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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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas



Excitement is already beginning to rise in St Ives with only two weeks to go until the Christmas celebrations get under way: this year’s St Ives in December is going to be the biggest and best yet.

With family-friendly events running up to New Year, there will be something for everyone. Children will delight in the arrival of Santa on Fri 4th Dec as he heads into St Ives harbour with a little help from the local RNLI team. But they’re also in for a big surprise since the Three Camels and their Kings have travelled many miles (actually from Joseph’s Amazing Camels in Warwickshire) for a chance to meet Santa. The camels will be joining in the parade along with puppets, pantomime characters, musicians, jugglers and stilt walkers as they all head to Santa’s Magic Grotto in Fore Street. There will also be an opportunity for children to get to know the camels on the harbour beach later.

Other children’s activities include the Boathouse Puppet Theatre, featuring Mr Humpty Dumpty and Frosty the Snowman plus there’s tricks and treats with Mr Cool Magic, the magician, and his Elves on board the St Erth to St Ives Party Train on the first three Saturdays in December.

The weekend of 4/5/6 December is not to be missed with Vintage Christmas at the Drill Hall, Arts & Crafts Fair at St Ives Arts Centre, Kidz R Us Bazaar and Late Night Shopping on Friday and Saturday. Lots of gifts to choose for that special person – and you can also take part in the Town Treasure Hunt and decide who you think should win the competition for the best shop window display. On Sunday relax with our very own People’s Strictly star, Phil (Barnett) & Friends’ St Ives Christmas Revue.

And there’s much more to come so look out for more 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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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas



It’s hard to believe that the first planning meeting for this year’s St Ives in December was in January! The time has flown by and preparations are almost completed for the biggest and best-ever celebrations.

All over town, everyone has been sorting out their lights and decorations to add a touch of glitz and glitter to the streets. The shopkeepers are beavering away at their window displays and hoping that theirs will win the coveted People’s Award for the best shop window. The Christmas lights on Smeaton’s Pier have been hauled out of their locker, dusted off and installed to twinkle across the harbour. The large Christmas trees will be erected, bedecked and bedazzling in time for their switch-on on Friday 4th December and 100 small trees will brighten up the December evenings too.

Humpty Dumpty and Frosty the Snowman have been rehearsing hard in the Boathouse Theatre, with the help of their friends Jo-Jo and Scruffy, for the Christmas Puppet Show. Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood have also been going through their routines to ensure that the Kidz R Us pantomime is as entertaining as ever. Mr Cool Magic has been practising his tricks to amuse the children for the Party Train. The musicians in the St Ives Concert Band have buffed and polished their instruments ready for the festivities.

Which just leaves Santa: he’s been spotted on his way down from the North Pole, dress in his scarlet red finery with his white whiskers trimmed and curled. His sleigh has had a new coat of paint and is looking spick and span. He’s looking forward to his early trip to St Ives on Fri 4th December. A chance to meet up with his friends in the RNLI, who are always so helpful, and to hear what the children of St Ives would like for Christmas. But he’s also going to have a big surprise as Three Camels, ridden by Three Kings dressed in Eastern attire, are heading from afar to greet him at the harbour.

What excitement – and only three weeks until the St Ives in December celebrations begin.

Check out the website for full details of the many events that are taking place:

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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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St Ives in December kicks off its 2015 celebrations at 6pm on Fri 4 December with the arrival of Three Camels (and obviously Three Kings) who have travelled to meet Santa as he comes ashore in St Ives Harbour with a little bit of help from the gallant RNLI team.

The festivities will begin shortly before then as the Mayor of St Ives, ably supported by champion fundraiser, Madison Glinski, will officially switch on the Christmas Tree Lights at the Fishermen’s Huts. There will also be community carol singing and music from the St Ives Concert Band.

Santa’s arrival is always really popular and the harbour will be thronging with children (and their parents) eager to greet him. The Three Camels and Kings will be an added surprise for the parade around town with Santa on his sleigh and a merry band of puppets, pantomime characters from the Kidz R Us Christmas Show, stilt walkers, jugglers and musicians. And this is just the beginning of a fun-packed calendar of events in the run up to Christmas, culminating with the St Ives New Year’s Eve extravaganza of fancy dress and fireworks.

This year’s St Ives in December promises to the best yet. Details about all the events and timings can be found on the sparkling new website – The site was designed by local creative agency, Meor Design, who are better known for their branding of the HUB and HUBBOX, Cornish Bakehouse, the new contemporary a-bar at Alba and Baker Tom. Johnnie Wells, Digital Project Manager at Meor: “We had previously designed the branding for St Ives BID so were delighted to be asked to work on the St Ives in December website. We’re very keen to support the local community and hopefully the website will do its job and help bring more people into the town in the run up to Christmas.”

The expanded programme for St Ives in December has been made possible by the contributions of major sponsors: St Ives BID, St Ives Chamber of Trade & Commerce, St Ives Travel Association and Tregenna Castle Resort. But donations from other local businesses (Aspects Holidays, Sail Lofts, Carbis Bay Hotel) to sponsor specific events have also helped. Councillor Andrew Mitchell of Cornwall Council has also chosen to support St Ives in December as one of his Community Chest projects. Paul Ford, who is leading the St Ives in December team, is still on the look-out for more event sponsors: “We are very grateful for the financial support that we have had to date. However, there are still a few opportunities to sponsor some of our fantastic events – and publicise your business at the same time. If anyone would like to sponsor our first Lantern Parade or Vintage Christmas at the Drill Hall perhaps, they can get in touch with me through the website, our Facebook or Twitter pages.”

Elves and Other Christmas Helpers Still Needed


Stivesindecember is getting ready to launch it biggest Christmas Festivities yet. 

“Along with a Lights Switch on, Santa’s Arrival (with unusual ‘guests’), the start of the Town Treasure Hunt, the Windows Display Competition we really are off to a flyer.” Says Paul Ford, team members of Stivesindecember. “But we need helpers and sponsors”.

St Ives BID has already helped get the marketing under way but additional sponsors to help fund the events that will take place.

Events such as our inaugural Lantern Parade, Arts and Craft Fair, the Party Train, Late Night Shopping, a Vintage Christmas at the Drill Hall, Carols in Carbis Bay, a Food Trail and much more besides are quickly taking shape. We need volunteers to help and assist in all areas.

“Ultimately we are doing the best to ensure that our local communities enjoy a Christmas to be proud of. It’s a special time time of the year when everyone pulls together for the good of Christmas.” Added Paul.

If you can help contact or come along to the next meeting at Tregenna Castle at 6:00pm on Wednesday 28 October. We hope to see you there.

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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