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Winter Bucket List: 55 Fun Activities & Things to Do

10. ✦ Take a Cooking Class

Being a restaurant owner and chef, I enjoy taking cooking classes when traveling around the world (but, you could also find some close to home). I have learned to make pierogi in Poland, pad thai in Thailand and macarons in France! There’s nothing like learning tricks and techniques from the experts at creating a dish.

  • Best Cooking Classes Around the World
  • 10 Best Cooking School Vacations

11. ✦ Go Tubing or Sledding

Tubing and sledding is one of those winter activities that’s fun for the whole family. So, find a snowy hill (or ski resort who offers other activities besides skiing) and take a fun ride down!

12. ✦ Soak in a Natural Hot Springs

There’s nothing quite like soaking in a warm body of water while the weather outside is chilly. Research natural hot springs nearby, and take a soak in one. If you can’t find one, do the next best thing at find an outdoor hot tub at a local spa.

13. ✦ See the Nutcracker Ballet

Whether it’s just on a small local stage or a big city production, a quintessential thing to do during the holidays is to escape into a dreamland with the exquisite ballet performance of the Nutcracker. This classic Christmas story is centered around a young girl’s Christmas Eve celebration and is a must thing to do at least once in your lifetime!

14. ✧ Camp out in the Family Room

How fun would it be for the whole family to have an evening camping in the living room? Move the furniture out of the way and set up a pop up tent right in the middle of the room. Then gather up you pillows, blankets, snacks, books and any other for activities you want to do while you are disconnected.

15. ✧ Make a Pot of Mulled Wine

Mulled wine, also known as glühwein, is a warm, spiced drink that is a huge hit in the winter months. It’s really easy to make and Country Living has shared this perfect article: 25 Easy Mulled Wine Recipes to Warm You Up This Fall.

16. ✦ Knit a Scarf or Hat

Go to the local craft store and pick out your favorite yarn to knit yourself a cozy scarf. You can find several different How-To videos on YouTube, but this step-by-step video on How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners is one of the best.


17. ✦ Ice Skate on a Lake

Frozen ponds, lakes or rivers can provide you with some of the most scenic ice skating rinks around the world. Glide along, enjoying the fresh air — score bonus bucket list points if you can learn to ice skate backwards. If you can’t find a lake or such, outdoor ice skating rinks start popping up everywhere during the winter season—even in places that have no snow! Put on a pair of blades and glide around the rink. Follow it up with a cup of hot cocoa.

18. ✧ Make Apple Cider

Only second to hot chocolate, apple cider is a great way to stay warm when the weather is not. It only takes a few ingredients and this easy hot apple cider will give you a cup in less than half an hour.

19. ✧ Have a Bonfire

20. ✧ Do a Family Winter Photo Shoot

Any time you can get the entire family together it is a blessing, but a photo memory of the event is even better! If you are stumped for theme ideas check out 30 Creative Family Photo Ideas and 100 Fun Family Photo Ideas.

21. ✧ Drive a Snowmobile

With thousands of miles of snowmobiling opportunities around the world, find your perfect location to hop on and whiz around the snow-filled, rolling hills.

22. ✦ Decorate Sugar Cookies

23. ✦ Have a Game night

Invite some of your fun friends over and host the ultimate game night! My favorite adult game night involves a few fierce rounds of Cards Against Humanity, but Smart Ass and Drink-A-Palooza will also make it a lively night. If you want to make your game night more “family friendly” then check out the best family board games.

24. ✦ Bake a Pie

There’s an art to making the best homemade pie. It’s all about the fruit inside, creating the perfect pie crust and making it with a touch of love. It doesn’t matter if it’s apples, lemons or peaches — choose whatever is sure to make your mouth water.

Recipes to help you with your pie:

  • Perfect Pie Crust
  • Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie
  • Peach Lattice Pie With Bourbon Caramel

25. ✧ Make a Gingerbread House

Spend an afternoon putting together a gingerbread house that is filled with all the sweets and treats of the season. This is such a fun activity to do with children!

Good Housekeeping has given us inspiration with 34 Amazing Gingerbread Houses or, for an easier option, you can purchase a pre-baked Gingerbread House kit and add your own goodies.

26. ✦ Go Bowling

27. ✦ Visit a Museum in Your Town

Sometimes we take for granted what is in our own backyards (I am definitely guilty of this!). Try not to by doing some research of local museums and then go and visit one.

28. ✦ Do a Jigsaw Puzzle

Most of us haven’t done this since we were children. You don’t find too many opportunities where you can concentrate on one thing, so be present and let everything else in your mind go. That alone will be worth every minute.

Not sure what puzzle to complete? Check out the best 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles for adults (& tips to complete one)


30. ✦ Write a Thank You Note to Someone Who Deserves It

So often people want to tell a company or friend how they feel when they are not satisfied. Instead write a thank you to show your appreciation for a job well done.

Writing your note on a simple sheet of paper is fine, but stocking up on blank greeting cards may be a good idea instead. I literally just bought these bird greeting cards which would be perfect for a simple thank you.

31. ✦ Try a New Restaurant

32. ✧ Watch all the Oscar Winning Movies

Make some popcorn and cuddle on the couch with a blanket and start your bucket list quest to watch all the best picture Oscar winning movies ever made. A subscription to Netflix is a great way to accomplish this goal, they have almost every one available for rental!

Click here for a list of the Best Picture Winners.

33. ✧ Have a Pajama Day

What kind of luxury would it be to spend all day in your pajamas?!? Put on your most comfy pair and lounge for a full 24-hours

34. ✦ Learn to Snowboard

Put away those skis this season and try your hand at snowboarding, even if you only make it down the bunny slope (like me!). Regardless of whether you decide to stay in a ski lodge closer to the slopes or you have to travel a bit, either way, as long as you make the most out of learning to snowboard or learning how to ski, that’s all that matters.

You can take a class at your favorite ski resort or the Snow Professor has made a helpful video to get you started, How to Snowboard: Step 1.



35. ✧ DIY Snow Globes

Who doesn’t love a good winter snow globe? You don’t need to spend lots of money on one because it’s pretty easy to make your own and is one of the best activities for families!

Some of the best DIY snow globes for you to make:

  • 13 DIY Snow Globes That Will Get You Excited For Christmas
  • Cute Personalize Photo Snow Globe
  • Whimsical Flamingo Snow Globe

36. ✦ Clean Out & Organize Your Closet

It is surprisingly rewarding to be able to purge some clothes, plus it is purely a bonus that you can donate or consign them! If you are anything like me then it’s pretty hard to decide what to keep and what to give away, so use these 17 Invaluable Tips For Anybody With Too Many Clothes.

37. ✧ Make an Ice Sculpture

38. ✦ Go on a Sleigh Ride

Rudolph may not be pulling the sleigh and Santa may not be riding on it with you, but take a quiet sleigh ride through the winter wilderness. Add a cozy blanket and some hot chocolate to make this a ride to remember.

39. ✧ Create a Winter Song Playlist

Music is a great way to get you geared up for any season, especially one made for chilly days spent by the fire. If you have young children, make sure you keep them entertained with music and educational songs that are suited to their age so they have the opportunity to carry on learning through the winter. You can check out this channel on YouTube for suggestions.

Having a hard time thinking of songs? Spotify has made it easy with its Winter is Coming playlist.

40. ✦ Do a Random Act of Kindness

Random acts of kindness are some of the most fulfilling and most humane and human things you could ever do. Especially when it is done for a complete stranger.

