New Year’s Eve in St Ives

St Ives is a brilliant place to see in the New Year, we’ve done it three times in a row and after a year or two off we’re dying to get back to the craziness of it all. Things start early on New Year’s Eve and by 5pm the whole town is dressed up in fancy dress and parading the streets.It is not just for the locals this one EVERYONE is expected to get dressed up and get into the spirit! We’ve seen chickens, an olympic bobsleigh team with full lycra and bobsleigh, all the super heores, the cast of Little Britain, the Flint Stones, nuns, penguins jockeys, tigers and  the obligatory pirates! From toddlers to grannies everyone gets involved and there’s a carnival atmosphere, not just on the streets but in all the pubs and restaurants where you’ll see Snow White eating her fish and chips with the Incredible Hulk, Elvis and Cleopatra.

Most people go from pub to bar, there’s a bit of dancing on the streets, live music and fireworks just after midnight. The streets are closed to cars but beyond that there’s no real plan – this is a party made by the people and  great for all the family. If you want to get a taste of it (photos don’t really do it justice) take a look at this video of last year’s celebrations.

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