Christmas Activities | St Ives in December

Charlotte Ballam

With shop windows dressed to impress, lights twinkling in the harbour and Christmas trees punctuating the Wharf, St Ives in December is a sight to behold. The Christmas lights have offically been switched on and the countdown is well and truly on meaning there is no shortage of festive fun to be enjoyed. Our luxury holiday cottages in St Ives are a hop, skip and jump from the buzz of the town centre and even closer to the beautiful Porthmeor beach meaning you're well placed to enjoy all that St Ives' festive calendar has to offer this December.

St Ives Farmer's Markets

10.00 - 14.00 | 5 & 23 December | St Ives Guildhall

Get into the festive spirit and enjoy some amazing local produce this Christmas time. Expect essentials such as meat, fish and vegetable in abundance as well as cakes, gin, jams, chutney and much more. At just a ten minute walk or so from your holiday cottage in St Ives, the farmer's market is well worth a visit (and may well save you doing battle with another supermarket!).

vegetables at the farmer's market

Christmas Wine Tasting

19.00 - 21.30 | 5 December | St Ives Guildhall

Apparently Christmas doesn’t start until Burdett Wine's annual tasting... Back at the Guildhall once again, there will be over 100 wines for you to taste from all around the world. There will also be lots of other locally produced drinks to sample. Tickets will be available at the door £15 per person.

wine glasses in the Guildhall for the wine tasting

Lantern Parade

18.00 | 7 December | St Ives

The annual Lantern Parade sees schools, community groups and individuals come together after dark for a procession of colourful lanterns. This year's parade will begin outside the Guildhall to the sound of The Town Band and will make its way along St Andrew's Street to the Wharf, Fore Street, Market Place, High Street and back to the Guildhall. Why not stop off for a warming drink on the Wharf on the way back to your holiday cottage in St Ives? Both the Hub and the Searoom make for a great pitstop with views of the harbour lights.

lanterns during the christmas parade in st ives

Christmas Panto

14.00 & 18.30 | 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 December | St Ives Theatre

Join Kidz R Us for a magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty this Christmas. Nurse Hettie Harpic (who is “clean round the bend”), Muddles, the idiotic Palace handyman and two hapless heralds, Fetch and carrie, ensure the laughs come thick and fast as Rose slowly grows up. But Witch Hazel finds a way to trick our friends into letting their guard down just before the evil curse expires... Sleeping Beauty runs twice a day throughout the festive season, take part in the adventure and join the panto fun. St Ives Theatre is located just a little further up than the cinema in Royal Square and is no more than a 10 minute walk from your holiday cottage in St Ives.

sleeping beauty at st ives theatre

Boxing Day Swim

If you're feeling brave the Boxing Day swimmers are inviting you to join them this year on Porthminster Beach for fun and frolics. By joining and donating £1 you will be helping to raise some funds for a local charity at the same time. If you don’t fancy taking the plunge then why not go and cheer on the swimmers - there’ll be hot chocolate and bacon butties from the beach café to keep you warm while you watch!

Swimming in the sea on boxing day

Luxury Cottages In St Ives for Christmas

Whether you're head over heels for wild and wintery Porthmeor or more swayed by the eclectic shops lining the cobbles of Fore Street, Christmas in St Ives has something for everyone and magical memories are sure to be made and treasured for years to come. If you're tempted by Christmas in St Ives or a festive retreat to Cornwall during the run up to the big day, head to our website to check availabilty or get in touch with our concierge team on 01736 799175.