It’s the hap happiest season of all in Manitoba, and the holiday spirit has fully taken over the province. May your holiday break be filled with plenty of time spent with loved ones and an abundance of good food. See you in 2018 as we begin a whole new year of What’s Hot in Manitoba!
Watch an oldie but goodie at The Met
Get prepared for a journey to Christmas past by gathering at The MET for a jolly good screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. No need to eat before you go as The Met will be serving dinner with the film.
Feel the spirit of Christmas to the ballet
Dec 21 to 30
Centennial Concert Hall
Splashes of colour, wintry whites and sugarplum fairies bring us right back to the RWB’s much-loved ballet. 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.
Join into traditional winter fun
Dec 30 to 31
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Spend the last few days of 2017 in a traditional manner at the Canadian Free Traders Festival in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The fest kicks off on December 30 with a snowshoe with (interpreter) fur trader John MacDonnell through the woods. Make your way with komatiks (traditional sleds) to meet Canadian Free Traders at their wintering cabins and try homemade tea and bannock. On December 31, the festival continues with a 19th century sewing workshop and a Canadian Free Trader open house.
Learn the secrets behind extraordinary aircraft
December (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm)
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.
Take a rare tour in the Nonsuch
December 26 to January 7
This once-a-year event offers a rare look into the mysterious Nonsuch cargo hold. Step back in time and see what the voyage would have been like – from the crew bunks to the kitchen gallery to the furs and goods being transported.
Enjoy a day outside with the family
Various dates and locations
Don’t hide inside this winter – get out and enjoy the fresh air of the season! The Family Fun Winter Day kicks off at Oak Hammock Marsh on December 26 and features snowshoeing, skating, bannock and hot chocolate. FortWhyte is also celebrating the outdoors with Frosty Family Fun Days from December 26 to January 5.
Get the chill of Christmas past
Various locations and dates
It’s a story we all know well, but this week, Royal MTC brings the chill of Christmas past to Brandon, Manitoba on December 19. A Christmas Carol tells the tale of mean, old Ebenezer Scrooge who is known for his dedication to the almighty dollar and equally well known for his catchphrase “bah humbug”. A Christmas Carol will also make an appearance at the Dalnavert Museum as renowned local radio personality Ron Robinson reads the traditional Charles Dickens adaptation on December 21 to 24.
Stop into the St. Vital Museum for a holiday delight
December 23 and 30
St. Vital Museum
Drop into the St. Vital Museum this holiday season for a special display that features toys and decor from days gone by, or explore the galleries on a winter themed scavenger hunt.
Spend time with Christmas past
December 19 and 21
VIA Rail Station
Step back in time for a uniquely Winnipeg Christmas Experience. This 3 hour tour by Heartland Travel will take you on a journey to the history of Winnipeg’s Granite Curling Club, the Three Wise Men on the Great West Life Building, the Winter Festivals of the 1920’s and more.
Celebrate Cannes Lions creativity
December 27 and 29
Winnipeg Art Gallery
You won’t want to miss the Winnipeg premiere of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s most prestigious advertising awards. See the best commercials of 2017, selected from over 35,000 entries and 94 countries.
Catch a hockey game
Various dates and locations
Join in the excitement and help cheer on a local team in Brandon, Manitoba. Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Regina Pats on December 27 and the Moose Jaw Warriors on December 30.
Drive through a winter wonderland
December 1 to January 6
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.
See over 150 nativity scenes
On until to January 5, 2018
The first nativity scene goes back to 1223 in Italy, but you don’t have to travel that far to see 300 different versions at the 8th Annual Crèche Festival at the Allard Regional Library in St. Georges, 1.5 hours north east of Winnipeg. The festival features nativity scenes (or crèche in French) created by artists from at home and abroad, including many provided by Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade store that sells goods from artisans in developing countries.
Visit an indoor farmers market
Cityplace, 333 St. Mary Avenue
Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors and continues to bring awesome local goods to the people of Winnipeg. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves.
See a local arts production
December 26 to 29
Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg
Follow the classic story of Aladdin as he discovers a magic lamp and the Genie that lives within. This high energy production by the Dramatic Arts Centre is suitable for the entire family!
Ring in the New Year
Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve: The Forks
No guide to ringing in the New Year would be complete without special mention of the Fireworks at the Forks. The Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve is where it’s at for non-stop live entertainment, loads of kids’ activities, horse drawn wagon rides, snow sculpting, a family dance party and pyrotechnics at 8:00 pm in Festival Field.
NYE: Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
The Asessippi Ski Area & Resort promises its guests an evening of magic, movies, a midnight torch, runs, lifts, tubing and fireworks! With such a host of activities, you might find yourself having a hard time focusing on just one thing! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a repeat display at the bewitching hour.
Winter’s Eve: RBC Convention Centre
If a night of beauty and elegance speak to your brand of New Year’s Eve celebrations, then the City View Room at the RBC Convention Centre might be just the place you can envision yourself spending the night. From appetizers to a five-course meal by award-winning chefs, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied and ready to take on what’s left of the old year as you dance yourself into the new one under the city’s bright lights.
New Year’s Eve Clear Lake Style: Lakehouse, Clear Lake
Conflicted about whether to spend your New Year’s Eve indoors or out? The Lakehouse may have just sorted out your little conundrum. For those wanting the best of both worlds, you can have your cake, eat it, and still go back for second servings. The Clear Lake Style New Year’s Eve apres ski event will feature an Igloo Party Tent, Indoor and Outdoor Bars, Ice Luge, Shotski, live music by Middlecoast and DJ WetT DenM!
Top Hats & Tiaras: Childrens Museum
So magic and music do go hand in hand with top hats and tiaras after all! Get the kids…and yourself dressed in your festive fineries for a New-Year’s-Eve-at-noon shebang at the Children’s Museum. There will be scrumptious snacks, souvenir family photos and live musical entertainment
New Years Eve Free Family Skate Party: Winnipeg Beach
The Winnipeg Beach Community Centre will come alive with music, games and family fun for all ages as the clock ticks down to midnight.
Family New Year’s Eve Party: Stonewall
This family friendly party starts early on the 31st, with hayrides, face painting, and plenty of crafts and games happening from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre.