William Prince will be performing at the Legislative Holiday Show on Friday night as part of a new program aimed to bring happiness home.

More than a third of the funds from a new grant program aimed to encourage activities at home have been claimed less than two weeks after the four-month program opening.

Many Christmas events are taking place using a $3 million grant program the Province of Manitoba announced on December 7. The Manitoba Legislative annual Holiday Show will be part of the initiative, hosting artists such as William Prince and Al Simmons alongside political figures. Royal MTC is using grant money to host ALL IS BRIGHT, a holiday celebration featuring Manitoban artists starting on Saturday night.

“I’m so happy to finally be able to bring light to Manitobans through art. It’s been exciting to reimagine the art of storytelling through a digital lens. I’m grateful to everyone who contributed to the making of ALL IS BRIGHT, and thrilled to bring some joy to holiday evenings for audiences nestled safely in their homes,” Kelly Thornton, ALL IS BRIGHT's director.

Other activities that have been approved include a program that provides sleds from Cormorant Community Council, a virtual concert from the Winnipeg Singers, and Ikwe Widdjiitiwin Inc's plan to host virtual events for families in shelters. 

"The Safe at Home Manitoba program will make it easier for families to still enjoy a number of activities this holiday season, but in the safety of their own home," Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox says.

Churches and religious groups are eligible to use the grant program, amounting to up to $50,000. Religious services are not eligible, but Christmas concerts and other activities can be.