The holiday season can be pretty hectic with traditional dinners and parties with family and friends. If you’re looking for some new traditions or just something different to do this year with your family there is no shortage of events around Winnipeg this holiday season. Here’s what some of our drivers will be checking out while they’re home for the holidays:

The Manitoba Museum is hosting Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship from December 10 to January 9. This is a touring exhibition organized by National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc. The exhibition explores early 18th-century piracy with more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor.

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show and provides a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas. The Winder Wonderland is open daily until January 3rd.

The Children’s Museum has two great events for families. On December 26th join in on the fun for the Boxing Day Building Extravaganza creating enormous structures with all the cardboard boxes that can be found. A family New Year’s Eve event, Top Hats and Tiaras, will be taking place on December 31st. Dress up in formal clothes for an afternoon out on the town! This family-friendly event features tasty snacks, stunning feats of magic , souvenir family photos, musical entertainment, a ginger ale toast, and a festive balloon drop.

Arctic Glacier Winter Park at the Forks offers something for everyone!  Skate on 1 kilometre of trails, slide down the toboggan run, relax in the Great-West Life Snow Lounge or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun .

New Year’s Eve at the Forks offers family friendly entertainment ending with a fantastic display of fireworks. Activities include face painting, caricatures, kids art activities with Art City and musical entertainment.