Milner Gardens & Woodland Lights up for the Holidays

Milner Gardens and Woodland

November 23, 2018 - 12:15pm

Live holiday music, thousands of dazzling lights, sweet treats, a Teddy Bear cottage and visits with Santa Claus are just a few of the reasons families and community members will enjoy a visit to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach this December.

Be sure to check out the display of delightful gingerbread houses created by VIU’s Professional Baking Program students. You can support the students by buying some of their delicious holiday baking.  

“The 15th annual Milner Christmas Magic will put visitors of all ages into the holiday spirit,” says Geoff Ball, Executive Director of Milner Gardens & Woodland. “This is our annual fundraiser to help support programming and enhancements at Milner Gardens & Woodland.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the event. The number of lights, activities, and visitors has grown greatly over the years but the charm and magic continue.

Teddy Bear Cottage and Milner Gardens and Woodland. Photo Credit: Vancouver Island University

Guests are invited to dress warmly, bring flashlights and stroll through beautifully lit pathways and trails. Inside the cozy Camellia Tea Room in the historic 1930s-era Milner House, volunteers will serve up steaming cups of tea or hot chocolate, as well as desserts and other holiday treats for a fee on a first-come-first-served base.

Inside the warmth and comfort of Milner House, children and families will enjoy hearing stories read by volunteers, and live music performed by a variety of local musicians. 

Sweets, spiced tea and hot chocolate, baked potatoes, chili and hot dogs will also be available at an outdoor refreshment stand. Two gift shops on the premises will allow guests to shop for Christmas gifts, souvenirs, and garden items including fresh Cedar bough wreaths.

Milner Christmas Magic takes place on three consecutive weekends: November 30 – December 2; December 7-9; and December 14-19 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm (last admission at 8 pm).   Admission is by donation. Shuttle carts are available at the entrance gate for people with mobility challenges. 


Schedule of musicians for 2018 Milner Christmas Magic:

Friday, Nov 30             Tangerine Swing

Saturday, Dec 1           Serendipity Jazz

Sunday, Dec 2             Spare Tyme

Friday, Dec 7               Briggitte, Carolyn & Margaret

Saturday, Dec 8           McShane Family

Sunday, Dec 9             Sound Connection

Friday, Dec 14             Heart’s Ease

Saturday, Dec 15         Graffiti Quartet

Sunday, Dec 16           Fouray Quartet

Monday, Dec 17          Knox Retro Hand Bells

Tuesday, Dec 18          Patt Scrivener, Harpist

Wednesday, Dec 19    Maureen O’Hearn

Milner Gardens & Woodland is located at 2179 West Island Highway in Qualicum Beach.


Annette Lucas, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

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