‘Tis officially the season to be jolly, and we’re loving all the holiday celebrations popping up across the province. It doesn’t matter where you are in Manitoba, festive cheer will always be close by as December races onward. And it will over before you know it, so make sure you savour every minute of the most wonderful time of the year. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Experience the splendour of a Red River Christmas
December 9 to 10
Lower Fort Garry
You’re invited to the Big House where the fire crackles and a warm cocoa waits for you. Bring your loved ones to experience a Red River Christmas for some wholesome activities that will make everyone’s cheeks rosy! Dash through the historic grounds by horse-drawn wagon before catching a Christmas story with Charles Dickens. Join into a carol, snap a photo with Father Christmas, snowshoe, or grab a drink at the Thirsty Beaver Tavern. And don’t leave without a visit to the Stone Fort Trading Company for some Christmas shopping!
Let the lights put you in the holiday spirit
December 8 to 10
Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
Come celebrate the holidays at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum! Travel through the Homesteader’s Village glistening with holiday color. There will be hot dog roasts over the bonfire, hot chocolate, jam-pail curling and horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting).
Be immersed in french theatre
On until December 9
Théâtre Cercle Molière, St. Boniface
It has been 14 years since Arnaud left his family’s farm, but now the death of his father brings him back to face his demons. As he enters this world with no idea of what to expect, he must face his estranged brother to settle their father’s estate and face whatever other secrets await around the corner. The French production Dehors is on at Théâtre Cercle Molière until December 9. English speakers: Subtitles are available on opening night, Wednesday & Saturday evening performances.
Get your glow on
On until December 30
Manitoba Electrical Museum
Light em’ up. The Manitoba Electrical Museum is the go-to place for all things that glow and glimmer. Get inspired by a variety of Christmas light displays and revisit holiday memories of the past. Learn about the history of electrical development in our province, from a replica of a 1940’s kitchen during farm electrification to climbing aboard a streetcar – one of the city’s first uses of electricity.
Get the chill of Christmas past
Various dates and locations
It’s a story we all know well, but this week, Royal MTC brings the chill of Christmas past to the John Hirsch Mainstage. 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”. All that will change, however, when the ghost of his business partner Marley appears to save Scrooge from himself. The Christmas Carol tour will also stop for performances in Souris and Deloraine.
Sing along to a Christmas concert
Various dates and locations
If you can’t get enough of holiday hymns and merry tunes, this week is the perfect time to get your fix. Start with the Manitoba Hydro Holiday Tour with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, making stops in Steinbach on December 5 and Portage la Prairie on December 6. Fred Penner’s Christmas brings the joy of the season to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in Brandon on December 9 while the classic Christmas Celebration at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg kicks off December 10.
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.
Have a Charlie Brown Christmas
December 8 to 30
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
If you have a hard time getting into the holidays, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Charlie Brown is having a similar predicament, but when he’s asked to direct the pageant, he decides to dig deep to find the Christmas spirit. This musical holiday classic is a must see for the entire family!
Take in a century of activity in Brandon
On until February 28
Daly House, Brandon
While taking photos is now a daily occurrence for most folks, it was just 190 years ago that the first photograph was ever taken. Back then, it wasn’t just a click of the button, even as photography evolved with smaller cameras and film formats. Catch a glimpse of the early years of photography in Brandon with the latest exhibit at Daly House Museum – Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba, featuring a collection of images believed to be taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909 or 1910.
Dig into virtual histories at an art gallery
On until January 20
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg
This brand new exhibit at the Urban Shaman Gallery explores the concept of virtual histories, a form of fictional writing that applies a what if scenario to historical events, in relation to some of the so called “true histories” that permeate today.
Cheer on Canada at a hockey game
Bell MTS Place
Ready to bring the roar to Bell MTS Place? Winnipeg is the second Canadian host for the six-game series against the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Join into a Santa Claus parade
Various dates and locations
What better way to ring in the festive season than at a Santa Claus Parade? As it happens, there are two happening in the province this week. Portage la Prairie is hosting their annual Santa Parade of Lights on December 8 while Grand Marais is celebrating with a Santa Clause Breakfast and Parade on December 9.
Strap on your snowshoes in Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park
There are 43 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, as well as the unlimited possibilities that await you when you set out “off trail,” including the challenge of snowshoeing Mt Agassiz. Riding Mountain’s snow conditions and six designated snowshoe trails make it one of the best places to snowshoe in Manitoba.
Craft your heart out for the holidays
St. Andrews Heritage Commitee
DIY this Christmas at a snow globe making workshop in St. Andrews, Manitoba. Learn the history of this classic holiday knickknack and make a glass jar snow globe of your own. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!
Relish the handmade at a craft show
Boy, Manitobans are a crafty bunch! Just check out all the craft, bake and art sales coming up this holiday season. It’s time to go out and find that unique, locally-made gift to give to someone special.