When it’s freezing out, date night pretty much goes out the window. No one really wants to wear a cute little dress when winds are howling in every direction, and even worse if it’s snowing (I’m from California, so cold to me is 60 degrees – forgive me). However, below zero temperatures doesn’t mean date night should be eliminated completely! There are a ton of great ideas for winter dates that stretch far beyond Netflix and chill. Check out these cool and cozy activities to do with your special someone:
1. Ice skating
Unless you live somewhere where it’s cold enough to have water freeze over 24/7 and if you’re tired of boring indoor ice skating rinks, go ice skating this winter. Yes, you’ll have to go outside, but you can stay bundled up in your plethora of layers the entire time. And you can show off your Michelle Kwan tricks, or if you suck at ice skating like me, hang onto your partner for a cute skate around the ring.
2. A weekend getaway at the cabin
There are endless possibilities and joys when you leave a bustling city for a weekend in the woods. I don’t know about you, but simply being in a log cabin makes me feel warm and nostalgic. It’s quiet, isolated, and intimate. If you go during the winter, you might be lucky enough to go sledding or even have an old fashioned snowball fight. After that, spark up a fire inside and warm up next to your honey.
3. Ice sculpture shows
How many people can say they’ve been to an ice sculpture show? They even have ice carving competitions! If you live in typically cold climates like Colorado and Alaska, there’s the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships, Fear No Ice! Performance Ice Sculpting, and the BP World Ice Art Championships. After doing some research, believe me, these things are as cool as ice.
4. Fireplace s’mores
If you’re really not trying to face the cold this winter, take outdoor activities and bring them inside the comfort of your home. S’mores are deliciously messy, easy, and fun treat to enjoy with your significant other. Not only are they fun to eat, but they’re fun to make, and we all know that experiences make the best memories.
5. Hockey games
It’s puck season, and even if you’re not a big hockey fan, it’s always fun to enjoy a game or two at the rink. Grab a beer, a hot dog or some nachos, and get really into the game and support your home team if you don’t have a favorite group. You won’t get this experience whenever you want, so might as well take advantage of it while you can!
6. Game night
Don’t underestimate the fun of board games and card games. What’s even better about this is that you can easily turn it into a double, triple, or even quadruple game night and pit the couples against each other. It serves as a nice dose of healthy competition that will surely spark laughter and jokes all around. Some of my favorites are Cards of Humanity (of course), and a newer one like Hasbro’s Pie Face Game (it’s messy, but hilarious!).
7. Cook dinner together
Nothing says I love you like a home-cooked meal. It’s filled with love, time, and maybe even a little sweat if you’re not a top chef like me, but whoever’s on the receiving end is extremely appreciative I’m sure. Make it a date and cook dinner together. It’s interesting to see how you two function in the kitchen, individually and together, but if you guys just let loose and have a good time, it’ll be fun!
8. Paint Nite
If you’ve never been to a Paint Nite, I highly recommend it. I am not artistic in the slightest, so I had signed up for this just for fun. However, my paint instructor was funny, helpful, and a great teacher, and my painting turned out better than I had expected. It was hilarious watching my even less artistic partner reveal his painting skills, and it made for an even better time together. You get to choose the painting you want, and it’s typically in a restaurant or a bar of some sort, so you can snack and drink while you paint – perfect!