Family Fun Things to Do During Christmas Holidays in Winnipeg

Frolic in the snow or take the kids to family fun theatre events or d join for fun activities to keep them occupied during the winter break.

Family Fun Events: December 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

I. Kids Activities

Nonsuch Hold Tours

Step back in time and join us for a rare look at the Nonsuch cargo hold during the once-a-year event. Each year we pull back the ropes and let visitors step below deck into the mysterious cargo hold of the Nonsuch to see first hand what the voyage would have been like. During this tour, our guide will take you through the hold of the 17th-century ship where you will get to see some of the bunks used by the crew, the kitchen galley, and examples furs and other goods being brought back to England. Details

December 22, 2018 to January 6, 2019 | 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM

Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

Regular admission

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Join us for some outdoor fun! Participate in our winter scavenger hunt and uncover the mysteries hidden in the MarshDetails

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Oak Hammock Marsh

Regular admission

Boxing Day Building Extravaganza

Instead of recycling your gift boxes, bring them to the Children’s Museum for a day of box building extravaganza. We’ll celebrate Boxing Day but creating enormous structures with all the cardboard boxes we can find! Build tipping towers or majestic mansions in our gallery space, then take your creation home or to add it to the box city that we’ll we constructing throughout the day. If cardboard boxes aren’t for you, we have some bricks that can be used too! Details

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Children’s Museum
45 Forks Market Road Winnipeg

Regular admission

Snowshoe Sundays

Join us for free, family snowshoeing! No experience required, and we provide the snowshoes. The event will take place on the first and last Sunday of the month from January to February, weather permittingDetails

Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg

Free; Snowshoes are lent out on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to wear winter boots!

Frosty Family Fun Days

Drop by FortWhyte Alive throughout the holiday season to get some fresh air with the whole family.

Snowshoe Orienteering – Strap on the snowshoes and lead yourself on a fun adventure to find a set of orienteering clues.
Voyageur Games & Snow Taffy – Burn off some of that holiday energy with a round of outdoor voyageur games, then head to the sod house to make your own maple taffy on snow.
Marshmallow Roast – After you have finished exploring the wilds of Winnipeg, warm up by the fire and enjoy a cozy fireside treat. Available while supplies last.
Ice Fishing – Try your hand at this classic winter activity. The fishing fee will be waived today, and gear rentals will be on us, making it the perfect time head on out onto the ice to see what you can catch. Fishing gear is first-come, first-served.
Kubb on the Lake – Venture out onto the frozen lake to try your hand at Kubb (imagine a woodsy, wintery take on horseshoes). This traditional viking game is fun and stress-free outdoor activity to involve all ages.
‘Jam Pail’ Curling & Ice Bowling – Join us for some good times and winter vibes on our ice rink. Bring your extended family and play an end or two.
Family Photo Hunt – Head out on the trail to experience the world around you in a new way, capturing those nature-inspired moments with your camera. Details

December 26 – 28, 2018 & January 1 – 4, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Snowshoe Orienteering | Wednesday, December 26
Voyageur Games & Snow Taffy | Thursday, December 27
Marshmallow Roast | Friday, December 28
Ice Fishing | Tuesday, January 1
Kubb on the Lake | Wednesday, January 2
‘Jam Pail’ Curling & Ice Bowling | Thursday, January 3
Family Photo Hunt | Friday, January 4

FortWhyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Rd Winnipeg

Included with general admission to FortWhyte Alive

Canadian Free Traders Fest

Experience life as a fur trader in the Spruce Woods winter! Join in these family fun activities all weekend: Snowshoe Trek, Camp activities.

Snowshoe Trek – Join John MacDonnell, fur trader with the North West Company, on this 2 km trek through the woods with komatiks (traditional sleds) to meet with the Free Traders at their wintering cabin to exchange stories, supplies, goods and furs. Enjoy homemade bannock and wild tea. Watch out for rival HBC traders! We’ll provide the snowshoes, or bring your own.

Camp Activities: 19th Century Sewing Workshop – Try your hand at 19th century sewing techniques with textile artist Claire Sparling. We will provide your own personal sewing kit, or housewife, to make your own creation.