  • Donate some food
  • Pay the bridge toll for the person behind you
  • Go to an animal orphanage and help out for the day
  • Feed someone’s parking meter.

The possibilities are endless. The best way to approach this is to look at your local community and see what it is they need the most. Or check out my post for ideas: 75 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas: Examples of Kind Things to Do.

41. ✦ Bake a Loaf of Bread


42. ✦ Donate Toys

There are so many needy families around the world, and many of them have young children who would miss out on the joy of Christmas if it weren’t for a generous helping hand. For this Winter Bucket List idea gather toys and donate them to a good cause to put a big smile on a child’s face. I organize a successful Toys for Tots drive at my restaurant, but there are other amazing organizations, like The Salvation Army or United Way.

43. ✧ Have an Indoor Picnic

Picnics aren’t just for the outdoors—clear a space on your living room floor and recreate a memorable dining experience. You can even pack a traditional wicker basket with your favorite picnic foods and enjoy the feast without going too far. Real Simple magazine can help you out with their Picnic Packing Checklist. If you want to set up an Instagrammable picnic, here’s a cute red checkered picnic basket.

44. ✦ Relax at a Spa


45. ✦ Read by the Fire

The fire is even better when you have a great book to read. Amazon even has hundreds of free books to download to your Kindle. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem, just to your smartphone or tablet (you can even download my book on Amazon!).

Like to flip the pages of a book? Hit up your local thrift store where you can typically pick up a paperback for under a dollar.

46. ✦ Make Homemade Soup

47. ✦ See a Play

Check out a local school or small playhouse production or whatever winter play tickles your fancy. Or opt for a big city show, like the famous Cirque du Soleil.

48. ✦ Have a Snowball Fight

With so much fresh snow outside can you restrict yourself to the indoors. Get outside for a good old fashioned snowball fight! Invite some friends, make teams and let’s see who wins the war of snow.

Don’t get out there unarmed, learn How to Make the Perfect Snowball first!

49. ✦ Send a Care Package to a Soldier

Sending a care package to a soldier is the best idea for any season, but especially during all the winter holidays. It was one of my most memorable bucket list checks (I did it on my birthday!) and you can get some tips from my article.

50. ✦ Make Your New Years Bucket List

Take a look at your master bucket list and determine which of those goals will be high priority in the new year. If you don’t have a bucket list yet, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are some articles to help you:

  • How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One
  • 1000+ Ideas for Your Bucket List
  • 10 Incredible Ways a Bucket List Can Improve Your Life
  • 5 Tips to Help Conquer Your Bucket List
  • Bucket List Meaning: What’s the Definition and What is it?

51. ✧ Attend a Hockey Game

Spend an afternoon surrounded by screaming fans, watching hockey players swoosh by, in an action pack game. With any luck you will be able to catch a flying hockey puck and keep it as a souvenir.

52. ✧ Make a Pine Cone Wreath for Your Front Door

Get the hot glue gun out and get a little creative by making a pine cone wreath to hang on your front door. Pinterest is loaded with plenty of creative ideas and Examiner.com has 10 Pinecone Wreaths You Can Make at Home.

53. ✦ Take a Snowshoe Hike

Strap on some snowshoes and hike through the snow covered pines. Snowshoe Magazine can help you out with its First-Timer’s Guide to Snowshoeing and Matador Network gives you 10 Amazing Places to Snowshoe in North America.


54. ✧ Sleep in an Ice Hotel

You will probably have to do some traveling for this one, but how many opportunities in life will you have to sleep in a room made of ice? At Hotel de Glace in Quebec City or ICEHOTEL in Northern Sweden you can spend the night in a room made entirely of, you guessed it, ice. Don’t worry they will bundle you up in a cozy sleeping bag and you won’t be too cold as long as you stay in it.

55. ✦ Spend the Night in a Cozy Cabin

Being from Northern California, from a city sans snow, it had always been on my Winter Bucket List to spend a white Christmas holed up in a quaint little cabin. The Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite Valley was where this goal got checked off. We woke up surrounded by a pure blanket of white and you could too.

To find your perfect cabin check out The World’s Sexiest Winter Lodges by Concierge.com or Travel and Leisure’s Best Winter Lodges. Read More: A Very White Christmas in Yosemite Valley

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‘Just the Two of Us’ Fun this Winter

It’s Always Better When We’re Together!

Muskoka winters are the perfect time to escape for a quick, romantic getaway. Our winter resorts have the best rates of the year on overnight romantic packages and there are so many great just the two of us activities for you and your partner to enjoy together.

Cranberry Ice Trail

A hand-holding skate at the Cranberry Ice Trail is a great start to any romantic getaway. The Cranberry Ice Trail is a very popular winter attraction, perhaps because it is the only skating trail in Canada with an on-site winery. Skate hand-in-hand before warming up by the outdoor fire with a mug of hot-mulled wine. If you are looking for something really magical, they light 400+ tiki torches on Saturday nights for a lit-up skate under the stars.

Snowshoeing

Find a snowshoe trail and head out together for this exhilarating and time-tested winter activity. A number of our so you can stay and play at one location.

One Horse Open Sleigh Rides

Bundle up and take a magical sleigh ride through a winter wonderland. Back of Beyond Equine Centre offers romantic rides for two in their cozy sleigh. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate by the campfire after your sleigh ride.

If you are looking for a sleigh ride straight out of a fairy tale, inquire about their romantic evening sleigh ride. A night-time sleigh ride, where the only light on the trail comes from torches, candles and the starry night sky.

Dinner and a Skate

Bracebridge is redefining ‘night on the town’ with their downtown skating trail. Start your evening off with dinner for two before heading over to Memorial Park for an evening skate under the stars. Or go for a skate first and finish your evening with a sweet dessert and specialty coffee. The Old Station Restaurant is a local favourite and is only 100m from the park. .

His and Her Spa Treatments

Get pampered together and feel rejuvenated together. Book your spa treatments at these spas, or book a spa getaway at one of our luxurious spa resorts

  • Spa Rosseau at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
  • Trillium Spa at Trillium Resort
  • Amba Spa at Deerhurst Resort
  • LakeHouse Spa at Rawley Resort

Dogsledding

Sometimes it is the activities you wouldn’t think of, like dogsledding, where you end up having the most fun together! North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville offers dog sledding excursions so you can hit the trails together.

Star Gazing

You don’t realize how beautiful the stars are until you get out of the city and see them for yourself. On clear nights, it is likely that you will be able to see the wondrous constellations from most parts of Muskoka as they dance around the night sky. If you want to take your stargazing up a notch, visit the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, the first dark sky preserve in Canada.

Winter S’mores

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that s’mores need to stop. Many of our resorts keep the fire going throughout the winter so you can enjoy this cottage treat year-long. Sunnylea Resort, Four Ninety B&B, Deerhurst Resort, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka, Sherwood Inn and Cedar Grove Lodge all have outdoor bonfires so can roast away!

Wine & Dine

There is no shortage of places where you can enjoy a romantic dinner.

A long time favourite with locals and visitors alike, 3 GUYS and a Stove is a restaurant for people with taste. If you are looking for comfort food this is the right place! Their exclusive winter comfort food menu is available during the winter months to warm you up. See their full menu as well.

Meet at Compass Grill & Bar at Deerhurst Resort on Fridays and Saturdays for live music and a tapas style menu where sharing is encouraged.

