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10 things to do in Manitoba: January 3 to 9

Posted December 30, 2021 | Author Kit Muir

Here are ways you can explore Manitoba January 3 to 9.

A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis. To learn more about Manitoba's Treaty areas, click here.

Enjoy the first week of 2022 in Manitoba by treating yourself with a relaxing spa day, breaking out the skis, learning something new and more! Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Break out the skis

Manitoba’s landscape is ideal for dipping through forested areas on cross-country skis but that doesn’t mean we don’t also have some mean downhill slopes as well. From bunny hills and black diamonds to dips, dives, and straightaways, Manitoba’s winter offers challenges and fun for all types of skiers. Read this blog for 10 ski locations to try this winter.

2. See the night sky up close

MB Museum Planetarium. Dark outer space with stars. Silhouette of large telescope.

Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg and online

Learn all about the night sky at a planetarium show at the Manitoba Museum or during their Dome@Home virtual sessions. With shows specifically for kids, some with a focus on Manitoba’s night skies and holiday themed shows, there’s opportunity for fun and learning for the whole family.

3. See sparkling light displays

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
Until January 8

The drive-thru Canad Inns Winter Wonderland light show is a Winnipeg family holiday tradition featuring over one million LED lights. There’s something to do and see for all, with a skating rink, a new warm-up building, the Holiday Photo Stop, food trucks, and a very special mailbox that goes straight to Santa.

4. Feast around a fire


Learn to cook a meal over an open fire, from step one of starting the fire through to the final bite, SAYZOONS helps groups connect with the outdoors while learning something new and playing games along the way. Register for the Feast & Fire experience through the SAYZOONS website.

5. Embrace the outdoors in Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

Ride, walk and explore the beautiful Riding Mountain National Park on fat bikes, snowshoes or kicksparks. All of this equipment is available for rent from the Friends of Riding Mountain inside the township of Wasagaming.

6. Marvel at the lights of Mistletoe Magic

Swan Valley Historical Museum, Swan River
December 9 to January 8

See the historic buildings of the Swan Valley Historical Museum all lit up and shining for the holiday season. During the 4th annual Mistletoe Magic light display, attendees can walk or drive through the outdoor site and marvel at sparkling lights.

7. Learn the techniques and history of beading

Métis beaded artwork
Borealis Beading

Borealis Beading creates a hands-on creative experience where you can learn the art and skill of two-needle beading, finger weaving or quilting along with the cultural and historical significance of these art forms to the Métis people. Both in-person or virtual experiences are available to book.

8. Rest and relax at Thermea

A few people enjoying the hot pools in the early winter evening at Thermea.

Thermea offers an outdoor oasis to be thoroughly enjoyed in winter. The signature Thermal Experience is the ultimate way to relax, and follows a hot-cold-rest cycle. In winter, steam rises over the dreamy temperate and hot pools, while the Polabër cold pool and the Icebër waterfall beckon only the brave.

9. Cheer on the home team

Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg
January 2 & 4

Get fired up for the home team at a Manitoba Moose hockey game this week. The team plays at home January 2 and 4. A Moose game is a perfect family activity that will add some excitement to the winter break.

10. Learn the history of holiday lighting

Manitoba Electrical Museum

Manitoba Electrical Museum, Winnipeg
Until January 8

Light up your holiday season by visiting the annual All that Glows: Then and Now exhibit at the Manitoba Electrical Museum! While admiring the Christmas spirit around you, discover the ways Christmas lighting and decorations have changed and been revolutionized since the 1880s.

About The Author

Hi! I'm Kit, a Franco-Manitobaine from the Interlake and a champion of the phrase "there's no place like home." If you see me out exploring the province, say hi! Or reach out at kmuir@travelmanitoba.com.

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