Camp Activities: Free Trader Open Camp (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.): Drop by the Free Trader’s winter camp to enjoy some hot beverages and make bannock, check out their display of tools, furs and arms collections. Be prepared to hear some loud booms as they shoot off their muskets and blow the cannons! Details

December 29 – 30, 2018
Snowshoe Trek | Saturday, December 29 | 1:00 Pm – 4:00 PM  @ Yellow Quill Trailhead
19th Century Sewing Workshop | Sunday, December 30 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM @ Park Centre (in the Kiche Manitou Day-use Area)
Free Trader Open Camp | Sunday, December 30 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Park Centre (in the Kiche Manitou Day-use Area)

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Pre-register; Interpretive events are FREE for everyone to attend! An adult must accompany children under 12. Remember, park vehicle permits are required year round in provincial parks. For more information, call 204-827-8850 or email [email protected]

Guided Snowshoe Walk at the Marsh

Experience the marsh on snowshoes. and enjoy hot chocolate by the fire afterwards. Details

Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Oak Hammock Marsh

Pre-registration is required.

Winter Holiday Programming

Come celebrate the holiday season at the Museum! Join in our activities for all ages and explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in playful and fun ways. Details

December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg

Free with admission

Arctic Glacier Winter Park Sunday Programming

Soul on Ice: a DJ skate party on the Canopy Rink, Indigenous storytelling + bannock making in the teepees, Snow sculpting, Horse-drawn wagon rides around the site! Details

Sundays, December 2, 2018 – February 24, 2019

The Forks, Winnipeg

Free

TiBert le Voyageur

TiBert shares his joie de vivre through storytelling, juggling, and music

Rob Malo’s high-energy, fast-paced storytelling as TiBert le Voyageur encourages children of all ages to have fun, use their imaginations and learn at the same time!

This performance is bilingual (English and French). Details

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg

Free with admission

Hockey Family Fun Weekends

Join us this weekend in Hockey: The Stories Behind Our Passion for some extra special family fun.  Explore the stories of hockey heroes and learn why this is truly Canada’s game.  Try on vintage hockey equipment and jerseys and then pose to make your own digital hockey card. Take our NHL Geography Challenge. Details

January 5 – 6, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

Regular admission

Snowshoe Trek & Bonfire

Ring in the New Year and enjoy the winter beauty of the aspen-oak forest on this exhilarating 1.8 km trek around Nimowin Trail. Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows! We’ll provide the snowshoes (or bring your own). Snowshoes fit a variety of sizes, recommended for ages 9+. Details

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Birds Hill Provincial Park

Pre-register; Interpretive events are FREE for everyone to attend! An adult must accompany children under 12. Remember, park vehicle permits are required year round in provincial parks. For more information, please call 204-654-6739 or email [email protected]

Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes

Visit the Children’s Museum to enjoy fifteen fun, fairytale vignettes including Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, and more on display from mid-November to early January. Details

November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Sunday – Thursday | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday & Saturday | 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg

Free with museum admission
General Admission: $11.00 (+ GST) per person

Wolf Howl Hike

Hike along with a Park Interpreter as we trek to the scenic Pine Point Rapids. Along the way, we will howl for wolves and listen for their haunting call.

At the rapids, we’ll warm up in the shelter with hot chocolate next to the wood stove. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring a flashlight for this 5 km hike. Details

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Whiteshell Provincial Park
Meet at the Pine Point Trailhead (located on PR 307 between Betula and Nutimik Lakes).

Pre-register

Holiday Hours at Attractions

Manitoba Children’s Museum:

Sunday – Thursday | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Friday & Saturday | 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed on December 24 & 25.

December 26, 31 & January 1 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Assiniboine Park Zoo:

Open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Closed on December 25

Canadian Museum for Human Rights:

Tuesday & Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM;

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM;

Christmas Eve (December 24) 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Open on Boxing Day (December 26) & New Year’s Day (January 1)
The Museum will be closed January 7-14, 2019 for Annual Maintenance Week

FortWhyte Alive:

Open on December 24 & New Year’s Eve (December 31) | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Closed on Christmas Day

Transcona Museum:

Closed December 23, 2018 – January 2, 2019

The Manitoba Museum:

Monday: Closed (Except Holidays)
Tuesday – Friday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Christmas Eve | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Closed December 25.
December 26 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New Year’s Day | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Royal Canadian Mint:

Tuesday- Saturday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Tours: Tuesday- Saturday | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Closed on December 25 – 26 & January 1

Oak Hammock Marsh:
Daily| 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM; Closed December 24 – 25 & January 1

Recreation Centres:

 Freight House Recreation Centre | Closed on all statutory holidays. Open on Christmas Eve | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & New Years Eve | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair Street: Pool is closed on all statutory holidays. Check website for free swim schedules.
St. James Civic Pool, 2055 Ness Avenue: Pool is closed on all statutory holidays. Check website for free swim schedules.
St. James Assiniboia Centennial, 644 Parkdale Street: Pool is closed on all statutory holidays. Check website for free swim schedules.

