24 Reasons to Celebrate the Season on Salt Spring Island in December 2017 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events The holiday season is a magical time on Salt Spring Island - check out unique Christmas Craft Markets, peruse the quaint shops in the villages of Ganges & Fulford and don't forget to visit Santa! Staying for Christmas? Chop down your own tree, trim it with handmade ornaments and enjoy local foodstuffs in front of a toasty fire! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> December 2017 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 evergreen trees to take home and decorate for the holidays! Also look for local wreaths and holiday decor at farmstands island wide! Wintercraft | November 24th - December 21st | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Enjoy this seasonal annual arts and crafts extravaganza Wintercraft Christmas Market Salt Spring Island with beautiful pieces perfect for gifts for everyone on your list with works by artisans from across Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Festival of Trees | November 29th to January 2nd | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Harbour House Hotel: 121 Upper Ganges Road | Enjoy beautifully decorated trees by community societies, businesses and members of the public at this 4th annual event - pick your favourites with a food bank donation. Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair | Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd | 1st: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 2nd: 10:00am to 5:00pm; 3rd: 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 1st to Sunday 3rd | 1st: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 2nd: 10:00am to 5:00pm; 3rd: 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! Santa Fly In | Saturday 2nd | 1:00pm | Greet Santa at the Float Plane dock as he arrives in Style (giving the reindeer a little break before their big day)! He will be chauffeured to the library in a Salt Spring Fire Truck for photos where children can also enjoy ornament making and delicious treats of hot chocolate and mandarin oranges. Chili Cook-Off | Saturday 2nd| 4:00pm to 6:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges at Lower Ganges Road | Pit your chilli making skills against Salt Spring's best! Winter Market in the Park | Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd | 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! 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 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! Santa Ship | Saturday 9th | 6:00pm | 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. Enjoy hot chocolate while you wait to welcome Santa to the harbour! Salty Pear Christmas Bazaar | December 8th/9th; 14th/15th/16th; 21st/22nd/23rd | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Salty Pear Gallery: 279 Rainbow Road | Find something for everyone on your list at this curated parlour adorned with a fresh and exciting array of small-batch, sustainably hand-made and locally sourced products. 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! Salt Spring Singers present ‘Yuletide Fire’ | Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th | 9th: 7:30pm; 10th: 2:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $18 | Some of the most beautiful music ever composed proclaims Christmas and the Solstice. Join us to celebrate the Winter season with sacred pieces by Bach, Barber, Britten, and Handel, traditional arrangements by Willcocks, Rutter, Davies, and a wonderful new Suite composed by Tate with lyrics written by Emily Carr. Glowtini Contest | Thursday 14th | 5:00pm to 10:00pm | Ganges Village & Meaden Hall: 120 Blain Road | $15 - $20 | "Get your glow on" at the 7th Annual Glowtini Contest featuring local mixologists competing for the best Martini of the Holidays! Cusheon Lake Christmas Carol Canoe Caravan | Saturday 16th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Cusheon Lake | Come by Cusheon Lake for the 9th annual Christmas Carol Canoe Caravan! Meet at the public dock with your boat and then go caroling dock to dock around the lake or stay at the dock and sing! Enjoy a warm beverage and snacks afterwards. Sidney & Salt Spring Island Christmas Bird Count | Sunday 17th | Help count unique bird species across Salt Spring Island (South Salt Spring/Sidney in tandem with North Salt Spring/Galiano) during the 2017 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 118th annual Christmas Bird Count from your backyard to beyond! Handel’s Messiah | Sunday 17th | 2:00pm to 3:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5 - $20 | Dust off your score (or borrow one at the door) and warm-up your voices to share in this 7th annual singalong. Singing is encouraged, but listeners are equally and warmly welcomed. Merry Monday | Monday 18th | 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. Christmas With Scrooge | Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd | 20th-22nd: 7:30pm; 23rd: 2:00pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $10 - $20 | "Christmas with Scrooge” is back! With a veritable “cast of thousands” over the ensuing half-century, this island favourite is set to sing and dance us through the past, present and future once again! Enjoy this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale of the old miser, and the ghostly visitors who bring about his redemption. Christmas Ball at Fulford Hall | Monday 25th | Brunch: 11:00am; Dinner: 6:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | Optional potluck and gifts for the kids and music for all at the day and evening jam. New Year’s Eve with RUN FOR COVER | Sunday 31st | 7:00pm to 2:00am | Moby's Pub: 124 Upper Ganges Road | $25 - $50 | Ring in the New Year at Moby's! NYE with Everyday People & Ocie Elliot | Sunday 31st | 8:00pm to 2:00am | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $15 - $20 | Great music, great bites, great people, and a midnight champagne toast! Celebrate New Year's Eve with family and friends! New Year’s Eve Milonga | Sunday 31st | 9:00pm to 12:30am | All Saints by the Sea: 110 Park Drive | $20 - $25 | Welcome the new year with DJ Steve Morgan at the annual New Year's Even milonga! Enjoy refreshments and a champagne toast! Polar Bear Swim | Sunday 1st | 12:00pm | Vesuvius Bay Beach | Start the New Year with a (chilly) thrill! Plunge into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean with dozens of other 'chill' seekers during this hallowed New Years Day tradition!