Join the Lantern Parade

Join the Lantern Parade

Christmas Father Christmas Lantern Parade Music News Shopping Super Saturday

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!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Competitions Face painting Father Christmas Food Lantern Parade Music News Presents Shopping Super Saturday
  • 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.

He’s on his way!

He’s on his way!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Face painting Father Christmas News Presents Super Saturday

Father Christmas has already set sail from the North Pole and is on his way to St Ives. The gallant RNLI crew will bring him safely into St Ives harbour at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Make sure you’re on the Wharf to see him greeted by the Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, and escorted to his Candyland Grotto at the Salvation Army Centre to meet up with his friend, the St Ives Mermaid.

He’ll be bringing gifts made in his North Pole workshop – and some of his special Elves too! Father Christmas will be in his Grotto from 3.30-5.30pm. Entry to the Grotto is £3 per child with a special gift from Father Christmas. There’s also face painting while you wait – £2 per child.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in St Ives. Enjoy a family day-out: get festive with the Friends of the Library; decorate a gingerbread house at 54Lemons; eat your way round the Food Trail; join the History Walk; take part in the Town Treasure Hunt; get all your Christmas shopping done in our  amazing local shops or at Fair Mo, Etsy Made Cornwall or the KidzRUs Bazaar (where there’s a sneak preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (oh, yes, there is).  But don’t go home too early as the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-on will also be taking place from 6-7pm.

Food glorious food!

Food glorious food!

Christmas Competitions Food News Super Saturday

Whatever your taste (sorry), you’ll find something to whet your appetite (sorry, again) when you embark on the St Ives Food Trail this Saturday – 2nd December. Whether you like sweet or savoury, there’s plenty to choose from. Starting from 12pm, you can eat your way around St Ives at participating venues – see the Food Trail events page for details.

But there are also prizes to be had, generously donated by the Rum & Crab Shack and Burdett Wines. Simply collect the number at each venue and hand in your grand total at the Rum & Crab Shack. Join in the evening’s festivities and you may be one of the lucky winners when the draw takes place around 7.30pm.

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!

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

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: stivesdecember@gmail.com.

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

Thank you!

 

 

We need more elves!

We need more elves!

Christmas Competitions Lantern Parade News Volunteering

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.

 

 

And the winners are      The Cousins!

And the winners are The Cousins!

Christmas Competitions News Shopping

We’ve finally managed to track down the Town Treasure Hunt winners, who will be sharing the £100 first prize. Our winners are an intrepid team of hunters, who call themselves: The Cousins. They are infact the Mcguires of St Ives and their cousins, the Abells, who visited during the Christmas holidays; they are all aged between 5 and 9. This was a real family affair as they were accompanied on the Treasure Hunt by their Granpa, Maurice Abell.

Jan Mcguire, mother of Evie and Annie, reported, “They had so much fun doing the Treasure Hunt and were absolutely thrilled to find out they’d won!”

The Cousins, from left to right, in this photo taken on Porthgwidden Beach by Richard Abell: Annie Mcguire (7); the Abells – Betsy (6), Ben (5 ) & Poppy (only 2 and too young to take part this year); Evie Mcguire (9).