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Milner Gardens Christmas Lights brightening Qualicum Beach in December

Festive lights display celebrating 20 years of plugging in the Christmas spirit
Visitors walk down an illuminated path during Milner Christmas Magic 2022. (Milner Gardens & Woodland Photo)

Milner Gardens Christmas Magic is back in Qualicum Beach this December.

The annual festive light display marks its 20th anniversary this year, according to a news release by Vancouver Island University (VIU).

“We’re heartened by the fact that this event has become a staple in so many families’ holiday traditions,” said Emily Weeks, operations co-ordinator for Milner Gardens & Woodland. “So we are pleased to be bringing it back with more lights than ever before. If visiting Milner Christmas Magic is not part of your annual traditions yet, it’s never too late to start a new one.”

Milner Christmas Magic runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, and Dec. 15 to Dec. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with viewing up until 8:30 pm.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for a household, or give what you can.

“While this event is a major annual fundraiser for us, accessibility is at the forefront. This is why it has consistently been admission by voluntary donation,” said Weeks.

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A selection of gifts is available at the Gingerbread Gift Shop and visitors can enjoy hot food and beverages in front of Milner House.

Visitors can also buy a pair of Holiday Specs (holographic light glasses) to transform their experience. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time and energy to make this happen and to the generosity of the sponsors.

Milner Christmas Magic’s presenting sponsor is Windsor Plywood. Other sponsors include:

· Coastal Community Credit Union;

· Ian Lindsay & Associates,­ RE/MAX of Nanaimo;

· MacLean Pazicka Souchuck­ – Chartered Professional Accountants; and

· Quality Foods.

Please check Milner Gardens’ website before your arrival to confirm the hours of the event. Inclement weather may cause cancellations.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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