18 Ways to Deck the Halls on Salt Spring Island in December 2018 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events The holiday season is a magical time on Salt Spring Island - check out spectacular Christmas Craft Markets with handcrafted gifts, peruse the quaint shops in the villages of Ganges & Fulford and visit Santa! On the island for Christmas? Chop down and trim your own tree with handmade ornaments and enjoy local foodstuffs in front of a toasty fire! Events in italics are pending confirmation. Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> December 2018 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 23rd to December 22nd | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Find something for everyone on your list at this seasonal annual arts and crafts extravaganza with beautiful pieces representing work by over 80 artisans from across the Southern Gulf Islands Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair | Friday 30th to Sunday 2nd | 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, baked goods, 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! 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! A treat for any foodie on your list! Winter Market in the Park | Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd | 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! Santa Fly In | Saturday 1st | 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. Christmas on Salt Spring Chili Contest & Light-Up | Saturday 1st | 4:00pm to 6:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges at Lower Ganges Road | Pit your chilli making skills against Salt Spring's best and see Ganges Village light up for Christmas! O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy | Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th | 7:30pm to 9:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $18-$26 | Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups! When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Glowtini Contest | Friday 7th | 6:30pm to 10:00pm | Harbour House: 121 Upper Ganges Road | $10-$15 | "Get your glow on" at the 8th Annual Glowtini Contest featuring local mixologists competing for the best Martini of the Holidays! This year's theme is “Classic to Contemporary”. Salt Spring Singers: Christmas Treasures | Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | Salt Spring Singers annual Christmas concert includes musical favourites suggested by the singers and their audiences plus other gems from the choral repertoire. Our special guest Cicela Månsson will delight listeners with her magnificent coloratura soprano voice enhancing this year’s festive program. Ganges Village Shop Local Social | Thursday 13th | 4:00pm to 8:00pm | Ganges Village | 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! Be sure to stop for a re-fuel and a drink at one of our sweet eateries along the way! Cusheon Lake Christmas Carol Canoe Caravan | Date: TBA | 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 16th | Help count unique bird species across Salt Spring Island (South Salt Spring/Sidney in tandem with North Salt Spring/Galiano) during the 2018 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 119th annual Christmas Bird Count from your backyard to beyond! Santa Ship | Saturday 15th | 6:00pm to 7:30pm | 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! Merry Monday | Monday 17th | 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. 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! Polar Bear Swim | Tuesday, January 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! Wishing you & your loved ones a happy holiday season!