So you eventually met that amazing person, online or in person, and its time for a date! But its winter!! Yes I know, it may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors until the first thaw. Restaurants shouldn’t be your only choice for a winter date, there are much more exciting things to do in winter! Fend off cabin fever and get outdoors with these seven winter date ideas that are fun, romantic, and (mostly) inexpensive.
Go Ice Skating
Winter is the perfect time to hit the ice with a date. Don’t live in a place where ponds or lakes freeze over? No problem! Many cities set up temporary ice rinks during the winter, especially around the holidays. Check your local listings for a rink near you. After the icy fun, take your date to a cozy café and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Take a Hike
Ice skating not your thing? Try hiking instead. Depending on where you live, a winter hike can be a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors with someone special. During cold weather, popular trails are often less crowded than in warmer months, giving you and your date plenty of chances to enjoy the views without distractions from other hikers. Just make sure to take some warm boots, gloves and a warm hat!
Ride in a Horse-Drawn Carriage
If you prefer relaxing and romantic activities, a carriage ride is just the thing. Bundle up, snuggle with your date, and take in the sights in an elegant horse-drawn carriage. Many carriage companies offer romance packages which include roses, champagne, chocolates, and more. Book ahead to ensure your date gets the pampering they deserve. She’s going to remember this for a long time!
Go Sledding or tubing
Who says only kids can go sledding? Embrace your inner child by grabbing a sled and heading to a local hillside for some afternoon fun. You and your date can take turns on the sled, or snuggle up and head down the hill together. If you both have sleds, challenge your date to a race to the bottom. If you don’t like that you can also try tubing, you will be laughing for hours!
Go for an outdoor photography session and play in the Snow
Speaking of childish fun, don’t underestimate the simple pleasures of playing in the snow. Build a snowman, make snow angels and take some amazing photos. Snow can be very beautiful for photography providing you with some amazing opportunities to get in touch with your artistic side and forget the cold. It offers endless opportunities for fun. And best of all, it’s free!
Attend a Winter Festival
Winter festivals make great date destinations. Here, you can marvel at ice sculptures, enjoy a sleigh ride, cozy up by the bonfire, or enjoy tasty food and drink prepared by local vendors. Many festivals also double as light shows. To find a winter event near you just do a fast google search, look for local festivals and for sure you will find some great events.
Hang Out by the Fire Pit
If you prefer a relaxing evening at home, why not invite your date to spend some quality time by the fire? The two of you can enjoy a pleasant evening making s’mores, swapping spooky stories, and enjoying hot drinks. Once the flames die down, let the stargazing begin.
Don’t let the cold coop up your dating life. From ice skating to carriage rides, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy with someone special. Start planning a memorable winter date today!