The holiday season is coming in hot! Festivals, craft markets, ballets and exhibits are offering up some holiday fun this week. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. The Wedding Party
November 20 to December 8 | Prairie Theatre Exchange
Experience a wedding reception like you’ve never seen before, yet probably know all too well! Prairie Theatre Exchange presents The Wedding Party, a wild romp through the worst reception ever! Between family feuds, mistaken identities, and a character-swapping cast, you'll be cringing in recognition and laughing in delight.
2. Attend a classic holiday ballet
Various dates and locations
Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets and towering puppets Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a can't miss this week! You can catch the ballet in Brandon or Winnipeg.
3. Get in the holiday spirit
November 22 & 23 | Manitoba Ave. Selkirk
Kick off the holiday season at Holiday Alley – a two-day winter festival in Selkirk! Head to Selkirk's old downtown on Friday night to experience the lighting of the street and dance in your boots to live local music. Or come for Saturday's soup cook-off, craft market, pooch parade and tons of artsy activities.
4. Discover Winnipeg in a new way
Anytime | Winnipeg
Explore and learn about Winnipeg in a new way with a Let's Roam scavenger hunt. Buy your ticket online and discover the city on your own time as you answer trivia questions and complete photo challenges while exploring the Forks, the Legislative Building and St. Boniface.
5. Visit one of Manitoba's prettiest towns
Neepawa is a picturesque town with so much more than rolling hills and historical buildings. Stop in and experience a home-grown beer scene, literary legends and outdoor adventure. There's so much to do all year round but now is the perfect time for a hike followed by a cold one at Farmery Brewery.
6. Learn all about Christmas lights
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.
7. Get outside with these tours in Birds Hill Provincial Park
Take your tots to Birds Hill and let them be Nature Detectives as they learn about hibernating critters on Nimowin Trail. Or join the Treaties and You Tour to discover and discuss what Treaties are and how we are all part of them.
8. Get decorating ideas on a holiday house tour
November 22 & 23 | Red River North Region
Unique and beautifully decorated homes and heritage sites in Selkirk, St.Andrews and St Clements, open their doors as part of Homes for the Holidays. Tour 10 sites in the Red River North Region, get decorating ideas, grab a hot chocolate and stop to shop at local vendors on the properties.
9. Buy local at these craft markets
Various dates and locations
Get everything on your list at this week's holiday markets:
Nov. 22-24: Third + Bird Christmas Market in Winnipeg
Nov. 22 & 23: Winterfest Craft Sale in Teulon
Nov. 23: 2019 Glorious Christmas Wish Sale in Neepawa, A Cranberry Christmas in Cranberry Portage, A Splash of Christmas Craft Show in Virden, Candy Cane Lane Market in Rossburn, Holiday Alley Makers Market in Selkirk, One Stop Christmas Shop in Ste. Anne, Tolstoi Christmas Craft Sale in Tolstoi
Nov. 23 & 24: Gimli's Countdown to Christmas Gift Sale in Gimli
Nov. 24: Artisan Alley Christmas Market in Morden, Starbuck Mall in the Hall in Starbuck
10. Grab a bowl of soup for a good cause
November 19 | Bell MTS Place
Get your tastebuds revved up for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Soup-er Lunch. Indulge in five different soups that are sure to trump your bagged lunch! And the best part? It's all in support of Winnipeg Harvest.