The magic of Milner

Oceanside residents converge on Qualicum Beach for a dose of Christmas magic

Matilda Darby-Miller 8

Matilda Darby-Miller 8

In what has become an annual tradition in Qualicum Beach, residents gathered up their families at the fall of darkness on the weekend and drove to Milner Gardens and Woodland to take part in Milner Christmas Magic. True, the little ones’ eyes grew round at the sight of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and at the daunting army of Teddy bears in the Teddy bear house, but it’s what’s outside the buildings — the amazing displays of literally tens of thousands of lights up in the trees, draped artistically over the bushes and lining the pathways  — that brings people back year after year.It takes over a week for Milner’s many volunteers to create the colourful displays that have turned a largely dormant time of year into a spectacular wonderland. Milner Christmas Magic continues over the next two weekends.