Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean that your romance has to cool. In fact, the winter months can have your relationship heating up faster than ever! There are plenty of fun winter dates to try – especially if you’re willing to get a little creative. And all of that snow only helps to make everything feel a little cozier. Read on to see 10 creative winter date night ideas.
1. Indoor Picnic for Two
Lay down a few warm blankets in front of the fire, and create a winter picnic for two. Sure you may think you’re missing the summer sunshine, but with your favorite snacks, a warm cup of hot chocolate, and your sweetheart by your side, you’ll be thankful for the opportunity to get a little cozy.
2. Try a New Recipe
Forget the cold. Winter is the perfect time to stay in and hone your skills in the kitchen. Spend a little extra time setting the table, open a favorite bottle of wine, and test out a new recipe with your special someone. You may even discover your new favorite dish.
3. Look at the Lights
The holiday season brings with it plenty of lights – and checking out those beautiful displays is a perfect way to spend a winter evening with someone you love. Browse store windows downtown, take in a light display at your local park, or even just take a walk through your neighborhood to see the houses all lit up.
4. Take a Carriage Ride
The only thing more romantic than an evening carriage ride, is an evening carriage ride in the snow! Spend a quiet night snuggled up with your date as you take in the sites around your hometown. You’ll see the city – and maybe even your sweetheart – in a whole new light.
5. Build a Fort
Gather up your sheets, pillows and sleeping bags to create the ultimate indoor fort. Adding a few strings of little white lights will really pump up the romance factor, as will snuggling up to watch a favorite movie, or the latest series you’re binge-watching on Netflix
6. Have a Game Night
From Monopoly to Scrabble, there are plenty of ways to transform your favorite games into two-player versions. Have some of your favorite snacks handy, and a fun winter evening is definitely in the cards.
7. Skate up a Storm
Ice skating is a popular winter activity, with plenty of date night potential. Hold hands with your sweetheart as you skate around on a natural pond, or indoor rink. Wherever you are, you’ll have lots of opportunity to show off your moves. (And you can go for hot cocoa after you’ve fallen on your bum too many times.)
8. Make a Gingerbread House
Making a gingerbread house has never been easier, thanks to the variety of kits that you can find at the grocery store. Grab your favorite snacks and get ready to decorate your masterpiece! The inevitable sugar high will keep this delicious date going well into the evening.
9. Go Tobogganing (or Snow Tubing)
You’re never too old to go tobogganing. In fact, get your date on the hill with a sled and you’ll find yourselves laughing all night long. Race each other to the bottom or pile onto the same sled. That little rush of adrenaline as you slide down the hill will make warming up by the fire that much sweeter.
10. Put On Your Snowshoes
Grab your snowshoes and go for a moonlight stroll in the snow. Not only will you get some exercise, you’ll be able to see a winter wonderland in a totally new light. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate to enjoy at a newly discovered lookout spot.