24 Ways to Celebrate the Season on Salt Spring Island in December 2016 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events Visit magical Salt Spring Island in December - a perfect place to celebrate the holiday season! Check out unique Christmas Craft Markets, peruse Christmas Markets in the Park and visit Santa as he whiles the days away until Christmas Eve! Staying for Christmas? Chop down your own tree, trim it with handmade ornaments and enjoy local goodies in front of a toasty fire! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> December 2016 Events on Salt Spring Island Pick out your very own Christmas Tree at the Hepburn Tree farm (182 Beaver Point Road)! Peruse dozens of beautiful trees (and say hello to the sheep in the nearby field) to take home and decorate for the holidays! Wintercraft | November 25th - December 22nd | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Enjoy this seasonal annual arts and crafts extravaganza Wintercraft Christmas Market Salt Spring Islandwith beautiful pieces perfect for gifts for everyone on your list representing work by artisans from across the Southern Gulf Islands. Celebration of Trees | December 2nd - 30th | 9:00am to 11:00pm | Harbour House Hotel: 121 Upper Ganges Road | Enjoy decorated Christmas trees by local community groups and businesses - vote for your favourite by putting an item under it for the Salt Spring Food Bank or donate money to the Copper Kettle! Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair | Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th | 2nd: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 3rd: 9:00am to 5:00pm; 4th: 10:00am to 4:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford Ganges Road | Peruse the work of 55 artists from Salt Spring Island ranging from textiles, fibre arts, pottery, jewelry, chocolates, preserves, teas, baked goods, vinegar, ceramics, soaps, lotions, creams and more at the Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair! Beaver Point Hall Christmas Craft Fair | Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th | 2nd: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 3rd: 10:00am to 5:00pm; 4th: 10:00am to 4:00pm | Beaver Point Hall: 1365 Beaver Point Road | Experience all Salt Spring has to offer under one roof at the Beaver Point Hall Christmas Craft Fair! Find everything from hand forged knives, fine jewellery, hand made pottery, fine woodworking, soaps and lotions and more! Winterfest | Saturday 3rd | 10:00am to 2:00pm | Salt Spring Centre School: 355 Blackburn Road | Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 20th Annual Winterfest with fun for the whole family including craft-making, delicious food, the winter woolens thrift shop, holiday songs and more! Santa Fly In | Saturday 3rd | 1:00pm | Greet Santa at the Float Plane dock as he arrives in Style! He will then be chauffered to the library in a Salt Spring Fire Truck where he will pose for photos with children. Ornament making, hot chocolate and mandarin oranges will add to the delight of the day. Chili Cook-Off | Saturday 3rd | 4:00pm to 6:00pm | $25 Entry Fee | Pit your chilli making skills against Salt Springs Finest! Christmas Light Up in Ganges Village | Saturday 3rd | 5:00pm to 6:00pm | See Ganges decorated in hundreds of twinkling lights as they light up for the first time for the season at the annual Light-up of Ganges Village, featuring a giant Christmas Tree in Centennial Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the festive season with decorated windows, carols featuring Viva Corale and Santa himself! Plant Division Workshop | Friday 7th | 10:00am to 12:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Free for Members | Join the Salt Spring Island Conservancy and provide new plants for future restoration projects at local Nature Reserves while learning about native plants. Learn how to identify common aquatic plants, how these species are adapted to aquatic environments and how to divide them so they will grow into new plants. Glowtini Contest and Shop Late & Social | Thursday 8th | 5:00pm to 10:00pm | Ganges Village & Royal Canadian Legion: 120 Blain Road | Take in some late night shopping in Ganges Village and "get your glow on" at the 6th Annual Glowtini Contest featuring local mixologists competing for the best Martini of the Holidays staying true to the theme farm to cocktail! Santa Ship | Saturday 10th | 7:00pm | Floatplane Dock | Santa