Introducing Pantone’s Colour of the Year: Greenery, a refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings. As it so happens, even in winter, Manitoba is bursting with opportunities to draw inspiration from this colour; from the vivid hues of the northern lights to the greenery of the holiday season. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Gaze into the night sky
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend the next Astronomy Night and get to know our winter stars and the stories behind them. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky.
Attend a polar party at the Zoo
December 17 and 18
Assiniboine Park Zoo
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails. Join into a North Polar Party on December 17 and 18 with activities such as a holiday breakfast, candyland presentation for the polar bears, craft stations, photo opportunities and of course the chance to meet Santa Claus. The day ends with a Heavy Horse Keeper Talk at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre.
Follow the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra through the holidays
December 13, 14 and 18
Steinbach, Portage la Prairie and Brandon
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is hitting the road to bring holiday cheer with the power of music. The first stop is in Steinbach on December 13 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. This annual tradition brings together the family for the Eastman Youth Choir and guest artists Erin Propp and Larry Roy. Next up is Portage la Prairie at the Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery on December 14, where conductor Julian Pellicano, Erin Propp and Larry Roy continue with a variety of classic holiday favourites. The tour continues to Brandon at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on December 18 with a festive show complete with carols, sleigh bells and singalongs.
Visit an indoor farmers market
Manitoba Hydro Place
Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors for once a month shopping! The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves.
Sing along to the madness of power and politics
December 14 to 18
West End Cultural Centre
See the story of King Richard the Second in a whole new format at the West End Cultural Centre. Royal Canoe will transform Shakespeare’s verses with a contemporary score from a 12 person ensemble. Am I Not King? pops the bubble of a delusional King in crisis and examines the madness of power and politics.
Drive through a winter wonderland
December 2 to January 7
Red River Exhibition Park
Grab your friends and family, pack into the car, and celebrate the season of lights – all three million watts of them at Canad Inns Winter Wonderland! From the comfort of your car, drive around the 2.5 km park to see this brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas.
Climb aboard the Nonsuch for a holiday celebration
December 17 to 18
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
History and Christmastime meet at the Nonsuch this holiday season for a rare tour of one of Manitoba’s most loved ships. Hop aboard to see what it was like at Christmas time in 1668 England and stroll through the authentically-decorated Nonsuch Gallery. The tour includes music from days gone by and stories of Christmas past.
Skate into winter fun in southwestern Manitoba
While some people may not be overly excited by your arrival (outrageous, I know), we’re here to remind them that winter is actually really fun – especially when you happen to be walkin’ in the winter wonderland that is southwestern Manitoba. So if you find yourself in the area of Virden, Minnedosa and Brandon (and that’s just a few of the highlights of the region), add these activities to your bucket list to slide, snowmobile, skate and ski through winter….
Zoom down a hill by tube
Open weekends | Adrenaline Adventures, Headingly
Put on the ski pants and get ready to tackle the snow tubing hills at Adrenaline Adventures! Winter activities begin this weekend with several lanes open for tubing featuring a variety of bumps and lots of speed. For those seeking something a bit more adrenaline-pumping, we’re introducing some extreme snow tubing lanes which will have you yelling in delight all the way down.
Let the lights put you in the holiday spirit
December 17 to 18
Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
Come celebrate the holidays at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum! Travel through the Homesteader’s Village glistening with holiday color. There will be hot dog roasts over the bonfire, hot chocolate, jam-pail curling and horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting).
Get your glow on
November 14 to December 29
Manitoba Electrical Museum
Light em’ up. The Manitoba Electrical Museum is the go-to place for all things that glow and glimmer. Get inspired by a variety of Christmas light displays and revisit holiday memories of the past. Learn about the history of electrical development in our province, from a replica of a 1940’s kitchen during farm electrification to climbing aboard a streetcar – one of the city’s first uses of electricity.
Marvel at monarchy at the Royal MTC
November 24, 2016 to December 17, 2017
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
If you’re glued to The Crown on Netflix, add to your growing addiction with The Audience. The theatrical performance follows the legendary House of Windsor as Fiona Reid dons the crown of Queen Elizabeth II and meets with each of her Prime Ministers every week for more than 60 years.
Learn the secrets behind extraordinary aircraft
December 1 to 29 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
What do a flying boat, a flying saucer and a flying bicycle all have in common? They are just a few of the one-of-a-kind aircraft you can see on display on this month’s tour at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. Discover the secrets behind the strangest machines ever to fly in Canadian skies.
Meet the Ghost of Christmas Past
December 8 to 23
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
The 1895 house of former Manitoba premier Sir Hugh John MacDonald is the perfect backdrop to hear a classic Christmas tale. Fully decorated according to Victorian tradition, you will have no problem becoming fully immersed in the iconic reading of A Christmas Carol. Gather to enjoy the timeless tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the three Ghosts of Christmas, as well as warm beverages and holiday treats.