How many cups of coffee!

How many cups of coffee!

Christmas Cornwall December Food Fundraising Lantern Parade News St Ives Super Saturday

The Coffee Lounge on Tregenna Hill in St Ives were among local businesses who sponsored a bespoke lantern in the 2017 Lantern Parade and were really pleased with the result – shown in the photograph above outside the café. But then they went one step further, pledging 10p for every cup of coffee that they sold in December.

So thank you to the coffee drinkers of St Ives who quaffed a staggering 1,750 cups of coffee at the Coffee Lounge during December. Perhaps we should have run a another competition to see who could guess the total! And, of course, a BIG THANK YOU to the Coffee Lounge for donating £175 to the St Ives in December funds for 2018.

St Ives in December is a not-for-profit organisation, which arranges local events and activities for families in the run-up to Christmas every year. Our programme of events is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations. So keep an eye out for our collection boxes around town  and please empty the change from your purses and pockets – it all helps. And if you’re a local business and would like to sponsor an event or a lantern in the 2018 Lantern Parade, do please get in touch.


Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Father Christmas Fundraising Lantern Parade News Super Saturday

St Ives in December this year has been a phenomenal success, starting with our first-ever Super Saturday (which we hope to repeat next year – check back for more information in the New Year). So we’d like to say Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone who has been involved, whether supporting us or coming along to our events. So many people and businesses did their bit to make Super Saturday truly magical: if you’re not mentioned here, please don’t be offended and do come and join us again next year.

First and foremost, great work by Alex Ward, our sponsorship superstar, and a big thank to those local businesses who put their hands in their pockets to sponsor an event or a bespoke lantern in the Lantern Parade: Cornish Gems, The Coffee Lounge, SITA, Sail Lofts, The Hub, Aspects, Wheal Sara, Carbis Bay Hotel, Harbour Hotel and Carbis Bay Holidays. And to Andrew Mitchell, the Cornwall Councillor for St Ives, for his generous grant from his Community Chest and also to St Ives Town Council for their contribution. But a huge round of applause needs to go to St Ives BID: without their financial backing, we would be unable to promote our events to families throughout the local community.

The gallant sailors of the RNLI did us proud delivering Father Christmas safely onto dry land; we really appreciate the hard work that goes into making this happen. A big thank you to St Ives Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, for her help with the preparations and for welcoming Father Christmas. Thanks to Calvin Ward at Mirror Image for creating an incredible Candyland Grotto; to John and Tricia Meardon for turning windbreak poles into giant lollipops; and also to Ocean Supplies and Colenso for helping out with materials. A big shout-out to Belinda & Eddie at the Castle Inn for the generous donation of Grotto presents – and to its customers for wrapping up pressies while enjoying a pint. A very special thank you to Peter Charnley, Sherry, Angela, Tabitha and Ruth for helping on the day. And, of course, three cheers for Father Christmas and his elves for visiting St Ives.

The Lantern Parade was the biggest and best yet. It would not have happened without the inspiration, sheer determination and many hours of willow bending and tissue-paper pasting put in by Angela Roberts of RAAR Emporium to create new lanterns, working with our business sponsors and aided by a sprinkling of fairy dust, her husband Chris and copious coffee supplied by Lucy in Café Art. Shanty Baba, Leo Pellow, Deputy Mayor Joan Symons and Samba Celtic were heroic at the head of the parade, joined by the dozens of locals who lit up the night with lanterns of all shapes and sizes made at our popular community workshops.

There’s still lots going on around town so have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December happenings. Shanty Baba has lots of great events happening, there’s a New Year’s Eve Craft Market with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) to welcome in 2018 – and, for those brave enough, the Boxing Day Swim on Portminster beach!

There’s still lots going on around town Have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December events to enjoy, with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) on New Year’s Eve.


We need your money!

We need your money!

Christmas Fundraising News

St Ives in December events are run on a shoe-string budget and we are grateful for every penny and pound that people contribute to help make everything happen. Which is why we’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the first of our lovely sponsors this year: St Ives BID, Andrew Mitchell (from his Cornwall Council Community Chest), Aspects Holidays (look out for their poster promoting St Ives in December at the bus stop in Lelant, opposite Wyevales) and St Ives Tourism Association.

But, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for more local businesses to sponsor specific events and/or lanterns in the Lantern Parade. It’s a great way to both help the community and get some positive publicity for your business. And, frankly, we need more money to make this year’s St Ives in December one that the town can be proud of. So please, get in touch and we can tell you all about our sponsorship packages. Email:

You can also simply make a donation, by clicking the DONATE button on the home page and contributing securely online.

Thank you!



From all at St Ives in December

From all at St Ives in December

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We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in or took part and particularly to our major sponsors – St Ives BID and St Ives Chamber of Trade and Commerce. We rely entirely on the generosity of local businesses and organisations, and, without their support (St Ives Tourism Association, St Ives Town Council, Aspects Holidays, Sail Lofts, Coodes, Cornwall Councillors Andrew Mitchell, Tim Andrewes and Liz Penhaligon), St Ives in December simply would not happen. We’re also grateful for the Christmas donations from the local Co-op and Wyevale Garden Centre.

But we have to make a special mention to Danny and Lee Strickland for letting us take over Cohort Hostel for the Winter Wonderland Grotto, to Peter Charnley in his first year as Father Christmas and to Calvin Ward of Mirror Image, who built a magnificent chair for the Grotto.

It’s only just over 10 months until the next St Ives in December programme kicks off. We’re already planning some great events for the whole community but we need more volunteers to get involved. We’ll be posting updates on our Facebook page so make sure you stay in touch. Even better, come along to the next meeting in February – date TBC.

Calling all elves and other Christmas helpers

Calling all elves and other Christmas helpers

Christmas Fundraising News Volunteering

If you like all things Christmas, then St Ives in December is definitely the place to be. The team at St Ives in December has been working hard all year to ensure that the town stages the best Christmas celebrations in Cornwall. However, more willing victims (that should read volunteers) are definitely needed to help them pull that off.

There’s bound to be something that you can help with whether it’s stewarding when Father Christmas arrives in town, helping with sponsorship and fundraising, marshalling at the grand Lantern Parade. And much, much more. Fancy yourself as a performer? Then there’s an opportunity to take part in the Christmassy Town Saturday as a street entertainer.

We know that St Ives is more than just for summer: you can be part of making sure we get that message out to everyone. Take a look at our website to see all the activities that will be happening around St Ives during December. Contact hello@stivesindecember or call Chris Roberts on 01736 799109.