30th November – 2nd December 2012

The Christmas season will get a kick-start in Newquay this year, with a fantastically festive programme of events that promises to light up the town and banish winter blues, thanks to Newquay Business Improvement District (BID).

Everyone loves to be beside the seaside, even Santa’s reindeer, so amongst the highlights of Newquay’s 2012 Festive Festival will be a herd of real reindeer, which will take time out of their busy pre-Christmas schedule to hang out on the beach and meet and greet families for the first time ever. The reindeer will be outside the Hotel Victoria from 3pm on Friday 30 November – so don’t forget to keep an eye out for one with a red nose and whisper your Christmas wishes to them…

Friday 30th November will also see Christmas shoppers flocking to Newquay’s first Festive Food and Craft Market. With tasty treats and unique crafts on offer, the market, organised by Newquay BID, will run from midday until 8pm o

With fun and funky street entertainment from 5pm to 7pm, Friday will culminate in the big Christmas Lights switch-on along Cliff Road. Pirate FM’s Holly Day and the Love Crew will be helping to warm up the crowds before counting down to the big switch-on at 7pm. The town will light up in a riot of festive colour, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour, funded by Newquay Town Council.utside of the Hotel Victoria, offering the perfect chance to stock up on perfect presents for all.

A magical lantern parade will then wind its way from Cliff Road to Newquay Harbour, featuring a bespoke City of Lights supersize lantern, Camborne Youth Band and a lively samba band that’s guaranteed to get everyone boogying in the Christmas spirit.  Many shops will be open until 8pm, offering mulled wine and mince pies to customers.


On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, shops throughout the town will come alive as they take part in a window display contest, hoping to impress the judges with the most creatively Christmassy design, whilst providing an impressive spectacle for shoppers at this time of year.

The street entertainment will continue throughout the weekend, with live music, kids’ activities, events and craft workshops organised by businesses in the town to enhance the Christmas spirit. Newquay BID Manager Eve Wooldridge said: “Newquay’s Christmas celebrations are set to be bigger and better than ever and we’ve been planning for months and liaising with Newquay Town Council to make sure it all goes with a bang. We’re delighted that we’ve got real reindeer coming to the town for the first time, which will certainly add a bit of festive magic to the weekend’s events. It’s crucial that everyone supports the town’s high street for this event so that we organise an equally fantastic programme of events next year.”

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