Don’t just sit there and put your feet up in front of the TV. Come and join everyone at the Lantern Parade, which The Cornishman has previously described as the event of the year in St Ives. 

Now in its 4th year, the St Ives Lantern Parade is this year sponsored by Cornish Gems and the Coffee Lounge.  And it just keeps getting bigger! Dozens of people have taken part in our lantern-making workshops (generously supported by the Rotary Club St Ives and Feast Cornwall) and will be bringing their own lanterns. (If you made a lantern last year, bring it along this year.) We’re also delighted to welcome Truro City of Lights who will be taking part with their dove lanterns – and there may be TIGERS! But we’re over the moon about the businesses who will on parade with a bespoke lantern: Aspects Holidays, Wheel Sara, Cherished Cottages, Cross Estates, The Wave Project and Etsy.

Master of Ceremonies Shanty Baba and the Samba Celtica drummers will be setting the rhythm as the parade moves off from Market Square at 5.30pm and dances its way through the streets of St Ives: along Fore Street and around the Wharf, before heading up Lifeboat Hill and onto Royal Square for the official Christmas Lights Switch-On (sponsored by St Ives Tourism Association) at around 6.30pm. The Mayor will be joined for the switch-on by a very special guest,  local Sam Harper Miller, who was nominated by the people of St Ives.

There’s free parking in town but 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.

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