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This Christmas in St Ives, enjoy the many festivities around the town!

From local St Ives Christmas markets, to Santa Claus coming to town at high tide.

December in St Ives is a magical place with a winter holiday to Cornwall being a perfect way to unwind before or after the holiday season.

Read our guide to Christmas in St Ives to find out what’s going on…

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Santa Claus is Coming to St Ives

Get ready for the arrival of Father Christmas this December in St Ives!

Santa will be ditching the sleigh and arriving by RNLI lifeboat.

Catch him sailing in on Friday 3rd December to St Ives harbour at 6pm.

You can also find him over the weekend at the Kidz R Us Theatre on 3rd and 4th December between 12 and 4pm.


St Ives Christmas Lights Switch On

To get the spirit of Christmas in St Ives in full swing, head to the town centre and see the beautiful Christmas lights.

The St Ives Christmas lights had a soft switch on at the end of October to avoid crowds.

The sparkling streets make a wonderful backdrop for evening strolls and walks to the pub.


St Ives Christmas Market

This year the St Ives Guildhall will host the St Ives Christmas Market.

Running from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December, you can find a range of beautiful and locally made products.

Support local businesses this Christmas in St Ives by purchasing some unique gifts, from bags made from recycled materials to fragrant candles.

basket of christmas decorations.


Una Spa Christmas Fayre

Visit this delightful fayre this Christmas in St Ives, hosted by Una Spa.

This small event will showcase local vendors, artists and craftspeople.

It’s the perfect chance to pick up some special gifts, or just buy a Christmas treat for yourself!

More information: Una Spa Christmas Fayre event page.


Christmas Window Competition

Santa’s elves have been busy arranging the St Ives Christmas Window Competition.

Starting from 22nd November, you can vote at The Wharf Post Office or the Library for the best Christmas displays around the town.

The final judging will take place on 11th December and winners will be announced.

Little boy looking at a Christmas shop window.


Live Events

Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates Pantomime

Enjoy a brilliant night at Kidz R Us Theatre watching a fun-filled pantomime!

This year’s panto is full of marauding pirates and ocean adventures.

Shows will be running on 20th – 23rd and 27th – 30th December, with a 2pm and a 6:30pm show each.

More information and tickets: Kidz R Us website.


Carbis Bay Holidays offer a range of beautiful self-catering holiday cottages perfect for a Christmas break in Cornwall.

Whether you’re seeking a dog-friendly cottage in St Ives for all the family, or luxury St Ives accommodation for a special occasion, you’ll find the perfect property.

Book your festive break to St Ives or Carbis Bay today with Carbis Bay Holidays.