Happy holidays to all! No matter what or when you celebrate this season, there are great events and activities to share with your family or discover on your own. This week features some beautiful light displays, opportunities for outdoor adventure and a couple lovely festivals. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Join in the fun at the Forks
Arctic Glacier Winter Park is in full swing! Even though the river trail isn’t open, there are still tons of great opportunities for outdoor fun at the Forks. Head out on Sunday for horse-drawn wagon rides, skating under the canopy and taking that perfect picture under the brightly lit archway.
2. See the Lights of the North
Dec. 5 - Jan. 5, 2020 | Hudson's Bay Downtown
Lights of the North took Winnipeg by storm last fall with their outdoor display at the Red River Exhibition grounds. This winter they’ve moved inside to celebrate the holiday season with Christmas-themed lights displays in the basement of the Hudson’s Bay Downtown.
Stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of more than a million lights. The display includes 3D light sculptures, a light tunnel, photo ops, live performances, specialty beverages in bulb-shaped glasses and food vendors. The event is sure to be a mesmerizing experience for the whole family.
3. Go dog sledding with Harness Adventures
A big adventure awaits in Richer, Manitoba! Feel the power and excitement of the dogs as they pull you through the forest on an adventure of a lifetime. Harness Adventures offers a 2-hour “vas-vite” experience for those just looking for a quick afternoon adventure and also offers the much more robust and glamorous winter glamping package. Choose your own adventure on this unique Manitoban experience.
4. Drive through Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
November 29, 2019 - January 4, 2020 | Red River Exhibition Park
Enjoy Canad Inns Winter Wonderland's 2.5 kilometre route from the comfort of your own vehicle while you take in over one million lights across 26 different themed areas. Grab a bag of mini doughnuts or a hot chocolate on your way in, then stop for family photos with an assortment of holiday sculptures and don’t forget to bring your skates for the outdoor rink. On weekends you can also hop on a free sleigh ride!
5. Hit the hill
Manitoba isn’t know for its mountains but we make do. Asessippi is a great destination for downhill skiing and tons more winter fun! All you need are your warm mitts and your ski pants and they can cover the rest. Rent skis, snowboards, snow tubes, snow bikes and snowshoes. Even if you’re not into skiing, Asessippi will have a way for you to get down the hill in style.
6. Embark on some family fun at Fortwhyte Alive
December 26, 2019 to January 3, 2020
FortWhyte Alive has a week filled with family activities during their Frosty Family Fun Days. From snowshoeing to voyageur games, a family photo scavenger hunt, ice fishing and more. Pick your favourite activity and head out for a day of fun in the snow!
7. Explore the curiosities of the Sam Waller Museum
The Sam Waller Museum is home to many curiosities and quirky artifacts about the life and history of northern Manitoba. Take in strange curios like a two headed goat and a squirrel toasting to your good health, along with more weighty exhibits that outline the early geology, history and customs of the area. The feature exhibit right now is the Ace Flying Academy, an interactive experience where you get to control a First World War biplane with the movement of your arms.
8. Learn about the origins of Christmas decorations
On until January 4, 2020 | Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre
Ever wonder how people lit their Christmas trees before electricity in homes? Head over to the All that Glows Exhibit to find the answer and learn much more about the history of Christmas lights and decorations since the practice first began in the 1800s.
9. Laugh it up
December 27 | The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
Some of Winnipeg’s funniest people take to the stage for the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase. Six comedians are ready for prime time and are sure to make you laugh rights out of your seat. So release some of that holiday stress with a hearty laugh.
10. Celebrate 10 years of the Festival des Crèches
On until January 31, 2020 | Winnipeg River Heritage Museum
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the collection of crèches, or nativity scenes, that St. Georges holds near and dear to its heart. See it for yourself: the collection of over 150 nativity scenes is on display at the 10th annual Festival des Crèches.