Things to Do on Christmas & Boxing Day in Winnipeg


Credit: Fort Whyte Alive

Looking for fun ideas on Christmas & Boxing Day in Winnipeg? Here is a list of things to do on December 25 & 26 in Winnipeg.

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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.

Admire Christmas lights

See Christmas Lights in Winnipeg.

  • Enjoy light displays at the Forks.
  • 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.
  • Use the map compiled by Winnipegger Carol Cassell to check out some of the must-see decorated houses in Winnipeg — Christmas Lights Map

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show. This drive-thru light display is closed on Christmas Day, but is open on Boxing Day.

Christmas Brunch/Dinner

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order your holiday meal.

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Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

Enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and more at the provincial parks.

Go outdoor

Lace-up on Christmas Day. There are many outdoor skating rinks in Winnipeg. Check the website to see which rink is open and enjoy skating.


Go cross-country skiing at some of the best-groomed trails in the province. Enjoy a good ride on the snow.

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Go Tobogganing

Let it snow! Go out to one of the City of Winnipeg’s designated toboggan hills during the winter season. Stay safe and have fun!

Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird count on Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk!

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.


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.

Go on a Self-Guided Tour

There are many places that you can explore in Winnipeg on your own or with your family.

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Use the City of Winnipeg’s cycling map and enjoy the various cycling trails in the city. Plan routes appropriate to your riding skills.


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 Walk/Picnic

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. Explore the trails and pathways at regional and local parks.

The trails at FortWhyte Alive are open to enjoy connecting with nature (Open on Dec 26).

Explore the trails at the tallgrass prairie to know more about this winter landscape.

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Visit Assiniboine Park


Assiniboine Park is a great place to spend your day. Enjoy the cross-country ski trails running across the Park. The trails are groomed twice a week and are open from 8 am to 10 am. Please do check the trail conditions before starting. Visitors can also enjoy the Toboggan Hill near the Riley Family Duck Pond.

The Park is closed on Christmas Day, but will be open on Boxing Day.

Go Bird Watching

Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. Can spot the popular winter birds? What changes do you notice? Visit any of the birding areas near Winnipeg, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together on Christmas day.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatre performances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

More Fun Things to Do

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for activities to do on winter break and Things to do this weekend for concerts, sports and more! For more, fun things, see things to do during winter in Winnipeg.

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