Birches Restaurant at Hidden Valley Resort is well known for their hand pulled flatbread pizzas, a perfect fireside sharing food with a glass of wine or a local craft beer.

Muskoka Chophouse at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka has a tantalizing wine list to complement their steakhouse inspired dinner menu. Be sure to share restaurant’s signature dish, Maryland lump crabcake, pure and simple.

Catch a Show

Winters may be chilly but the entertainment scene in Muskoka is hot, hot, hot!

Feb 9: Morgan James

Feb 9: Good Lovelies Live Concert Recording

Feb 14: Matt Mays

Feb 21 – Mar 2: Mamma Mia

Feb 21 – 24: The Savannah Sipping Society

Feb 23: Comedy tour with headliner Jeff Leeson

Feb 27: Donovan Woods

Mar 8: Jack de Keyzer

Mar 30: Opry Gold

Mar 30: Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Stay and Play

Make the most of your Muskoka experience and check out our top recommendations for places to stay and perfect getaway packages.

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1. Make your own hot chocolate. Instead of buying the premixed packets at the store make your own from scratch just the way you like it! Add some marshmallows, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles, or whatever your favorite toppings are.

2. Sign up for a cooking class. It’s a great way to spend time together and a fun way to learn new skills and recipes.

3. Build a gingerbread house with only things you already have in your home. See how creative the two of you can get with what you have lying around. The final product could be hilarious.

4. Make your own chocolate fondue. Sometimes it’s so cold you don’t even want to go outside for dessert, so don’t. Heat up some chocolate in your own house and start dipping away.

5. Play the board games you have that are collecting dust in the house. Make it a fun competition with a prize. The winner should get to pick something for the other person to do for the night, or a week, to spice things up a bit.

6. Go ice skating together. Find out when open skate is and hit the ice with your partner. Hold hands and laugh at (and with) each other as you almost fall over a couple times. Don’t worry about being the best, just have fun with it.

7. Check out ice sculptures. They’re seriously so cool and if you haven’t seen them before you need to.

8. Go to a hockey game. It doesn’t have to be an NHL game but a local hockey team, college team or maybe even a semi-pro team in your area. Hockey games are a fun way to get out and do something without breaking the bank.

9. Build a project together. There is always some project that you have in your mind that you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t made the time. Dedicate a night to working on a project with your partner. Maybe it’s sanding down and repainting your chairs or building a photo frame out of old pallets. And if you don’t have an idea in mind, there’s always Pinterest to fill your minds with inspiration.

10. Dollar menu dates. Everyone knows fast food is unhealthy but there are those times you want nothing more than to indulge in some chicken nuggets. Instead of spending lots of money on dinner, hit up the drive-thru of your favorite fast food place and order only from the dollar menu, then come home and enjoy your feast before regretting everything.

11. Go on a Groupon date. If you have nothing to do one night and you’re bored login to Groupon and see what you find. Pick a random event to go to, even if it’s something you normally wouldn’t attend, to make for an interesting (and possibly laughable) evening.

12. Go sledding. Sledding was the highlight of winters during childhood, so feel a little nostalgic and hit the hills to go sledding again this winter. Even if you only hike up the hill once or twice, it will still be a little rush and make you feel like you’re kids again.

13. Make breakfast for dinner. Sometimes the weekends can be hectic so instead of trying to plan a relaxing breakfast on the weekend, come home after work and cook breakfast for dinner together. Let him make the bacon and eggs, you can make the pancakes, or whatever system works for you. You can, of course, still throw in some mimosas and have a little weeknight party in the kitchen.

14. Go to your local, or favorite, book store and find something that you will both enjoy. It doesn’t to be a novel, you don’t even have to love to read, but I guarantee you will both find something that strikes your interest there.

15. Go on an outdoor weekend getaway. Winter can be FREEZING depending where you live but plan for a nice weekend to get away. Take a mini road trip and spend the day outside exploring areas you might not have been to before. See where it leads you.

16. Pretend the power is out. For some reason, when the power goes out you always end up having the best time so fake like it’s out and recreate a night. Light all the candles in the dark house, play a board game you found or make up your own game. Invite another couple over to join you in your fake power outage and make the most of it.

17. Host a cookie exchange party. Invite a few of your friends over and have everyone make cookies to exchange. It’s a fun way to still spend time with your partner and your friends, while doing something festive.

18. Build a fort and have a living room sleepover in it. Grab all your blankets and build a fort in the living room and stay there the whole night. Your bedroom is so routine but changing up where you sleep for a night can be really fun.

19. Do an at-home workout video together. Doing workout videos at home by yourself is not fun, doing them with someone automatically makes it way more enjoyable and it’s hard not to laugh. Laugh and sweat together while you’re giving this workout your best effort.

20. Go on a winter hike. Hiking in the snow is tough but the views are gorgeous and so different than hikes in the summer. You don’t have to make it all the way to the end of the trail, but go a little way to check out the scenery.

21. Decorate a tree together. Either pick out a real tree or set up your fake tree together. Then decorate it together, have your partner help you hang the ornaments and string the lights. Don’t forget to turn on the holiday music.

22. Learn how to knit. Knitting is a fun hobby to learn and it’s more fun to have someone to learn with, especially if one of you gets it and the other doesn’t. If you get good enough you can even knit your own blanket.

23. Make s’mores at home. If you don’t have a fire place, the stove top works just fine too! Grab your stick and roast the marshmallows over the flame.

24. Look through old yearbooks or photo albums. You know what’s funnier than looking your partner’s high school yearbook and baby pictures? Nothing. Have a good laugh over your pasts together.

25. Make cocktail creations. Google some recipes and put all those bottles that are sitting on top of your fridge to use to make some festive creations.

26. Go to a paint and sip night. There are usually great deals on paint and sip nights so do some searching first for coupons then book your seats! It’s a fun way to get out of the house and create something together.

27. Host your own paint and sip at home. Most craft stores have canvas sets for pretty cheap. Buy a set, some paint and go home to have your own paint and sip night. Find a picture you really like and try to create it yourselves. You could even make it fun and run a poll to see who’s painting your friends like better.

28. Drive around and check out the holiday lights. Head to the place that’s known for having beautiful lights in the winter and check them out. And if it’s a place that you can walk through, even better! Don’t forget to bring your homemade hot chocolate along with you to keep you warm.

29. Head to the zoo. There are usually free nights at the zoo in winter since it is slower, but the animals are typically more active in the cold. It will be a fun way to get out of the house and not spend a lot of money, if you spend any at all!

30. Try snowshoeing. If you don’t have snowshoes see if you can borrow some from friends or family. Snowshoeing is a fun way to be active in the winter and still get outside.

31. Go to the thrift shop and try to find the ugliest Christmas sweater you can.

32. Host a party and have everyone bring a dish. That way you aren’t responsible for paying for all the food and drinks.

33. Build a snowman. Get all bundled up and hit the yard to make a snowman. Dress him (or her) in extra scarves and hats that you have lying around. It’s a fun way to bring back the nostalgia this time of year.

34. Check out a local aquarium or museum in your city. Sometimes the last hour or half hour has free admission!

35. Karaoke night. Stay in or go out to local bar that hosts karaoke at sing your hearts out together to your favorite song.

36. Do couples yoga. Find a YouTube video for beginners and test out your acro yoga skills. Make sure to record it in case something hilarious happens, or you nail it.

37. Bake yummy holiday treats! The best part of the holidays is all the sweets. Stay in and bake together, and if you don’t want all the cookies in your house bring them over to friends, family or to your office.

