Christmas Carols on Mount Zion
We go to St Ives every Christmas! It’s quiet compared to the rest of the year, but somewhere like St Ives is never a ghost town. Many, if not all, the restaurants tend to be open; as do the shops. If there are particular restuarants or places you like to visit, you could always check first. You will certainly find it quieter than July/August, but it is a lovely time of year to visit without the crowds. The weather is mixed, but just make sure you take layers of clothing. We always eat out on Christmas Day before going for a long walk along the coast or on a beach. It can be bracing, but we love it!
Go for it – if you don’t try it you will never know. Who knows, you may even like it.
For pre-Christmas shopping, despite having some very good independent shops we have always struggled to compete with Truro and Penzance and the closure of Woolworths and inexorable spread of internet shopping has made things even worse.
Last year, in an attempt to boost trade the town council helped promote an initiative called ‘Festive Fridays’ on the 3 Fridays before Christmas.
It was late-night shopping, free car parking and a series of street entertainments which included the Christmas Lights switch-on at the Guildhall, carol singing, the St Ives Concert Band, Santa, a Fancy Dress competition, a Stars treasure hunt with grand prize of a meal for 2 at the Porthminster Hotel, Puppet shows and on the last Friday (18th) performing around the town were The Guisers, Heyl Town Band, The Laudate Choir, the Chapel Choir, and The Hayle and St Ives Afternoon Choir.
I don’t know whether this will be repeated this year but imagine it will as they try to establish this as a tradition of the town. Full details will appear on the Events Calendar of the town website as soon as they are available so have a look at it around mid-October. The Kidz R Us group usually put on a show around then too, last year it was a panto based around the Robinson Crusoe story.
So St Ives is very much open for business in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Relative to the summer season and even the October half-term it is indeed a ‘ghost town’ but there’s still plenty for people to see and do, and as Suzi points out it’s always going to be a great base for exploring the rest of the peninsula and their Christmas attractions.