Whether you're all in this week for saving Christmas, shopping for it, getting pulled along on a sleigh ride, skiing down a slope, seeing a play or performance, here's the where and the what of all that's hot in Manitoba.

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas with The Celtic Tenors

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - WSO_Celtic Tenors

December 14 to 16
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Warm up your holiday season with the WSO and The Celtic Tenors! Enjoy a captivating performance with the WSO and the charismatic trio filled with classic carols, beloved Celtic holiday favourites, and festive cheer.

Celebrate the season with the St. Norbert Farmers' Market

St Norbert Farmers Market_jewerly_bracelets

December 15 and 22
St. Norbert Farmers' Market, Winnipeg

Enjoy the most local of holiday markets at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market. Over 60 local producers bring you everything you need for the holidays, including all the fixings for a perfect meal with family and friends. Hand-crafted; home-grown; baked here. 

Hit an escape room and help save Christmas

culturel franco-manitobain and Enigma Escapes

December 6 and 7, 13 and 14
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

The centre culturel franco-manitobain and Enigma Escapes are teaming up to get you into the spirit of the season. The room is set with a magical display and will challenge teams of four to decipher the clues that will save Christmas.

See all that glows at the Electrical Museum

Christmas light glowing

December 10 to 13 and 15
Manitoba Electrical Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Electrical Museum’s invites you to its annual display of All That Glows: Then and Now. Enjoy the holiday lights, trees and decoration along with a walk down history’s lane all the way back to 1880.

Discover the wonders of winter in Austin

Manitoba Agricultural Museum

December 14 to 16
Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s Winter Wonderland in Austin possesses its own luminous wonders with its annual display of holiday lights. Enjoy the warmth of a fire pit, refreshments and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Have a feel-good moment at a play

Royal MTC It's Wonderful Life Photo by Dylan Hewlett

ends December 15
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Royal MTC brings the feel-good story of It’s a Wonderful Life to the John Hirsch Mainstage this week. This latest production is set in a live recording studio during the golden age of radio, where George Bailey, who has consistently put others ahead of himself, helping them to achieve their dreams, now contemplates his own life and its impact. On the brink of ruin and at his wit’s end, he ponders throwing in the towel on life, until the good-natured angel, Clarence, shows up just in time to show George just how much of an impact his life has made. It’s a Wonderful Life’s final curtain call is December 15.

Get nostalgic with Fred Penner

Fred Penner performs

December 15
Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg

It may be 40-plus years and counting, but Fred Penner is still doing what he does best and entertaining audiences big and small, young and old. This Saturday, Penner continues the tradition with a performance at the Burton Cummings Theatre

Learn to make a dish from a different culture

Culture Beats Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thompson Manitoba

December 15
Culture Beats, Thompson

If you love sampling foods from different cultures, Culture Beats is offering you the chance to not only taste an authentic dish, but to learn how to make it too. This week's offering will be Jamaican jerk.

Hit the slopes at Asesseppi


December 10
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Asesseppi Ski Area and Resort is celebrating its 20th season with bigger and better facilities, and you're invited to come along for the ride. Make a long weekend of it and enjoy time outdoors with activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and more.

Take in a tongue-in-cheek musical

Reefer Madness

ends December 16
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Reefer Madness the Musical is coming to Tom Hendry Warehouse where all the insanity of the 1936 cult original plays out in a clever tongue-in-cheek comedy about a few clean-cut kids who fall prey to marijuana.

Watch some musical jazz magic unfold

mardi jazz with Matt Steckler

December 11
centre culturel franco-manitobain, St. Boniface

Get ready to be blown away by Matt Steckler at this week’s edition of Mardi Jazz. Head to the centre culturel franco-manitobain for the multi-instrumentalist’s performance.

Shop a local small-town pop up

United Community Arts Building

December 11
United Community Arts Building, Pilot Mound

United Community Arts Building is the place you’re going to want to be for a local Pop-Up Shop. Head to Pilot Mound for the work of local artists and Manitoba-made products all in one spot.

