Santa Flies into Ganges Harbour on December 2nd!

On Saturday, December 2nd Santa will fly in with Salt Spring Air arriving at Ganges Harbour 1:00 pm  Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue will take Santa and his elves, in the Fire Truck, to Salt Spring Public Library arriving at 1:15

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 1:15 pm to 3:30 pm.  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 2nd

Kick off the Holiday Season and come “Get your Glow On” during the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off and Community Carol to be held on Saturday, December 2nd @ 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 25th (or until 20 spots or filled). This year the entry is FREE!

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Ganges Village “Shop Local Social” on December 14th

Ganges “Shop Local Social” is set for the evening of Thursday, December 14th 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!

And don’t forget that Glowtini is at Meaden Hall afterwards (go on you earned it!)

Plan Your Night! Here is a list of participating merchants! The shops in Ganges Alley are listed in their own separate section – don’t want you to miss them.

Whisker’s Pet Store – Special In Store Draw

Twang & Pearl – Candy Cane Madness (find hidden candy canes in the store with special discounts and prizes)

Barb’s Bakery & Bistro – Foxes at Play Pop Up & 25% Bonus on all gift certificates purchased this night only

Old Salty – Daily Deals Specials, along with hot tea, cool music and sweet treats

Fever Tree – Treats, small giveaways and a Discount Draw for all purchases from 5% to 25% off

Waterfront Gallery – 20% off entire store

SALT – Hot Cider + Stocking Stuffer Event. First Item 10% off, Two Items 15% off, Three Items 20% off

Rainbow Road Trading – Asian Street Food and hourly draw for discount on purchases

West of the Moon – Draw a 20% to 40% discount out of the stocking

Treasures of the Heart – Annual Christmas Party with live music, and a delectable spread of hors d’ouvres, desserts & Christmas drinks

Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art – Mulled Cider & Treats, plus hourly give away prize draw of artful gifts.

Salt Spring Island Wellness Centre – Discounts on Personal Training and complimentary Silk Road Tea

Island Escapades – Hot Cider & Treats, plus Draw a Discount from 10% to 25% for all purchases.

Pod Gallery – 20% off all clothing

Dragonfly Art Supplies – Special Sales & holiday refreshments

Built Environmental Design Works – 30% off everything that glitters, including all of their small but diverse collection of crystal.

Salt Spring Books – Free Gifts all evening

Mouat’s Clothing – Roll the Dice for Discounts with Hourly Specials TBA

Salt Spring Soapworks – Bath Bomb Seconds $2 each, stock up for winter

Axe & Reel – 30% off all consignment items and 20% off all new items in store

OMG – 15% off store wide all day long

Frankly Scarlett – Draw from the Discount Santa Hat for 15% to 20% off all purchases

Mondo Trading – Festive treats & drinks, in-store specials & giveaways. Plus a complimentary ornament with any purchase over $30

Jill Louise Fine Art Gallery – Warm cheer, fragrant brew, and a visual feast


In Ganges Alley:

Giulietta Designs – Bubbly refreshments & 10% off the entire store (including sale items). Plus customers who purchase a clothing or jewellery item will be eligible for a $25 gift card draw.

Big Bear + Wolf – Shoppers can enter a prize Draw for $50 value of wooden artwork.

Priestess + Deer – Discount Draw for all purchases

Osisi Boutique – Enter to Win with every purchase Draw! Plus refreshments & special winter sale selection

Catherine Sutherland Art & Design – Special Draws & Treats

Pathway to Wellness – Raffle for One PEMF Treatment

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2017 Glowtini Contest – Let the Merriment Continue!

The 7th Annual Glowtini Contest is set for Thursday, December 14th

Christmas on Salt Spring’s signature event is back!  The contest venue this year is Meadon Hall at the Royal Canadian Legion. The Glowtinis will start flowing at 8pm and will be auctioned off with proceeds supporting the Copper Kettle.

• The theme is “Farm to Cocktail” and all recipes made must include at least 1 local ingredient.
• Judges scoring criteria: Presentation, Finish, Balance & Texture, Taste, Colour & Festiveness, overall Performance, the use of Local Ingredient and “Glow” Factor.
• Participating Restaurants/Pubs are will be encouraged to make and serve their Glowtini throughout December with $1 from every Glowtini sold through December to be donated to Copper Kettle.

Social Media:
Please find the event on Facebook and share, share, share! We will be focusing on the hashtags #glow #GetYourGlowOn #ChristmasOnSaltSpring so if you are on Twitter or Instagram please join in on the fun.

Don’t forget to work up your thirst at the Ganges Shop Local Social from 4 til late!

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Merry Monday – December 18th

Mark your calendars for Monday, December 18th 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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