II. Live Music

Winnipeg Youth Chorus concert

Celebrate the season with the Winnipeg Youth Chorus while you fill your soul with music.

Don’t miss hearing these talented young voices on the first Saturday in the New Year! Details

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 2:30 PM – 3:00 Pm & 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg

Free with admission

III. Live Theatre for the Whole Family

The House at Pooh Corner

Winnipeg’s most famous bear makes a return appearance to help MTYP celebrate the holiday season. As if by magic, the theatre transforms into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh, including The Hundred Acre Wood. Only 176 people a time can experience The House at Pooh Corner, to ensure an intimate experience for all audience members. Superb music and puppetry without strings complete this irresistible winter-holiday treat! Ages 3 – 8. Details

November 30 – December 30, 2018

Manitoba Theatre for Young People
2 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg

$20 – $30

Nutcracker

Rediscover the magic of your childhood with Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight the adventure of a lifetime begins. Before the final curtain falls, Clara will battle the evil Mouse King, fall in love with her dashing Nutcracker prince and find herself on a storybook journey that will take her into the heart of a timeless fairytale. Details

December 19 – 29, 2018

Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg

$33.57 – $129.57

Munschtopia

Prairie Theatre Exchange continues a Holiday season tradition of bringing the indelible and charismatic characters of Robert Munsch to vibrant life on the stage. This year, get ready for tons of surprises, with lots of high-octane energy and loads of laughs, as we present five much-loved Munsch stories, including Put Me in a Book!, Wait and See, Pyjama Day!, Jonathan Cleaned Up – Then He Heard a Sound, and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel. It’s the larger-than-life, kid-friendly entertainment our young audiences have come to expect. Details

December 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019
No shows on December 24, 25 & 31, January 1

Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor – 393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

$33 – $53

Anne of the Green Gables & Scenes from Avonlea

Share the adventures of Anne Shirley and her “best friend for life,” Diana Barry, as they travel from childhood to maturity in this heartwarming adaptation which beautifully captures the highlights of the classic novel. Details

December 26 – 30, 2018
Wednesday – Thursday, December 26 – 27 | 7:00 PM
Friday – Sunday, December 28 – 30 | 1:30 PM

Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg

$12

O Christmas Tea – A British Comedy

London’s 3-time IMPRESARIO award-winning comedians James & Jamesy return with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea.

When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over 20 comedy awards to their name sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas.  Details

Friday, December 28 2018 | 7.30 PM – 9:00 PM

Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 180 Market Avenue East Winnipeg

$19 – $39

The Beggar and the Wolf

This comical re-imagining of the 13th century folk-tale is loaded with outrageous puns, slapstick humour, and quirky characters.

When a medieval village is stalked by a lone wolf, the entire population is afraid to move about the town conducting their daily business. Facing the horrifying prospect of becoming poor and hungry (and even stinky, since they fear drawing water from the well to bathe), the mayor fetches Francesco: a holy beggar from the neighbouring village of Assisi who is reputed to have a wondrous way with animals. Details

December 26 – 30 2018
December 26 – 28 | 7:00 PM
December 29 – 30 | 1:30 PM

Forrest Nickerson Theatre, 285 Pembina Hwy

General Admission: $12 / Children (under 3): Free

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race.  When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. Details

January 3 – 5, 2019

Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg

$28.75 – $160

Cinderella

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. Details

January 6 – 7, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg

$48.50 – $106.00

IV. Sports

Shuffle Duck Tournament

Participate in our Shuffle Duck tournament, a blend of curling and shuffleboard on the ice. Details

Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Oak Hammock Marsh

Regular admission

Winnipeg Jets

vs. Calgary Flames on Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 7:00 PM
vs. Minnesota Wilds on Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 7:00 PM
vs. Dallas Stars on Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 4:00 PM

Bell MTS Place

Tickets

Manitoba Moose

vs. Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday, December 21, 2018 | 7:00 PM
vs. Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 2:00 PM
vs. Colorado Eagles on Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 2:00 PM
vs. Colorado Eagles on Monday, December 31, 2018 | 4:00 PM

Bell MTS Place

Tickets

2019 KidFish IceFishing Derby

The Anglers of Manitoba are inviting families to bundle up, grab their fishing lines, and head out on to the ice for the annual Kids Fishing For A Cure Ice Fishing Derby. It’s a fun family event with over $35,000 in prizes and giveawaysDetails

Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Float Plane Base, 1007-1009 Breezy Point Rd, Selkirk

$25;  All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba.

