With colder weather, shopping mall bustle, and school out for the holidays, it could only mean one thing: Christmas is fast approaching. Besides all the excitement that comes with the holiday season, people often find themselves scurrying to finish their last-minute Christmas shopping, which some of us – let’s face it – are so reluctant to start. Waiting in long lines, driving in icy conditions, and shopping late hours may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Skip the running around this season, and purchase the Winnipeg Culture Pass as a gift for family and friends. The pass is a one-way ticket to explore a sample of what Winnipeg has to offer when it comes to arts and culture. The pass gets you one admission to two shows and two exhibits of your choice at participating performing arts centres, galleries, and museums!

With so many great events going on this holiday season, why not treat those close to you and let them experience Winnipeg like never before. Choose from shows like Billy Elliot the Musical at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and The Nutcracker presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Plus, take in art exhibits like Inuit Art: A Journey to Churchill at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and so much more! Make a night of it by dining out at Corrientes, Hermanos, or Carnaval, where you’ll receive 15% off your meal! By purchasing this culture pass for a loved one at only $89, you’ll be saving $150, making this gift all the more enticing to buy this holiday season.

How to use a Culture Pass

Buy a pass – or once you’ve received it as a gift – decide which museums and performances you wish to attend. For performances, it is suggested to call in advance to reserve a seat, but you can also just arrive prior to show time to get a ticket in person. You exchange your culture pass ticket for an event ticket or museum gallery pass and enjoy!

Where to get a Culture Pass

Purchase the Winnipeg Culture Pass online at www.winnipegculturepass.ca or by calling the WSO box office at 204-949-3999. Passes are also available at participating venue box offices:  Centennial Concert Hall, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Manitoba Museum. You can also get your pass at the Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre at The Forks starting December 14.