’tis the season in and around Salt Spring Island

Light-up tonight, in Ganges Village! Tomorrow, Santa arrives by floatplane, via Salt Spring Air (photo opportunity and Christmas fare at Mahon Hall).

December 3rd is Ladysmith’s “light up” — had to be postponed a week due to unexpected Arctic Cold Front bringing snow and chill to our usually temperate “wet coast”!

Victoria’s Santa Claus Parade is tomorrow evening.

Duncan’s “light up” is this weekend, too…fireworks and entertainment!

ladysmith lightup

ladysmith festival of lights

Ice skate and enjoy the decorated gardens plus afternoon tea (full English style), at famed Butchart Gardens….

Fairmont Empress hosts the annual Christmas tree fundraiser (for B.C. Children’s Hospital)…the Edwardian grandeur of the hotel, plus its homage to Victorian Christmas traditions, plus afternoon tea, and those myriad decorated trees…it’s a great way to enjoy some Christmas spirit!

Salt Spring’s artists/artisans annual craft fair will start on Dec 3rd, at Sidney’s Panorama Centre — gift ideas!

Locally, WinterCraft is at Mahon Hall, with more gift ideas…an annual feature on Salt Spring!

Special menu items at Calvin’s Bistro, at Harbour House Hotel, at Bocados Bistro, at Piccolo‘s, at Marketplace Cafe…lucky Islanders, so many great restaurants, emphasizing local food….enjoy! Also: Rock Salt Cafe in Fulford Village and Seaside Kitchen in Vesuvius.

Wander the local galleries, too, for special gift ideas…Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art, Gallery 8, Steffich Fine Art Gallery, Starfish Gallery, Jill Louise Campbell Gallery, Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art, Frankly Scarlett.

Great bookstores…Volume Two, Salt Spring Books, Watermark Books, Black Sheep Books.

Looking for a Buche de Noel for a true French Revillon, on Christmas Eve? Rendezvous Cafe, of course…Brigitte’s amazing French Bakery!

Coffee or tea break, while admiring artists wall displays? Cafe Talia, Jana’s Bakeshop, Rendezvous Cafe, T.J. Beans, Salt Spring Roasting Company, Treehouse Cafe, Auntie Pestos!

So many wonderful events, things to do and places to visit, on Salt Spring Island and on nearby Vancouver Island…catch up with family and friends…and remember those on their own, who would welcome some holiday cheer.

Read Charles Dickens: “A Christmas Carol“…he caught the gist of this season of gratitude and inclusion.

The holiday season is with us…celebrate and encourage both Peace and Joy.

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