If you are still undecided on where to celebrate Christmas or New Year this year, then why not visit beautiful St Ives for some very special festive seaside fun!
While the rest of the UK could be shivering with a seasonally icy cold winter, St Ives always seems to be blessed with mild gulf stream weather. Perfect for bracing beach walks, Christmas shopping in the many lovely independent shops or cosying up in one of the many pubs or restaurants that St Ives has to offer.
St Ives comes alive in early December when Santa officially comes to town on December 2nd at 3pm. Its quite a unique occasion and the kids will love it. Santa comes into the harbour on the ‘Nora Stachura’, the town’s fabulous new life boat and the festivities begin! Santa makes an appearance in The Candyland Christmas grotto at the Salvation Army on Wharf road between 3.30 – 5.30 pm, which is closely followed at 6pm by the St Ives Christmas Parade, where locals and holiday makers alike join the amazing lantern parade starting at St Ia Parish Church and parades through the bustling cobbled streets lit up by all Christmas trees on festive shop fronts.
Leading down to the harbour & collecting Santa from his grotto before all making your way up to the Royal Square where the Xmas lights will be turned on at 7pm sharp accompanied by Christmas stalls & live music from the Phoenix singers to round off a perfect super Saturday in St Ives.
If you fancied going further afield whilst visiting for Christmas, I would recommend an hours drive up to The Eden Project where family ice skating is a must! Make a day of it and visit the wonderful biomes and sample some of the delicious food that’s on tap at the Eden cafes, or make the most of your day and pop into the Lost Gardens of Heligan to round off a perfect day out.
My most favourite tradition is heading over to Mousehole to see arguably the best and most famous Christmas lights in Cornwall. Plan your arrival as dusk falls, but make sure you arrive early enough as parking is limited and the spectacle is always a very busy occasion but very worthwhile. The town and harbour are transformed with many spectacular festive lights which extend right out into the harbour waters and high above Mousehole itself. Of course no trip to Mousehole would be complete without popping into the Ship Inn for a pint or having some excellent, gastronomic pub food at The Old Coastguard, but what I like most is grabbing some take away fish and chips and devouring them overlooking the harbour and soaking up the festive atmosphere.
For the thrill seekers amongst you, why not pop down to Porthminster beach on Boxing Day, brave the waves and partake in the annual Boxing Day Swim to blow away the cobwebs and excesses of Christmas Day!! Take your four legged friends too, they will love a post Christmas swim. Don’t worry about getting cold, as you can soon warm up with a very welcome bacon butty or hot chocolate from the beach café.
Finally for one of the main events of the year, everyone should join in with the New Year’s Eve celebrations in St Ives where thousands of revelers all dress up in weird and wonderful fancy dress to celebrate and enjoy one of the best street parties in the UK! Every year I am amazed how many people make such an effort to dress up with the vast majority making their own unique outfits. Remember if you are hiring a costume, book it well in advance. You never know, you may be famous with the local paper who are always keen to take photos of the best dressed revelers! With live music and fireworks at midnight from Smeaton’s Pier, it will truly be a memorable night and best way to see in 2018!
So if you are tempted for a very special and memorable Xmas and New Year, why not stay in one of our amazing seaside cottages, beautiful houses or fabulous apartments. We have many unique properties to suit all of your needs. For further information or to book ,visit www.cherishedcottages.co.uk or call our very friendly cherished team on 01736 490 640 now. Festive greetings!
Author : Tim Petersen