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Tomorrow is Christmas Day and not to mention one of the best times to get together with loved ones to celebrate the holidays and the last few days left of this year. Here's to a fantastic celebration with lots of joy and laughter. And here's what's hot in Manitoba.

Dine at SMITH on Christmas Day

SMITH Restaurant festive dining - Inn at the Forks

December 25
SMITH, Winnipeg

If cooking is the last thing you want to do on Christmas Day, here's some good news from SMITH: You don't have to! The restaurant, located at Inn at the Forks, will be having a Christmas Day Buffet feast where all you'll have to do is just show up and dine to your heart's content.

Sip on tea at a British comedy

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy - Pantages Playhouse Theatre

December 28
Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg

Pantages Playhouse is bringing the laughs for the season with an hilarious British play about two friends. James and Jamesy have planned a Christmas tea party, but catastrophe strikes, flooding the world with tea. Now it falls to the friends to find innovative ways to keep them afloat. O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy plays for one only night.

See the lights of Wonderland

Canad Inn Winter Wonderland toy soldiers line street

December 24, 26 to 30
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.

Celebrate the season with 300-plus crèche designs

Creche Festival in St-Georges, Manitoba

continues this week
Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library, Saint 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.

Take the fun to The Forks

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

December 24 to 30
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.

Tour the Nonsuch cargo hold

Nonsuch Hold Tours

December 24, 26 to 30
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.

Track the path of the monarch at Sam Waller

Monarch butterfly generic image

December 24, 27 to 30
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas

The Sam Waller Museum has an exciting new exhibit which focuses on the monarch butterfly. On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly features micro-photographic images and aerial photographs of the flight and journey of these winged creatures from Canada to Mexico.

Shake a leg on Boxing Day

Pyramid Cabaret Original Boxing Day jam

December 26
Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg

Christmas Day at home with the family may be a blast making merry, eating and drinking, but by Boxing Day you know you’re itching to get out and shake a leg. Pyramid Cabaret awaits you with a party that will feature old-school hip hop and R&B. DJs Hipnotic, Fin-s and Tha Coach will keep the party going.

Build magical structures at the museum

Kids Celebrate! At the Manitoba Children’s Museum

December 26
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

Kids, hold on to your gift boxes after Christmas day and bring them in to the Children’s Museum for a box-building extravaganza day. Help create enormous structures with all the cardboard boxes like tipping towers or majestic mansions in the gallery. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

Celebrate Christmas at the ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet The Nutcracker

December 26 to 29
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

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.

Revisit fairy tale favourites

eaton-snow-white

December 26 to 30
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.

Munsch on Munschtopia!

Munschtopia

December 26 to 30
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.

See a classic on the theatre stage

Anne of Green Gables at the Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg

December 26 to 30
Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg

The classic Anne of Green Gables returns to the Winnipeg stage this holiday season. Head to the Dramatic Arts Centre where there will be five showings over five days.

Catch a foreign flick

2001: A Space Odyssey (Restoration) - Winnipeg Cinematheque

December 26 to 30
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Looking for an interesting movie experience? Winnipeg Cinematheque offers some of the best in Canadian and foreign films. This week’s lineup includes the futuristic 1968 UK film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Restoration), directed by Stanley Kubrick, and 2018 US film, Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa Dapolito.

Hit The House at Pooh Corner

House-at-Pooh-Corner

December 26 to 30
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.

Take the family to a play for some good-natured humour

The Beggar and the Wolf - Forrest Nickerson Theatre

December 26 to 30
Forrest Nickerson Theatre, Winnipeg

Welcome some hearty laughs after the hearty meals. The comical re-imagining of the 13th Century folktale The Beggar and the Wolf comes to the Forrest Nickerson Theatre stage and is chock-full of outrageous puns, slapstick humour, and quirky characters.

Pick your pastime at Oak Hammock

Oak Hammock Marsh - family fun- snowshoeing

December 26 and 30
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Extend the indoor family fun of Christmas day to the outdoors of Oak Hammock Marsh. There will be a treasure hunt and a trek on snowshoes. There will also be hot chocolate by the fireside after all the fun.

Humour your way through the holidays

Rumor’s Comedy Club - Comedian D.J. Demers

December 27 to 29
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

It may be the season of bright lights, but laughter is a healthy bonus. Head to Rumor’s Comedy Club this week for comedian, D.J. Demers who has performed on America’s Got Talent, Conan and at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Wear your heart on your hockey sleeve

Brandon Wheat Kings hockey

December 27 to 29
Westoba Place, Brandon

There’s going to be some hockey action on the ice when Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors this week. So die-hards, get your game face on, wear your heart on your hockey sleeve, and head out in support of your hometown heroes.

Have a Yule laugh at a comedy show

Yule Laugh, Yule Cry, Yule Hurl - The Park Theatre

December 28
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg

The Park Theatre presents the 21st edition of the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase. Yule Laugh, Yule Cry, Yule Hurl will be hosted by Jared Story, and will feature stand-up comics, Spencer Adamus, Ryan Ash, Alex Ateah, John B. Duff, Jon Wilson, and Danielle Kayahara.

Restore the Christmas spirit to a haunted house

A Christmas horror event, Gimli

December 28
Dunlop Avenue, Gimli

Halloween may be over, but if you're one of those always up for a good scare, Frontier LARP is filling in requests with its A Christmas Horror haunted attraction of puzzles and scares. Teams of four to eight players, ages 16 and over are ideal.

Catch a glimpse of all that glows

Christmas light glowing

December 28 and 29
Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Electrical Museum’s annual display brings its own luminous wonders along with a walk down history’s lane all the way back to 1880.

Feel alive at FortWhyte

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

December 29
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.

Head to a vintage automobile open house

Jim's Vintage Garages

December 29
Jim's Vintage Garages Heritage Museum, Headingley

If you enjoy a good classic show, then Jim's Vintage Garages open house will be right up your alley of experiences. This Saturday only, the museum will open its doors with an exhibit that is free of charge and open to the public.

Sip on wild tea at a festival

Canadian Free Traders Fest Spruce Woods

December 29 and 30
various venues, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Experience life as a fur trader would have at the Canadian Free Traders Fest this weekend. bring the entire family out for a day of fun and activities, which include snowshoeing and workshops. Sip on wild tea and help yourself to bannock as you listen to stories of our fur trading past.