Super Saturday in St Ives

Super Saturday in St Ives

Christmas Competitions Lantern Parade Music Shopping


Saturday 2nd December: put the date in your diary!

It’s Super Saturday in St Ives as we kick-start a month of magic and merriment in the run-up to Christmas and New Year:

  • Father Christmas arrives into the harbour in the afternoon with a little help from our friends at the RNLI and will be in his Winter Wonderland Grotto to hear all the children’s Christmas wishes.
  • Fair Mo will be holding its traditional fair in St Ia’s Church; KidzRUs are hosting their annual bazaar with sneaky previews of their pantomime; Etsy Makers Cornwall will be at the Guildhall.
  • The centre of town will be traffic free for you to enjoy all the great shopping and refreshments that St Ives has to offer.
  • We’ll also be launching our popular Town Treasure Hunt and the Shop Window Display Competition.

And if that wasn’t enough, the famous St Ives Lantern Parade hits the town early evening and, led by Father Christmas, will parade to Royal Square to meet the Mayor for the official Christmas Lights Switch-on.

So make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun for all the family:

Saturday 2nd December is Super Saturday in St Ives!

Be on the Wharf on the Fourth!

Be on the Wharf on the Fourth!



Are you ready for St Ives in December? Santa is on his way and will be arriving in St Ives Harbour this Friday evening. And he’ll be in for a surprise as Three Camels and Three Kings are there to meet him for a grand parade around town to his Magic Grotto.

Join in the fun this Friday, starting at 5.30 with the official lighting of the Christmas trees by the Mayor of St Ives, Linda Taylor, along with the winner of our Children’s Poster Competition and champion fundraiser, Madison Glinksi. The St Ives Concert Band will lead the community carol singing around the tree.

The excitement builds for the crowds of families awaiting the arrival of Santa at 6pm and then suddenly he arrives with the assistance of the local RNLI team. There will be much cheering and then gasps of astonishment as Three Camels, ridden by Three Kings in sumptuous attire greet him on the shore where his sleigh awaits him. Boathouse Theatre puppets and pantomime character from Kidz R Us join the parade along with musicians, jugglers and stilt walkers as Santa leads everyone from the Wharf, going up Lifeboat Hill onto Market Square and then along Fore Street to his Magic Grotto at the Glass Tree in Fore Street.

Make sure that you arrive early as Life Boat Hill and the Wharf will be closed to traffic from 5pm to 8, with the traffic flow reversed along Fore Street during that time. Fore Street itself will be closed for a short while as the parade makes its way to the Magic Grotto. There’s free parking in the Stennack and Surgery carparks from 4pm on Friday and all day on Saturday, thanks to the generosity of Pete Eddy.

The festivities continue on Saturday with family fun all day – get on board the Party Train with Magician & Elves, Art & Crafts. Fair, Santa’s Magic Grotto, Kidz R Us Bazaar, Vintage Christmas at the Drill Hall, Boathouse Puppet Show, Late Night Shopping and then on Sunday, Phil (Barnett) & Friends Christmas Revue. It’s also the launch of the popular Town Treasure Hunt and Shop Window Display Competition – and there’s still time to enter the first Christmas House Light Competition.

And there’s much more to come so look out for further news next week, visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. But just make sure you head to St Ives in December.

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Countdown to competitions galore!

Countdown to competitions galore!


The celebrations for St Ives in December kick-off next Friday, 4th December, with an amazing array of events throughout the month. But there’s also a number of fantastic competitions to engage all the family with a great selection of prizes to be won along the way.

First up is the return of the popular Town Treasure Hunt. Look out for mysterious cards, proclaiming ‘Mistletoe’, ‘Pantomime’, ‘Snowflake’ and the like, in the shops and small galleries around town with some 30 businesses taking part. Just tell us which word is in which shop or gallery – it couldn’t be easier! Keep the kids occupied while you’re doing your Christmas shopping. There’s a cash prize of £100 for the winner and Fabulous Kids in Fore Street are donating two toy hampers – full of stocking filler and gifts for boys and girls for the runners up.

The Window Display Competition has become one of the most hotly contested events on the St Ives in December calendar. Shops and galleries around the town go the extra mile with their window decorations to attract more customers but also to compete one of the coveted annual awards. As well as the Judges’ Award, the People’s Award gives everyone a chance to vote for the business that they think has helped to add a touch of Christmas magic to the town. You can vote for your favourite display on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Do you live in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant or Halsetown? Have you planned a Christmas lights extravaganza for the outside of your house? Then make sure that you enter the first St Ives in December House Lights Competition and you could win a prize of £250.

Full details of how to take part in any or all of these competitions can be found on the St Ives in December website:

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Poster Competition entries by 20th October


With the deadline for entries extended to Tuesday 20th October, there has already been a massive response from local children with over 250 entries for the Poster Competition.

Competition organiser, April Brooks of St Ives Society of Artists, has enlisted the help of three local artists to judge the competition: Colin Orchard, Jan Phethean and Oliver Bull. The winner will be announced in early November.

All children, aged 5 – 11 years, living in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Halsetown and Nancledra were invited to paint or draw their vision of ‘Christmas in Cornwall’ for the poster competition. April had a very positive response from local schools, who were actively involved in encouraging children to enter the competition by making time during school art classes. “When we ran the Christmas card competition a couple of years ago, we had a tremendous response. Whole classes entered together and there were so many great ideas, it was very hard to pick just one winner. We were hoping to get some colourful entries for the poster competition this time and have not been disappointed. It will be an extremely hard choice for the judges.”

The chosen artist (accompanied by a parent/guardian) will have the chance to watch their poster come off the press at the printers as well as winning an array of art materials to help them produce their next masterpiece. Prizes will be presented at the St Ives in December 2015 Awards Evenings in the Crypt Gallery from 6pm on 19th December.

Thanks to Aspects Holidays for their kind sponsorship of the Poster Competition (and also the St Ives in December promotional leaflets).Aspects