Santa Flies into Ganges Harbour on December 1st!

On Saturday, December 1st Santa will fly in with Salt Spring Air arriving at Ganges Harbour 1:15 pm  Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue will take Santa and his elves, in the Fire Truck, to Salt Spring Public Library arriving at 1:30.

With the help from some amazing elves from the Library, will have activities and hot chocolate set up for the kids. The Driftwood will have a photographer available, to take photos of the kids with Santa, between 1:30 pm to 4:00pm.  The following week Apple Photo will have the developed pictures ready to be picked up!

This will give him practice for the big night – he will be learning how to fly from the best pilots on the West Coast!  Stay in town for the Chili Contest and Sing-Along!

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Chili Cook Off December 1st!

Kick off the Holiday Season and come “Get your Glow On” during the 7th Annual Chili Cook-off and Community Carol to be held on Saturday, December 1st @ from 4 to 6 pm.

This event brings community together, with fun for the whole family! Featuring an exciting public taste test where the average Joe or Josephine can go up against some of Salt Springs top professional Chefs.  Bring the kids and sing-along to carols sung by Salt Spring’s Viva Chorale.   The fire hall, storefronts and the giant tree in Centennial Park will be lit up to provide a warm Christmassy glow.  Come join in on the fun!

Do you have the chili to win this year? Download our entry form and apply by November 24th (or until 20 spots or filled). This year the entry is FREE!


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Ganges Village “Shop Local Social” on December 13th

Ganges “Shop Local Social” is set for the evening of Thursday, December 13th from 4 to 8 pm.

Join the merchants of Ganges for an evening of late shopping, special incentives, holiday cheer … and most importantly fun! It really is possible to shop for your whole holiday list on island!

Have you noticed great new businesses & boutiques have popped up on our Island? Have you visited one of Salt Spring’s landmark businesses lately?  There is some really unique, boutique and exemplary customer service being offered right here “on the rock”!

Shopping local is not only fun, but it makes good sense.  Shopping for Christmas from locally owned businesses keeps dollars cycling in our community and helps ensure Salt Spring Island retains its distinctive character & charm.

Shop Local Social is your retail guide to all that our island has to offer – and stop for a re-fuel and a drink at one of our sweet eateries along the way!

Here are the participating stores and their “Shop Local Social” specials

Salt Spring BooksDecember specials are20% off art supplies, journals over $20, games over $20′ all Christmas stationery,and kids picture books. For late shopping night shopping come and have an egg nog with us and get all Christmas cards and Christmas map at 40%off
Giulietta Designs (Ganges Alley)20% off all my stock on the Shop Local evening and the following Friday and Saturday.
Pathway to Wellness (Ganges Alley)20% off all gift cards purchased
Priestess + Deer (Ganges Alley)December Big Beautiful Sale
Nook (Ganges Alley)We will be offering a storewide 10% discount during the event hours on December 13th., New shipments will be coming for the season. Stay tuned!
Rainbow Road TradingGary is cooking and serving Thai food.
Pod Contemporary Gallery20% off all scarves and bags for the event-Serving Vino throughout the evening
Treasures of the HeartAnnual Christmas Party, What: Beautiful LIVE MUSIC & SINGING by Adam and Usha, Christmas Snacks and Drinks
Thrive LifestyleThe entire store will be 15% off. Men’s section is buy 1 get 1 60% off. We’ll have Wheat Kids Clothing popping up in store with merino wool, holiday dresses, organic basics, etc.
Mondo Trading Companysee “Invitation” and “Promotion” poster we are having for the month of December (while quantities last)
Salt Spring Soapworkssurprise sales in store on the night of
Osisi Boutique (Ganges Alley)enjoy special deals on a selection of leather bags and wallets- some up to 25% off. With every purchase, enter to win an adorable dress for a special little one in your life, made by Osisi.
West of the MoonCome in to West of the Moon and draw from Santa’s hat for a discount on your purchases and don’t forget Big or Small we wrap it all! Complimentary gift wrapping with every purchase
Frankly ScarletWe are going to a discount draw from Santas Hat. Yummy snacks and Christmas Cheer.All Sales Slips will be entered for a end of evening Draw for a $100 gift certificate.
Waterfront Gallery20% off sale
Old SaltyAt Old Salty we will offer hot tea and cookies and customers can draw for discounts ranging for up to 30 % off regular priced items. We will be lucky enough to have local author Chental Williams in attendance on the Shop Local evening
Twang & PearlCandy Cane Madness
SALT15/20/25% Discount Draw + Hidden Prizes + more!
Haiku Holiday Pop Up Shop @ Big Bear + WolfEnjoy a warm beverage, holiday cookies and a super secret special holiday photo booth.
OMG Boutique20% off storewide / festive treats
Mouat’s Clothing 
Harlan’s ChocolatesAll Christmas items will be 10% off for the event.
Whisker’s Pet StoreWe will offer a draw for a cat stocking and a dog stocking separately for people who visit the store.
Cafe Talia (Bryan & Becka Heck)Gift basket draw. Drink specials on our teas + special treats.
Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery 
Barb’s Bakery and BistroAnnual 25% bonus on all Gift Certificates purchased that night.

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2018 Glowtini Contest – Let the Merriment Continue!

The 8th Annual Glowtini Contest is set for Friday, Decmber 7th 2018

The Harbour House has once again brought this festive event back into their house. It will be held in their newly re-done Crofton Conference Room. Serving time is 7 pm, participants are to arrive by 6:30 pm. Contestant order will be drawn at random the day before and will be announced via email or message to each participant.


  • The theme this year is “Classic to Contemporary”, take a classic cocktail recipe and bring it up to date in contemporary martini fashion. Bring your recipe in writing, your ingredients, and your inspiration. You will prepare your martini on-site for tasting and judging. Please bring enough for 4 fully garnished martinis plus another shaker with enough to pour 10 small tasters.
  • Judges scoring criteria: Personality, Presentation, Colour & Appearance, Taste, Balance, Finish, Festiveness, Garnish, Use of Theme and Glow factor!

Social Media:

Please find the event on our Facebook page and share, share, share! We will be focusing on the hashtags #glow #getyourglowon #saltspring so if you are on Instagram please join in on the fun.

Please register by November 30th by emailing your contestants name and contact info to


The Christmas on Salt Spring Committee

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Merry Monday – December 17th

Mark your calendars for Monday, December 17th for Merry Monday, a Fulford Village tradition going back a generation or two.  On this special night – always on the last Monday before Christmas – islanders and lucky visitors gather around a fire in the festively lit parking lot of the Salt Spring Mercantile, share local hot apple cider and sing holiday favourites together.  The sing-along is lead by Salt Spring’s own Canadian folk legend Valdy. It’s one of those community events that warms you to the tips of your mittens no matter what the weather is doing – and this community gathering has never once been cancelled due to weather.
Fulford Village merchants will be open late, serving up side dishes of cheer and offering specials.  What a perfect opportunity to get those great Salt Spring finds for friends and loved ones!
Carolling gets underway when the 5:50 ferry leaves the harbour and continues until the 7:50 ferry arrives.  Villagers ask you bring your own mug ~ they’ll provide the cheer. Fulford Village – it’s worth the trip!


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