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One of Vancouver Island’s top holiday events is back: Milner Christmas Magic 2021!


Milner Gardens and the Woodland Society are pleased to present this year’s Milner Christmas Magic event at Vancouver Island University.


This holiday event invites guests to stroll through festive light displays featuring over 1,000 twinkling lights. Situated on the Qualicum Beach waterfront, Milner Gardens spans over 70 acres.


Since the event first launched in 2003, it has quickly grown to become the go-to holiday attraction in the region. Although this local favourite was canceled last year due to the pandemic, it is back in full swing for 2021. 


There are a few changes to this year’s event due to the pandemic, such as Milner’s house and cottage being closed, but the gift shop is still open and food and refreshments will be available outside.


Santa’s sleigh will also be set up for picture-taking, and if your young one wants to mail their letter to Santa Claus, they can do so at the on-site mailbox.


Milner Christmas Magic 2021 is open from December 3rd to 5th, 10th to 12th, and 17th to 19th, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, with showings until 8:30 pm.


Advance tickets are not required and all tickets are by donation. The suggested donations are as follows: Adult $5, Child $2.50, or Family (2 adults & up to 3 children under 19 yrs) $12. All donations from the Milner Christmas Magic event are in support of Milner Gardens and Woodland Society.


On-site parking is limited, but there is parking available along the shoulder of the Island Highway.


COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect, however, proof of vaccination is not required for entry given that the event is primarily outdoors. Masks are mandatory in the Gingerbread Cottage Gift Shop.


Grab your family and enjoy this magical holiday event while you still can!


If you’re going to be in Nanaimo this December, then we recommend heading over to nearby Qualicum Beach for Milner Magic Christmas 2021. And if you need a place to stay during your visit, you’re always welcome at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel. We combine luxe amenities and a welcoming atmosphere with an unbeatable location on Vancouver Island.

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