38. Plan your next few months. Sit down together and look at your calendars. Talk about what you’d like to do and look up airfare, concerts, local events to start planning what’s coming up together.

39. Head to a craft store. You can pick up supplies to make your own holiday decorations or ornaments.

40. Design your own holiday card. Use your favorite design website to create your own holiday cards to send out to your friends and family. After all, everyone loves getting snail mail.

41. Pick out a gift for someone in need. The best part of winter is giving and doing something for those in need. Pick out a gift for a child in need together.

42. Cuddle by the fire. And if you don’t have a fire grab a heated blanket and find a channel with a fireplace display that makes you feel like you’re sitting in front of fire.

43. Go window shopping. Window shopping can be fun walking through town under the lights checking out all the little hand crafted items with your partner. You could look for gifts to give your loved ones and even come up with some creative ideas to make yourselves.

44. Go to a trivia night at a bar. Test out your knowledge while drinking alcohol. It’s a great way to have a competition with your partner.

45. Catch a basketball or football game. Maybe hockey isn’t your thing, that’s fine. There are still plenty of other sporting events to check out this time of year and sports games are way more fun to be at than watch on TV.

46. Book a brewery tour and sample all the seasonal beers on tap. Some brewery tours are free, it just depends on the brewery so do some research and find the best local brewery for you to sample at.

47. Catch a play. There are so many holiday plays in the winter, it could be a great way to support your local theater and do something totally different than what you usually do.

48. Do an outdoor winter photo shoot. You can schedule one, bring a friend along to take pictures of just use your self-timer, but winter photos are adorable. Wait until the perfect snow fall and hit the outdoors with a camera and your partner. You’ll make everyone else on Instagram jealous of your adorable photos.

49. Try indoor rock climbing. Find a local gym and try out climbing for a day. It’s a great way to have some healthy competition and could be really fun.

50. Have an indoor picnic. It’s obviously too cold to sit on a blanket outside in the winter, so have a picnic in your own house. Lay out a blanket on the floor and picnic inside!

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Winter is here and it’s time to find fun things to do that won’t break the bank. Because daylight hours are shorter, you may find yourself looking for some new date ideas.

I know when the weather gets cold, it’s easy to sit at home and feel like you’re in a rut. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite free (or cheap) winter date ideas. Feel free to use them or get inspired to create your own fun date idea!

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1. Go ice skating

I love going to outdoor ice rinks in the winter months! My boyfriend and I just recently bought new ice skates. It’s been a blast teaching my boyfriend how to skate this year.

2. Start a fitness challenge together

Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to stick to your exercise routine during the winter months. What if you could get paid to lose weight? Would that help you get motivated to exercise more?

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If you both want to get fit for summer, now is the perfect time to start a fitness challenge together. Give it a try, you even have the potential to make extra money!

3. Have a game night

Invite other couples over and play your favourite board games with two-player teams. You can even arrange a prize for the winning team. Make sure to have some yummy snacks and drinks for everyone to enjoy. Some of my favorite games include Jenga, Telestrations, Cards Against Humanity, and What Do You Meme.

4. Enjoy Korean BBQ

When I was in Seoul, this was a popular meal activity for friends and family to do. It’s easy to have your own Korean BBQ dinner at home. Just grab all your favorite protein and veggies, then sit around a grill to cook everything. This affordable grill is great for having enjoying Korean BBQ at home.

5. Start a blog together

Have you ever thought about blogging? Blogging can be a great creative outlet and it’s a lot of fun to start a blog with your significant other. If you’re interested in starting your own blog, check out my free step-by-step guide. It takes just a few minutes to get your blog up and running. Anyone can do it!

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6. Get paid to take surveys together

Do you and your significant other like sharing your opinions? Why not get paid to do things you already do, such as shopping, surfing the net, and taking fun surveys. Depending on how many surveys websites you sign up for, you can earn around $100 – $600+ per month by filling out surveys in your spare time. Pretty awesome, right?

Here are some survey websites I recommend joining. They are all free to use and sign up for!

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7. Practice yoga

Yoga has become popular in mainstream society lately and for good reason. It’s a great way to relax and unwind after a long day.

I like using Groupon to find affordable yoga classes. This website offers daily deals on things to do in your city.

8. Practice your photography skills

Last winter we had an ice storm that knocked out most of the power in my city, but the landscape was so beautiful. The city glistened like a crystal in the sunlight. Lately, I have been practicing more photography with my camera.

You can even make some extra cash from your photos, such as selling stock photos online. Many businesses, bloggers, and online entrepreneurs are looking to buy pretty stock photos. This may be a great opportunity for you and your significant other to make money while having fun together. is a good place to sell your photos for cash.

9. Spa date night

As the weather gets colder, it can affect your skin and hair causing dryness. Having a spa night is the perfect way to hydrate your skin and unwind. Lately, I’ve been loving these face masks.

10. Host a holiday party

If you prefer not to do all the cooking, ask everyone to bring over their favourite holiday dish or dessert instead. Make sure to provide coffee, tea, wine, eggnog, hot chocolate, cider, etc. I love decorating my parties with these fun holiday lights.

11. Go shopping together

Set a budget to buy each other a present. It can be as little or as much as you want. I recommend setting a small budget to keep this date idea affordable. You can head to your favorite store or shop online, it’s up to you!

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12. Have a picnic indoors

If it’s too cold to go outdoors, try having a picnic indoors. Try creating your picnic around your favourite cuisine. You can have your picnic in the living room, breakfast in bed or by the fireplace (if you have one).

13. Pick out a pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch

October is one of my favourite months and going to the pumpkin patch is lots of fun. Carve a jack-o-lantern and separate the seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds.

14. Master the perfect pumpkin spice latte at home

This is one of the most popular fall drinks at the coffee shops today, but many of them contain chemical additives and are pricey.

Instead, try making this delicious drink at home — or if pumpkin latte is not your thing — try making your favourite fall or winter drink. I love using almond milk for my homemade lattes. These are the cutest mugs for serving your latte.

15. Have a cook-off at your home

Pick a fall or winter dish, such as chili, and invite your friends over. Ask them to bring a batch of their homemade chili and see who can make the best one. If chili is not your thing, try making guacamole or another popular dish.

16. Enjoy the fall leaves

I love the vibrant colours of the changing leaves in the fall. Take a drive, or walk through a scenic trail and enjoy a picnic in the park.

17. Volunteer together

While it is good to give back to the community all year round, many families and children need attention around the holiday season. Lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. There are so many opportunities — pick the one that interests both of you!

18. Visit a museum

Sometimes winter can get quite cold and all you want to do is be warm inside. Look to see if there are any free museum days to check out in your city. You can also find discounted tickets on Viator.com or Groupon.

19. Pick apples at a local apple orchard

This is one of my favourite fall activities. I love using the apples to make pie, jams, apple crisp and caramel apples.

Grab a warm blanket, a hot cup of cocoa and roast marshmallows together.

21. See your favourite band in concert

Check local concert listings and head with your sweetie to rock out at a show. Sometimes you can find cheap concert tickets on Groupon. This website offers daily deals on things to do in your city.

Another idea is to check out local live music. Sometimes you can watch bands play for free at local bars or restaurants.

22. Have a bonfire

Having a bonfire can be a great way to stay warm on a cold winter night. Grab some warm blankets and pour yourself a nice drink.

