Downtown Events for December

Strauss, Ravel and More

December 1-2, Centennial Concert Hall

Richard Strauss couldn’t resist a story. In Death and Transfiguration, a dying man, presumably Strauss himself, recalls the artistic ideals he didn’t achieve and as the fatal hour arrives, his soul takes leave. But now, the eternal cosmos presents a magnificent realization of the ideal.


Tours: Bikes and Brunch

December 3, Various Locations

Be a true Winnipegger and conquer the winter blues with this tour of downtown’s best brunch spots using a winterized or fat bike! Participants bike to three of downtown Winnipeg’s best brunch spots, receiving a breakfast sample at each stop. There is an option to rent a fat bike, or you can use your own winterized/fat bike.


Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market

December 7 and 21, Cityplace

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular Farmers’ Market offers fresh and local vegetables and fruits, baking, preserves, meat, cheese, crafts, jewelry, plants and flowers, and other food and artisan items. If you can Make It, Bake It or Grow It, you can find it at our Farmers’ Market.


A Charlie Brown Double Bill: A Charlie Brown Christmas and You’re a Good Man Charlie

December 8, Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Charlie Brown has had a rough year and just cannot get into Christmas. When he is asked to direct the pageant, he is determined to turn things around PLUS everyone’s favourite accident-prone boy tries to muster up the courage to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl. A musical holiday classic for the entire family!


The Tenors.

The Tenors

December 8 – 9, Centennial Concert Hall

Since 2008, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs and outstanding harmonies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band has achieved international success. The Tenors join the WSO for a very special Christmas concert.


Lara Ciekiewicz, Soprano

December 9 – 10, Eckhardt-Gramatte (University of Winnipeg)

Winnipeg soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is a compelling and dynamic singing-actress. Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra have been recent collaborators. Her talent and success were acknowledged locally by the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC “On the Rise Award”.


A Christmas Celebration

December 10, Centennial Concert Hall

There’s almost no end to the fun you’ll find on our annual holiday classic show where favourite seasonal music goes hand-in-hand with comedy, storytelling, sing-alongs, plenty of good cheer and of course, a visit from Santa!


Tour: Tap In Beer Tour

December 12, Various Locations

Discover some of the best beers that downtown Winnipeg has to offer. The Tap In Tour includes a walking tour plus beer and appetizer samplings at three to four restaurant stops. Additional drinks and food are extra. Each tour has a unique combination of stop locations that include Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub, Rudy’s Eat & Drink, Shannon’s Irish Pub, Izakaya Edokko and Moxie’s Restaurant and Pub.


Tour: A Moveable Feast Bike Tour

December 15, Various Locations

Enjoy a cycling and restaurant tour in the heart of our City! Tours start at 5:30pm and run to approximately 10pm. Tickets are just $50 a person and include a bike tour and menu samplings at five restaurant stops – beverages are extra. Each tour has a unique combination of stops that may include Café 22, Café Bella, Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, East India Company, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub, Little Sister Coffee Maker, Oh Doughnuts, Promenade Café & Wine, Shannon’s Irish Pub, Thom Bargen and White Star Diner.



December 15, Centennial Concert Hall

HALLELUJAH! An oratorio of triumph and joy. It was born out of Handel’s struggle to stay at the forefront of 18th century England’s taste for opera. Running short on money, he had no choice but to go the oratorio route, where Handel found enduring success. Messiah is a masterpiece with drama to spare in every page of its score. It feels as fresh today as it did when first premiered in Dublin in 1742. This performance features the debut of the new WSO Chorus and an all-Manitoban cast of soloists.


Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

December 14 – 29, Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s most prestigious advertising awards. Winners are selected from over 35,000 entries representing 94 countries, providing a fascinating window to the world. Don’t miss the Winnipeg premiere of the best commercials of 2017!


PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero

December 17, Burton Cummings Theatre

You’ve NEVER seen the PJ Masks like this before – leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage! Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – watch the PJ Masks save the day, live on stage!


The Snowman

December 17, Centennial Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, Raymond Briggs’ heartwarming holiday classic film The Snowman has brought our audience to its feet every time it has been performed. The Snowman tells of a little boy who wakes up to find that everything has turned snow-white. He rushes out to build a snowman that comes to life and takes him on an amazing journey. Features the Howard Blake hit song Walking in the Air. Plus, the classic tale of Brother Heinrich’s Christmas.


RWB’s The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition

The Nutcracker

December 21 – 30, Centennial Concert Hall

This sparkling holiday tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker features endearing Canadian scenes like a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill. What could be more fun for the family than to join young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, where toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic, mischievous Filbert the Bear steals the Christmas pudding and where Hazel the Polar Bear and her twelve furry polar cubs will surely warm your heart. A holiday classic for the whole family!

Planning for the future

State of the City
Brian Bowman

Hello and welcome to this month’s issue of Smart Biz!

Each year, the Province of Manitoba invites input into the preparation of their annual budget. In response to their invitation, I was happy to have the opportunity to outline three key priorities the City of Winnipeg would like to see addressed in the province’s 2018 budget. These priorities included rehabilitating our regional roads like Portage Avenue and Pembina Highway, investing in public transit, and committing to a long-term predictable infrastructure program. Continue reading Planning for the future

All Together Downtown for the Holidays

The Holidays are right around the corner and the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is excited to celebrate together with everyone, right here downtown!

There are a number of events happening in the heart of city this holiday season including:

Santa Claus Parade – November 18

A Christmas Carol at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – November 22 – December 16

Third + Bird Christmas Market at Hudson’s Bay – November 25 – 26

– Breakfast with Santa at Hudson’s Bay – December 9

Santa Suite at the Fairmont

Celebrate the Season: Dinner and Movie at the Met – December 10

New Year’s Eve at the RBC Convention Centre – December 31

Raw: almond at The Forks

– Ice Skating on the river at The Forks

The Snowman at Centennial Concert Hall – December 17

WJO Christmas Party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery – December 17

The Nutcracker at Centennial Concert Hall – December 21 – 30

With all these exciting events happening downtown, we hope you bring your friends and family to enjoy this special time of year with us!

Visit for a complete listing of this year’s downtown holiday events.

An emotional night at the CEO Sleepout

By Bill Burfoot

On October 26th, close to 100 politicians, executives, community leaders, and media took part in the 6th annual CEO Sleepout outside the RBC Convention Centre.

The event, which was held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, a 3-day conference held from October 25 – 27 which brought over 800 delegates from across the country, was about continuing conversations and to have community leaders and people with lived street experience together to find solutions in reducing homelessness in Winnipeg. Continue reading An emotional night at the CEO Sleepout

The disappointing story of Wab Kinew

By Dorothy Dobbie

I’m pretty sure Wab Kinew is a nice guy. I am pretty sure I would even like him if I met him. He seems charming, articulate and well spoken. We wouldn’t agree on policy, he being a dedicated socialist and me a true blue conservative, but different approaches to public policy are what helps to keep the country on an even and balanced keel – practical and sensible but compassionate and caring – that’s the Canadian way.

Continue reading The disappointing story of Wab Kinew

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