Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

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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.

 

Join the Lantern Parade

Join the Lantern Parade

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It’s today! It’s Super Saturday! Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf. From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switches on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

PLEASE NOTE:

THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF FROM 2.30 -3.30PM  AND THEN THROUGHOUT TOWN FROM 5.30 -8.00PM.

THERE WILL BE FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK AND ALL THE CORNWALL COUNCIL CAR PARKS IN TOWN.

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

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  • SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER  IS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES with free parking all day for traffic-free shopping, refreshments and entertainment for all the family:
    • Father Christmas will be arriving by boat on the high tide at 3pm with a little help from friends at the RNLI. He’ll be met by the Mayor and led to his Candyland Grotto at  the Salvation Army Centre on the Wharf from 3.30 -5.30pm to  listen to the wishes and dreams of local children. The St Ives Mermaid will also be there and there’s face painting and lots of fun!
    • Get the kids started on our popular Town Treasure Hunt with great fun for all and prizes to be won. Closing date 2 January 2018.
    • Or be dazzled by the entries for our highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Who gets your vote for the People’s Award this year?
    • Love St Ives – learn a little about the story of the town on our fascinating History & Mystery Walk at 12pm.
    • Eat your way round St Ives on our gourmet Food Trail (from 12pm) with great prizes and entertainment in the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack – see our events page for venues.
    • Don’t miss Fair Mo, a traditional Christmas gift  fair at St Ia’s Church (12 -4pm).
    • Drop into the Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre (5-9pm) for Christmas shopping and a preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. 
    • Pop into the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair at the Guildhall (10am-5pm) with live music and festive food and drink.
    • Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf.
    • From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switch on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.

MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES!

PLEASE NOTE:

ON SAT 2ND DECEMBER,THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF FROM 2.30 -3.30PM  AND THEN THROUGHOUT TOWN FROM 5.30 -8.00PM.

THERE WILL BE FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK AND ALL THE CORNWALL COUNCIL CAR PARKS IN TOWN.

Free all-day parking on 2nd December

Free all-day parking on 2nd December

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Super Saturday in St Ives just got even more super! We not only have free parking in the Stennack car park (thanks to Pete Eddy), there will also be free parking in all the town’s Cornwall Council car parks. Hurrah!

Make sure you head to St Ives this weekend for all your Christmas shopping, great food, competitions, entertainment and more – see Super Saturday on our events page for more information.

Lantern-making tomorrow!

Lantern-making tomorrow!

Christmas Lantern Parade News

This is your last chance to make your own lantern for next week’s St Ives Lantern Parade. Come along to the Drill Hall in Royal Square tomorrow (Sunday 26th November from 10am to 4pm) – and get creative. It’s not just for kids – it’s great fun for all the family and bring your friends too. £5 per lantern – all materials provided and lots of help on hand. See you there!

Countdown to Super Saturday!

Countdown to Super Saturday!

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There’s only one week to go until you head to St Ives for Super Saturday on 2nd December. With family entertainment for all, take advantage of free parking all day at the Stennack car park (by kind courtesy of Pete Eddy) and also in all the town’s Cornwall Council car parks.

At 3pm, make sure you’re on the Wharf to greet Father Christmas when he arrives on the RNLI  boat. It’s a magical event for children and adults alike. He’ll then be in his Candyland Grotto with the St Ives Mermaid at the Salvation Army Centre from 3.30 -5.30pm.

It’s also launch day for the ever-popular Town Treasure Hunt and public voting opens for the highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Both are great activities for all the family with prizes to be won and deciding who’ll get your vote for the coveted People’s Award?

At 12pm, you’ve got a choice of walks around St Ives. If you want to know more about the town’s story, join the History & Mystery Walk, starting from The Malakoff, tickets £5 with proceeds going to the St Ives Archive. If you love food, eat your way round the Food Trail at participating venues (see the events page for more details), finishing the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack for the prize draw around 7.30pm

It’s a great time to do your Christmas shopping in the many unique and fantastic shops around town.  Super Saturday also boasts: Fair Mo traditional Christmas fete at St Ia’s Church (12-4pm); Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre with previews of their upcoming pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk (5-8pm); at the Guildhall, Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair (10am-5pm).

