Christmas Shopping in St Ives

Conor Fletcher

It may be mid-November, but St Ives has been getting ready for the festive season for weeks. As the Christmas lights illuminate the town, there's definitely a feeling that Christmas is coming.

As we start to think about this special time of year, thoughts of shopping and the purchasing of gifts for family and friends have begun. A trip to St Ives this winter can offer the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping, with unique gifts, art, Cornish foods and treats on offer throughout the town. Staying in one of our luxury self-catering apartments means you are just a short walk from the town, art galleries and cafes too - for when you need a little break from shopping to grab a hot chocolate or mince pie.

Why not enjoy a weekend of Christmas shopping, and enjoy the festive feeling and friendly atmosphere that St Ives will bring this December?

Shopping in St Ives

St Ives offers the perfect shopping experience, with a mixture of independent retailers, handmade craft and gifts, surf shops, art galleries and Cornish food stores. Finding the ideal present for a loved one this Christmas is definitely taken care of.

Start your shopping trip off, head towards town and just a few minute’s walk from self-catering apartments is Illustrated Living located on Fish Street. Home to a collection of homewares and lifestyle products; including lighting, textiles, gifts and jewellery.

For something special visit Jo Downs on Market place. Jo is one of the most respected fused glass designers, making beautiful handmade glass creations inspired by coastal landscapes. Stylish and unique artworks including statement wall pieces to delicate Christmas decorations. Take a look at one of our favourites,  Jo’s ‘Shoaling fish’ collection for inspiration.

Visit the cosy independent St Ives Bookseller on Fore Street to collect books for all the family including a large collection of local literature to remind you of Cornwall when you get home, alongside well known titles and new reads. There is also a great selection of children’s books including the story of Christmas in Cornwall.

Taking home some Cornish produce is a must at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. Johns Cornish Produce, located on the harbour front has everything from Cornish Shortbreads and biscuits, cheeses and crackers for Boxing Day to sweet treats including fudge and chocolates to gift to family and friends, or to keep for yourself to enjoy across the festive period. Oh, and don’t forget the clotted cream for your mince pies!

Johns Cornish Produce also make hamper's, perfect for gifting and if you’re looking to enjoy a Cornish tipple over the festive period, then Johns second store, Johns wines, located on Fore Street, is an expert in craft spirit, fine wines and local beers.

Christmas Markets

It’s lovely spending a few hours wondering around a Christmas Market at this time of year, whether you are hoping that it will get in the festive spirit, or to find a local and unique gift or treat yourself or someone special.

Nancledra School Christmas Fayre is being held on 24th & 25th November and showcases so many wonderful stalls with local and handmade products and offers lots of festive fun. The Cafe will also be open serving home made refreshements, hot foodand mulled wine

Coastal Christmas Market Take a stroll along the coastal path to Carbis Bay on either of the first two weekends in December and enjoy a Christmas market on the beach (well almost). The beach promenade will be bustling with Christmas craft stalls, artisan stands, live musical performances, a Santa’s grotto, and festive food and drink. With over 40 stalls each day and different stallholders each weekend, shop local and enjoy browsing the many Cornish seller's stalls for festive treats and gifts.

If you are looking to book a short break in St Ives this December to get you in the festive spirit, why not take a quick peek at our availability here?

We hope to see you soon.