Happy holidays! The fire is crackling, the smell of fresh-baked gingerbread wafts down the hall, fluffy white snow falls gently outside, and the kids are shoveling the neighbour’s walk.
Now, back to reality. You woke up early to scrape the ice off your windshield again, drove all the way to the store to buy ingredients for gingerbread, forgot the ginger, and now the kids are arguing over what to watch on TV.
However you celebrate the holidays, there can be pressure to make picture-perfect memories every year. At the end of the day, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones. There’s no need to jet off on a magical winter vacay or spend an arm and a leg to make the holidays special. There are plenty of festive and affordable events happening across the city this season that the whole family will enjoy. Take a look at some of the holiday fun happening in the city this season.
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
- November 29, 2019 to January 4, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Red River Exhibition Park
- $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Visit Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show featuring over one million lights in 26 mesmerizing themed areas. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your own vehicle as you travel along the stunning 2.5 kilometre route. Tune into the park’s festive radio station to add even more holiday magic to the moment. Don’t forget to bring your camera for the family photo stop, and to snap a picture of the park’s 74-foot Christmas tree!
Arctic Glacier Winter Park Sunday Programming
- Sundays, December 1, 2019 to February 23, 2020
- The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd
The Forks is the place for family fun all winter long. Enjoy free winter activities every Sunday from Dec. 1 – Feb. 23 including horse-drawn wagon rides, Indigenous storytelling and bannock making, and snow sculpting sessions. Finish the day with a winter dance party at the Canopy Skating Rink with music by DJs Hunnicut and Co-op from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Lights of the North Christmas
- December 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020
- Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue
- Advance $14.99 – $22.99
Skip the cold and enjoy a dazzling indoor lights show at one of the most historic buildings in the city. The Bay offers an 80,000-square-foot space for this family-friendly light festival and Christmas market. With more than half a million Christmas-themed 3D light sculptures, interactive exhibits, a photo booth, live music, food, drinks, and Santa himself, this is a can’t-miss festival kids and parents will love.
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