It sure is looking wintry outside. After the recent snowfall and just in time for the beginning of December, this seems like all the proof we need that winter is here and it's here to stay...at least for a while. Don't let a little snowfall ruin your plans. And if you haven't made any just yet, the ones we've list below should keep you covered. Here's what's hot in Manitoba.
See the lights of Wonderland
November 30 - January 5 (closed Christmas Day)
Red River Exhibition Park
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 the St. Norbert Farmers' Market
December 15 and 22
St. Norbert Farmers' Market
Enjoy the most local of holiday markets at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market. Over 60 local producers bring you everything you need for the holidays, including all the fixings for a perfect meal with family and friends. Hand-crafted, home grown, and baked here.
Feast at a fish fry
Burntwood Curling Club, Thompson
The Burntwood Curling Club is bringing back its Fish Fry Mondays starting today! Enjoy the company of friends and family, heart meals and tasty desserts at the curling club.
Be serenaded at a concert
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon
Known as Canada’s Celtic ambassadors, the Barra MacNeils have been serenading audiences for nearly three decades. Tonight, the group will be taking its showmanship to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium for a Christmas celebration.
Have some hearty laughs
December 4 to 8
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg
Hearty laughs await you at the Rumor’s Comedy Club and for five nights this week, The Great Canadian Laugh-Off finalist, Trixx, will be taking to the stage.
Get your fill at a fish fry
Rhineland Pioneer Centre, Altona
Altona Curling Club is having its fish fry this Wednesday at Rhineland Pioneer Centre. There’ll be pickerel, fries, beans, coleslaw, rolls, coffee and iced tea.
Enjoy a theme-filled PTE play
December 5 to 9
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Prairie Theatre Exchange bring its latest production, Empire of the Son, which focuses on the humour and irony and emotional disconnect between a father and son, who seem to have mastered the art of communicating with the masses via their radio broadcast, but have yet to learn the skill of communicating with one another. Empire of the Son premieres this Wednesday.
Get spooked at Dalnavert
December 6 to 8, and 9
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
Dalnavert Museum is taking you back to circa 1895 when Christmas celebration was all about who could tell the spookiest stories. If you enjoy a good scare, then head to the museum for some Victorian-era terrible tales. And kids, it’s all about you this Sunday. Sit around the Christmas tree in the parlour and hear tales of winters past with internationally renowned storyteller Leigh-Anne Kehler.
Become part of a Brandon Christmas tradition
December 6 to 9
Calvary Temple, Brandon
Calvary Temple in Brandon is continuing its long-standing Christmas tradition of the Singing Christmas Tree. Be treated to an evening filled with music from a 50-voice choir. The three-night event will be rush seating. Doors open 1 hour prior to the show presentation.
Take in a tongue-in-cheek musical
December 6 to 16
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Reefer Madness the Musical is coming to Tom Hendry Warehouse where all the insanity of the 1936 cult original plays out in a clever tongue-in-cheek comedy about a few clean-cut kids who fall prey to marijuana.
Have some firsts this Friday
The Exchange District, Winnipeg
It’s Friday in December and the streets of the Exchange District are coming alive for the season, not to mention its First Fridays. Step out of the office and into the Exchange District. Immerse yourself in the ultimate cultural experience on a walk through Winnipeg’s original downtown.
Get your speed fix at a race
December 8 and 9
CPTC Raceplex, Beausejour
Satisfy your need for speed this week in Beausejour. The Canadian Power Toboggan Championships Racing will be hosting its Season Opener this weekend with speeds expected to reach upwards of 170 kph.
Shop the Apple and Pine pop-up market
Prairie Firehouse, Brandon
If you love local artisan markets, the Prairie Firehouse in Brandon will be housing the Apple and Pine Artisan Christmas Market this Sunday. This market will feature over 30 local unique makers and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of toys for children this holiday season.
For all the parents of eager kids waiting for the chance to get spot Santa, here are some of the places where he will be making an appearance this week:
Scout: Coffee + Tea, Winnipeg, Story time with Mrs. Claus
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg, Breakfast with Santa
Hudson’s Bay, Downtown, Winnipeg, Breakfast with Santa
December 8 and 9
Fairmont Winnipeg, Santa Suite at Fairmont Winnipeg
Lacoste Garden Centre, Winnipeg, Santa and Mrs. Claus
St. Mary’s Nursery and Garden Centre Ltd., Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus and sleigh rides