This time of year is always when I find myself getting a little depressed. It’s cold outside, there’s not much to do, holidays are over and I start to go a little stir crazy being cooped up in the house. Last year my husband and I came up with a list of some winter date ideas to keep the fun alive and not fall into our typical winter rut.
This list helped the long winter months seem bearable by giving me (and us) something to look forward to. There is a mix of everything from things to do at home (so you don’t have to leave the house when you’re freezing) to things to do outdoors (make sure you bundle up). Whatever appeals to you, I have something for everyone.
Keeping the fun alive during these months is important. This is when we feel the most depressed and bleak. When we feel this way it can cause our relationships to suffer as well. Changing the way we think about these next few months can turn months of long bitter cold days into fun and exciting memories.
Here is my list of 20 winter date ideas to keep you and your partner feeling warm and cozy:
Remember when you were a kid and this was so much fun? Bring back that childhood excitement again.
- Try a new restaurant
It’s time to change things up! Explore a new place you’ve never been and food you haven’t tried.
- Game night
Get competitive and challenge your partner to a game night. Take turns choosing a game to play.
- Take a hot yoga class
Hot yoga helps to warm up the body from the inside out while stretching out muscles that become cramped from the cold. Working out together releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy.
- Go on a winery or brewery tour
Check out your local wineries and breweries to see what tours and tastings they have to offer.
Who doesn’t love cheap beer, bowling shoes and competition?
- Snuggle up under the covers
Baby its cold outside and the only way to stay warm is body heat under a blanket 😉
- Build a snowman
Why did we stop doing this as adults? Get outside and get to building!
- Host a summer party in the winter
Invite over friends for a summer party. This could include margaritas, kiddie pools, bathing suits and your favorite summer play list.
- Movie day in your pj’s
This is great for a day when it snows and you can’t go anywhere. Get cozy in your pajamas and have a marathon movie day with all your favorites.
- Paint night
Check out your local bars/restaurants for when they host paint nights. It’s fun to get creative and have a different experience besides grabbing drinks at the bar.
- Bundle up and take a walk outside
The one thing I miss the most in the winter is being outside. Brave the cold. Put on your jacket, scarves, hats, gloves and boots and take a walk outside to enjoy the scenery.
- Grab coffee/tea/cocoa at a local café
There is something so warm and cozy about sitting in a café while enjoying your partner’s conversation over a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa.
- Ice skating
Another childhood activity that we stopped doing as adults is ice skating. The more you get in touch with the things you used to love doing as a child the happier you will be (hint hint).
- Bar/food crawl
Find a town where there are bars and restaurants close together. Go to one place for an appetizer, another for dinner, another for dessert. Or same idea but have one drink at one bar, another at the next and so on. It’s fun to change it up and not stay in one place all night.
- Go to a museum
Go to a museum, walk around and check out the exhibits. It’s great learning new things with your partner and it’s always warm in there!
- Cozy up next to a fire
Whether you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your house, or you go someplace that has one, nothing says winter like a roaring fireplace. Cozy up to your partner and enjoy the warmth from the fire.
- Listen to live music
Check your local bars and restaurants to see who has live music that night. It’s like going to a concert but all you have to do is pay for the drinks.
- Have a wine & cheese pairing night
Pair up your favorite wines and cheeses at home. Do some research beforehand to see which wines go best with which cheeses.
- Plan a ski weekend
Plan a weekend to get out of town and hit the slopes. Stay at a cozy cabin nearby. Nothing says romance like exhilaration, cozy cabins and a weekend alone.