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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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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’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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 21 and 22
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
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
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
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.