With only about one month until Christmas, Manitoba is already a’glow with festivities and fun. Altona and Dauphin will light up the town with twinkling fairy lights while Selkirk goes all-out with a historical tour of decked out holiday homes. Queen Elizabeth II’s crown glows from the John Hirsch Mainstage as craft sales glitter with trinkets and wares. And please – cross your fingers for snow. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Go home for the holidays
November 24 to 26
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least it is in Selkirk, Manitoba! If you are a lover of historical homes and above all, Christmas decor, do not miss the spectacular Home for the Holidays Heritage Tour that takes you to an exciting line up of properties in the Interlake region. Wander the Perfect Scents home, St. Andrew’s Rectory, the Bunn House and more.
Watch an OSCAR®-winning short film
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Experience the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a new type of performance as they play Prokofiev’s charming musical tale to a stop-frame animation. Peter and the Wolf, OSCAR® recipient for Best Animated Short Film, will have grown-ups and children alike roaring in laughter, gasping and giggling to the very end.
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 for every week for more than 60 years.
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.
- Nov 24-27 | Signatures Craft Show and Sale, RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre
- Nov 25-26 | Three – An Exhibition and Sale of Fine Craft, Augustine Church, 444 River Ave.
- Nov 26 | Church Craft Sale, Silver Heights United
- Nov 26 | Joseph Teres Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, 131 Sanford Fleming Rd
- Nov 26 | Craft Sale, 1500 Day Street
- Nov 26 | ICS Winter Extravaganza- Handmade and Vendor Market, 215 Rougeau Ave. Winnipeg
- Nov 26-27 | THIRD + BIRD, Transcona Country Club
- Nov 26-27 | 30th Annual Christkindlmarkt, Holy Cross Hall on 290 Dubuc Street
- Nov 27 | Magical Holiday Craft Sale, Earl Grey Community Centre
- Nov 27 | Holiday Shop Extravaganza, Viscount Gort Hotel
Pembina Valley Central Plains
- Nov 25-26 | Winkler: Discover Local Business Expo, Southland Mall
- Nov 26 | Altona: 4th Annual Craft and Vendor Christmas Sale, Millenium Exhibition Centre
- Nov 27 | Holland: The Holland Lioness Mini Mall Christmas Sale
- Nov 26 | Neepawa: Glorious Christmas Wish Sale, Yellowhead Centre
- Nov 26 | Brandon: Christmas Craft & Bake Sale, Southend Community Centre
- Nov 25-26 | Brandon: Gala of Gifts, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
- Nov 26 | Rossburn: Candy Cane Lane Market, Rossburn Community Hall
- Nov 26 | Anola: Christmas Craft Sale, Anola Community Club
- Nov 25 | Ashern: Country Christmas Craft Sale, Ashern Centennial Hall
- Nov 26 | Cranberry Portage: Cranberry Christmas – Arts, Crafts and More Sale
- Nov 26 | The Pas: The Pas Arts Council Arts, Craft, and More Sale, Metis Hall
Find a connection to the land
November 19, 2016 to April 23, 2017
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Boarder X is a brand new exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, featuring pieces by Indigenous artists who use snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing to depict relationships with the earth. The pieces are wrapped in cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives, showing how board culture works to examine political borders, hybrid identities and traditional territories.
Get into the Christmas mood with a tree lighting ceremony
What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a tree lighting ceremony in a small town? See three large-scale holiday themed light displays in CN Park (on display until mid January) and enjoy carols, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and more.
Sit back and enjoy the show at a film festival
November 24 to 27
Towne Cinema 8
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the annual Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. Celebrating 15 years of Indigenous filmmaking, the exciting lineup includes Duane Howard (The Revenant) and feature films the Northlander; REZilience; and Sister, Daughter.
Pay a visit to Santa Claus
November 26 and 27
Oak Hammock Marsh and FortWhyte Alive
You know he’s making his list and checking it twice, so schedule some face time to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list this year. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, right? Make your first meet-and-greet with Santa Claus at Oak Hammock Marsh on November 26, where you can get your photos taken with Santa, sip hot chocolate around an open fire or join in on Christmas crafts. It’s best to do a follow up visit if you really want what’s on your wishlist, so on November 27, head to FortWhyte Alive to see Santa once again and do a special wooden reindeer craft.