23. Play card games together

When was the last time you played a card game? A little friendly competition can make date night a blast. Some of my favorite card games include Rummy, Spit, and Poker.

24. Browse a local art gallery

One of the popular events here in Toronto takes place every October called Nuit Blanche. It is an evening where artists get to showcase their art for free all over the city. You can also find cheap tickets to art galleries and tours on Viator.

25. Eat take-out by candlelight

Skip the dishes and order your favorite take-out for delivery. I know most people like to eat take-out while watching TV, but you can easily transform the atmosphere by lighting a few candles and laying a table cloth on the table. Put on some music and enjoy each other’s company.

26. Host a wine and cheese party

If you can’t make it out to winery, why not do the next best thing instead? — Throw a wine and cheese party for friends or just the two of you. Pick up a selection of organic gourmet cheeses at a local shop. You can use a nice cheese board set and this affordable set of cheese spreaders to amp up your display.

27. Visit a farmer’s market in the fall

Pick up an assortment of seasonal fresh ingredients to make a cozy meal at home. Lately, I’ve been using this cookbook to entertain family and friends. Her crowd-pleasing Cesar salad is one of my favorites!

28. Make snow angels

There is nothing like going out after a fresh snow fall and enjoying the sights.

29. Drive around the neighborhood on Christmas Eve to see all the Christmas lights

Some neighborhoods in the city like to go all out when decorating their house for Christmas. It’s fun to drive around to see all the beautiful lights.

30. Stay in and relax

If you’re snowed in, one of the best activities is to just stay in and relax. Cuddle up with a warm blanket and watch winter classics together with tea and popcorn.

31. Be a tourist in your own city

Sometimes you can get great deals on tourist activities in your city during the winter months when it’s quiet. Take advantage of this and have fun exploring your own city. I like using Groupon to check for local deals.

32. Attend the Santa Claus parade

If you can’t make it to the annual Thanksgiving parade in Manhattan, check out the local parade in your city. Make sure to dress warm, bring an extra blanket and pack a thermos of hot coffee or tea.

33. Paint with watercolors

For many of us, we haven’t painted with watercolors since we were in grade school. You’d be surprised how fun this can be! Grab a cheap set of watercolor paint and art supplies and paint a masterpiece together at home.

34. Book a last minute get away to a sunny destination

There are lots of affordable last minute sun destination vacations available after New Years. If you’re looking to escape the winter weather for a week, take advantage of one of these opportunities.

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35. Host a tropical party

If you can’t get away to a sunny destination, why not bring the tropics to your home? There are plenty of tropical party decorations and supplies for cheap on Amazon or at Dollar Tree. Don’t forget to get the little umbrellas for your tropical drinks!

36. Visit your local library

When was the last time you went to your loca library? You’d be surprised at how much the library offers. You can borrow books, magazines, e-books, music, take free classes, attend free events, and more!

37. Go to a hockey game

Professional sporting events can be expensive. But sometimes you can get cheap tickets on Groupon. Another alternative is to check out a community hockey game.

38. Decorate a gingerbread house together

You can buy a kit or make it from scratch at home. This is a fun activity to do with the kids too.

39. Warm up with Indian food

The cold winter months make me crave comfort foods. Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines and the perfect way to warm your senses on a cold evening. The aroma and spice add a wonderful touch.

40. Ask each other questions

If you feel like you and your partner haven’t really talked in a long time, I highly recommend asking each thought-provoking questions. This is something I like to do with my boyfriend on a regular basis. You can search for questions to ask each other online, or pick up a book to help get the conversation started.

41. Skip the take-out and make Chinese food at home

Instead of ordering in — why not try to replicate your favourite Chinese dishes at home? You can even serve them in the cute take out boxes with chopsticks. End the evening with a classic Kung-Fu movie.

42. Go indoor mini-golf

Mini-golf is a popular date night choice, but it can be expensive. Instead, set up a mini-golf course at home. There are mini-golf sets you can buy online or your can create your own. Another idea is to do indoor croquet.

43. “Walking in a winter wonderland…”

Whether it’s in the evening or first thing in the morning, there is nothing like walking through freshly fallen snow — you know, before the streets get salted and the white snow turns to brown slush? It’s so peaceful after a fresh snow fall to explore, take photos and enjoy.

44. Do a puzzle together

This is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening together. Set a timer to see how long it takes you to put together the puzzle. This is a nice and relaxing activity. Pour a glass of wine and get the conversation stated.

45. Used bookstore date

I love going to used bookstores and browsing through the books — especially the travel section. It’s great excuse to plan your next trip or holiday.

46. Take a dance class

Ever wanted to learn how to Salsa? Why not sign up for a class — Groupon offers dance class coupons for individuals or couples.

47. Go indoor mini golfing

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon or evening out — indoor mini golfing is a great activity with friends. Invite other couples and then go out for frozen yogurt or coffee afterwards.

48. Go rock climbing

If you’re looking to get some physical fitness in your life, but it’s too cold to go outside, why not try indoor rock climbing? It’s a good way to bond with each other.

49. Go to an Escape Room

This may not be everyone’s thing — but it can be a fun and exhilarating experience together. Some Escape Rooms offer discounts online, so check to see what’s available in your city.

50. Build a snowman

If you get enough snow in your city, you won’t have to travel far to make a snowmen. Dress him up with a scarf, hat and carrot noise.

51. Head to a comedy show

Look for comedy shows in your city — many of them are free or affordable featuring local or new comedians. For more popular shows, check to see if there are any discounts being offered. (I used to get discounted comedy show tickets through my University.)

52. Write a letter to each other in the future

Put together a time capsule or write a love letter to each other 10 or 20 years from now. Put it in a safe place so you’ll be able to retrieve it in the future.

53. Take a cooking class

With so many holidays taking place over the fall and winter months, go ahead and put your new cooking skills into action! Sometimes Airbnb offers affordable cooking classes in your area. You can check to see what’s available here.

54. Watch all the movies nominated for an Oscar

Since the Oscars normally happen in the late winter, try to see all the movies that have been nominated for best picture, then cast your prediction.

55. Karaoke

When I was in Seoul, Karaoke was a popular activity and lots of fun to do with your sweetie and friends. There is a bar in my neighborhood that does karaoke every Saturday night. It’s free to attend!

56. Go bowling

Bowling is fun as a couple, but it’s even better with friends — make it a double date! Groupon offers lots of discounts and bowling packages for groups.

57. Go tobogganing

This activity is not just for kids. I love going at night after everyone has made grooves in the hill.

58. Restaurant Week

Here in Toronto we have an event called Winterlicious where a bunch of local restaurants offer a pre-fix meal for an affordable price. Many big cities host a similar event as well. It’s a great way to try a nice restaurant at a reduced price.

59. Indoor paintball

This makes for a great afternoon of laughs and fun.

60. Snowshoeing

A great activity for those that love the snow — bundle up and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate afterwards.

61. Go to a poetry reading

Instead of the typical dinner and a movie date, why not attend a poetry reading instead? Some places offer an open mic for people to go up recite their poem. If you’re feeling brave, why not go up yourself!

62. Trivia night at a local bar

This is great with friends too.

63. Brunch at home

Brunch has become a staple here in Toronto and many big cities, but unfortunately it can get expensive. Instead why not make a delicious brunch at home together with your sweetie. Enjoy all the mimosas you want!

