Of course we all love opening gifts, but there’s something exciting about presents you can’t wrap. Do you remember going out with your family as a child? Will you ever forget your first trip to a museum? Giving a loved one an experience they’ll remember forever is a special thing. This holiday season, try out any of the events below with your family and create amazing memories together.
The Nutcracker at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Take your family to see the classic holiday play. You’ll travel to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets all while at the ballet. Whether it’s your first time, or your tenth time seeing this play, it’s something the whole family can enjoy. The show runs about two and a half hours long, with a 20-minute intermission between the two acts. Tickets are priced between $25-$119 and are available at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet website.
When: December 21 – December 30, 2017
Where: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street
Company Dancers Katie Bonnell and Eric Nipp; Photo by David Cooper
FortWhyte Alive Activities
Experiencing nature is an amazing thing. FortWhyte Alive gives you and your family the chance to get away from the city and enjoy the peace and quiet of rural Manitoba. You can go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt and explore the forest around FortWhyte, or travel back in time and meet the Sod House Pioneers. No matter what activity you choose, you’ll be amazed at what lies just outside the busy city. These activates are free with regular admission, and for more information you can visit their website.
Winter Scavenger Hunt
When: December 10, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sod House Pioneers
When: December 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 1961 McCreary Rd
Older Adults (65+): $7
Students & Children: $6
Children 2 and under: FREE
The Manitoba Museum Nonsuch Hold Tours
Museums are amazing places where everyone can learn something new. The Manitoba Museum is a classic location for any family outing. During the holiday season, the museum is allowing guests to explore the lower deck of their beloved Nonsuch, a 17th century ship. It’s a once a year event where you can see the kitchen, bunks, cargo, and more in the belly of the ship. For more information on the museum’s holiday activities you can visit their website.
When: December 23 – January 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: The Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave
Children under 3: FREE
The Children’s Museum Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes
Once upon a time there was a building in Downtown Winnipeg called Eaton’s. It was the second largest building in Winnipeg at the time, and every holiday season there would be Vignettes on display in the shop windows. Many Winnipeggers remember these Vignettes, and that is why the display at the Children’s Museum is so special. The Eaton’s Fairytale Vignettes are a staple of Winnipeg’s history, and you and your family will love the 15 different displays. This exhibit is available at the museum anytime, and tours are available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 7, 2018. For more information on the museum’s events you can visit their website.
When: November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: The Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Rd
Price: $5 per person
Winnipeg Art Gallery Family Fusion
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a great place for you and your family to experience and create art. This holiday season they have many events, one of which is Family Fusion. With monthly DIY craft events you can paint winter landscapes, learn different printing techniques, and view Winnipeg from the roof of the WAG. You can also build snow forts and learn about the arctic. For more information of the WAG’s family programs you can visit their website.
When: January 3 – January 28, 2018, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd
Price: $20 per family
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Family Day
The outside of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a work of architectural art, but the inside of the museum is special too. Family Day is an event with special programs designed for you and your children of any age. You can travel through different galleries and see what the museum has to offer. For more information on the museum’s family programs you can visit their website.
When: December 17, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way
Price: $50 for a family, children under the age of 7 are free