Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens Christmas Magic will run Dec. 2-4

Milner Gardens Christmas Magic is back in Qualicum Beach

Milner Gardens and Woodland executive director Geoff Ball said this year they’re estimating that there is close to 100,000 lights this year

About half a mile of Milner Gardens and Woodland will be lit up for the holiday season.

VIU’s Milner Gardens Christmas Magic is Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-21 from 5-8:30 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.).

Milner Gardens and Woodland executive director Geoff Ball said this year they’re estimating that there is close to 100,000 lights this year. Ball said volunteers started setting up the decorations is mid-September. Ball said there are several new decorations.

“We’ve reworked a few different areas,” he said. “But there are lot of the old favourites that we’ve had in the past.”

The outdoor Christmas light show at the gardens (2179 W. Island Hwy., Qualicum Beach) is for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be Santa’s workshop, Christmas music, Teddy Bear Cottage and storytelling.

There will be raffle tickets in support of Milner’s Shoots with Roots children’s program.

It is suggested that people bring a a flashlight, rain wear, hats and gloves.

Ball said that last year about 9,000 people attended the Christmas Magic display, but since they were able to open for a 12th night, they’re expecting to reach 10,000 visitors.

— NEWS Staff

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