Santa Flies into Ganges Harbour on December 3rd!

On Saturday, December 3rd 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 Ganges Light Up!

2016 Chili Cook Off – Details , Rules & Entry Form

So you think you make fantastic chili? All your friends tell you it’s the best they’ve ever had? Think you could give some of the local chefs a run for their money? Want bragging rights for the whole year? Well, cook up a pot of your best chili and come on down. Let’s see what you can do! To enter please fill in the registration form below and drop it at the Chamber Office, Auntie Pesto’s Café, Persnickety Clothing for Kids or Ganges Stationary.

Date: Saturday, December 3rd
Place: Sidewalk at Centennial Park
Registration & Set Up: 3pm to 3:30pm
Blind Tasting: Between 4pm and 6pm
Winner Announced: 6pm
Entry: $25 per entry

● Chili must be served from a non-commercial crock pot
● NO add on or extra’s (sides) of any kind. Chili must be served on it’s own with
NO exceptions…
● Extra points awarded for creativity and local ingredients!
● Entries MUST be set up by 3:30 pm.
● Min 2 Gallons required. If you have a small crock pot please bring a pot to refill from.
● Entries MUST have an ingredient list on hand.
● Chili’s will be numbered for testing. No names, logos or other identification allowed.

Questions? Email:

CHEQUE Cheques made payable to Christmas On Salt Spring
2016 Chili Cook-off

Entry Deadline: Thursday, December 1st.


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Chili Cook Off and Ganges Village Light Up December 3rd

Kick off the Holiday Season and come “Get your Glow On” during the Ganges Light Up, Outdoor Concert and Chili Cook-off to be held on Saturday, December 3rd @ from 4 to 6 pm.

Fun for the whole family this event brings community together. With a exciting public taste test where the average Joe or Josephine can go up against some of Salt Springs top professional Chef’s. Do you have the Chili to win this year? Bring the kids and sing-along to carols sung by Salt Spring’s Viva Corale.   Salt Spring businesses with storefronts  will participate and light up with us. At 5pm we flip the switch to Light up the giant tree in the centre of Centennial Park.  Join in on the fun!


Ganges Shop Local & Social

This year’s Ganges Shop Local Social is set for the evening of Thursday, December 8th 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 that a plethora of new businesses & boutiques have popped up on our Island lately? 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. Buying from locally owned businesses keeps dollars cycling in our community and helps ensure Salt Spring retains its distinctive character & charm.

Let the Christmas on Shop Local Social be your retail guide to all that our island has to offer (And stop for a re-fuel at one of our sweet eateries along the way).

Check in on the following merchants to see what’s in store:

Mouat’s Clothing:  Roll the dice for a discount and other giveaways as the night progresses, (as well as other surprises and free gift wrapping)

Twang & Pearl: Candy Cane Madness (candy canes will be hidden around the store with surprise discounts) & free gift wrapping

Green Grocer: Specialty Foodie Gift Baskets for $25 and up are available.  The basket contents have been donated and the entire $ amount paid for every basket will be given to the Salt Spring Food Bank

Culture Aveda Salon: Buy 3 or more products and receive 20% off / Plus fabulous door prizes and holiday drinks & treats

Barb’s Bakery & Bistro: 25% Bonus on all gift cards (this night only) from 5 to 8 pm

SSI Gallery: Beautiful art card with each purchase

SALT: 15% off store wide and free gift wrapping

Island Escapades: Draw out of the hat for up to 40% off everything in the store, discount to be chosen at till ~  and hot apple cider for shoppers

Treasures of the Heart:  Serving up snacks & drinks and live music

OMG: 20% off store wide (all day, until 7pm)

Harlan’s Chocolate: 10% off store wide

West of the Moon: Take a dip into the Santa hat for surprise discounts

Old Salty: 30% off all fashion accessories

Waterfront Gallery: 20% discount on all sales 5 to 8 pm

Rainbow Road Trading: 20 years on SSI celebration, cooking up mountains of delicious Asian street food

Salt Spring Roasting Co:  Seasonal specialty drinks tastings and handmade treats plus a draw for 3 x $15 gift cards

Salt Spring Books:  20% off STOREWIDE from 4 to 8 pm. Plus serving up delicious hot chocolate

Salt Spring Wellness Centre:  serving free Silk Road tea and offering gift baskets & gift certificates

Bohemia Consignment:  Everything in the store up to 50% off, plus for every $20 you spend on a gift certificate, you get an extra $5

Choices Clothing Store:  20% off STOREWIDE from 4-8 pm. Plus serving up hot apple cider, and holiday treats. Free Gift Wrapping

Salt Spring Soapworks:  Prize draw and specials available from 5 till closing

The Shops of Gasoline Alley: Join all the shops in gasoline alley for some festive night shopping ~ beautiful gifts, festive cheer and lots of laughs

AFTER shopping, everyone is invited to the Legion after 8:00pm to enjoy the 6th Annual ‘Glowtini’ Competition – mixologists from local restaurants and pubs will concoct their signature Holiday Cocktails to be sipped first by a panel of local and off-island judges to determine whose creation will be THE Glowtini for this year’s Christmas on Salt Spring!

