Christmas 2020 in St Ives

Charlotte Ballam

St Ives is a wonderful place to be during the festive season and the Sail Lofts holiday cottages in St Ives place you in the midst of it all…Picture stepping out of your holiday cottage in St Ives to the crisp winter air, you’re just moments away from the wild waves on Porthmeor, the unmistakable cobbled streets flanked with Christmas trees and twinkling lights adorning the harbour... Here are just a few ways to spend a Christmas holiday in St Ives, Cornwall.

Eating and drinking in St Ives

If you fancy a festive tipple and some great food then you’ve come to the right place and with so many options on the doorstep of your holiday cottage in St Ives, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Wrap up warm and enjoy cocktails galore on the beach at the Porthminster Gin Bar, or head to the Hub for hot chocolates (or something a little stronger) overlooking the harbour. For a special meal to remember, we can’t recommend Porthmeor Café enough. If you’re lucky enough to dine in one of their outdoor heated pods, it’ll be an evening you’ll never forget. As always, booking is essential to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking as far in advance as you can especially over the Christmas period.

Christmas St Ives Harbour

Shopping in St Ives

A trip just before Christmas is a brilliant opportunity to pick up some little surprises for Christmas day and one of the things Cornwall does exceptionally well is great local produce; which can make for either a thoughtful gift or a contribution to the Christmas table. New to the Wharf this year is Johns Produce Store, a small but mighty shop showcasing some of the finest goods our County has to offer. Not to be missed overlooked is the long-established John’s Off Licence with beer, cider, spirits and wine from not only Cornwall but every corner of the world. Cheers! If you already have festive food and drink covered, there is a vast array of shops and boutiques in St Ives where you’re sure to find something really special.

Christmas on Fore Street St Ives

Walking in St Ives

Walking in Cornwall quite often goes hand in hand with finding a good pub or restaurant for a well-deserved spot of lunch and with so many coastal paths close to your holiday cottage in St Ives, it’s a great way to see some beautiful coastlines whilst working up an appetite. Our all-time favourite is the 6-mile walk to Zennor, you’ll walk a rural yet well-trodden path and see some awe-inspiring seascapes en-route to the village where you can refuel at the Tinner’s Arms before catching a bus home. For a shorter route suited to most abilities, try the path to Carbis Bay; located just above Porthminster Beach Café, you can treat yourself to breakfast or lunch before enjoying panoramic views across St Ives, Hayle and beyond. Should you decide to walk back again, the route in its entirety is still only 3 miles or so.

Christmas holiday cottages in St Ives

Whether you’re spending Christmas itself in St Ives or planning a Cornish getaway ahead of the big day, St Ives is the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry whilst shopping for some unique and beautiful Cornish gifts. All availability can be viewed here on our website.

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