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!

Take Part in the First St Ives Lantern Parade

Take Part in the First St Ives Lantern Parade


Lantern parade

Lantern making is already underway for the first-ever St Ives Lantern Parade. The parade is being organised by the team (Zoe & Pete Giles and Tree Stewart) from Barnoon Workshop, a dedicated space for arts and crafts activities in St Ives. They have been inspired by the magic and atmosphere of other lantern parades up and down the country. “There is a great sense of community as everyone gathers together, wrapped up against the cold with musicians for company, illuminating a dark winter’s evening with light and colour as they wend their way through town,” Pete said, “And we’re hoping to capture that same feeling here in St Ives.”

The theme for the St Ives parade is obviously marine-based with fish, mermaids, lighthouses, seals, ships and the like. If you want to be part of the parade, go along to one of the lantern-making sessions at Barnoon Workshops. These are suitable for all ages as Zoe explained: “These are fairly simple constructions made from willow and tissue paper. There’ll be plenty of help on hand for anyone that wants to have a go. There is a suggested donation of £4 per lantern to help cover the cost of materials and you get to keep your lantern after the parade.”

The lantern-making workshops are being held on: Sat 28 Nov 11am – 4pm, Thu 3 Dec  7pm – 9pm, Sat 5 Dec  11am – 4pm, Sun 5 Dec 11am – 4pm, Thu 10 Dec 7pm – 9pm. To book your place call

07900 095203, email or message the team via Facebook or Twitter.

The team are also looking for volunteers to help out at the workshops and to steward or get involved with the actual parade. Anyone who is interested should go along to the information session (no need to book for this) at Barnoon Workshop at 7pm on Thu 26 November.

The Lantern Parade is on Saturday 12 December. It will start from Barnoon Workshop at 6pm and make its way down past the Tate onto Fore Street before finishing on the Wharf. Full details about the workshops and the parade are available on the St Ives in December website:

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