November is coming to a close and there's tons of events to celebrate the winter season. So venture out, into the snow, into a museum or into an arena! Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1.  Celebrate Noël au Musée

A vintage Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

November 30 | Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

A truly delightful kick-off to the Christmas countdown is at Noël au Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum! Explore the local artisan craft sale, warm up by the fire and sip hot chocolate to get in the holiday mood. And of course join Santa and Mrs.Claus for photos from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

2. Marvel at Manitoba's largest drive-thru light show

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!

3. Experience the works of Kent Monkman

Winnipeg Art Gallery_Kent Monkman. Reincarceration, 2013. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Glenbow Museum.Until February 23, 2020 | Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kent Monkman’s exhibit Shame and Prejudice guides visitors through Canada’s history, from pre-Confederation, to Winnipeg’s north end and contemporary life on the reserve. Monkman’s art explores colonization, resilience and more as he reinterprets typical North American landscapes through his art.

4. Get outside and explore

fortwhyte-santa.jpgVarious dates | FortWhyte Alive

Face the cold and take the family on an outdoor adventure at FortWhyte Alive! With tons of great events this coming week like their family orienteering adventure, holiday storytelling and the opportunity to meet Santa, a visit to FortWhyte is a great way to embrace winter.

5. Find Christmas cheer in Gimli

Christmas Tree with red Christmas bulbs and ribbon hanging from its branches.November 29 - December 1 | Gimli

Embrace the holidays with a jam-packed weekend of holiday events during Re-discover Christmas in Gimli. Grab your worst holiday sweater for the ugly sweater party, watch the Santa parade, and stick around for the lighting of the tree in Gimli harbour. 

6. Go green with one of these eco-focused travel experiences

Falcon Trails Resort

Photo by Sierra Friesen

For these five Manitoba tourism companies, being mindful of environmental impact is a big part of their identity. This week check out Oak Hammock Marsh or Falcon Trails Resort to see and support the green initiatives they have in place to ensure Manitoba stays beautiful for future generations to enjoy. 

7. Cheer on a Manitoba team or two

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

November 29 | Westoba Place, Brandon

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

8. Laugh it up

Various dates and locations

Manitoba is filled with comedians, jokesters and all around hilarious people and you can see them perform every week in Winnipeg. Check out a sketch comedy at a Family Dinner show, experience french improv at la LIM or see comics from out own town perform at Rumor's Comedy Club. Or get up on stage yourself at a weekly open mic comedy night at the Handsome Daughter or Wee Johnny's

9. Shop the sales

Manitoba Craft Shows 2019

Various dates and locations

Black Friday sales are popping up around the province and so are the seasonal local craft markets, making this the perfect week to get all your holiday shopping out of the way. 

10. Make chocolate masterpieces

Constance Popp Chocolatier store interior Saint-BonifaceNovember 26 | Constance Popp Chocolates

Constance Popp Chocolates not only serves the most exquisite chocolates but also gives you a chance to try to make them yourself! This week try your hand at being a chocolatier as you're guided through how to make chocolate trees and eggnog truffles.