Milner Christmas Magic returns on Dec. 2 with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden. (Submitted photo)

Milner Christmas Magic returns on Dec. 2 with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden. (Submitted photo)

Milner Christmas Magic returns to Qualicum Beach Dec. 2

This year’s display includes expansion into new Rhododendron Species Garden

Milner Christmas Magic returns to Qualicum Beach this December, with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden, all lit up in colour.

The event, hosted by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Milner Gardens & Woodland, lets visitors walk through thousands of twinkling lights strung along the garden paths and includes festive window displays in the Milner House and Gardener’s Cottage, according to a news release by VIU.

“We’re looking forward to hosting our community, bringing together families and friends for a memorable holiday experience,” said Geoff Ball, executive director of Milner Gardens & Woodland.

Milner Christmas Magic runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 and Dec. 16 to Dec. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with until 8:30 p.m.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 for adults, $2 for children and $12 for a household.

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Visitors can drop off their letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox, plus visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves. They can also stop by the Gingerbread Gift Shop.

Hot food and refreshments will be available for purchase in front of Milner House.

— NEWS Staff

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