2016 Glowtini Contest – Where the holidays begin!

The 6th Annual Glowtini Contest is set for Thursday, December 8th

The contest venue is the Royal Canadian Legion. Serving time is 8 pm, participants to arrive by 7:30 pm. Contestant order will be announced at the event.

• The theme is “Farm to Cocktail” Bring your recipe in writing, your ingredients and inspiration. You will prepare your martini on-site for tasting and judging. Bring at least enough for 5 Martini’s, 3 judges, 1 to be auctioned off and 1 or more for safe measure.
• 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 must be prepared to make and serve their Glowtini throughout December as part of our new “People’s Choice Award”. Please note we are no longer expecting restaurants to serve the winning cocktail but instead you will serve and sell your version of the Glowtini. $1 from every Glowtini sale through December will be donated to Copper Kettle. Please create a button on your system to track this.

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

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

Christmas on Salt Spring Committee
2016 Glowtini Contest


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Christmas Lights on Ganges Harbour 2016

This Christmas we will make Ganges Harbour really sparkle!  Great prizes for the best decorated boat! Join in the parade of lights around the harbour on Sunday, December 18th from 6pm to 7pm
Ganges Coast Guard will be escorting the boats.  It’s a chance to show our boater’s spirit.  Light up the docks for December if you can’t join in the cruise!  Every boat is invited to win!

Gather at the Coast Guard Dock at the Ganges Waterfront, at Fever Tree Trading or at the Oystercatcher for this family friendly Lights on Ganges Harbour event.

Special thanks to all these local businesses for the prizes & gift cards:  Mouat’s Home Hardware, BMO, Mouat’s Clothing, The Oystercatcher, Bees Wax Works, Fever Tree, Twang & Pearl,
Old Salty, El Loco Taco, Thrifty Foods, Saltspring Soapworks, Jill Louise Campbell Gallery,Salt Spring Inn and Moonshine Mama’s.
For more information email or call 250-221-0703

Merry Monday – December 19th

Mark your calendars on December 19th for Merry Monday, a Fulford Village tradition going back a generation or two.  On this special night, 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 song is lead by none other than 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!


Top Ten List to Help Get Your Glow on Salt Spring Island!

This holiday season, Salt Spring Island is the ideal get-away.  Come “Get Your Glow-on!” Escape the hustle and bustle of congested holiday shopping, find the peace of the season and discover boutique shopping, winery tours, galleries, outdoor adventures, dining foodie experiences and a unique destination for the holidays. It also offers some celebrity magic as Canadian celeb singer Valdy share holiday songs with locals and visitors alike.

Salt Spring is home to some of the best craft fairs in BC (and most cozy: picture cedar scented halls, decked with boughs of holly & jolly) packed to the rafters with handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list.  Our island also boasts a unique array of boutique shopping with that rustic charm you are seeking.  Salt Springers also know how to throw a festive party, with highlights such as Santa arriving by float plane and the popular Glowtini contest where island mixologists compete to mix the best locally inspired Christmas cocktail. Top it off with a wide array of tasty and cozy dining options, and a plethora of accommodations ranging from cabins, B&B’s to some of Canada best luxury suites, Salt Spring has you covered this holiday season.  Invite your friends and family to this Gulf Island get-away!

The festivities kick off on November 25th with a host of things to do and enjoy.

To help you “Get Your Glow ON!” here’s our Top 10 list:

1) Bring home a treasured artisan gift at WinterCraft from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22nd

2) Meet the real locals at Beaver Point and Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fairs – Dec 2nd to 5th

3) Visit Santa at the floatplane dock but only if you’ve been good – Dec. 3rd

4) Get your inner glow on at the Chili Cook-Off Competition – Dec. 3rd

5) Bask in the brightness of the Annual Light Up and carol sing-along – Dec. 3rd

6) Stroll through Ganges Village during Open Late Shop & Social – Dec. 8th

7) Imbibe in a festive holiday cocktail during the famous Glowtini Contest – Dec 8th

8) Do the famed market when the Seasonal Saturday Market – Dec 10th , 17th & 24th

9) Join in the parade of lights around the Ganges Harbour – Sunday, Dec. 18th

10) It’s Merry Monday in Fulford Village – need we say more, okay Valdy! – Dec. 19th

About the Salt Spring Christmas Committee:

The Salt Spring Christmas Committee is comprised of the Island’s retailers, restaurant owners, specialty stores, accommodation providers, local media, non-profit groups, the island’s arts community and the members of the Chamber of Commerce.  Title sponsor for Christmas on Salt Spring is Country Grocer.