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Today’s the day when Christmas 2019 celebrations officially get under way in St Ives.

Father Christmas will be arriving in town on the RNLI Lifeboat at 6pm and will tour the town. He will finish up at Royal Square for the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

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From that moment on, a varied programme of events, running right through until New Year’s Eve, gets started.

Tomorrow, there will be free parking in town as the historic Fayre Mo marks the traditional start of the festive season, at the St Ia Parish Church.

St Ives in December has partnered with the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) team to bring the programme together.

St Ives BID funds the town’s annual Christmas lights and New Year celebrations. It aims, particularly, to make New Year’s Eve safe for all.

And there will be a renewed focus on fighting the amount of litter left after the event.

Full details of the festive celebrations in town can be found in the new issue of our magazine, distributed this week. If you don’t have a copy, they can be picked up at various locations around St Ives (see below). Click our online what’s on guide here.

Magazine stockists

Bier Huis Grand Café, St Andrews Street
Café Art, Chapel Street
Cornish Deli, Chapel Street
Cornish Gems Coffee Lounge, Tregenna Hill
Drill Hall, Chapel Street
Jo Downs, Market Place
Norway Stores, Back Road West
Oates Travel, High Street
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West
Porthminster Beach Café
Sloop Studios, Back Lane
St Ives Bookseller, Fore Street
St Ives Library, Gabriel Street
St Ives Theatre, Lower Stennack
Tate St Ives
Western Hotel, Gabriel Street