64. Bake holiday treats together

I find a lot of people are busy nowadays and many don’t know how to cook or bake. Learn how to bake your favourite holiday treats at home. Lately, I have been loving this dessert cookbook. The chocolate cream pie is my favorite!

65. Beer and wine tasting at home

Sometimes you can get free samples at local breweries and wineries, but instead invite over friends (or other couples) and ask them to bring over their favourite wine or beer. You can have your own beer and wine tasting at home.

66. Go to the casinos

While I don’t recommend gambling, sometimes it’s fun to go out to the casinos for a night. Set a clear budget, such as $10 per person and make sure you stick to it. If you win money, use it to go out for dessert.

67. Read a book together

Pick out a book (new or old) and read it individually, but together. Once you reach the end of a chapter, take a break and discuss. This is great to do at home, library, bookstore or at a coffee shop.

68. Unplug

Last year with the Toronto ice storm, our house was without power for 4 days. No internet, TV, hot water, light, etc. While I missed the heat, it was nice to unplug from electronics and bond with family and friends.

69. Snow fight

Don’t be afraid to let your inner child out and play. Have a snow fight, then warm up inside with a warm drink by the fireplace.

70. No fire place, no problem

Turn on the TV to the fireplace channel and cuddle under an electric blanket.

71. Buy each other a present

Go to the mall and set a limit of $5-$20 each. Then split up and find a present for your sweetie with that budget. See who can pick out the most interesting and creative gift.

72. Write a fall or winter bucket-list together

Make it a date by getting together and making a list of all the things you want to do this fall and winter.

73. Play in the leaves

After raking up all the leaves in your yard, why not have fun playing in them together? You are never too old to be a kid again.

74. Plan the perfect Halloween costumes together

Instead of getting a Halloween costume from a bag, why not brain storm some ideas, then head to your local thrift store to search for the perfect outfit. You can easily create your own awesome costumer for less.

75. Go to a football game

Whether you see a professional sporting event or a local community team — bring a thermos of your favourite hot beverage to share together.

76. Enjoy a coffee date

Fall and winter are the perfect times to have a coffee date (or tea if you prefer). Stay at home or warm up at your favourite cafe.

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77. Take a bubble bath

This is a nice way to relax and unwind. Light some candles, dim the lights, and enjoy a bubble bath together.

78. Throw an epic Halloween party

Whether it’s a costume party or just casual — make sure to go all out! Have Halloween cocktails, candy, and baked treats. You can arrange a Halloween playlist or play a scary movie in the background.

79. Go zip-lining

Fall is a fun time to go zip-lining through all the beautifully colored trees.

80. Create a masterpiece together

For those into the arts, why not paint a picture, or sketch each other. If you’re not into drawing you can build something together like sculpture.

81. Visit an ice sculpture festival

Most cities host an ice sculpture event each winter. Some of the artist create incredible work!

82. Meet for dessert

Instead of having a coffee date, why not meet up at a dessert cafe? There are milk bars that offer a variety of different flavored milk to pair with a freshly baked cookie or head to a local cupcake shop.

83. Visit a haunted house

Research to see if there are any haunted houses or tours in your city and pick the one that interests you.

84. Go for a manicure together

Most men are not open to the idea right away, but you’ll be surprised how much they love having their nails nicely cared for.

85. Go berry picking

After a morning of berry picking, come home and make jams, pie, etc.

86. Make a list of New Years resolutions

They can be as a couple together or individual resolutions. Help motivate each other by sticking to your plans.

87. Read ghost stories or watch scary movies

October is the time of year to watch scary movies and if you’re brave enough — read real life ghost stories about the city you live in. What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

88. Shop at a flea market

You might score on something great since many vendors like to clear out much of their inventory before winter sets in.

89. Create a haunted house

Turn your home into a haunted house and invite your friends over (or other couples) to spook them.

90. Go hiking

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love exploring nature and hiking is one of my favourite fall activities. You can even pack a small lunch and bring a thermos of tea or cider with you.

91. Make a scarecrow

You can make one or do a “his” and “her” combo. Use old clothes that you don’t want anymore or find the perfect outfit at the local thrift shop.

92. Go on a bike ride through the fall foliage

This is fun and a good way to get some exercise.

93. Thanksgiving picnic in the park

If you have lots of leftovers, why not turn them into a beautiful fall picnic in the park. You can even make delicious turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert.

94. Let out your crafty side

Make Halloween, fall or Christmas decorations at home. Use Pinterest to get ideas.

95. Go on a hayride

Yes they are fun and if you go at night, you can gaze up at the stars.

96. Make your own mulled wine

Look for recipes online or in cookbooks at your local library. You can even invent your own mix!

97. Get lost in a corn maze

This can be fun and a little spooky.

98. Take a free (or affordable) community education class together

You can learn how to speak a new language, daw, paint, take photos, etc.

99. Make your own holiday cards

Find a beautiful spot to do a photo shoot and snap away. There are affordable websites that allow you to upload your photo and print your card at home or at a print shop.

100. Visit the oldest graveyard in your city

Around Halloween it can be a little spooky, but it’s interesting to walk around and read the names on the tombstones.

101. Check out the local fall and winter festivals

Summer is not the only time to visit local festivals — there are plenty of events happening during the fall and winter months. Look for Oktoberfest, craft shows, one-of-a-kind shows, etc.

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37 Fun and Cheap Winter Date Ideas

Winter is the most romantic time of the year, when all you want to do is snuggle up to your partner – whether that’s on the sofa with a good movie or with mulled wine on the ice rink.

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It doesn’t matter if it’s your first date or 500th, these winter date night ideas are all fun ways to spend quality time together. Because you’ve either got Christmas on the horizon or just gone, we’ve also found you the best cheap and even free winter date ideas. (You’re welcome.)

Let’s be honest, life is not like the rom-coms. There’s no carriage rides in the snow in this list; instead there’s pub quizzes, hot tubs, independent cinemas, gingerbread houses, board games and all those other things that make winter the best time of the year.

On a first date? Any of these are great – and take a sprig of mistletoe with you too if you want to guarantee a kiss.

The Best Winter Date Ideas

1. Take a Cooking Class

Cooking classes are great for a date as they involve you working together and you get something delicious to eat at the end. We highly recommend the Waitrose Cookery School and Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School if you’re in London which are suitable for novices to amateur chefs. In winter, their courses cover lots of warming, vibrant cuisines to keep the dark nights at bay, like Mexican street food, Thai feasts, and Bombay cafe favourites. Google is the place to go to find cookery schools closer to you.

2. Go Ice Skating

A Christmas classic straight out the movies. If you can’t skate, you can hold each other up at the side of the rink and laugh as you slip and slide your way round followed by a much-deserved hot choccie. If you can skate, you’ll feel like the rink’s resident Torville and Dean as everyone looks on with jealousy and awe. The perfect way to spend an hour.

3. Visit a Christmas Lights Display

Lots of stately homes and gardens across the country have started hosting Christmas light displays: a magical walk through their grounds with Insta-worthy spots aplenty. Grab a mulled wine and have a stroll around, followed straight after by a visit to the pub to warm up.

4. Go Indoor Rock Climbing

Outdoor activities are pretty much off limits once the cold and dark has set in, so find an indoor activity to challenge you both and learn a new skill. Rock climbing is fab for this – just Google an indoor wall near you. Did you know adrenaline helps couples bond too?

