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!

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!

Check back here for announcements of participating shops, and plan your night! And don’t forget that Glowtini is at Meaden Hall afterwards (go on you earned it!)

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!

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!


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.