SANTA ARRIVES IN ST IVES THIS FRIDAY
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 (www.stivesindecmeber.co.uk) or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. But just make sure you head to St Ives in December.