28 Things to Do in the Winter No Matter Your Mood

Updated 06/13/19
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It can be difficult to get inspired to partake in activities in the dead of winter. It's easy to veg out on the couch, scroll through your phone, and daydream about warmer days ahead. But even when cold weather and snow seem to have lost their appeal, it's possible to restore your love for the season. Whether you prefer to stay cozy indoors or venture out into a winter wonderland, there are plenty of pastimes to check off your list before spring.

Personally, I'm excited for snow and freshly brewed mulled wine next to a crackling fireplace. There's nothing that warms my heart more. I'm also looking forward to some alone time and a good corner to read all the 2018 books I haven't had a chance to yet—here are some of our curated lists to get you started.

If you're ready to get into the season's fun, here are some things to do in the winter no matter your mood.

If You're Looking to Stay Cozy

Build a fire and cozy up by the fireplace. When it's freezing cold outside, few things compare to cozying up by the fire in the comfort of your own home.

Read a book. A good book is always a welcome pastime while keeping cozy.

Make mulled wine or spiced cider. Brewing up a hot batch of a seasonal drink is a delicious way to stay warm.

Write a handwritten card to an old friend. As you unwind, take things slow by writing a card or letter to a loved one you haven't spoken with in a while.

Bake a pie. Nothing ups the coziness of your home like the aromas of a pie baking in the kitchen.

Light some candles. Create a cozy home the Scandinavian way by practicing some hygge.

Draw a hot bath. If you're looking to get even warmer, indulge in a soothing bath.

Drink eggnog. The holidays may have come and gone, but it's never too late to enjoy some tasty eggnog.

Have a movie marathon. Curl up on the couch solo or with company to take in the classics or discover new favorites.

Bake cookies. Whatever your calling—chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, put a batch in the oven.

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Make a freshly baked batch of cookies to instantly warm up your household.

Play board games. Gather with friends and family for a game night in.

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Have a snowball fight. You're never too old to enjoy a snowball fight.

Build a snow fort. A requisite for any serious snowball fight.

Go sledding. Find the best hill in your neighborhood and sled away.

Catch snowflakes. This simple act takes us right back to past winters.

Build a snowman. Create your own in your front yard.

Make a snow angel. Make your mark in the fresh snow.

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If You're Enjoying a Snow Day

If You're Feeling Active

Go iceskating. Lace up and test your skills on the ice.

Hit the slopes. Skiing or snowboarding, now's the time for the best snow on the slopes.

Go snowshoeing. For a break from the slopes, rent some snowshoes.

Go winter camping. Take in the wilderness on a weekend winter camping.

Go on a winter hike. While you're in the great outdoors, suit up in the right shoes and gear and explore.

Build a bonfire and make s'mores. After a long day, thaw out by the fire and indulge in some s'mores.

Go ice fishing. Try your hand at ice fishing.

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If You're Looking to Get Out of Town

Spend time at an out-of-state ski resort. Make the most of the ski season by venturing to a destination resort.

Travel somewhere warm with a beach. If you're done with the cold, treat yourself to a quick getaway somewhere you can put your toes in the sand.

Visit a hot spring. What better way to thaw from the cold that with a dip into a natural hot spring?

Take advantage of winter flight deals. For many destinations, winter is the cheapest time to fly.

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This post was originally published on February 17, 2018, and has since been updated. 

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