and his crew start off in the morning from Bellingham, Washington and head to Saturna, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and finally, by nightfall, Salt Spring Island. The ship sails into Ganges Harbour a-twinkle with colorful lights, glittering garland and a chorus of Christmas carols, fireworks, hot chocolate and the man in red himself. GISS Improv: Holiday Home Show | Saturday 10th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 | The hosts of Gulf Islands Secondary School Improv teams past, present and future are stuck in a remote cabin, performing awesome improv scenes, and special musical guests keep dropping by to sing holiday favorites Christmas Markets in the Park | Saturday 10th, 17th & 24th | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges Road at Lower Ganges Road | Enjoy this take on the popular Summer Saturday Market as the make it, bake it, grow it takes on a holiday twist with gifts, wreaths, decorations, food stuffs and more! Rainwood Winter Dance Recital | Friday 16th | 7:00 pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $8 - $16 | Rainwood Dance Studio is pleased to take our first step onto the ArtSpring stage. Students and instructors are very excited to share our dances in various genres with our families and our community. Sidney & Salt Spring Island Christmas Bird Count | Sunday 18th | Help count unique bird species across Salt Spring Island (South Salt Spring/Sidney in tandem with North Salt Spring/Galiano) during the 2016 Christmas Bird Count! In 2015, 149 unique species were spotted during the Christmas Bird Count on North Salt Spring and Galiano Islands. Help find even more at the 117th annual Christmas Bird Count from your backyard to beyond! 8th Annual Cusheon Lake Christmas Carol Canoe Caravan | Sunday 18th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Meet at Cusheon Lake public dock | Go caroling dock to dock around the lake. We’ll enjoy a warming beverage and snacks afterwards so please bring something to share. Not needed: a great singing voice. Must have: a sense of humour! Christmas Lights on Ganges Harbour | Sunday 18th | 6:00pm to 7:00pm | Ganges Harbour | This Christmas make Ganges Harbour really sparkle! Join in the parade of lights around the harbour with prizes for the best decorated boat! Merry Monday | Monday 19th | 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Fulford Village | Islanders and visitors alike gather around a fire in the festively lit parking lot of the Salt Spring Mercantile, sharing hot apple cider and sing holiday favourites with Canadian Folk Legend Valdy. Family Christmas at ArtSpring | Wednesday 21st | 5:00pm to 7:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | Cost: Food Bank Donation | Families, children, and Salt Springers of all ages are invited to a free winter holiday celebration! From 5:00pm to 6:30pm, enjoy hot chocolate and goodies in the lobby and make Christmas crafts. From 6:30pm to 7:30pm, everyone is welcome to raise their voices in song for the Christmas Sing-Along in the theatre with holiday favourites such as Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Want to make the perfect Salt Spring Island goody basket for the lucky person on your list? Get festive with wines from Salt Spring Vineyards, Mistaken Identity Vineyards and Garry Oaks Vineyard; brew from Salt Spring Island Ales; and cider from Salt Spring Wild Cider. Load up on cheese at Salt Spring Island Cheese Company or Moonstruck Cheese and don't forget mouthwatering preserves from SaltSpring Kitchen co. and topped off with a mason jar of Moonshine Mama's Elixirs + Tonics! Sure to be a treat for any foodie on your list! Christmas Day Gathering | Sunday 25th | 11:00am to 8:00pm | Fulford Community Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Join Michael and Helga for their annual Christmas Day gathering! Fun and food for all! Strap on your snowshoes and head up to Mount Maxwell for a snowy adventure when the snowline appears at the mountaintop! Enjoy a winter wonderland amidst snow laden trees and experience breathtaking views from the summit of the surrounding snow capped mountains! Be sure to grab a hot cup of cocoa to warm up on your way back through town! Moby’s Pub New Year’s Bash | Saturday 31st | 7:00pm to 2:00am | Moby's Pub: 124 Upper Ganges Road | $25 - $50 | Ring in the New Year at Moby's featuring Roots Round Up! Celebrate with midnight champagne, appies and party favours!