New Year’s Eve in St Ives: a proper Cornish experience
13th November 2017
Seeing the New Year in at St Ives is a unique experience which you will never forget.
As the sun goes down on December 31st, the small cobbled streets of St Ives begin to fill.
Superman, Donald Trump, Chewbacca and Minions start appearing around every street corner. Some might think this is a plot for a new Hollywood movie, those in the know will recognise that it’s St Ives on New Year’s Eve.
The quaint Cornish seaside town comes alive to provide a party platform for families, couples and groups. It’s definitely one for your bucket list.
About the festivities in St Ives
One of the great things about St Ives on New Year’s Eve is it offers something for every generation.
The celebration starts early. Roads around the town centre and harbour front will close to traffic from 6 pm, allowing the early bird revellers to take to the streets.
Parents with young children or big families tend to take the first sitting, appearing early on in their costumes.
During the early evening, the local shops, pubs and bars are very welcoming towards families, offering a safe, fun filled experience for everyone.
As evening turns to night, families begin to move on, as the fun and excitement takes a tired toll on the children.
Is Dressing up obligatory to join St Ives New Year’s Eve Celebrations?
Whilst it’s not obligatory to get your fancy dress outfit on, it is the perfect opportunity to be a little outrageous.
Most people do, so you certainly won’t feel like the ‘odd one out’.
There are many charity shops in St Ives selling second hand clothes, an ideal way to help a charity and get your costume together.
If you want to be really original, then take a visit to the local charity shops, who are bound to have hidden treasures, combine that with your own imagination and voila!
You’re looking the part.
Where are the best places to be?
The celebrations are spread throughout the St Ives town, but the harbour front is where you’ll find the core of the activity.
Away from the harbour, you can meander through the winding streets where the bars and clubs will be enticing you in with a lively atmosphere.
Live music is popular in the bars, with music ranging from traditional folk to modern covers.
If weather permits, then even the beach becomes a gathering point. Lit up by the St Ives Christmas lights, you can group together with your fold up chairs. Just remember to bring a blanket, after all, we are talking mid-winter.
Where to eat in New Year’s Eve in St Ives?
For those who prefer to relax and be a voyeur, booking one of the seafront restaurants is a great choice.
There are several restaurants perched right on the seafront. Many are two stories, providing views across the entire St Ives beachfront and down onto the streets where you can judge and comment on your favourite fancy dress outfits. Book in advance though, as the best viewpoints get very busy.
For those who prefer a less formal meal, a wide choice of the best local fish and chips shops, takeaways and of course Cornish pasty bakeries are on hand and food stalls can be found dotted around.
St Ives will be busy on New Year’s Eve, so expect to wait longer than normal if eating out.
Those who don’t want to wait would be wise to eat first at their Cornish holiday home or apartment.
Where is the best place to see in the New Year?
At midnight, with the night in full flow, the majority head to the harbour front.
As the final seconds ticks by, everyone is in full voice, collectively counting down to the New Year. At midnight everyone averts their gaze towards the pier, where the fabulous firework display lights up the entire town, starting the New Year off in style.
New Year’s Day in St Ives
The day after the night before. New Year’s Day in St.Ives can only be described as ‘peaceful’.
Cafe’s and bars start to open mid-morning, allowing you to grab a much needed coffee.
The fresh sea breeze does, however, do its job. Clearing the foggiest of heads.