December in St Ives is full of festivities every year, and Christmas in St Ives 2018 is no different.

From local Christmas markets, live music, the St Ives Christmas light switch-on, to Santa Claus himself making an appearance at high tide. St Ives offers a Christmas for everyone.

Christmas Market St Ives

St Ives Christmas Lights Switch On

St Ives officially kicks off Christmas on the 1st December at 6 pm with an energetic Lantern Parade. It’s hard not to feel in the Christmas spirit with an entire town singing and dancing along with the Celtic Samba Band whilst parading their way to Royal Square. The Christmas light countdown begins and as soon as the cold night sky is lit with a warm sparkling glow, you know it’s Christmas in St Ives. 5-8pm Gabriel Street. Chapel Street. Tregenna Hill, Tregenna Place, High Street, Back Street, Market Place, Lifeboat Hill, Back Lane, Fore Street.

St Ives Christmas Markets

Local markets are the place for gift ideas, stocking up the pantry and perhaps treating yourself to a little something, especially at Christmas time. St Ives has two main Christmas markets to explore this December

Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair

After great success last year, the St Ives Etsy Christmas fair will be taking place in The Guildhall, Street an Pol over three days with 35+ exhibitions to see. Go along to interact with the many artists and makers of Cornwall who are inspired by the Cornish landscape and pick up some truly original gifts. Entry is free, along with live music, a festive cafe and, of course, a very Christmassy atmosphere.

Friday 30th November 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday 1st December 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 2nd December 10 am to 4 pm
Free entry

St Ives Farmers Market

Every Thursday from 9.30 am – 2 pm in The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives, the town centre is always bustling with excitement. And in December, it is no different. With the inviting smell of homemade bread and pastries wafting through the streets, you can find local produce being sold on a variety of stalls. Freshly caught fish, homemade jams, olives, fruit and veg, pies, cheese… the delicious list goes on. For a truly local, sustainable shopping experience at Christmas time, head down to the stalls and see what Cornish delicacies land in your basket.

Santa Claus is coming to St Ives Town

Santa normally arrives on a sleigh, but not in St Ives. Father Christmas lets his reindeers rest up for a night and comes into St Ives harbour riding the high-tide with the RNLI. On the 7th December, Santa Claus will drive around the harbour and wave hello to all the waiting children before descending on the Wharf where the Mayor will greet him and the Phoenix Choir will sing Christmas carols. A wonderfully festive evening.

Live Music, Quizzes and Open-Mic Nights – The Castle Inn

Fancy something a little more local? The Castle Inn is a traditional ‘proper’ pub in St Ives that host live acoustic lunchtime sessions during your Sunday roast as well as evening performances on Friday and Saturday throughout December. What’s more, they have a quiz every Monday night and invite everyone to participate in open mic night for those Christmas hits every Sunday evening.

Be a judge in the St Ives Christmas Window Competition

It is a Christmas tradition in St Ives for over 60 shops and galleries to dress their windows in the finest festive gear to compete for one (or both) of the coveted annual awards. The theme this year is The Snow Queen and on the 15th December, local artists Bob Devereux and Anthony Frost will be touring the town to decide the winner for Best Overall Window Display and deciding rosettes for Best Interpretation of the Theme; Most Humorous Window; Best Small Window. BUT! The People’s Award is highly sought after. This is where visitors and locals of St Ives vote for their favourite display. Here is how you can get involved:

Voting Boxes in both local Post Offices – on the Wharf and on Tregenna Hill where you can cast your vote. Closing date for votes is 12.30pm on Saturday 29 December 2018

Instagram – take a photo of the window you want to vote for and hashtag it with #SIDwindow2018 and the shop name. (It can only be counted if you have a public account). The closing date for votes is midnight on Monday 31 December 2018.

Post a picture on St Ives in December Facebook page comments section with the shop name. One vote per person. The closing date for votes is midnight on Monday 31 December 2018.

St Ives’ New Year’s Eve Party

The culmination of the Christmas season, this is the biggest, most dazzling party in the St Ives annual calendar. The entire town takes on a carnival ambience and folk come from far and wide to join the fancy dress celebrations. Streets are packed with revellers sporting crazy costumes, live music spills out of harbourside venues and the skies over the ocean light up with fireworks at midnight.

