If you’re like me, and your cookie jar full o’ cash isn’t so…full, you might be hanging around Winnipeg for the holiday season.\nBut no vacay doesn’t have to mean no fun! There’s plenty of things to do around the city to make your 'staycation' fun and relaxing.\nI’ve rounded up a few activities for you to play tourist in your own city—and a few that’ll even make you feel like you’re on that tropical vacay you couldn’t quite afford.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwqOVBhDyh/?taken-at=407525102[/embed]\nRelax at Thermea // 775 Crescent Dr\nThis is the next best thing to actually jumping on a plane and heading to Scandinavia. And I promise you'll forget you're in Winnipeg—especially after a few glasses of wine.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BLEvZSJjaI8/?taken-at=1030524790[/embed]\nGet fit at WPG Cycle // 734 Osborne St\nThis cycle studio is straight-outta-LA and you'll feel like a celeb when you finish a grueling 50-min workout (as your coworkers are stuffing their faces at an all-inclusive in Mexico).\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BFE36wovtCG/?taken-at=5169972[/embed]\nSweat it out at a hot yoga class // 2 Donald St\nIf you can't quite afford that amazingly serene yoga retreat off the coast of Indonesia, grab your mat and head to a Moksha class instead. When your eyes are closed and you're sweating in vinyasa, who can tell the difference anyway?\nvia @chanteljclaeys\nGet away to Elkhorn Resort // 3 Mooswa Dr E\nIt's only a few hours away but it feels like a mini-vacation. Check out the spa for ultra-relaxation.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BBqpMsrOfPC/?tagged=warminghuts[/embed]\nExplore the warming huts along the Red River Mutual Trail\nThe warming huts bring people from all over the world to Winnipeg—this year, one of the designers is Anish Kapoor (the sculptor who designed Cloud Gate in Chicago). Add a little culture to your evening skate!\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQDYEOt1KT/?tagged=cirquemusica[/embed]\nCheck out the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular // MTS Centre\nThis show is Vegas-worthy (without the hangover and the dry heat). It happens Nov. 30.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/iKr-6ogbP3/?tagged=canadinnswinterwonderland[/embed]\nDrive through the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland // Red River Exhibition Park\nThe largest light show in the city will definitely wow you. Make sure to grab mini donuts and popcorn at the concession (no beach vacay means no beach diet anyway).\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCtCL14MomF/?taken-by=adrenaline_adventures[/embed]\nExperience the thrill of Adrenaline Adventures // 600 Caron Rd\nSnow tubing is the most fun you'll ever have with the 6 months of snow we suffer through living in Winnipeg.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BNAoOtTh-C5/?tagged=sleighride[/embed]\nGo on a sleigh ride // 59 North Dr\nCan't get much more festive than a sleigh ride under glowing lights (until a group of kids pushes you off or something). But even the scenic ride out to Bir's Hill Park will feel like a mini-vacay.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCa0Wlviywq/?taken-at=9500628[/embed]\nGet bundled up for Festival Du Voyageur\nIt's the biggest winter festival in our city, but you'll feel like you've transported back to Canada's fur trade past and it's the best way to soak up our city's French heritage (and poutine. Lots of poutine).\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BJd01dKj6VU/?taken-at=1581355382179662[/embed]\nVisit the planetarium // 190 Rupert Ave\nBecause the easiest way to escape is to head off to another planet.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BNAosMfAYtZ/?taken-at=70658[/embed]\nVisit the polar bear exhibit at the Assiniboine Zoo // 2595 Roblin Blvd\nIf you can't quite make it to Churchill, head to the zoo to watch the polar bears swim around you.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BDHONrqMOnJ/?taken-at=623577567[/embed]\nRent a room at the ALT Hotel // 310 Donald St\nTry a staycation at the coolest hotel in the city. You'll feel like you're in NYC (and not downtown Wpg).\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BLkDXPfjA3H/?taken-at=6555874[/embed]\nGo to an exotic restaurant like Massawa // 121 Osborne St\nThis Ethiopian food place will taste like you're miles away from the cold, brutal winter.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BNHUftcjLqG/?tagged=tanningbed[/embed]\nGet bronzed at a tanning salon // Various locations\nKeep it safe and opt for a spray tan, but either way you'll feel (and look) like you're on a vacay.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/5lXGCKDG8B/?taken-at=315731722[/embed]\nPlay glow in the dark mini putt // 423 McPhillips St\nThis prehistoric-themed golf course is just cheesy enough to make you feel like you're visiting a small town attraction somewhere far away (and it's actually pretty challenging).\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BE_j7Q2pzLu/?taken-at=629397217[/embed]\nTry your luck at an Epic Escape room // 112 Market Ave\nTake the concept of an 'escape' quite literally, but be careful—these escape games get really addicting until you realize you've been spending all your time locked in rooms across the city.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BMxKJR-h9AA/?taken-at=243849190[/embed]\nGet in shape at Vertical Adventures // 77 Paramount Rd\nRock climbing always feels like a vacation—whether you're on a cruise ship sailing the pacific, or just in a strip mall in Winnipeg.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BNGWj5dD-Mg/?taken-at=1977487[/embed]\nCheck out Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant at the WAG // 300 Memorial Blvd\nAn Australian artist uses surfboards, videos, and stunning portraits to explore the disputed territory around Australia’s beaches as it relates to ownership, conflict, and land claims.The exhibit is on from Nov. 19 to April 23.\n[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BLcdLnHFVn0/?taken-at=375394[/embed]\nDo the Nonsuch Hold Tour at the Manitoba Museum // 190 Rupert Ave\nTransport yourself back to a Christmas-y England in 1668. Hear old Christmas tales, listen to live holiday music, and climb into the cargo area of the infamous Nonsuch ship (open for a limited time). Daily tours run from Dec - Jan!