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

(Click on the store name to visit their Facebook Page)

Salt Spring Books20% off art supplies, journals over $20, games over $20′ all Christmas stationery, and kids picture books. Shop with Egg Nog for Christmas cards and Christmas maps at 40%off
Giulietta Designs (Ganges Alley)20% off all stock, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Pathway to Wellness (Ganges Alley)20% off all gift cards 
Priestess + Deer (Ganges Alley)20% off all gift cards
Nook (Ganges Alley)Storewide 10% discount
Rainbow Road TradingHome cooked Thai food.
ChoicesOpen Late!
Pod Contemporary Gallery20% off all scarves and bags. Serving Wine throughout the evening
Treasures of the HeartEnjoy Christmas treats and drinks alongside lively live music with Adam and Usha
Thrive LifestyleEntire store 15% off. Men’s wear buy 1 get 1 60% off. Plus, Wheat Kids Clothing will be running an in-store pop-up for the evening with organic basics + more. 
Mondo Trading CompanySweets, music, in-store specials, + giveaways!
Salt Spring SoapworksSurprise in-store specials
Osisi Boutique (Ganges Alley)Enjoy special deals on a selection of leather bags and wallets 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 MoonDraw from Santa’s hat for a discount on your purchases. Complimentary gift wrapping with every purchase!
Frankly ScarletDraw out of Santa’s hat for surprise discounts and enjoy festive snacks. All sales slips will be entered to win the prizer of the night: a $100 gift card!
Waterfront Gallery20% off sale
Old SaltyTea, cookies, + a discount draw up to 30% off. Also chat with Author Chental Wilson : The Consciousness Coach who will be hanging out for the evening!
Twang & PearlCandy Cane Madness! Find candy canes hidden in the store with surprise discounts up to 30% off purchases.
SALT15/20/25% Discount Draw + Hidden Prizes + more!
Haiku Holiday Pop Up Shop @ Big Bear and the  WolfDrinks, prizes, cookies, + cheer! Super secret holiday photo booth! (4-6pm)
Om Grown Clothing Co20% off storewide + festive treats
Mouat’s ClothingDraw every half hour upstairs and downstairs from 4-8 for free in-store items. BOGO event. Enjoy mulled apple cider and treats while you shop.
Whiskers Pet StoreEnter to win a Cat or Dog stocking!
Cafe TaliaGrab a beverage to keep your hands warm while you shop. There will be specials on teas for the evening and a chance to enter to win a gift basket!
Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery2 for 1 canvas prints (size 11″x14″), and tomorrow night only 2 for 1 art calendars
Barb’s Bakery and Bistro25% bonus on gift certificates
InspiredNo GST/PST, surprise hourly sales, + hot cider and delicious treats. (In Fever Tree’s former space)

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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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