With all the snow we've had over the last few days in Manitoba, it's hard not to get into the holiday spirit. Christmas lights are strung, stores are decorated, and a (very) thick layer of fluffy white snow has coated every inch of the province—making your morning commute annoyingly long (but at least it gives you more time to listen to Justin Bieber's holiday album).
A few hours outside of Winnipeg, however, is an actual winter wonderland that you have to visit. In Austin, Manitoba, an old-fashioned village at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum strings lights on each of its historic buildings for a spectacular drive-through light show.
The lights themselves are beautiful, but it's really the Homesteader's Village that makes the show so magical. Driving through it will transport you back in time and leave you feeling like you're celebrating Christmas circa 1930-1950 (besides the heated seats and Starbucks cup next to you).
The museum is about 2 hours outside of the city, and the light show is happening December 10-11, and December 17-18. Admission is $5/vehicle.
After the show, you can hang out by the fire and roast hot dogs, sip hot chocolate, try out jam-pail curling, or hop on a sleigh ride. Sounds like the perfect winter getaway date to me.