Make sure you’re in St Ives tomorrow, Super Saturday 1 December. There’s free parking, traffic-free shopping and street entertainment so that you, your family and friends can enjoy an action-packed day of fun and utter fabulousness.
During the day, there’s plenty of opportunities to buy that special present for that special someone. Etsy Makers Cornwall Christmas Fair are at the Guildhall (10:00 – 17:00); Fair Mo, the town’s traditional Christmas fete, is at St Ia’s Church (10:00 – 16:00); and don’t miss the Kidz R Us Bazaar (10.00 – 16:00), with a sneak preview of its sparkling pantomime, The Snow Queen.
But that’s just the start of a sparkling so-glad-we-came-to- St-Ives day. The Tate celebrates its Winter Festival (10:00 – 17:00) with family-friendly activities and music. The ever-popular Town Treasure Hunt launches and runs throughout the month with prizes generously donated by Coco Kitchen and Fabulous-St Ives. Voting opens for the highly competitive Shop Window Competition (sponsored by Greenwood Wilson). Which dazzling display will win the coveted People’s Choice Award this year?
But don’t go home yet because at 5.30pm, Serena the Snow Queen, will be strutting her stuff as she heads up the St Ives Lantern Parade (sponsored by Cornish Gems and The Coffee Lounge, and in collaboration with Truro City of Lights). Follow the Lantern Parade from Market Place, along Fore Street, where Olaf the Snowman is waiting for his Queen and will take to the streets, dancing to the rhythm of Samba Celtica and their drums. The Parade will head along the the Wharf before the evening finishes with the official Christmas Lights Switch-On by the Mayor and Sam Harper-Miller in Royal Square (sponsored by St Ives Tourism Association).
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Please note the following road closures: 12-8pm: Fore Street, Back Lane plus from 5-8pm: Gabriel Street, Chapel Street, Tregenna Hill, Tregenna Place, High Street, Back Street, Market Place, Lifeboat Hill.