But don’t leave town too early or you’ll miss the spectacular St Ives Lantern Parade, starting at 6pm and followed by the official Lights Switch-on by Father Christmas in Royal Square and carol-singing with the local Phoenix Singers at 7pm. A truly magical end to a Super Saturday in St Ives.

 

Lantern making this Sunday

Lantern making this Sunday

Christmas Lantern Parade News

There’s still time for you to make your own lantern for the magical and spectacular St Ives Lantern Parade. There’s a community lantern-making workshop this Sunday, 26th November, from 10am onwards, in the Drill Hall, Royal Square, St Ives. It’s £5 per lantern with all materials supplied and help on hand so that you can have fun making your own willow-and-paper lantern. Young children will need to be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

The St Ives Lantern Parade, with its amazing giant puppets, has been described as one of the highlights of the year on the Penwith peninsula. So, this year, don’t just stand on the side line! The St Ives Lantern Parade is on Saturday 2nd December. It starts at 6pm (check back for details of the route closer to the date) and wends its way to the Wharf to meet up with Father Christmas. He will then lead the parade to Royal Square for the official Christmas Lights switch-on at 7pm, accompanied by carol singing from the Phoenix Singers.

Photo by Nick Pumphrey

Lantern-making fun!

Lantern-making fun!

Christmas Lantern Parade

The St Ives Lantern Parade, with its amazing giant puppets, has been described as one of the highlights of the year on the Penwith peninsula. So, this year, don’t just stand on the side line! Make sure you’ve got your own lantern and be part of this magical and spectacular event when hundreds of small lanterns light up the night.

There are two family-friendly workshops on Sunday 19th and 26th November, which are being held from 10am onwards in the Drill Hall, Royal Square, St Ives. It’s £5 per lantern with all materials supplied and help on hand so that you can have fun making your own willow-and-paper lantern. Young children will need to be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Feeling more adventurous and want to make a larger lantern with your friends? Evening workshops can be arranged for groups – to book one of these please email: stivesdecember@gmail.com.

The St Ives Lantern Parade is on Saturday 2nd December. It starts at 6pm (check back for details of the route closer to the date) and wends its way to the Wharf to meet up with Father Christmas. He will then lead the parade to Royal Square for the official Christmas Lights switch-on at 7pm, accompanied by carol singing from the Phoenix Singers.

 

We need more elves!

We need more elves!

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Everyone loves St Ives in December. The questions come thick and fast – from August onwards: When will Father Christmas be arriving into the harbour? The kids think it’s wonderful! Is there going to be a Grotto? Where can I watch the Lantern Parade?

It’s fantastic that these festive celebrations bring so much joy to so many. St Ives in December is organised by a small team of locals who spend most of the year planning events and pleading for money to support them. But we need more people to get involved and make it extra special. You don’t actually have to be elves:  just enthusiastic about all things Christmas.

On Super Saturday, 2nd December, we’re particularly looking for people to:

  • hand out competition forms around town – 1pm – 3pm
  • help set up the Grotto and clear it down afterwards – 10am – 1pm/ 8 – 9pm
  • help out in the Grotto (definitely elves for this one) – 3pm – 6pm
  • guide the parade/ supervise groups in the parade along the route – 5:30pm – 7pm.
  • hold lanterns – the Dragon and some medium-sized spare lanterns – 5:30pm – 7pm
  • shake collection buckets around the Wharf in the afternoon and along the Parade route – 2pm -3pm/5:30pm – 7pm.

There are dress-up costumes available for all – but it’s not compulsory.

If you can help – even for an hour or so – please get in touch: stivesdecember@gmail.com.

If you’re not able to volunteer, then please dig deep and make a donation. You can do it now by simply clicking the DONATE button on the home page. All money raised go towards the events and every pound is gratefully received.