5. Take a Brewery Tour

Most brewery tours start at around £12-£15 each with tastings and a pint included, especially incredible seasonal flavours – you can’t ask for better value than that. If beer isn’t your thing, gin distillery tours or a guided wine tasting evening are brilliant too. Prepared to splash the cash? Try a ‘brew your own’ session. At UBrew in London, you spend the day brewing your own beer from scratch and collect your own case three weeks’ later when it’s ready to drink.

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6. Try Hot Yoga

Freezing outside? Warm yourself up with a hot yoga session. You can do hot – or Bikram – yoga at any level of fitness and it involves doing a series of poses in a room heated to between 35 and 42 degrees. There’s loads of physical benefits to the heat and you could discover a new hobby you love doing together.

7. Pick a Random Groupon Date

On the Groupon website, you’ll find a section called ‘Things to Do’ with tons of offers in your local area. Make a pact that you must do one of the first 10 activities that shows up, whether that’s indoor skydiving or trampolining to axe-throwing and a murder mystery night. They’re all excellent value and guaranteed spontaneous fun.

8. Head to a Book Shop

Warm, indoors, romantic, tick, tick, tick. Set each other little challenges like finding the silliest or funniest titled book you can or an author with the same name as you. End by buying each other one of your favourite books as a present; it’s a hugely enlightening way to get to know someone.

9. Explore a Christmas Market

Under the twinkling lights of a giant Christmas tree, you’ll find delicious food, drinks, crafts, carol singers and more at a Christmas Market. There’s some famous ones around the country which are well worth the visit, like the German market in Birmingham and Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas market. This website lists all the Christmas markets in the UK and there’s definitely going to be one near you where you can top up your dose of good cheer.

10. Go on a Weekend Getaway

Road trip to a cute country Airbnb where you can go on long walks, snuggle up in front of a fire and plan your retirement in the sweet little villages all around the area. A winter sun break might be appealing, but we promise the UK in the winter months is where the romance is really at.

11. Go Charity Shopping

Vintage, second-hand or charity shops are goldmines for ugly Christmas jumpers. See who can put together the most garish outfit for each other. Loser has to buy at least one of the articles of clothing and wear it for the rest of the day (hey, at least you’re supporting charity even if you look awful).

12. Warm Up in a Museum

Most big cities have a free museum or two that you can visit, and almost all with have special winter activities going on. Stately home and even garden centres are fab for activities too: normally you can sign up for cheap classes like wreath making and card printing, attend a storytelling session or theatre performance, or stop by a Santa’s grotto (not just for little ones!).

If you can combine a museum date with a day in London, the Natural History Museum has a beautiful ice rink, and it even does night time sleepovers for adults with live music, stand-up comedy, a pub quiz, insect tasting and more.

13. Laugh at a Comedy Club

No better way to get your date laughing than at a comedy club. It’s such a great winter first date idea, but is also great if you’ve been together 10+ years too. You can go to a comedy store in your city, but some of the best, under-the-radar comedians can be found at comedy nights at your local pub. Even if they end up dying on stage, you’re guaranteed a laugh for less than £10.

14. Seek out a Hot Tub

Most spas will have a hot tub – you can check out the 50 best spas in the UK here – or combine it with a weekend away and hire a cottage that comes with a hot tub. There’s nothing more special than sinking into a hot, bubbling tub with a glass of wine to escape the chilly air around you.

15. Be a Tourist in Your Own City

We mean off-the-beaten-track touristy things. The best place to find something really unusual to do is by searching the Atlas Obscura: it lists all the strange, cool and hidden things to do in your region. Secret gardens, awesome arcades, tiny museums and art galleries in an unmarked house; they’re all waiting for you if you just go looking.

16. Head to Winter Wonderland

If you live in London, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a must-do (preferably at the time when the crowds aren’t too big). From karaoke bars and ice sculpting workshops to fairground rides, Cirque Berserk, a comedy club and more, you can spend a whole day exploring.

17. Do a Winter Wonderland Photoshoot

Nope, not a photoshoot in Hyde Park. If you’re looking for some cute couple photos, hire a photographer to spend a couple of hours shooting some seriously magical portraits of you. A snowball fight, decorating your tree, with your pet or out in nature are all great photo shoot ideas. No money? Use a self-timer.

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18. Catch a Match

Rugby and football seasons in the UK take place over autumn and winter. Sports fans can find local games on near them or pester a pal with a season ticket to let you take your beau on a date to a big name match.

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19. Sledding, Snowmen and Snow Angels

If there’s a nice layer of snow on the ground, make full use of it for a totally free date idea! Snowball fights and making a snowman and snow angels are totally cute and romantic, while a plastic sledge is under less than £12.50 and you can have so much fun on the hills near your house. Warm yourself up with a hot chocolate after (we won’t tell if you add a little rum).

20. ‘Create a Cocktail’ Party

You know all those half drunk bottles of spirit and liqueurs getting dusty in the back of your cupboard? Maybe they’ve been left over from a party or used once in a recipe? Get your friends round for a double date and task yourself with creating a festive cocktail out of all the forgotten booze.

21. See a Movie

Heading to the cinema is always the best thing to do when it’s pouring with rain outside. It’s a simple but great date idea. If you want to make it more special than your local multiplex, find a cool independent cinema near you.

In London, we love the movie marathons at The Prince Charles Cinema and the winter night garden at the Backyard Cinema. Cornerhouse in Manchester, Watershed in Bristol, The Broadway in Nottingham, Hebden Bridge Picturehouse, and The Filmhouse in Edinburgh all get the thumbs up too. Loads of pop-up cinemas arrive during the winter months too, like these free London Zoo film screenings.

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22. Pub Quiz Time

Get a group date going at a pub quiz. A little healthy competition is essential for any relationship, so hit it off with some intellect-testing trivia and good conversation. Always helps if you win the bar tab at the end too. If you’ve got a joint interest – Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, pop music, Dingbats – you’ll find lots of niche pub quizzes in your area too.

23. Play a Board Game

Either dust off one of those old games gathering dust in a drawer or head to a board game cafe for a cheap few hours of fun. Here’s some of our favourites that are perfect for two players: Bananagrams, Pandemic, Carcassonne, Exploding Kittens, Codenames Duet and Forbidden Island.

24. Take a Hike

Go on a walk outside. On a crisp autumn day, you’ll see orange and red leaves float down around you, while in winter, you might catch a sprinkling of snow.

25. Play Christmas Light Bingo

Get that scarf on and head out into your neighbourhood. Write yourself a bingo grid of Christmas light displays – Rudolph, Santa falling off a roof, house with enough fairylights to be visible from space, nativity scene, sled – and shout bingo whenever you’ve seen a whole row. Last one to get a full house buys the drinks. It’ll give you lots of ideas of how to then decorate your own house/flat/terrace – which is your task for the next day.

26. Volunteer

Animal shelters and homeless charities need even more help in the winter months when the weather turns cold. Choose a cause that means something to you both and get volunteering – you’ll find out even more about each other’s values. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, spend some quality time walking a cute pooch: find one on Borrow My Doggy or take out a friend’s.

27. Have Breakfast for Dinner

Pancakes, waffles, French toast: breakfast really is the best meal of the day. Cook yourself up a breakfast treat for dinner or head to a restaurant like The Breakfast Club for an all-day dining treat.

28. Stargaze

A dark, clear night is the perfect time to get outside and spot some constellations. An app like StarView Lite is a free planetarium in your pocket; all you need to do is point it at the sky and it’ll identify the stars, satellites and more above your head. You can also buy stargazing experiences where your own astronomer will set up telescopes and guide you through a tour of the solar system.

