25 Romantic Date Ideas to Keep You Warm All Winter Long
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (According to Andy Williams, at least.) Along with the holidays, the winter season brings so many opportunities to cozy up with the person you love. The temperatures may be dropping, but there are plenty of winter date ideas to keep things hot!
Whether it’s your first date or just another date night with your long-term partner, we have a winter date idea to fit. From indoor dates like a holiday-themed movie night or baking cookies, to outdoor dates like ice skating or a winter hike, there’s something for everyone. (After all, who says you can’t have an outdoor date during the winter?!)
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If you’re looking for ways to keep the spark alive during the cold months, here are 25 romantic winter date ideas:
1. Go Holiday Shopping Together
Brave the holiday crowds together! Even if shopping isn’t your favorite thing, you still need to get presents for friends and family, right? It’s always more fun to have a shopping partner.
Browse the stores together, give each other gift ideas, and grab lunch while you’re out. It will be a busy day, but that’s just more of an excuse to snuggle up and relax on the couch together when you get home.
2. Go Ice Skating
Find the closest outdoor skating rink and lace up those skates together! It’s the quintessential winter date idea. Bundle up, hold hands, keep each other from falling, and enjoy the fresh, crisp air.
3. Decorate For The Holidays
Make your home even cozier by putting up lights, a Christmas tree, candles, and any other holiday decor. Grab all of your old decorations out of the attic (or go shop for something new!) and spend the day getting ready for the holidays.
4. Go See A Play
Check out any upcoming productions at your local theater. It’s a fun alternative to seeing a movie! From The Nutcracker to A Christmas Carol, there are probably plenty of holiday favorites to choose from.
5. Check Out Some Christmas Lights
Take a stroll through your neighborhood or find a drive-thru light display. There are so many different displays to see, and you might even get some inspiration for your own light design. Not to mention, there’s no better way to get yourselves into the holiday spirit!
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6. Volunteer Together
The holiday season is the perfect time to help others in need. From the Salvation Army to your local food bank, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. The holidays are all about giving, and you’ll both feel good doing it.
7. Build And Decorate A Gingerbread House
Have some child-like fun together with a gingerbread house! Work together to build the house, and make sure you have plenty of frosting and candy for decorating. (And eat half of it, of course.)
8. Have A Holiday-Themed Movie Night
Netflix and chill — holiday style! Pick out some of your favorite holiday movies (or ones you haven’t seen) and binge them while sipping hot cocoa. (Wine works too, obviously.) Be sure to cuddle close!
9. Go On A Winter Hike
If you are more of the adventurous type, this is a fun way to enjoy nature during the winter. Grab your winter boots, bundle up, and take in some beautiful views.
Research shows that going through challenging physical activities together can actually strengthen your relationship! It’s also a great way to soak up some much needed vitamin D, which we often don’t get enough of during the winter months.
10. Build A Snowman
Find funny props for your snowman and laugh your way through dressing it up. Hat and scarf? Sunglasses? Clown wig? You decide. (And while you have to listen to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen, we strongly encourage it!)
11. Bake Cookies Together
And we don’t mean the ones you just throw on the baking sheet. Really challenge yourselves! Find a recipe for holiday-themed cookies and make them together. Whether you are expert bakers or total amateurs, you’ll have a blast doing it.
12. Pick Out A Tree
Find a local vendor and pick out the perfect Christmas tree! If you’d rather not put one up, then simply take a walk through the trees and point out the best ones. After all, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh Christmas trees?
13. Make S’mores
S’mores are delicious, gooey goodness that make the perfect winter treat. Start a fire in the backyard and make sure to roast your marshmallows the old-fashioned way — with sticks!
14. Go Sledding
If you live in an area with lots of hills and snow, then try some sledding! If you haven’t done it before, you can always take bets on who wipes out first. You’ll be laughing all the way down the hill!
15. Take A Moonlit Stroll In The Snow
There’s something magical about walking down a snow-covered road under the stars. Take a romantic stroll together and talk about anything and everything. Even if there isn’t any snow, it’s still romantic to hold each other close and venture through the moonlit streets.
16. Learn A New Skill Together
Painting, woodcarving, knitting, cooking — whatever you want to try, do it together! Find a class to attend (either online or in person) and have a productive winter date.
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17. Have An Indoor Picnic
When the weather is unbearably cold, have a picnic inside! Lay out a blanket on the floor, make all of your favorite picnic foods, and crack open a bottle of wine.
18. Watch Some Stand-Up Comedy
If you’re able to see a comedy show in person, do it! Otherwise, there are plenty of comedy specials on Netflix to check out. Laughter isn’t just a great stress-reliever — it also makes for an incredibly fun date.
19. Try A Workout Class Together
All of that holiday food is amazing, but it doesn’t hurt to work it off, right? Try a new exercise class together! Working out together can actually improve your bond and fuel emotional closeness.
20. Have A Classic Game Night
Board games, charades, Twister — go all out! You can do this just the two of you, or invite other couples over to play too. A little competition makes for a fun night! You can even set the stakes for what happens if you win or lose. (Maybe something a little sexy, perhaps?)
21. Paint Together
Paint nights are popping up everywhere, whether they are virtual or in person. Sign up for one! Your painting is a memorable souvenir from your date, and there’s usually a lot of wine involved — making it that much more enjoyable.
22. Make A Huge Brunch
Plan to make a giant brunch together on the weekend! Grab bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, and all the fixings for mimosas. It’s the perfect way to spend the morning! (And it’s a great hangover cure if you need it.)
23. Work On A Puzzle
Harness all of your patience and tackle a jigsaw puzzle together. Put on some good music, make a few cocktails, and make sure you have plenty of snacks!
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24. Visit A Brewery Or Winery
Head to a local taproom for some craft beer or check out a nearby winery. Try some tastings to discover new favorites. If you pick a place that offers tasty snacks, it’s even better!
25. Go Bowling
Bowling is arguably one of the most fun dates you can go on! If you’re not the best bowler, fear not — you’re definitely not alone. Order a pitcher of beer, a greasy, delicious pizza, and play some arcade games while you’re there, too!
The best part about all of these dates? They’re simple and affordable. Trying new winter date ideas is a great way to keep things fresh and exciting! A little snow or cold weather can’t stop you from having fun, so throw on a festive scarf and stylish jacket and have some winter fun!
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