The Forks offers a wide selection of activities and attractions to get Winnipeggers out of the house this winter./DANTON UNGER

Jason Hiraoka takes a shot on goal. Hiraoka says he’s already been to The Forks six times this winter. The Forks offers skate rentals to ensure everyone has a chance to try out the three skating rinks available./DANTON UNGER

Jayne Unger, 21, escapes from the wind in the vibrant Hygge House, one of the warming hut winners from previous years. The Art + Architecture contest has been held each year since 2009. The 2018 warming huts are currently being built and are expected to be available for viewing at The Forks in early February./DANTON UNGER

Visitors at The Forks skate down the river trail. One of the many skating trails featured at The Forks this year./DANTON UNGER

Free sleigh rides are available Sunday afternoons. Owner Don Bowden says he’s been giving sleigh rides at The Forks for the past 8 years. “I love horses and I love people,” says Bowden./ DANTON UNGER

Ice Castles come to Winnipeg for the first time this year. Visitors at The Forks can explore the frozen structure Monday to Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online or in person./DANTON UNGER

Visitors at The Forks play a round of Crokicurl. The Manitoba-invented game is a combination of curling and crokinole and can be played for free at The Forks. A full list of rules can be found on The Forks website./DANTON UNGER

Zach Chizda, one of the bartenders at The Common, prepares a drink. Chizda says working at The Common is a great job. “Just the fact that I get to meet so many new people and tell them about my city, it’s pretty cool.”/DANTON UNGER

A spare chair is difficult to find at The Common on a cold Saturday night in January. The Common is located in the Food Hall at The Forks Market. It offers 20 craft beers and 20 wines to choose from./DANTON UNGER