The chilly days of winter are here. In Manitoba that just means there's more reason to get out, get active and celebrate the season! This week we take on the outdoors as we play in the snow for World Snow Day, explore the wonders of the north and learn survival skills. If you're feeling too chilled, there are also great indoor options like watching a very Canadian play and celebrating the works of Beethoven. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Celebrate winter in Vita

January 18 & 19 | Various locations in Vita

Get to know the best parts of winter at the Vita & Area Winter Festival. Start the weekend with a pancake breakfast, then watch the dog sled races as they take off across the snow, participate in indoor family activities and cheer on the teams on the curling bonspiel and the youth hockey tournament.

2. Play in the snow on World Snow Day

January 18 & 19 | Riding Mountain National Park

January 19 is World Snow Day and Friends of Riding Mountain want to celebrate with you! Play games in the snow, roast marshmallows and go on a family snowshoe hike around the Wasagaming townsite in the winter wonderland that is Riding Mountain National Park.

3. Get to know Beethoven  

Two clarinetists set up their instruments before a rehearsal with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

January 15, 17 & 18 | Various locations

This year marks Beethoven's 250th birthday, a milestone the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is recognizing this week with three different ways to hear and learn about his works. First, discuss music over a brew at Beer + Beethoven. Then attend a matinee performance of Beethoven's Third Symphony or an evening of Beethoven's Triple.

4. Discover the wonders of the north

Northern lights over the trees in ChurchillNorthern Manitoba is home to some of the most remarkable landmarks and landscapes in the province. Start exploring this untapped region with our picks for the 7 wonders of the north. Some are more difficult to visit than others, but that makes it into even more of an adventure!

5. See a very Canadian play 

Various dates and locations

The New Canadian Curling Club is hitting the road with performances in Steinbach, Virden and Carman. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre presents a show with all the elements of a truly Canadian play: a small town, curling, new Canadians and teamwork. 

6. Learn to survive the elements 

January 18 | Fort Whyte Alive

Learn to prepare yourself for the elements at the Wilderness Survival Workshop at Fort Whyte Alive. At this day-long course you'll learn survival basics and what essentials you should pack when heading out into Manitoba's beautiful natural areas.

7. Make art at the WAG 

January 17 | Winnipeg Art Gallery

Get creative at this month's WAG studio workshop: ClayMaker with ceramic artist Crystal Nykoluk. Follow the steps, from cutting and carving to glazing to make your own clay salt and pepper cellar. The workshop is $55 and will fill up quick, so book your spot soon! 

8. Cheer on the home team 

AHL Manitoba Moose player number 36 skates with the puck.Various dates and locations

The Manitoba Moose and the Winnipeg Jets are back home this week, meaning a super week for home team hockey in Manitoba. The Jets play two games this week as they face off against Vancouver and Tampa Bay and the Manitoba Moose play four games on the 13,15, 18 and 19. 

9. Go on a self-guided mural tour 

Take the time to explore the art and architecture in Manitoba on a self-guided tour.  Check out some of the newest Wall-to-Wall Mural Festival creations, take the West End Biz's virtual mural tour and then head out to find the works yourself in Winnipeg, or visit a smaller city like BrandonSelkirk or Churchill where more murals have been popping up over the last few years. 

10. Gaze at the stars

Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh

January 16 | Oak Hammock Marsh

New year, new sky! Not really... but you can learn about how the planets will move and some of the important astronomical events happening in 2020 at Oak Hammock Marsh's Astronomy Night. Enjoy a presentation of these celestial events and then if it's a clear night, head up to the observation deck to take a look at the stars for yourself.