Happy New Year! OK, we know there is still some time to go before the actual new year, but we'll be too busy bidding adieu to the final moments of 2018 ourselves, so we figured we'd get the well wishes out ahead of time. Be sure to check out our list of the places where you can ring in the New Year if you're still on the prowl for a fun or fancy event! 

Here's what's hot in Manitoba for what's left of 2018, and heading in to 2019.

Brunch at SMITH

SMITH Restaurant festive dining - Inn at the Forks

January 1
SMITH, Winnipeg

If cooking is the last thing you want to do on New Year's 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 New Year's Day brunch, featuring its weekend à la carte menu, where all you'll have to do is show up and enjoy to your heart's content.

Keep the fun going at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive

January 1 to 4
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive is keeping a packed schedule so you can keep busy throughout the holiday season and beyond. From January 1 through January 4, there will be ice fishing, games of Kubb on the lake, curling and ice bowling and a family photo hunt.

Explore an exhibit of 99 pieces

Rebecca Dupuis - Kays Colours - Cre8ery 99 pieces exhibit

January 4
Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg

Cre8ery is bringing a variety of artwork to its latest exhibit, 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall. From realism to fantasy to abstract in mediums of acrylic, oil, drawing, and sculpture, just about every art preference will be featured at this exhibit. Opening reception on January 4. Exhibit runs until January 15.

See the lights of the Wonderland

Canad Inn Winter Wonderland heart lights

ends January 5
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. This weekend, the Winter Wonderland will be turning down the lights on another fantastic year, so don't miss the final days.

Celebrate human rights and Mandela

Exploring the Nelson Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

ends January 6
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela with a riveting exhibit. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom looks at Mandela’s life and his efforts to end apartheid. The final day of this exhibit will be on Sunday.

Revisit fairy tale favourites

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ends January 6
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

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. The last day of this exhibit will be on Sunday.

Celebrate the season with 300-plus crèche designs

Creche Festival in St-Georges, Manitoba

ends January 6
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.

Munsch on Munschtopia!

Munschtopia

ends January 6
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg

A storytelling tradition that brings the works of Robert Munsch to life, Munschtopia! is presented by the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Munschtopia makes its final curtain call on January 6 with Munsch classics like Put Me in a Book!Wait and SeePyjama Day!Jonathan Cleaned Up – Then He Heard a Sound and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel.

Keep the laughter going in the new year

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

December 31, January 2 to 5
Rumor’s Comedy Club, Winnipeg

Head to Rumor’s Comedy Club this week for comedian, D.J. Demers residence. Demers has already shown the stuff he’s made of in performances on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, Conan and Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

Track the path of the monarch at Sam Waller

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December 31, January 2 to 6
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.

Snowshoe your way to discovery

Snowshoeing in Manitoba

January 3
Birds Hill Provincial Park

Ring in the new year with a treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows as you sit around a bonfire at Birds Hill Provincial Park. But before you do that, put some snowshoes on and hit the Nimowin Trail. There’s a lot to explore and certainly a few new discoveries to make as you venture into the aspen-oak forest in search of animal tracks and winter wildlife.

Take the fun to The Forks

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

December 31 to January 6
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 31, 2 to 6
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.

Howl and hike a scenic snowshoe trail

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January 4
Pine Point Rapids, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Strap on your snowshoes and take a scenic hike along with a Parks interpreter along the Pine Point Rapids trails in the Whiteshell as you howl for wolves. Enjoy a hot chocolate next to a wood stove once you’re done.

Learn all about the stories that fuel hockey passion

Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion Manitoba Museum

January 5 and 6
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

From the hockey fanatic, to the families who live the game, to the person who simply wants to know how hockey came to embody the Canadian spirit and define our national identity – Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion, is sure to be a fan favourite.

Take a snowshoe trek

Living Prairie Museum snowshoe

January 6
Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg

Living Prairie Museum is breaking out the snowshoes for the season and you’re invited to grab a pair and take a trek on the museum grounds. First come, first serve basis. No experience required.

See a fresh take on a well-loved classic

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella - Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

January 6
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s brings a fresh take on a well-loved classic, combining elements of the original with surprising and fun twists. Cinderella plays at Centennial Concert Hall over the weekend.

Ice fish for a good cause

Ice Fishing-Little Girl

January 6
Float Plane Base, Selkirk

Bundle up the kids, pack up the van and bring the family out to The Anglers of Manitoba's 2019 KidFish Ice Derby in support of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba. There will be over $35,000 in prizes and giveaways.