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We only have eight days left to Christmas and we hope the season has been shaping up wonderfully for you with all the shopping, holiday parties and everything else that's usually packed in to this time of year! Here's what's hot in Manitoba.

See the best and brightest of Winnipeg in winter

Manitoba legislative at Christmas

December 17
various venues, Winnipeg

If you just love Christmas, all the bright lights and warm fuzzy feelings that make the season so meaningful, then head out on a tour with Heartland Travel where you’ll be taken around the city to see some of the best and brightest displays.

Celebrate Christmas at the ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet The Nutcracker

Dec 19 to 23
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnpeg

Splashes of colour, wintry whites and sugarplum fairies bring us right back to the RWB’s much-loved ballet, Nutcracker. If you’ve seen it before, or you’ve never had the good fortune, now’s your chance for a treat of wonderment, enchantment and excitement.

Munsch on Munschtopia!

Munschtopia

December 20 to 23
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

A storytelling tradition that brings the works of Robert Munsch to life, Munschtopia! is presented by the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Get the kids ready for the excitement of Munsch classics like Put Me in a Book!, Wait and See, Pyjama Day!, Jonathan Cleaned Up – Then He Heard a Sound and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel.

Tour the Nonsuch cargo hold

Nonsuch Hold Tours

begins December 23
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

The Nonsuch cargo hold tour is back for the holidays. Join The Manitoba Museum’s guide for a tour through the mysterious cargo hold of the 17th Century replica ship and learn about the ship’s inner workings, see the bunks used by the crew, and hear some of the stories about the Hudson’s Bay Company’s beginnings.

Revisit fairy tale favourites

Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes

continues this week
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

It’s back! For those with vivid imaginations who prefer to conjure up their own stories, Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes present visuals for retelling old favourites like Sleeping Beauty and Old Mother Hubbard.

Take the fun to The Forks

Winter lights over the walking bridge at The Forks

December 17 to 23
The Forks, Winnipeg

For those in search of some wintry excitement, The Forks’ Arctic Glacier Winter Park, is right up the thrill seeker’s alley with skating under the canopy, tobogganing on the hill behind Inn at the Forks, and pick-up hockey games.

See the lights of Wonderland

Canad Inn Winter Wonderland toy soldiers line street

December 17 to 23
Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg

The 19th annual Canad Inns Winter Wonderland at Red River Exhibition Park is a 2.5-kilometre drive-thru holiday light show featuring over one million lights. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, enjoy free sleigh rides from the comfort of our enclosed, horse drawn sleigh complete with wood burning fireplace.

Get bewitched by a jazz

Mardi Jazz artist Kelly Bado

December 18
centre culturel franco-manitobain, Saint-Boniface

If you’re looking for a musical experience that will resonate with you, look no further than Kelly Bado this mardi jazz. The jazz artist takes her big voice to the centre culturel franco-manitobain stage.

Challenge your brain

Wee Johnny Trivia

December 18
Wee Johnny’s, Winnipeg

Wee Johnny’s is launching Trivia Night starting this Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday night. Trivia Night kicks off at 8 p.m. with quizmaster host, Jeff Sinclair.

Have a knit and a nosh

Across the Board Game Café

December 18
Across the Board Game Café, Winnipeg

Across the Board Game Café is doing what it does best: combining fun pastimes with good company and great food. Take your love for knitting, nosh, and lively conversation there this Tuesday.

Shop a local small-town pop up

United Community Arts Building

December 18 to 20
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 18 to 22
Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library

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.

Laugh through the holidays

Comedian Ivan Decker at Rumor's Comedy Club

December 19 to 22
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

It’s may be the season of bright lights, but laughter is a healthy bonus. Head to Rumor’s Comedy Club this week for Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based comedian, Ivan Decker.

Watch the night skies in Oak Hammock

Comet_Oak Hammock Marsh

December 20
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Oak Hammock Marsh is heating up the chilly winter season with a host of activities geared to get you out and enjoying the outdoors. From its astronomy night on Thursday, to its Shuffle Duck tournament that combines curling with shuffleboard on ice, you’re guaranteed to find something that appeals to your sense and pace of adventure.

Enjoy a free music night

The Stringed Harmony band

December 20
Dauphin Public Library, Dauphin

The Stringed Harmony will be performing at the Dauphin Public Library for this week’s Third Thursday Music Night. This free event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Grab the mic at an open night

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December 20
Pembina Hills Arts Centre, Morden

The Pembina Hills Arts Council and the South Central Regional Library is having an open-mic night of festive poetry, music, song, storytelling, and spoken word! Entry to this event is free and all are welcome.

Enjoy holiday-inspired tales at Dalnavert

Dalnavert_House

December 20 to 23
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

Who doesn’t love a good old classic, especially around Christmastime? Local radio personality, Ron Robinson, will take up residence at Dalnavert Museum for four days of reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Enjoy a jazz-themed Christmas night

Stop, Drop and Write at Station 8

December 21
Station 8 Café, Winnipeg

Station 8 Café is shifting things for the season with a live music event. Andrew Littleford and his band will heat the wintry evening up with a jazz-themed Christmas night.

Come alive at FortWhyte

Cabin Yoga FortWhyte Alive

December 21
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

There are a lot of reasons to make Fort Whyte Alive a part of your schedule. Here’s another one: Winter Solstice Yoga. Join Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path as she leads practice at the cabin in the woods. And if you’re up for an adventure outdoors, take yourself on a self-guided walk that is equally fit for beginners and experts.

Party at Forth

Forth Holidazed event

December 21 and 22
Forth, Winnipeg

Forth hasn’t given up on Fridays just because it’s Christmastime. In fact, Saturday is up for grabs too. Head to Forth on Friday for the Ministry of Groove event, which will feature members of Conduct, Red Moon Road, and Spooky Eyes. On Saturday, it's Forth Floor - Holidazed Edition with DJs AOKS, and Louie Lovebird will be spinning from 10 p.m.

Experience the wonders of winter in Austin

Manitoba Agricultural Museum

December 21 and 23
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.

Hit The House at Pooh Corner

House-at-Pooh-Corner

December 21 and 23
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.

Do your last-minute shopping at a pop-up

third+bird pop up

December 22 and 23
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.