Winter and holiday events happening in the city during November and December

By Sarah Vandale

One of the best ways to avoid the cold this winter is to check out all of the great events happening in Winnipeg’s arts and culture scene. Here are a few suggestions:

Fun Home looks back on Alison Bechdel’s life when she was around 10 years old and when she was in college. Isabel Haderer, Carson Nattrass. Set & Costume Designer Amy Keith, Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher, Photo by Dylan Hewlett.

Fun Home

This Tony Award-winning show is based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of her life. The musical follows Bechdel at three different ages as she explores her sexuality and her relationship with her father.

Since this show is at the Tom Hendry Warehouse, there are limited tickets and it’s likely to sell out. Fun Home runs until Dec. 1, and tickets can be purchased at:

First Fridays

On the first Friday of every month, businesses and art galleries in the Exchange District are open into the night with special events. If you can’t decide which businesses and galleries to visit and want some guidance, you can participate in the Art Talk/Art Walk. These include a discussion about an art style, dinner, and a guided walk to a selection of galleries and studios. December’s discussion will be Religious Art with Michael Boss.

The next First Fridays in the Exchange District will be happening on Dec. 6. More information can be found here:

Friday Night Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is $5 each Friday after 5 p.m. and includes a behind-the-scenes guided tour. Visitors can also dine at ERA Bistro and shop in the Boutique.

Tours run at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (and 6 p.m. in French), and are first-come-first-served. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Holidays Edition

Get into the holiday spirit with some new and classic holiday events happening around the city.

BMO Night at the Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Watch this Christmas classic while the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra plays the score live.

Performances are on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Tickets can be purchased at:

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

This story is a must for Jane Austen fans since the plot follows Mary, the middle child of the Bennets from Pride and Prejudice. This witty and funny play will help get you in the holiday spirit.

The show runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 21 and tickets can be purchased at


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is back with the classic performance of The Nutcracker. This Christmas-favourite will run from Dec. 19 until Dec. 28, and tickets can be purchased at

Visitors of Canad Inns Winter Wonderland look at the Christmas lights exhibition from the comfort of their warm cars. Some blankets, hot chocolate and Christmas music are a great addition to the event. Photo credit:

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

The Red River Exhibition Park will be transformed with over one million Christmas lights. Attendees can stop at the outdoor skating rink or take a ride in the horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Winter Wonderland opens Nov. 29 and runs until Jan. 4. More information can be found here: