Events in Winnipeg: December 23 – January 1, 2017

For current weekend, see Things to Do this Weekend in Winnipeg

I. Family & Kids Activities

1. Holiday Lights

For more Holiday events, see Christmas Events in Winnipeg 1. Canad Inns Winter Wonderland: Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show and provides a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas. Fridays -Sundays (weather permitting) come by for a complimentary sleigh ride.


December 2, 2016 to January 7, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Closed on Christmas Day @ Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Ave, Winnipeg | Advance $10; Gate $15

2. All That Glows: Then and Now: Plan a visit to this annual exhibit of holiday lighting and see how lights, trees and decorations have changed from the 1880s to today. Purchase an adorable, vintage-inspired sock monkey to support the United Way.


November 14, 2016 – December 29, 2016 @ Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, 680 Harrow St., Winnipeg | Free


3. Christmas Lights Across Canada: Visitors can enjoy the lights throughout the holiday season.


Until January 7, 2017 @ Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg | Free


2. The Jungle Book

A child lost in the Indian jungle is adopted by Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther, and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories, this fast-paced adaptation has the rambunctious Mowgli coming face-to-face with sneaky monkeys, noisy vultures and his mortal enemy: the tiger, Shere Khan.


December 8 – 30, 2016 | Hours vary


Manitoba Theatre for Young People


$22 – $27


3. December Holiday Break

Fun, activities and learning are on our calendar for Winter Break. In fact, there will be a sleigh’s worth of fun for the whole family at the Aviation Museum! Our favourite holiday aeronautical super flyer – the reindeer – will make an appearance at the craft activity station where we’re making Reindeer Boomerangs. We’ll have a dress-up station stocked with vintage aviation uniforms and don’t forget to drop by Skyways – our interactive kids play zone.


December 23, 2016 – January 6, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed on Dewcember 25-26, 2016 & January 1, 2017


Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, 958 Ferry Road, Hangar T-2


Regular Admission


3. Boxing Day Building Extravaganza

What does Boxing Day mean at the Children’s Museum? Well, we’re pretty literal in our definition – so we’ll be celebrating by creating enormous structures with all the cardboard boxes we can find! Help build and explore an extravagant box city with us at the museum. Build tipping towers or majestic mansions in our gallery space and take Boxing Day to the next level. Take home your creation or add it to the Children’s Museum box city that we will be developing throughout the day.


Monday, December 26, 2016 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM


Children’s Museum, Winnipeg


Free with general museum admission


3. Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night in support of St James Speed Skating. Outdoor rink skating, tobogganing, bonfire, teen dance, DJ and lights by Colin. BBQ, hotdogs, desserts, hot and cold drinks for purchase.


Friday, December 30, 2016 | 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM


Woodhaven Community Center, 200 Glendale Blvd in the west part of Winnipeg.


$7 at door, $5 buy early


3. Christmas/Holiday Activities

Christmas events in Winnipeg

MunschBusters!: Based on the stories by Robert Munsch, Adapted by Debbie Patterson.


December 22, 2016 – January 08, 2017 @ Prairie Theatre Exchange, Unit Y300-393 Portage Avenue, 3rd Floor Portage Place


Nonsuch Hold Tours: Celebrate the holidays at the Manitoba Museum. Imagine what it was like at Christmas time in 1668 England as you stroll through the authentically-decorated Nonsuch Gallery. Go on a rare tour of the “cargo hold” on the Nonsuch, listen to music from days gone by and hear stories of Christmas past. There will be live music and storytelling during the weekend of the Holiday Artisan Market. Details

December 10 – 11, 17 – 18, 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg | Regular admission


4. 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: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM; | December 31: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM;; January 1: | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Assiniboine Park Zoo:

Open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Free admission for kids under 12 from December 23 – January 8.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights:

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

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM;

FortWhyte Alive:

Open on December 24 & 26 & New Year’s Day.

Christmas Eve Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Manitoba Museum:

Christmas Eve: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Closed December 25.
December 26 – January 8 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Hours: 09:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Closed on Christmas Day;

December 26: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM;
New Year’s Eve Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Holidays: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Royal Canadian Mint:

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

Oak Hammock Marsh:
Daily| 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM; Closed 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

1. Songs of the Season

As Christmas approaches we love to be with friends and family, to make new memories, and to hear the songs that accompany the season. Chad Celaire invites you to his Songs of the Season Christmas concert where he will perform some of the most popular Christmas classics.


Thursday, December 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM


Park Theatre, Winnipeg


Adult $15; Children 12 and under $10.00/ticket


2. Midwinter Afternoon

By Musica Poetica. Come out of the cold for a spell and share this wonderful music with us!


Thursday, December 29, 2016 | 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Dalnavert Museum – 61 Carlton Ave., Winnipeg




2. Snake Oil

With special guests Bon-Journey.


Friday, December 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM


Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith Street, Winnipeg


$20 – $30 + charges

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with only three characters? Impossible? Not with this enchanting play. The three characters in the play include Snow White, the wicked queen and a ’stage manager’ who at various times becomes the huntsman, the handsome young prince and the director for the creative dramatics which are so much a part of the production. Sit close, because members of the audience help our cast take on various other roles throughout the production.

December 26 – 30, 2016


Dramatic Arts Centre, Winnipeg


General Admission: $12 / Holiday 4-Performance Pack: $40


2. The Nutcracker

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker is renowned for its unique Canadian scenes and has become a treasured holiday tradition for many. The snowy pond hockey game, the battle on Parliament Hill, the Mounties – these are a few features of Nutcracker that has become endearing to many audiences. This year, we are introducing additional animal characters that will add even add more magic and excitement.

December 22 – 30, 2016


Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg


$25 – $115


3. Paul Myrehaug

Paul Myrehaug is an internationally toured comedian with appearances on television, radio, festivals and world renowned comedy competitions. At twenty-two Paul moved to Toronto and started measuring his talents against other professional acts in comedy competitions around North America.


December 27 – 31, 2016


Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club, 190-2025 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg


$17 – $30


4. As Though I had Wings

Brent Lotts world premiere (previously titled Flight Of Fancy) of his inquiry in to the concept that Silence = Death. This new full length work gives a voice to the censored; securing their place in history.


Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 9:00 PM
January 5 – 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM


Rachel Browne Theatre, 204-211 Bannatyne Ave, Winnipeg


$15 – $25


5. All I want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas follows four classic Christmas characters on an unexpected journey which will lead them to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Mrs.Clause, Ralphie from A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the Grinch will travel through a fairy tale forest, each in search of something more. Together with other familiar Christmas faces, our four characters will soon discover that the true gift of Christmas is far grander than they ever imagined. Come for cider, carols, candle lighting, and the greatest story ever told.


December 23 – 24, 2016


139 Smith St, Winnipeg



IV. Sports & Related Events

1. Manitoba Moose


vs Charlotte Checkers on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 07:00 PM
vs Charlotte Checkers on Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 02:00 PM


MTS Centre, Winnipeg


2. Winnipeg Jets


vs Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, December 29 2016 | 07:00 PM
vs New York Islanders on Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 06:00 PM


MTS Centre, Winnipeg

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