Find your center at FortWhyte Alive
There’s no better way to start the morning than with Cabin Yoga at FortWhyte Alive. On the docket this weekend is a brisk forest hike followed by guided, indoor yoga and meditation. Leader Ashley Bourgeois of Wild Path will help you tap into a zen moment on the most relaxing Sunday ever.
Witness the unique artistry of the Moscow Ballet
Burton Cummings Theatre
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing the Nutcracker at least once. This year, experience the unique artistry of the Moscow Ballet. The Great Russian Nutcracker brings this classic seasonal ballet to life with playful puppets and handcrafted sets and costumes. Prepare to be mesmerized.
Take a step back in hockey history
On until April 2017
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Winnipeg
Celebrate an era that will bring you back to the old Winnipeg arena and into the thriving MTS Centre with treasures and memorabilia from our hockey history. Take a journey with the Winnipeg Warriors of the late 50’s through to the WHA Jets in the 70s, and all the way to Jets 1.0, Manitoba Moose, and the present day NHL Jets 2.0. The exhibit is presented by the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.
Wine and dine at The Forks
If you haven’t spent a day at The Forks in awhile, you should probably make a date with this historic site ASAP. The market retains the nostalgic feel that you likely remember – with live street vendor music serenading the halls and plenty of knickknacks to discover – while introducing a gorgeous new dining hall and new food vendors to indulge in. You will, as they say, go for the food and stay for the beer.
Journey to the heart of motherhood
November 10 to 27
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
This wildly funny exploration of motherhood will touch the hearts of moms, those who want to be a mom, or those who have a mom. Told through stories, “mom”-ologues and anecdotes, the cast of performer-parents illustrate what it really means to be a mother.
Join into an operatic laughfest
November 17 to 25
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
“All the world’s a jest…he who laughs last, laughs best!” Falstaff tells the story of Sir John Falstaff, an aged knight who boasts of his own charm and sends identical love letters to two married women, in hopes of tapping into their husbands’ fortunes. Cross dressing, pranks, disguises, plots and counterplots are the recipe for a laugh fest of operatic proportions in this performance by the Manitoba Opera.
Experience theatre in Winnipeg’s French Quarter
November 17 to December 3
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg
In the music-filled tale of Le long voyage de Pierre-Guy B, Pierre-Guy, a passionate percussionist who finally returns home after touring the world. Upon arriving, he is forced to reflect on his hectic life and the events that led him to run away to a nomadic life of solitude. Not a french speaker? Tablets with subtitles are available so that all can enjoy the show.
Indulge in a high tension drama
November 17 to December 3
Tom Hendry Warehouse
23.5 Hours tells the story of Tom, a happily married drama teacher who has everything going for him until an accusation threatens his job, his family life and his friends. This drama explores the grey areas between law and our conscience, the the limits that our own loyalties to each other can be pushed.
Reconnect with an old fairytale favourite
November 12, 2016 to January 8, 2017
What was your favourite childhood fairy tale? If you enjoyed classics like Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty and Three Blind Mice, you will be delighted and charmed by the Children’s Museum’s favourite holiday exhibit. The last original Eaton’s Fairytale Vignette Display from the ninth floor annex of Eaton’s downtown store is now fully restored and open to the public, for a limited time only!
Start the season with a night of lights
The holiday season hasn’t officially started in Altona until the lights have been lit and the town has gathered for their annual Night of Lights Parade. After the parade, join in for all the festivities including caroling, roasting wieners over a roaring bonfire, and savouring a cup of hot chocolate with neighbours and friends.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.
World history lesson at RCA Museum
Open Monday to Friday
RCA Museum, Shilo
100 years ago, Canada entered into what would become one of the greatest and most horrendous world events that mankind had yet to experience. World War One changed the human experience, the map of Europe, Britain’s relationship with its Colonies and Canada forged an independent sense of itself as a nation. This is just part of the story told at The RCA Museum.
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