The GFWC Sedley Woman’s Club annual “light Up the Night” Christmas decorations contest. Special “Griswald Award” for brightest light display.

Date: December 19, 2022

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Sedley & Darden Mill Estates neighborhood

Light Up The Night

Come see the Franklin Experience “Light Up the Night ” 2022 Christmas Tree At the Franklin’s Farmers Market. Held each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings  in December and the entire week of Christmas!

Time: 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

Suffolk Festival of Lights

Celebrate the holidays at the 3rd Annual Suffolk Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park. The holiday lights will be on display nightly through December 30th, except Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The event is free and open to the public.

Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

Location: Sleepy Hole Park. 4616 Sleepy Hole Rd. Suffolk, VA