Winter Date Ideas

While the winter blues may be settling in, especially for those of us in colder climates, there are ways to embrace the season and find joy in the season. Here are ten date ideas to help you get through the rest of winter.

  1. Make A Fancy Hot Chocolate Bar
Brown hands holding a clear mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream
Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

While we’re not mad at a cup of Swiss Miss (shout out to those amazing tiny marshmallows), kick it up a notch by making fancy homemade hot chocolate. We love this absolutely decadent French hot chocolate recipe. You and your sweetie can be even more extra by adding toppings like homemade whipped cream, crushed peppermint, or a splash of Bailey’s.

2. Go Ice Skating

While ice skating is traditionally a holiday season activity, many rinks are still open throughout February. You’ll have more space to spread out since the busy season has passed. Whether you’re a total beginner or a certified ice princess, ice skating can be both romantic (hold my hand to keep me steady, babe) and playful. Plus, you know damn well you need to get out of the house.

3. Build A Fort

Talk about a throwback. Grab all the pillows and blankets in your home and make an old-school fort. Have an air mattress? Throw that in the mix too. Get your snacks and movies at the ready, you’re not gonna wanna leave your cozy little haven.

4. Get Artsy Together

This could be anything from doing a paint and sip class, to taking on that craft project you saw on TikTok, to finally filling out your adult coloring book. Getting your creative juices flowing is a fun way to connect and promotes relaxation and happy hormones.

5. Read Stories To Each Other

two people reading a book
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In the olden days (aka, pre movies and internet) lovers used to read to each other. While you may not want to laze under a tree during subzero temperatures, you can still cuddle up with a good story and take turns reading to each other. It’s a great way to spend quality time together without screens.

6. Build A Snowperson

Snowman, snowwoman, snowperson, whatever you call them, building one is a lot of fun. This one allows you and your partner to tap into your silly sides. It gets you out of your element — for a little while the only decision you have to make is whether to use a button or a carrot for a nose.

7. Book A Weekend Getaway

We love the idea of renting a cozy cabin — preferably with wine and a hot tub. If you’re at your wits end with winter, though, booking a getaway somewhere warm may be just what you need. As a New Yorker, I’m always this 🤏🏾close to booking a weekend in Puerto Rico.

8. Make Your Own Summery Night In

Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

Stream something beach, summer, or vacation themed (High School Musical 2, anyone?) and make a fruity cocktail for a little at home escape. This is a great recipe for a classic piña colada.

9. Go On A Gallery Crawl

Find a few local galleries nearby and imagine you’re fancy art collectors. It’s like going to a museum without being overwhelmed the many floors of art. Bonus: find a craft market to support local artists and artisans!

10. Have A Game Night

Find some fun two-person games like conversation starter We’re Not Really Strangers, word guessing game Codenames Duet, or classics like mancala or checkers.

What are your favorite ways to spend time with your partner during winter? Let us know in the comments!

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