🎶 Oh, what fun it is to ride, in a one horse open sleigh 🎶
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has begun; in between work parties and family gatherings, you’re going to want to take advantage of all the winter fun happening throughout the province. Start at the Dalnavert Museum for a tale of the Ghost of Christmas Past before making your way to one of Winnipeg’s exciting theatrical performances. Discover winter outside of the city in Hecla or Riding Mountain, and be sure to save time for a stop at one of our sweetest spots for a yummy treat (as if there won’t be enough at all the holiday parties). Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Meet the Ghost of Christmas Past
December 8 to 23
Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg
The 1895 house of former Manitoba premier Sir Hugh John MacDonald is the perfect backdrop to hear a classic Christmas tale. Fully decorated according to Victorian tradition, you will have no problem becoming fully immersed in the iconic reading of A Christmas Carol. Gather to enjoy the timeless tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the three Ghosts of Christmas, as well as warm beverages and holiday treats.
Look for the bear necessities
December 9 to 11
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Forget about your worries and your strife at this family-fun theatrical performance that tells the story of Mowgli, a child lost in the Indian jungle who is adopted by the animals who inhabit it. Expect to see all the Jungle Book favourites such as Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and of course, the terrifying tiger Shere Khan.
Cheer on those feisty Jets
December 6 and 8
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Detroit Redwings on December 6, and the New York Rangers on December 8. As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at the MTS Centre’s surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries.
Learn the secrets behind extraordinary aircraft
December 1 to 29 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
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.
See a classic come to life
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
If you’re a Spielberg fan, you won’t want to miss this performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra that brings the beautiful score of E.T. to life. The classic score by John Williams will be played alongside the classic family film that has succeeded in creating a sense of wonder that lasts through generations.
Roadtrip to Hecla Island
Don’t wait until summer to see the beautiful Hecla Island. Hit the road and head to the Hecla Lakeview Resort for a winter weekend getaway. Once there, take to the trails with snowshoes or cross country skis, then head to the Salka Spa for some much-needed you time. For more information on this Manitoba staycation, check out Shel Zolkewich’s Hecla Island adventure!
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
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.
Kick it up at the Moose game
December 9 and 10
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Welcoming the Manitoba Moose back was a no brainer! AHL hockey has never been more exciting as the home opener of the season brings the fans to the stands. This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on the Cleveland Monsters on December 9 and 10.
Marvel at monarchy at the Royal MTC
November 24, 2016 to December 17, 2017
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
If you’re glued to The Crown on Netflix, add to your growing addiction with The Audience. The theatrical performance follows the legendary House of Windsor as Fiona Reid dons the crown of Queen Elizabeth II and meets with each of her Prime Ministers every week for more than 60 years.
Let the lights put you in the holiday spirit
December 10 to 11
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).
Drive through a winter wonderland
December 2 to January 7
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.
Climb aboard the Nonsuch for a holiday celebration
December 10 to 11
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
History and Christmastime meet at the Nonsuch this holiday season for a rare tour of one of Manitoba’s most loved ships. Hop aboard to see what it was like at Christmas time in 1668 England and stroll through the authentically-decorated Nonsuch Gallery. The tour includes music from days gone by and stories of Christmas past.
Discover our prehistoric past
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
Settle in to a cozy escape
If you’re like me, you have long fantasized about stumbling through a blustering snowy eve into a warm tavern. The fireplace is lit and the room is filled with a low buzz of conversation and merriment. Perhaps you spot a Ranger across the room, or make small talk with a fellow wanderer. You unclasp your heavy cloak and fall deep into thought over a mug of warm apple cider. If you’re thinking these cozy scenes only exist in the movies – think again. Manitoba has the best pubs, taverns and watering holes to escape the winter chill.