WINTER BREAK 2020 – 2021
Here’s a list of fun activities to enjoy as a family during the winter break from December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.
Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.
See Christmas Lights
1. From December 11, the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland will be live. This is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show and is a must-see every year. Closed on December 25.
2. Check out the must-see decorated houses in Winnipeg using the crowd-sourced Christmas Lights Map by Global News.
3. Located in River Heights neighbourhood is a festive elf village complete with a bakery, post office, pub, school, jewel shop, as well as a candy shop. Each of these structures is intricately built with detailed work inside each building.
4. Enjoy light displays at the Forks.
5. Use the map compiled by Winnipegger Carol Cassell to check out some of the must-see decorated houses in Winnipeg — Christmas Lights Map
- Have you tried camping in winter? The Jackfish Lake cabin is one of the several hike or ski in campsites available in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The use of the cabin is free, but you will need to register for overnight usage.
- Get all the speed you need tobogganing! The City of Winnipeg has four designated tobogganing hills. In addition, there are six winter slides to enjoy.
- City of Winnipeg has many skating rinks that can be enjoyed in winter. Some of them also has heated washrooms and warning shelters open throughout the week.
- Winnipeg has some of the best groomed classic cross-country ski trails in the province. Enjoy a good ride on the snow.
- Winter is a great time to observe birds. Although many birds migrate during the season, the ones that remain adopt many strategies to deal with the snowy winters here. What changes have you noticed in the birds you see? Did you know that the snowy owl migrates here in winter?
- There are many places in and around Winnipeg to enjoy snowshoeing. One amoung them is Oak Hammock Marsh. Spend a day snowshoeing at the Marsh.
- Enjoy the beauty of winter at St. Vital Park.
- If you enjoy watching birds, do an unofficial Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t want to venture outside your neighbourhood, count the birds that visit your bird feeder.
- Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the city This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.
- Enjoy a family walk in the green spaces in Winnipeg. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones.
NOTE: All activities are subject to Covid-19 restrictions. All outdoor recreation amenities are currently closed since Winnipeg is in the Critical (red) zone in the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System.
The following attractions are currently open. Do keep in mind that these centres may close subject to evolving Covid-19 restrictions.
- Oak Hammock Marsh trails
- The Living Prairie Museum trails
- Assiniboine Park green spaces including The English Garden, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, and public washrooms at the Riley Family Duck Pond shelter
- FortWhyte Alive trails
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Winter Break Camps
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Springhill Winter Sports Park
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg is the Springhill Winter Park. Head here to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing and winter activities. Details
The tentative opening date is December 26, 2020 (weather permitting)
Enjoy a socially distanced night out in the community. Stay warm comfort of your vehicle while watching the 2003 Comedy film Elf. Details
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1717 Gateway Road, Winnipeg
Home of the Guinness Book of World Record’s Largest Snow Maze! Enjoy warming areas with bonfires, slide down the giant snow mountain, relax in the warming barn or hop on a sleigh ride. Details
The tentative Opening date is last week of December
A Maze In Corn, 1351 Provincial Road 200, St. Adolphe, Manitoba
2020 rates TBA
Watch The Great Conjunction
Get ready to watch an extraordinary event this holiday season. From December 12 to 28, giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be in close proximity after centuries. On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart. This year’s event will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! Don’t miss the Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn. Details
Enjoy online concerts and theatres during winter break.
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.