VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

Special Events


Milner Christmas Magic 

December 1 - 3, 8 - 10 and 15 - 20 from 5pm - 8pm with viewing until 8:30pm.

Entry by suggested donation of $8/Adult, $4/Child or $20/Household.

Milner Christmas Magic Poster 2023

Make memories with family and friends this holiday season by experiencing Milner Christmas Magic’s outdoor stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and festive window displays. Not only will our woodland garden come alive with this spectacular light exhibit, but you'll be able to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list in our Gingerbread Gift Shop, enhance your visitor experience by purchasing a pair of Holiday Specs, holographic lenses that miraculously transform lights into magical figures, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! Lastly, you can warm up with a selection of fresh, hot food and refreshments for sale in front of Milner House. Admission runs from 5pm–8pm with viewing until 8:30pm. Entry is by suggested donation of $8/adult, $4/child or $20/household. If Milner Christmas Magic isn't part of your annual holiday traditions yet, it's never too late to start a new one. Dress warm and grab your camera, you won’t want to miss it!

Important Things to Note:

  • Only certified service dogs are permitted on site.
  • Shuttle cart services will be available for those in need.
  • This event is wheelchair, walker and stroller accessible
  • For those visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, they spend approximately 5 minutes per child. The average wait time can be up to 45-60 minutes. The line will cut-off at 8pm to ensure everyone has been through by closing at 8:30pm. The earlier you arrive, the better!
  • Admission and Food Tent accept cash, debit or credit. Holiday Specs are for sale at the Welcome Centre by cash-only. The Gingerbread Gift Shop only accepts debit or credit. 
  • Please check our website or Facebook page before your arrival, as inclement weather may cause the event to be cancelled for the night.
Thank you so much to our incredibly generous community sponsors: Windsor Plywood, Quality Foods, Coastal Community Credit Union, MacLean Pazicka Souchuck­ – Chartered Professional Accountants, and Ian Lindsay of Ian Lindsay & Associates - RE/MAX of Nanaimo.

And thank you to our volunteers for donating their time and energy to hang each and every light, and greet you with a smile!

Ongoing Events and Activities

Guided Tours - Cancelled until further notice

Guided tours are available to groups of 10 or more with prior arrangements.
To arrange a guide, please contact the main office at