The holiday season is officially here. Let this week's events get you in the holiday spirit and warm your heart (and also your belly) as you take in music, markets, museums and more! Here are 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...
1. Make your week musical
Various dates | Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for two classic holiday performances this week. Start with the WSO tradition of Handel's Messiah on December 7 then bring the whole family down for a seasonal favourite – The Snowman. Make music a part of your holidays this year with the WSO.
2. Visit an old holiday favourite
Until January 5, 2020
Visit the Children’s Museum this holiday season and tour the last original Eaton’s holiday window display from the Eaton’s downtown store - fully restored and open to the public for a limited time. Visitors of all ages will be delighted by the 15 magical fairytale vignettes that make up this classic holiday favourite!
3. Experience historic holiday celebrations
December 1 to 22 | Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
Step inside the festive season and let Dalnavert Museum be your home for the holidays. With storytelling for kids, an old-style radio play, ghost stories by the real fir tree, music from days of yore with Simpson’s Folly, and the classic Dickens A Christmas Carol reading, there is something for everyone this December!
4. Warm up with a hot beverage
December 6 to 13 | Various locations in the Exchange District, Winnipeg
Restaurants around the Exchange are serving up their best warm bevvies for Hot Beverage Week. From Honey Bourbon Latte to a drink inspired by Sticky Toffee Pudding, if you've got a hankering for something warm and tasty, you'll want to try these. Try a different drink every day of the week or try to taste them all in one belly-warming evening!
5. Get harpy
Various dates and locations
Born and raised in Fannystelle, Manitoba, harpist Janelle Nadeau returns to her roots this week as she plays solo concerts across the province. Playing songs from her most recent album, dubbed a new holiday classic, her contemporary and soothing sounds are sure to have you feeling the holiday spirit.
6. Play the good old hockey game for a good cause
December 6 | Seven Oaks Arena, Winnipeg
Lace up your skates and get your fundraising spirit going for Winnipeg's first Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament. Fundraise money to join a team and have the chance to play with an NHL alumni.
7. Take your family snowshoeing
December 6 and 7 | Pinawa
Snowshoeing is a great winter activity and Pinawa is the perfect place to try it out! Head out on your own or join a group snowshoeing experience this week. Head into the boreal forest for a Family Snowshoe Adventure or join the Starlight Snowshoe Adventure for a marvelous outdoor evening.
8. Head to the beach
December 6 | Winnipeg Beach
Who would have thought the beach would be a winter destination? But it surely is this week! Winnipeg Beach hosts their annual Christmas on the Bandstand, with live music, a craft market and of course an appearance from the big man in red.
9. Finish your holiday shopping
Various dates and locations
Seasonal local craft markets are happening across Manitoba this week. Many also happen in conjunction with Santa parades and holiday festivals, making these craft sales extra exciting in the holiday season.
10.Catch the holiday train
December 2 and 3 | Various locations
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is rolling across Manitoba this week for its 21st year. The decorated train comes with entertainment and raises money for food banks across the country. Catch it as it rolls through Manitoban communities from Ingolf to Winnipeg to Minnedosa.