Celebrate the season with 300-plus crèche designs

Creche Festival in St-Georges, Manitoba

December 11 to 15
Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library, St. Georges

Library Allard will be hosting the annual Crèche Festival with over 300 different crèches from around the world. Each crèche is made with a different type of media to depict the different views and versions available.

Treat yourself to non-stop laughs

Comedian Graham Chittenden

December 11 to 15
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

When was the last time you had a good laugh? Rumor’s Comedy Club invites you to five days of non-stop laughter with comedian Graham Chittenden.

Have a Handsome laugh

Handsome Daughter

December 13
Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg

The Handsome Daughter is hosting its open mic comedy night this Thursday. There is no cover charge to attend this event.

Take in the sounds of the WSO for a good cause

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at William Glesby Centre Theatre ad

December 12
William Glesby Centre Theatre, Portage la Prairie

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is taking the show on the road to the Glesby Theatre as part of its 2018 Manitoba Hydro Holiday Tour. This WSO performance is a major fundraiser for the Arts Centre.

Enjoy holiday-inspired tales at Dalnavert

Dalnavert Museum_reading story to kids

December 13 to 15, and 16
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

Kids, it’s all about you this week at Dalnavert Museum. The museum is hosting a 1940s take on the classic Miracle on 34th Street with two showings of a radio-style play. On Sunday, sit around the Christmas tree in the parlour and hear tales of winters past with internationally renowned storyteller Leigh-Anne Kehler. There will be one storytelling at 12:30 p.m. and another at 1:30 p.m.

Ring in the season with musical sounds

Manitou Opera House in winter

December 14
Opera House, Manitou

The Manitou Opera House is ringing in the sounds of the season with a lineup of artists which includes The Friesen Family, Manitou Community Band, and much more.

Take the kids to see Pooh


December 14 to 16
Manitoba Theatre For Young People, Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s most famous bear is making a stop at MTYP for the holiday season. The theatre will transform into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh and The Hundred Acre Wood, where only 176 people a time can experience The House at Pooh Corner.

Feel alive at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive - Alive in the Woods - self-guided experiences

December 15
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

Up for an adventure? FortWhyte Alive’s self-guided experiences are the perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy nature-inspired activities. Newbies and experts alike welcome.

Have a birding weekend

Oak Hammock Marsh Christmas bird count - blue-jay

December 15 and 16
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Oak Hammock Marsh has two great birding events for those intrigued by these winged creatures. The first event, on Saturday, Birding Hour explores some of the birds of the Caribbean, while Sunday’s event, the Christmas Bird Count takes a look at resident bird species.

Get your holiday shopping done once and for all

Third + Bird Craft Sale

December 15 and 16
The Forks Market, Winnipeg

The Third + Bird Pop-Up at the Forks is on, but only for two days. The exciting market features only hand-crafted products and lots of ideas for the perfect gifts to take the guesswork out of the equation.

Snowshoe your way to discovery

Snowshoeing in Manitoba

December 16
Pine Point Rapids, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Get ready for a treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows as you sit next to a wood stove Birds Hill Provincial Park. But before you do that, put some snowshoes on a trek to the scenic Pine Point Rapids.

Celebrate the season at a Christmas concert

Warren Collegiate Choir

December 16
Little Britain United Church, Lockport

Celebrate Christmas in Lockport at a Christmas concert. This concert will feature three choirs, including Kildonan Hand Bell Choir, Warren Collegiate Choir, and Tabula Rasa Choir, performing at the Little Britain United Church. Light refreshments will be available. Contact Cristina Jacobson at 204-661-1741 for more info.

Carol with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir

Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir

December 16
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir wants to share the joy of the season with you. Christmas with the Phil brings the magic of the season to the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church this Sunday. There will also be a sing-along with the audience of Christmas carols.