Celebrating New Year's Eve in St Ives couldn't be more colourful. If you're not dressed up in the wackiest of fancy dresses then you will stand out from the crowd, of which there are many!
So, what can you expect on New Year’s Eve in St Ives
You can expect to see many, many people. Imagine the crowds that St Ives sees in the summer ALL in fancy dress and walking around the town as soon as the lights fade. The evening is split into two halves really. From sunset to around 8 pm, you can expect to see families with younger children all dressed up and walking along the harbour front and Fore Street. You will be smelling the delicious food that all the restaurants prepare for their two sittings of the evening too. The restaurants like to allow New Year’s revellers to have a table for the night where they can dip in and out of the street festivities. Book a table from 8 pm onwards and you can almost guarantee that you have a warm base for the night where you can eat a fabulous New Year menu, drink moreish wine and have access to the loos too! The crowds get bigger, and more animated and the costumes even more hilarious once the children go to bed. If you have booked a holiday cottage in St Ives which is within the action, you may just opt to cook at home and watch the hilarity from your window. Our best holiday cottages in St Ives to do this very thing are Artists Light, 2 Harbour House, Harbour Beach Cottage, Sea Fever, 6 Sunnyside, Artists Harbour and, with the help of binoculars, Sea Spirit!
Parking in St Ives gets a little trickier as does moving around in a car on the actual eve of the New Year (expect the harbour front to be closed to cars from early evening onwards on the 31st of December). Given it is one of the most popular times of the year and way to celebrate the New Year, St Ives is full to capacity which means the public car parks too. There are 5 public car parks in St Ives with Trenwith (St Ives Leisure Centre) being the largest of 700+ spaces. The others are small in comparison and so, if you are lucky enough to find a space at the start of your holiday, our recommendation is you don’t move it again until your depart! If you want greater freedom to go off and explore Cornwall when on holiday – and why wouldn’t you, it’s a treasure trove of beauty – we recommend parking at St Ives Rugby Club where there is ample room. It is a bit of a walk into the heart of St Ives so be prepared for this but taxis are on hand if you don’t fancy a 20-minute walk to and from your car. If you prefer to book a holiday cottage in St Ives with parking of its own, have a browse of what we have to offer in our Holiday Cottage with Parking Collection. If you have left it too late to come and see in 2023 in St Ives, book now for 2023 into 2024 festivities and bag yourself the best property to see the fireworks and have parking too!
Speaking of fireworks, that is exactly what you can expect when you come to celebrate New Year’s in St Ives. At midnight, the sky is illuminated with every colour possible and the shapes, sizes and loudness of the bangs, whirls and crashes are super impressive. It’s the sort of firework show where you get emotional and feel it in your very soul that a new year has just started and there is new hope and direction to take. The festivities tend to continue well into the early hours so be prepared to not have much beauty sleep if you have chosen to book a holiday cottage right in the centre of the town such as the harbourfront. If you want to throw yourself into the fun but have a chance to retreat and get some quality shut-eye once you’re full to the brim, we recommend booking either in the quieter areas of Downalong such as on Island Road or Carnscrows Street or move higher up the town such as Ayr Lane, Windsor Terrace or The Belyars. We are very happy to match the right holiday properties to each guest, so give us a call at 01736 806100 and tell us what would make THE best place to stay in St Ives on New Year’s Eve.