Scheme to brighten St Ives in winter expands
THE TEAM behind last year's successful St Ives in December have released the first information about the programme designed to bring the town to life in a traditionally quiet time.
Last year's programme of events and activities to enliven the winter period for locals, visitors and businesses was put together by the town's busy chamber of trade and commerce.
But this year St Ives in December is an entity in itself, bringing together a range of groups and individuals from across St Ives and Carbis Bay.
New events are being added daily and from Fayre Mo, the traditional town fair, on November 30, St Ives will be a hub of activity.
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One new development is a Residents' Christmas Lights Competition to ensure that it is not just the town centre that is bathed in light during the festive period.
Santa will arrive in the harbour by lifeboat on December 6 followed by a parade around town then the Christmas Tree lights switch-on.
The Christmas Party Train will operate on selected trains on Saturdays before Christmas between St Erth and St Ives and Santa can be seen in his regular grotto at the Glass Tree in Fore Street (all proceeds to charity) – all starting on Saturday December 7.
That weekend the town will feature art and craft demonstrations and the town Treasure Hunt. There will be events for children, including art, craft and chocolate workshops. On December 21 and 22 the town will play host to a weekend of festive food and drink, hoping for a repeat of last year's big successes, the Big Christmas Food Market in the Guildhall.
The Kidz R Us panto this year is Dick Whittington and a Puppet Panto will be on at the Puppet Theatre at the Boat-house.
There will also be plenty of opportunities to join choirs and carol singers at various venues including the Tate and Carbis Bay Hotel.
A St Ives in December offers booklet will be available at the end of November, full of shop discounts and restaurant and café vouchers.
There will be a shop window display competition and visitors can vote for their favourite display on the St Ives in December Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stivesindecember
Paul Ford from St Ives in December said: "The chamber of trade and commerce has linked up with many local organisations – Round Table, Rotary, WI, RNLI and many others.
"They are already looking at options to help promote the whole month's festivities culminating in New Year's Eve celebrations for which the town is so well known." See
www.stivesindecember.co.uk for more details.