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5 Awesome Eastman Winter Carnivals and Festivals

Who doesn't love Carnivals and Festivals? They're fun, you meet new people, and most importantly, it's the perfect place to create lasting memories with your friends and family!

By Eastman Tourism

January 8, 2020
Read time: 4 min

Who doesn’t love Carnivals and Festivals? They’re fun, you meet new people, and most importantly, it’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with your friends and family! Here are the 5 Awesome Eastman Winter Carnivals and Festivals that we think you need to experience!

Vita & Area Winter Festival

January 18 & 19 – Vita

Head out to Vita to spend two days of fun happening all over the town of Vita! Vita & Area Winter Festival is embracing the winter and throwing one hoot-and-hollering family and friends party. With so much happening you won’t know where to start!

The festival has plenty of fun outdoors with 10 and 6 team dog sled races, dog sled rides, skijoring, toboggan hill, horse-drawn sleigh rides, bonfire and wild bannock bake!

Don’t forget to warm-up at the school to enjoy the Fun Zone with Rowena’s Balloons, Evan Morgan the Magician, a Multicultural Showcase and tons and tons of kids activities! And if you didn’t think it could get any better, prepare to be wrong, because on Sunday you have the chance to play laser tag!

Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival

February 8 & 9 – Pinawa

The Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Combining together many different kinds and styles of art and winter activities to form one big mega event for the whole family! Try your hand at one of the workshops happening like sculpting, photography, puppet making, writing and so much more. Mingle with authors and artists about their passion as they showcase their work.

Enjoy the many winter activities such as curling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. And your little ones will love the tobogganing hill, snow sculpture workshops and roasting marshmallows and S’mores over a bonfire.

Experience live performers while taking in the many workshops and activities and during the Festival Dinner and Brunch!

MHV Winterfest 2020

February 15 – Mennonite Heritage Village Museum – Steinbach

Mennonite Heritage Village Museum is hosting its annual Winterfest! Sit back and relax on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or try your hand at Crokinole during the Crokinole Tournament. Cuddle up close and listen to stories by special guest, Metis Storyteller – Tibert le Voyageur. There are plenty of games that your kiddos will love to play.

Enjoy the various outdoor activities like snow sculpting, roasting marshmallows, Crokicurl, skating, sledding and best of all – exploring the village!

Winter Family Fun Day

February 16 – Lac du Bonne

Start your morning of activities off with a stomach full of delicious home-made pancakes and coffee, tea, or juice for only a Toonie at St. John’s Heritage Church & Arts Centre.

Then head on out and catch all the events happening in Lac du Bonnet. Hit the trails at Blueberry Rock with snowshoes, or enjoy hanging out by the fire and watch the bannock making! Afterwards, this is the perfect spot for a hotdog and some yummy toasted marshmallows with your family and friends.

And don’t miss the action at the Lac du Bonnet Town Dock where you will find more food and hot chocolate, free skating on the open rink from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, free horsedrawn sleigh rides by Ridge Creek Ranch from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, or participating in, or watching, the silliest of sled races that you can imagine. That’s right, the Wacky Sled Race, full of home-made cardboard sleds of all shapes and sizes will be taking place again this year.

As if that wasn’t enough action for one family packed day, the Community Centre Bowling lanes will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for free bowling!

When you’re ready to wind down, come back to visit us in the late afternoon at St. John’s Church for a relaxing yoga session.

Dominion City Winter Carnival

February 21 & 22 – Dominion City

Dominion City Winter Carnival has an amazing two days planned for the whole family! Let your troubles melt away as you kick back and watch a Winnipeg Jets game (Go Jets, Go!) or even some live-action hockey at the rink.

Bring your skates and show off some of those skating moves. Don’t worry if skating isn’t your forte though! You can relax on the sideline watching the professionals perform at the figure skating show and wonder how they make it look so easy.

If you have more of a competitive side, then you’ll love to take part in some of the friendly competitions they will be running like Broomball and Snow Golf. Even your little ones can join in the fun during Kid’s Curling!

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