Ready for another week of festive celebrations? Good, because they are comin’ in hot and with plenty of seasonal spirit. The notorious JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday party is rolling into town as a polar party kicks off at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. And that’s just a taste of what this week has to offer! Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Attend a polar party at the Zoo
December 17 and 18
Assiniboine Park Zoo
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit all your favourite furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails. Join into a North Polar Party on December 17 to 18 with activities such as a holiday breakfast, craft stations, photo opportunities and of course the chance to meet Santa Claus.
Zoom down a hill by tube
Open weekends | Adrenaline Adventures, Headingly
Put on the ski pants and get ready to tackle the snow tubing hills at Adrenaline Adventures! Winter activities begin this weekend with several lanes open for tubing featuring a variety of bumps and lots of speed. For those seeking something a bit more adrenaline-pumping, we’re introducing some extreme snow tubing lanes which will have you yelling in delight all the way down.
Learn the secrets behind extraordinary aircraft
December (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm)
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.
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!
Get the chill of Christmas past
On until December 16
John Hirsch Mainstage
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.
Go back in time for the holidays
December 12 and 14
VIA Rail Station
Step back in time for a uniquely Winnipeg Christmas Experience. This 3 hour tour by Heartland Travel will take you on a journey to the history of Winnipeg’s Granite Curling Club, the Three Wise Men on the Great West Life Building, the Winter Festivals of the 1920’s and more.
Gaze into the night sky
Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend the next Astronomy Night and get to know our winter stars and the stories behind them. An outdoor observation session from the rooftop will let you explore the night sky.
Celebrate Cannes Lions creativity
December 14 to 16
Winnipeg Art Gallery
You won’t want to miss the Winnipeg premiere of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s most prestigious advertising awards. See the best commercials of 2017, selected from over 35,000 entries and 94 countries.
Be moved by a musical masterpiece
December 15 to 16
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Nothing transmits the urge to sing more than Handel’s Messiah. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s holiday tradition continues, as the special glow of the season comes alive with Handel’s matchless sense of timing and drama, where the music’s memorable path from darkness to light never fails to inspire.
Get a how-to on skijoring and kick sledding
Park Centre, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Embark on a winter adventure with your canine friend at this workshop in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Skijoring and kick sledding is the perfect sport for cross country skiers who want to get outside and spend time with their dogs. Bring your skis and your dogs to this workshop.
Enjoy a winter’s day in St. Andrews
St. Andrews Heritage Centre
Baby it’s cold outside, and we’re lovin’ every minute! Join into the winter fun at St. Andrews Heritage Centre with activities like snowshoe tours, hot chocolate tasting, candle making, bannock roasting, Metis games, hourly tours of the Rectory and more.
Join into a Winnipeg tradition
Burton Cummings Theatre
Take part in one of Winnipeg’s most beloved holiday traditions at the annual JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday show. This concert is for all ages and FULL of seasonal spectacle, cheer and surprise guests!
Listen to an old school radio show
December 15 to 16
Experience the film classic of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in a whole new way at the Dalnavert Museum. This staged reading will be told with live sound foley and local talent. Music and seasonal treats round out this heartwarming story.
Kitchen Sync, 370 Donald Street, Winnipeg
If you like your brunch with a side of music, it doesn’t get much better than the Sunday Brunch Collective. This monthly event features a fixed menu brunch prepared by Chef Ben Kramer and a performance by a celebrated Manitoban musician – this time, Nation of Two!
Bewitched by dinner theatre
On until January 6
Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg
Pair your next dinner with a touch of theater at Celebrations Dinner Theatre. On now is Bewitching Elvis, a comedy spoof of the much loved “Bewitched” television series. The plot follows Samantha Stephens and her witch mother Endora, who ends up bewitching an Elvis impersonator into the real deal.