As 2019 comes to an end so do a few of our favourite holiday season events like light shows and holiday displays. Though it's sad to see another year come and go so quickly, we're glad we can start off the next decade with some truly fantastic Manitoba happenings! Here are 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...

1. Ring in the new year

lakehouse new year’s eveDecember 31 | Various locations

New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, make resolutions for next year, be surrounded by family and friends, and of course celebrate! There are tons of great New Year's Eve events happening across the province on December 31. Check out our New Year's Eve blog post for recommendations on where to spend the last few hours of 2019.

2. See the last of the light shows

A couple stands in front of a lights display at the Zoo Lights FestivalVarious dates | Various locations in Winnipeg

December shone extra bright this year in Winnipeg but a few of the incredible light displays that have lit our city come to a close this week. Lights of the North is the indoor light display in the basement of the Hudson's Bay Downtown and its final day is January 5. Canad Inns Winter Wonderland, the classic holiday drive-through light display at the Red River Exhibition Grounds, will end its 2019 season on January 4. And finally, the newest light festival, Zoo Lights, has its last day of live music, family activities and magnificent light displays on January 5. Make sure to see these before they're gone! 

3. Get outside on a guided snowshoe adventure

snowshoes in snowHead 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 guided hikes as well. This week, explore the wintery forest in Riding Mountain National Park on the Southern Sun Snowshoe hike or venture out with the whole family in Birds Hill Provincial Park on the Youth & Adult Snowshoe Adventure.

4. Head to the Manitoba Museum

Nonsuch Hold Tours

Until January 5, 2020 | The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Nonsuch cargo hold tour is back for the holidays. Join The Manitoba Museum’s guide for a tour through the mysterious cargo hold of the 17th Century replica ship and learn about the ship’s inner workings, see the bunks used by the crew, and hear some of the stories about the Hudson’s Bay Company’s beginnings.

5. First Fridays in the Exchange

January 3, 2020 | Various locations in the Exchange District, Winnipeg

Explore Winnipeg's Exchange District during First Fridays to discover the arts scene in Winnipeg's original Downtown. Art galleries in the area have extended hours and restaurants, cafe and pubs will host local musicians for an evening of art and culture appreciation. 

6. Whoop and cheer with the Harlem Globetrotters

January 5, 2020 | Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg

What do you get when you mix athletes and entertainers? The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters! Take your seat and get ready for a show featuring a mix of incredible basketball skills and hilarious hijinks on the court.

7. See the Manitoba curling champs


January 1 to 5, 2020 | Dauphin Curling Club, Dauphin

The best junior curlers head onto the ice this week to compete for the Junior Provincial Curling Championship. Sixteen men's and women's teams will attempt to curl their way to the top spot in the province. Don't miss seeing some of this quintessential Manitoban sport this week.

8. Have fun in the snow at Fort Whyte Alive

Winter slide FortWhyte Alive

Until 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! 

9. Try a new restaurant 

Manitoba never ceases to amaze with its vast array of cuisines and flavours, and it's only getting better. Winter is a great time to head to that restaurant you've been wanting to try. Check out this blog post for a few places to try this season. 

10. Relax at the new Sauna Winnipeg

Sauna Winnipeg at The Forks

Various dates | The Forks, Winnipeg

Experience The Forks in a new way this winter with Sauna Winnipeg. This traditional Finnish sauna features a barrel sauna, a fire pit and the "playground" where you can cool off after your sauna. This new opportunity for total relaxation opened last week and is now taking bookings for the next three weeks.