Oh, winter. We can't wait for the cooler weather to arrive, but when it does, we're ready for it to leave. Still, there is so much to love about this time of year. Yes, the days are shorter and the weather is unforgiving, but the holidays bring cheer at the start of the season, and the snow creates a real-life wonderland. Don’t succumb to seasonal affective disorder—grab your significant other and indulge in a winter date night idea.
What makes a date special is a combination of what you do together and the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. Don’t let the weather hinder that fun. It can be tempting to avoid the hassle of leaving the house, but on balmy days, an outdoor experience is worth it. We know those are few and far between, but being together inside near the fire is quality time, too.
Fall in love again with any of these fun winter date ideas.
An outdoor adventure may require more foresight in the winter, but nothing can beat witnessing a sheet of snow across untouched wilderness. Be sure to bring enough water and warm layers for your trip.
See a Movie
Dinner and a movie is maybe the most unoriginal idea ever, and yet, it has always proven to make a great date night. Winter also happens to be awards season, so you may choose to indulge in a cerebral drama or foreign film. Or stay home with the best bad movie you can find on Netflix and an unholy amount of popcorn.
Play Board or Card Games
Snow days are best for board games. Of course, not all work for two players, in which case, a simple deck of cards will achieve the same purpose. No cheating!
Do Yoga Together
When your legs need stretching but the temperature prevents a moonlit walk, doing yoga together is the next best thing. If one of you is a novice, simple guided asanas should suffice to get your blood pumping. Otherwise, try interlinked couples’ poses to really get to know your partner’s body.
Make a Gingerbread House
A gingerbread house is a classic winter staple. You can opt to make the cookies from scratch, but there are no judgments on a store-bought kit with pre-made gingerbread. The important part is construction—make your house a home with frosted window dressings and hard sugar decorations for the yard.
Make Breakfast for Dinner
Everyone loves breakfast. Plan a collaborative meal together where you split kitchen duties. One person can make bacon and pancakes, while the other prepares French toast and mimosas.
Have a Sticky Note Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are typically reserved for the outdoors, but with a pad of sticky notes and a pair of clever minds, this can easily work inside. Leave thought-provoking clues about how you and your partner met or other intimate details that will eventually lead them to a prize that only you could think of.
Have a "No Power" Date Night
The power does not have to be out to make this date night work, but if it is, this may be the plan that saves your sanity. Cut the lights and avoid appliances in favor of candlelight and a crackling fire. This is a great night to order takeout and enjoy each other’s company.
Keep Score as You Watch Game Shows
Jeopardy is finally on Netflix, and plenty of other game shows can be found on other streaming services; now is your chance to really compete. Grab a pen and paper and keep track of the points you earn. By the end of the night, you will finally be able to declare who is the true Jeopardy champion of the house.
Cooking together can be fun, so long as you can agree on the meal. Pizza is a safe selection that everyone will love, and it is also incredibly fun to make. The fun is between the lines of the recipe: Learn how to toss the dough or make patterns with your toppings for a work of art right out of the oven.
Have a Homemade Dessert Competition
Why not hold a contest where you both can be winners? Be sure you have all the necessary ingredients for two different desserts and try baking them at the same time. Competitive spirits will run high and the kitchen will be a mess, but when all is said and done, there will be two scrumptious creations waiting to be devoured.
Drink Wine and Paint
Instructional BYOB art classes are a quirky trend right now, but you do not have to leave the house to enjoy a glass of wine and learn how to paint. Instead, we encourage you and your partner to cozy up with a new bottle and some canvases as you stream Bob Ross on your TV. You probably won’t be able to re-create his landscape masterpieces, but you will have a blast trying.
Go Thrifting or Antiquing
You can fit a lot of laughs into a date spent thrifting. There are always unusual items on sale at antique and secondhand stores. You will have the best time at a store that does not organize its merchandise—it takes more effort to locate worthwhile items, but makes it all the more satisfying when you do.
Plan a Trip
Winter blues really got you down? Use your date night to plan a trip together for warmer weather. Create inspiration boards on Pinterest, research the best hotels, and nail down those flights before the prices skyrocket.