V. Winter Camps and Other Activities

Wonderful Winter Camps for Kids

The Interpretive Centre offers day camps for kids aged 6 to 9. Each day is unique with fun-filled indoor & outdoor dynamic programs, crafts and fun winter activities such as snowshoeing, bannock baking, winter games and more. Details

December 27 – 28, 2018 & January 3 – 4, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Oak Hammock Marsh

Day camps are $27 for Interpretive Centre members, $33 for non-members

Winter Camp at the Zoo

Kick off the new year and join us for some winter wonderland fun and games at Assiniboine Park and Zoo! Children will make memories and new friends while we explore the surrounding Park and Zoo, enjoy nature, learn about animals, and play games. We begin and end each day at the centrally-located Qualico Family Centre so we can explore both the Park and Zoo with ease! Winter camp is designed for children in Grades 1 – 6. Details

January 2 – 4, 2019
Drop-off | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Pick-up | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Assiniboine Park Zoo
Drop-off & Pick-up @ Qualico Family Centre

Weekly Fee: $135 + GST;
Daily Fee: $50 + GST. Member save 10%

Winter Day Camps @ FortWhyte Alive

Sign up your kids for Winter Day Camps at FortWhyte Alive. Details

Winter Nature Day Camp (Ages: 6-12) | December 27-28, 2018 & January 2-4, 2019
Farm Day Camps are not offered this winter break

FortWhyte Alive
Drop-off & Pick-up @ Interpretive Centre, 1961 McCreary Road

Non-Members: $50/day
FortWhyte Alive Members: $45/day

Registration opens Thursday, November 15 | 12:00 PM

Winter Art Camp

Shake up the winter break with art activities and gallery exploration. Each day of winter art camp is inspired by a fun new theme, and includes active outdoor time on the WAG rooftop. At the end of the day, campers will host a mini-exhibition for family and friends to see. Pack a lunch and snack, warm weather wear, and get ready for a fun-filled day, or two! Details

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg

$55/day; $50/day for WAG members

Christmas LIGHTS

Christmas Events in Winnipeg

  • Drive through Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show at the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland on November 30, 2018 to January 5, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Red River Exhibition Park
  • Christmas Lights Across Canada – See more than 7000 lights illuminate the city throughout the season.
  • All that Glows: Then & Now on November 14, 2018 to January 3, 2019 @ Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre | $3

Top Hats & Tiaras

Finish the holidays on a high note and dress up in formal clothes for an afternoon out on the town! This family-friendly New Year’s Eve event will feature tasty snacks courtesy of Domino’s Pizza, souvenir family photos, live musical entertainment by The Solutions, a ginger ale toast to 2018, and a festive balloon drop led by Countdown Emcee Drew Kozub from KiSS 102.3’s KiSS Morning’s with Nesta & Drew as we ring in the New Year at noon. Details

Monday, December 31 , 2018 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 APM

Manitoba Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg

Regular Admission

New Year’s Eve at Assessippi

Enjoy fireworks shows, kids activities, supper Specials, live music, midnight torch run and more on New Year’s Eve. Details

December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 | Nightly Fireworks
December 31 | 9:30 PM & Midnight

Asessippi Ski Area and Resort

Festival des Crèches

Library Allard will be hosting the 9th Annual Crèche Festival this year with over 300 different crèches from around the world. Each crèche is made with a different type of media to depict the different views and versions available. Details

Tuesday  – Saturday, November 27, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Bibliotheque Allard Regional Library, 104086 PTH 11 St-Georges

Free Admission

Coffieman!

African fusion rhythms with Evans Coffie
Try your hand at drumming or dance to Coffieman’s rhythms! This interactive program is for all ages.

Evans Coffie, originally from Ghana, West Africa, was plucked from his small village to train with the National Dance Company, where he was a principal dancer for more than 11 years. Details

Saturday, January 5, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg

Free with admission

Other activities

  • Free admission to Assiniboine Park Zoo for children aged 12 and under free over the winter break from December 22 to January 6.
  • Who said there is nothing to do at Provincial Parks in winter? From snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, dog sledding to horse back rides, there are several activities that you can enjoy.
  • The City of Winnipeg offers many fun activities that can be enjoyed with your family during winter. Check out this list of activities in Winnipeg.
  • Go on sleigh rides.
  • Why not plan a trip to neighbouring cities/town this winter? Take in the Waterfall of lights in Brandon or the Ice derby in Selkirk. Drive to Gimli to savour RAW:Almond.
  • Its cold outside!!! But that doesn’t mean you should stay at home. Why not take your kids to our indoor attractions?
  • Check out activities at the Recreation Centres.

Skating

Wipe away those winter blues! Grab your skates and join us throughout the winter season at Winnipeg’s skating rinks.

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