To find out about all the events happening in St Ives over Christmas, see www.stivesindecember.co.uk and www.stives-cornwall.co.uk.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a range of self-catering holiday cottages perfect for a Christmas holiday in St Ives. Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage with a wood burner or a family pile footsteps from the sea, check out our luxury holiday accommodation in and around St Ives.

NOTE: this article will be reviewed and updated closer to Christmas to ensure that all dates and events are running.

By: Tony Townsend On:31st October 2018
Categories:Blog

With winter nights drawing in, many of us are in full present planning mode.

While some are happy to do all their Christmas shopping via the internet, or leave it until the last minute on Christmas Eve, others like to make an event of it, perhaps spending a weekend away, doing it all in one go.

And why not make a thing of it? It takes the pressure and strain out of the ‘big shop’.
St Ives, Cornwall is better known as a picturesque coastal town, but it is fast becoming a favourite with Christmas shoppers thanks to its interesting eclectic shops and independent boutiques. Not to mention the confectioners, jewellers, and wine sellers.
Ready to mix shopping with pleasure? Here are a few suggestions to get the balance just right this Christmas.

Beauty Salons and Spas.
There are several spas and salons in and around St Ives.
The biggest decision is whether you need pampering after a hard day’s shopping, choosing vouchers for your loved ones to enjoy a treatment at their leisure, or both!

Chain-led stores in St Ives:
Joules is renowned for selling brightly coloured clothes for the whole family, as well as homewares. Joules draws inspiration from British heritage designs.
Crew Clothing specialises in casual clothing for men and women with a timeless style.
Seasalt retails clothes and homewares with coastal-themed prints.
Cath Kidston has bright, vintage-style homewares, bags, clothing and more.

Independent Shops:

The Painted Bird a lovely gift shop with a unique and diverse choice of gifts and crafts.
The Glass Tree is a very pretty, eclectic style shop, with unique gifts, cards and home accessories.
Crowan Crafts shop here and find a selection of Cornish wares handmade in Cornwall.
Fabulous 28 sells a wide range of products including clothing, jewellery, homewares, and a lovely selection of toys, clothes and children’s shoes.

Jewellery:
The Silver Wave a boutique haven for ladies, with fine jewellery, gold and silver designs, precious and semi-precious stones and costume jewellery.
Silver Origins is a family run company designing and selling unique silver jewellery and gifts.
Food and Drink
The Cornish Deli quality local meats, cheeses, seafood. Sit and enjoy a tasty snack, that way you’ll not only be relaxing, but tasting the wonderful food that you can buy as presents.
St Ives Brewery Gift Shop hand crafted beverages, beer or cider for that taste of Cornish brewing.
John’s Wine Store specialises in fine wine, spirits and Cornish produce.

St Ives Farmers Market

Open every Thursday in December, 9:30- 2:00 pm. A wide range of local produce including meat and vegetables, baked goods. There are refreshments to be had and live music!

Confectionery
I Should Coco offers artisan chocolate, handmade in St Ives.
St Ives Cornish Fudge Shop yummy fudge, a perfect gift for Cornwall lovers, a taste of holidays already experienced and of those to come.

Art and Galleries
There will be a host of Art Exhibitions in the run-up to Christmas, only fitting as St Ives is such a draw for artists who love the light and inspiration that St Ives emits. After all St Ives is the art mecca of the South West.

Tate St Ives
Tate has opened its new £20 million pound gallery “sunk into” a cliff in St Ives. Clad in handmade blue-green tiles, it’s designed “to reflect the changing colours of the sky and sea”.
Its new size means it will stay open all year round, when exhibitions change. Forthcoming events include a retrospective of Patrick Heron’s vibrant paintings and an exhibition of female artists inspired by Virginia Woolf.
Artists and the local landscape are the focus of the shop at Tate St Ives.

Visit Sloop Studios where a collective of talented people including printmakers, jewellers, artists, potters, illustrators and textile designers showcase their work and offer a range of locally made gifts.

