The lights at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens are turned on every night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. right through until Jan. 2. Photo submitted

The lights at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens are turned on every night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. right through until Jan. 2. Photo submitted

Thousands of lights making spirits bright at Woodland Gardens

While some folks in the Valley may be dreaming of a white Christmas, others are heading out to Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens where a winter wonderland has been created with thousands of Christmas lights.

Right from the moment visitors leave their cars they are greeted with a stunning display of lights that trim the entrance arbor, festoon Santa’s barn and hang from literally every tree and shrub.

But the lights do not stop there. Fountains are lit up with the glow of multi-colored lights, and the many pathways that wind their way through the gardens lead visitors from one spectacular to another.

Each year, as he has been doing for the past 28, Bryan Zimmerman, the owner of Woodland Gardens, seems to outdo himself as he keeps adding string after string of new lights, which he says are only a part of the Christmas experience in the gardens.

The tradition of a visit to Woodland Gardens for many Valley families began years ago when the gardens operated as a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. Since then the gardens have changed, and rather than cut trees, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the natural woodland setting. However, what has not changed is the opportunity to have a family outing.

“Over the years we have come to know many families who make us one of their stops during the holiday season,” said Zimmerman. “What we are seeing these days are the children, all grown up now, who are bringing their own children. That’s really heart-warming and makes the hundreds of hours stringing the lights all worthwhile.”

Even Santa makes a number of visits and is always eager to hear what is on every good little boy and girl’s wish list. His barn is decorated from floor to ceiling with fresh cedar bows, ornaments and of course a few Christmas trees that are just waiting to be surrounded by presents on the big day. He’ll be there Dec. 15 and 16, and Dec. 20-23.

To help everyone really get into the Christmas spirit, there are also evening carol walks featuring the Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble. The walks begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23, starting near Santa’s barn and meandering along the festively lit pathways.

While there are lots of lights it is always wise to bring a flashlight so you don’t stumble over one of Santa’s reindeer.

The lights are turned on every night from 5 to 9 p.m., right through until Jan. 2. Regular garden admission applies; however, if you just want to visit Santa on the days he is there, a donation would be appreciated.

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens is located on Whittaker Road, just 15 minutes north of Courtenay off the Old Island Highway.

For further information, visit www.woodlandgardens.ca or call 250-338-6901.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay Nissan’s Matthew Bourassa, Geoff Piper and Sean LaFleur join YANA’s Ashley Smith, Kelly Rusk and Lisa Wilcox for the 4x4x48 event to raise funds. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Courtenay Nissan eats and runs for YANA

Dealership realized non-profit groups need new ways to raise funds during COVID

Rev. Sulin Milne at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox is part of those helping distribute food to those in need within the town. Photo by Jim Peacock
Comox church serving the community with food through COVID-19

“We knew there were so many people who were facing economic challenges …”

Cole Moore with one of his sisters, Jasmin Moore. Photo supplied
Courtenay man looks to brain surgery for second chance

Cole Moore’s sister sets up GoFundMe to help father looking after brother

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Nineteen people arrested, charges expected in Courtenay house raid

Investigators are continuing to comb through evidence seized

Demonstrators gathered Friday, March 5 at the Courtenay Court House, demanding protection of old-growth forests. Scott Stanfield photo
Concerned citizens march in Courtenay in name of old-growth rainforests

The Comox Valley is one of the B.C. communities engaged in mobilization… Continue reading

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead in ‘targeted incident’ in Metchosin

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Most Read