21 Ways to Experience the Magic of the Holidays in December 2019 on Salt Spring Island 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 2019 Events on Salt Spring Island Pick out your very own Christmas Tree at the Hepburn Tree farm (182 Beaver Point Road) - December 8th, 14th & 15th (stock limited)! Peruse 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 29th 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! Festival of Trees | November 29th to January 2nd | Daily: 10:00am to 8:00pm | Harbour House Hotel: 121 Upper Ganges Road | Enjoy the 6th Annual Festival of Trees featuring almost a dozen trees! Bring a donation for the food bank and vote for your favourite tree! The Magic of Christmas Craft Fair | November 29th to December 1st | 29th: 3:00pm to 9:00pm; 30th & 1st: 10:00am to 5:00pm | Lions Hall: 103 Bonnet Avenue | Come and check out a local craft fair lots of wonderful gifts for young and old. 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, Kutatás Wines and Garry Oaks Vineyard; brew from Salt Spring Island Ales; Gin & Vodka from Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery; 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! Chili Cook Off | Saturday 1st | 4:00pm to 6:00pm | Centennial Park: Fulford-Ganges at Lower Ganges Road | Gather under the twinkling lights, sample chili and vote for the best, warm yourself by the toasty fire, sip hot apple cider and sing carols with Viva Choral. See Ganges Village light up for Christmas! Fulford Hall Christmas Craft Fair | Friday 6th to Sunday 8th | 6th: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 7th: 9:00am to 5:00pm; 8th: 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 6th to Sunday 8th | 6th: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; 7th: 10:00am to 5:00pm; 8th: 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! Glowtini Contest | Friday 6th | 7:00pm to 10:00pm | The Royal Canadian Legion Branch no. 92: 120 Blain Road | $10-$15 | "Get your glow on" at the 9th Annual Glowtini Contest featuring local mixologists competing for the best Martini of the Holidays! Winter Market in the Park | Saturday 7th, 14th & 21st| 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! Winterfest | Saturday 7th | 10:00am to 2:00pm | Salt Spring Centre: 355 Blackburn Road | Enjoy festive tidings at the 23rd Annual Winterfest with seasonal craft making, scrumptious food, festive music, silent auction and a raffle! A WONDERHEADS Christmas Carol | Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th | 7th: 7:30pm to 8:40pm; 8th: 2:00pm to 3:10pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $15-28 | Renowned theatrical imagineers and multi-award winning company the WONDERHEADS reimagine the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his magical journey with giant masks, whimsical puppets, and wondrous, theatrical invention. Tenore - Christmas With You | Wednesday 11th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $21-26 | Multiple award winning vocal supergroup Tenore returns to Salt Spring Island with their beloved Christmas show, including all your favourites and many more. Ganges Village Shop Local Social | Thursday 12th | 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! Christmas with Scrooge | December 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 @ 7:00pm; December 15 & 22 @ 2:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $15-$25 | The cast and crew will transport the audience through time in this beloved Dickens’ tale, drawing them into their office, streets, and homes, including the ghostly visitations of Scrooge’s past, present and future! Salt Spring Singers: Sing with Joy! Winter Concert and Singalong | Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th | 14th: 7:30pm to 9:30pm; 15thL 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$20 | You’re invited to a good old fashioned singalong! We have some wonderful songs for you, and look forward to your voices singing along with us. Sidney & Salt Spring Island Christmas Bird Count | Sunday 15th| Help count unique bird species across Salt Spring Island (South Salt Spring/Sidney in tandem with North Salt Spring/Galiano) during the 2019 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 from your backyard and beyond! Santa Ship | Saturday 14th| 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Kanaka 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 23rd | 6:15pm to 7:00pm | 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 | Wednesday, 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!