So there you have it. St Ives steps up to the mark to make your Christmas shopping experience a real pleasure.
Just make sure you schedule twenty minutes to sit down in front of the harbour, take in the views, relish a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine and you’re guaranteed to make sure this year’s Christmas Shopping is an enjoyable part of the season’s festivities.

By: Tony Townsend On:3rd November 2017
Categories:Blog,Christmas Holidays,Holiday Ideas,Seasonal Breaks,Shopping

Being one of the UK’s favourite holiday resorts, it’s little surprise that there’s plenty for energetic families to do in St Ives. Immerse yourself in nature and get your heart racing on all levels of these active family adventures:

Explore the Bay by Hawaiian Canoe or SUP

Born from a passion for watersports, the Ocean Sports Centre encourages all ages and abilities to cast off from Carbis Bay and explore beyond the beach. Families can join in the latest global craze of stand-up paddle boarding on the (usually) calm waters, hire sit-on-top kayaks, or learn the ropes on a fleet of Topper dinghies. However, the most unique vessel for a coastal explorer tour is a four – or six-seater Hawaiian canoe, with underwater viewers that bring you face-to-face with marine life.

A colourful line up of kayaks offered for hire on Carbis Bay beach by Ocean Sports. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Try kayaking with Ocean Sports, Carbis Bay

Surf Porthmeor Beach

Is it possible to come to Cornwall and not dabble in the county’s most popular watersport? Sandy-bottomed and safe for beginners, St Ives’ Porthmeor is the ideal location to try surfing. Catering for family groups and all levels of wave riders, the St Ives Surf Centre will get you on your feet and gliding towards the shore in no time. Or, if you can’t bear the thought of squeezing into a wetsuit and battling the Atlantic swell, simply rent a deckchair and watch the rest of the family have a go.

At St Ives Surf Centre, you can hire boards, wet suits, deck chairs and wind breaks for your day out on Porthmeor Beach. Perfect for your active family adventures in St Ives. when staying with www.carbisbayholiday.co.uk

St Ives Surf Centre

Walk and Ride from St Ives to Carbis Bay

In the days when I didn’t have two young children in tow, my favourite walk from St Ives was the 6 miles to Zennor – along gorse-topped cliffs and boulder-strewn moorland flanked by the Atlantic. However, while that’s out of our league, I prefer the much easier mile-long walk to Carbis Bay. Not only is there is very little ascent and descent to tackle, but as well as the spectacular scenery you’ve got sandy beaches at each end of the walk, both equipped with family-friendly facilities such as lifeguards, cafés and toilets. And once you reach Carbis Bay, you can hop on the train back to St Ives.

Scenic Train Link from Carbis Bay to St Ives, a must for guests of www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The scenic train line between Carbis Bay and St Ives

Brace Yourself for a Multi-Activity Day

Experience a range of activities on land and sea, on a great value, multi-activity, family day out with JB Adventures. Your instructor will scoop you up from St Ives and take you on a whirlwind of activities from kite buggying and fishing, to coasteering and horse riding. Tailor-make your itinerary from an assortment of activities – participants as young as 6 years old can try giant bubble making, kite making and tandem kite-buggying.

Experience an active family adventure by horse riding on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall. A magical memory of your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Horse riding on the beach

Catch Your Own Mackerel for Tea

Hop aboard for a family-friendly fishing trip and learn how to catch mackerel using traditional hand-lines. Or, if you prefer your seafood plated up at one of St Ives’ harbour-side restaurants, ditch the fishing trip for an exciting boat ride out with St Ives Boats to Seal Island, Godrevy Lighthouse or Hell’s Mouth. You never know what you might encounter out to sea – from pods of dolphins to seals, basking sharks and sunfish.

Take a boat ride on the Dolly P with St Ives Boats during your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Take a trip out on the Dolly P to Seal Island

Whatever level of adventure you’re after, Carbis Bay Holidays offers a wide selection of luxury family accommodation in and around St Ives. Whether you want to fling open the doors to a world-class surfing beach or retreat with countryside views, we’ve got the perfect self-catering cottage from where to enjoy your active family adventures.

Take a look at our family friendly eateries and our article on a family day out in St Ives for more inspiration for your holiday.

By: Tony Townsend On:28th June 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do

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