It's time for a winter adventure! This week offers up tons of opportunities for outdoor exploration, family fun and the possibility for new holiday traditions. So grab a friend and start exploring Manitoba! To help you start your planning, here are 10 things to do this week...

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1. Discover the Zoo Lights Festival

Assiniboine Park Zoo | Until January 5, 2020

Explore Polar Town where you'll find thousands of light installations, from traditional tree wrappings to the latest technology in outdoor lighting and projection. The Assiniboine Park Zoo has been magically transformed into a place where the wonders of winter are celebrated through music, art, culture and community. 


2. Go Manitobogganing

Winter slide FortWhyte Alive

What is Manitobogganing? It's exactly what it sounds like! So grab your sled, tobaggan, flying carpet or other sledding vehicle of choice and hit the hills! Check out the Manitobogganing post for 5 spots to check out this winter. 

3. Bring your family to a classic Munsch play

The Paper Bag Princess at Prairie Theatre Exchange

Prairie Theatre Exchange | December 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020

This year Prairie Theatre Exchange is bringing to life the charismatic characters of Robert Munsch's beloved classic, The Paper Bag Princess. Visit Princess Elizabeth's world, and see more of her adventures on her journey to rescue the not-so-nice Prince Ronald.

4. Visit a Winter Wonderland

A horse drawn sleigh ride through the Homsteaders Village at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum

Manitoba Agricultural Museum | Until December 22

See the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in a new light when it’s all dressed up for the holidays! Hop on a sleigh ride for a magical journey through the historic buildings in the Homesteader’s Village Winter Wonderland. With 20 buildings dating as far back as 1879, the Homesteader's Village will have you traveling back in time to a simpler, more relaxing season.

5. Cheer on a Manitoba WHL team

A Brandon Wheat Kings player chases the puck as a player from the opposing team follows close behind

Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg | December 17

Cheer on the home team, whether it be the Brandon Wheat Kings or the Winnipeg Ice, as Manitoba's two WHL teams go head-to-head this week. The high-energy atmosphere of cheering fans at the hockey game will remind you how much we love this sport in Manitoba. 

6. Take a snowshoe hike 

snowshoeing

Head out into Manitoba's winter beauty and embrace the season on a snowshoe hike. There are so many places to explore with friends and opportunities to go on a guided hike as well. This week, explore the wintery forest in Riding Mountain National Park on the Southern Sun Snowshoe hike or venture out in the evening on a Starlight Snowshoe Adventure in Pinawa.

7. Go on a hot beverage-inspired winter adventure

A warm beverage is a perfect pick-me-up on a cold winter day in Manitoba. And pairing that warm beverage with a unique Manitoban experience turns a seemingly lifeless day into an unforgettable adventure. If you're looking for inspiration check out these seven winter beverage pairings

8. See Christmas lights around Winnipeg

Winnipeg | December 17 to 20

Winnipeg gets a real glow up in the holiday season! Residents and business owners put up tons of beautiful Christmas lights and elaborate displays over winter. A great way to see them all in one night is to buy a ticket to Heartland Travel's Christmas Lights tour. They'll take you through the unofficial Candy Cane Lane and Nutcracker Street and of course to the classic Canad Inns Winter Wonderland.

9. Experience a ballet Christmas tradition

Royal Winnipeg Ballet The NutcrackerCentennial Concert Hall | December 19 to 28

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's seasonal favourite is back! The Nutcracker begins its run at the Centennial Concert Hall on December 19. Take in the beautiful costumes, inspiring music and the antics of the mischievous toys who come to life in this wonderful holiday show. It is sure to delight audience members of all ages.

10. Stare at the stars

Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh | December 19

Discover the night sky at Oak Hammock Marsh's Astronomy Night and spend the evening on their rooftop observation deck. Learn about which constellations appear in our prairie sky over winter and hear the stories behind the constellations.