With so little time (Christmas is literally a few days away) and so much to do (baking, present shopping, snow shoveling, oh my!), it is so easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. But before you go into a festivity-fuelled frenzy, we are here to make your life a little bit easier with an extensive list of the best holiday events in the ‘Peg. Whether you’re down to learn about the history of Christmas lights or want to sit and listen to a reading of A Christmas Carol, this city has got it all. And click here to check out what the other major cities have on offer this December, before Santa hops on his sleigh.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Find it: 61 Carlton St., Dalnavert Museum, friendsofdalnavert.ca
The low-down: For an intimate experience, local radio host Ron Robinson will read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in the historic Dalnavert Museum. Be sure to come early to take a peek at the vintage Christmas décor and soak in the songs from the carollers singing in the hallway.
When: December 21 to 24, 2017
Times: 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. on December 24)
Prices: $25 per person for non-members, $22.50 per person for members
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
Find it: 3977 Portage Ave., Red River Exhibition Park, canadinns.com
The low-down: Is it even Christmas without holiday lights? The answer is a hard no. Canad Inns and the River Exhibition Park get us because they came through with a scenic, comfortable drive-through light display that consists of one million lights (yes, you heard us right). Enjoy over 25 different themed areas from the heated oasis of your car because ain’t no body got time exposing yourself to the harsh sub zero temps.
When: December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Times: All week, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: $12 to $15 per car
All That Glows: Then & Now
Find it: 680 Harrow St., Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, hydro.mb.ca
The low-down: Curious to know how holiday lights have changed over the years? The Electrical Museum & Education Centre will take you through this transformation from the 1880s to today for a festival display that is also educational. You’ll be that much more appreciative the next time you see Xmas lights. Talk about a glow up.
When: November 14 to December 30, 2017
Times: Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (8 p.m. on December 6, 13 and 20), Every Saturday in December
Prices: Free admission