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29. Build a Fort

Pillow forts aren’t just for kids. Take the cushions off the sofa, build yourself a magnificent hideout and top the whole thing with a blanket. Bring in some torches, snacks, a pack of cards and some spiked hot chocolate. Change it up and sleep there for a night – you might find you have even more fun than in your bedroom.

30. Throw a Gingerbread House Making Competition

Each person gets a gingerbread house kit; either go for a ready-made set or (Mary Berry, eat your heart out) make and bake your own using this cookie cutter set. You each get the same items to decorate with – icing, sweets, strawberry laces, Smarties etc – and 15 minutes to create your masterpiece. At the end, it’s reveal time! Do this as a double date and each couple can pick a winner from the other team.

We also love this ready-made gingerbread campervan and this DIY 3D christmas tree gingerbread kit for something different to decorate.

31. Movie Night and Mulled Wine

Mull yourself some wine (follow this easy recipe here), wrap yourself up in blankets and snuggle up in front of a movie. So simple, but seriously romantic. If you want go the whole hog, buy a projector and set it up against a white wall or screen and surround yourself with all the blankets and cushions you can find. It brings a whole new meaning to Netflix and chill.

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32. Go Wild With a Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue kits are pretty cheap – this one is only £9.99 – and we promise you’ll be using it time and time again. It’s powered by a tea light so get your choccie melting and set yourself up a midnight feast (absolutely OK to eat at 5pm too). Strawberries, frozen grapes, marshmallows, brownie bites, mini meringues, banana, honeycomb: sometimes you can create a dessert way better than a restaurant at home.

33. Living Room Picnic

Too cold to go outside? Indoor picnics are the way to go. Throw a warm rug on the floor, put a classic Christmas movie on the TV (The Holiday and Home Alone are our winners), open a bottle of wine and order in some take away. It’s cheap, fun and romantic.

34. Spend a Night by Candlelight

Try a whole date night pretending the power’s gone out and using only candlelight. Firstly, everyone’s skin looks fantastic in candlelight. Secondly, you’ll only be able to eat things cooked with a candle, i.e. toasting marshmallows and melting a fondue. Thirdly, you won’t be distracted by your phones or the TV – instead play a board game or spend quality time talking to each other and planning your future.

35. DIY a Spa Day

If you’ve got a sheet mask, a bath bomb and some massage oil at home, this is a completely free date idea. Even if you’ve got to pop to Superdrug it’s a cheap one. An at-home spa experience is all about pampering and relaxing. Take a bath together or trade massages for a romantic night in. Try this aromatherapy massage oil with the sensual scents of ylang ylang and patchouli for only £6.99 from Amazon.

36. Make a Hot Chocolate Station

Make some hot chocolate and then scour your cupboards – or go to the shops – for all those delicious toppings: a can of squirty cream, some crushed up biscuits, chocolate chips, Minstrels, marshmallows, caramel sauce, candy canes. Go wild. The one who can squeeze on the most toppings wins.

37. Read to Each Other

It might sound cheesy, but reading to each other has been scientifically proven as a way to foster intimacy and connect with your partner. Find a great winter book (check out Waterstones’ book of the month) and take it in turns to read a chapter to each other in front of the fire. Much more enjoyable than an audio book.

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20 Date Night Ideas for When It’s Painfully Cold Outside

Brace yourselves, winter is coming. But who says being stuck inside has to be boring? While the weather outside might be frightful, you and your partner can find ways to make the time oh-so-delightful. Here are 20 date ideas that will definitely heat things up as the temperature continues to drop.

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1. Cook up a storm. A cold winter’s night is the perfect time to cook up something warm, like a carrot-coconut soup or a beef stew. Then, toast some bread, pour some wine, and voila — dinner is served.

2. Play truth or dare. Whether you’ve been together for six months or six years, use the chill in the air as an excuse to get to know each other better. Truth or dare (or Never Have I Ever) is a fun way to get your partner to open up to you in a playful way.

3. Host a beer tasting for two. On your way home from work, pick up a variety of different beers. Try some sour beers, a chocolate stout, a champagne-style beer, and some other kinds you’ve never tried before.

4. Have a game night! Bring out the Scrabble, the deck of cards or whatever your favorite old school board game is. Put on some music and open up some beers for a low-key way to spend a chilly evening with your beloved. Not into Go Fish? Work on a jigsaw puzzle instead. Classy!

5. Find a fireplace. Whether you have a fireplace at home or have to venture out to your favorite bar that has one, a fireplace is the easiest way to get cozy during the winter.

6. Make it a weekend. Rather than booking a flight to the warm weather, embrace the snowy season! Rent a lake house or log cabin and take a long drive complete with a special playlist. Leave your electronics at home (and turn off your phones) for a real getaway. Okay, yes, this requires you to get out of the house. But stock up on snacks, booze, and any other necessities, so that once you get to your destination, you really don’t have to leave.

7. Plan a trip. Can’t get away for the weekend? Plan a trip for a few weeks or months from now instead! Visit your favorite travel-booking site or scan through any travel guides you can find. Take every option into consideration, and then get to planning. The excitement of your impending trip will get you in the mood to celebrate.

8. Cuddle up for a movie night. Snuggle up on the couch and turn on that movie you’ve been meaning to watch. To step up your game, try a gourmet popcorn recipe.

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9. Create some cocktails. Don’t feel like venturing out in the cold for a drink? Bring the bar to you! Sparkling apple cider sangria? Yes, please! Bourbon-spiked white hot chocolate? Even better.

10. Get it on. Um, what better way is there to warm up than with a little love sesh?

11. Experiment with ice cream flavors. Did you get an ice cream maker as a wedding present? Or do you just have one laying around because, well, you LOVE ice cream? Then pick up a few ingredients at the grocery store and, when you have some time to kill (because this will take a few hours), whip up some fun flavors. Sure, it may be cold outside, but you and your partner are all cozy and warm inside…so eat some ice cream and dream of warmer days ahead.

12. Have breakfast in bed. Who says your date has to happen at night? If you wake up and the temperature is terrifyingly cold (like, it “feels like -17” cold), just never get out of bed! Order breakfast in from your favorite diner and just let the morning fade away as you talk, snuggle, and get some extra shuteye.

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13. Learn something new. If a snowstorm has you stuck inside for days, you might start to go a little stir crazy. Take to the internet and find a how-to or DIY video for something you’ve never done before, like a hilarious workout routine or a dance move. The amount you’re going to laugh at (no, no, with) each other will definitely make you forget about the craziness outside.

14. Have an impromptu dance party. Whether you throw on the classics and slow dance the night away or turn your iPhone to the pop station (hey, “Uptown Funk”), a little movin’ and groovin’ never hurt anyone.

15. Plan a spa day at home. If your tub is big enough for two, draw up a bubble bath with essential oils or bath salts. Light some candles, put on some soothing music, and just enjoy being together. Some vino wouldn’t be the worst idea.

16. Have a camp out in your living room. Pull out your sleeping bags and build a tent fort out of blankets and pillows. Turn off the lights and make s’mores by the light (and the heat) of some candles. The best part? No pesky bugs to worry about!

17. Bake up some goodies. Even if you don’t make cookies from scratch, baking is a good activity for two. The teamwork, the close proximity, the sweets…it’s a recipe for a successful night in.

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18. Play strip poker. So, looks like no one else is around, huh? Grab a six-pack of beer, set up shop at the table, and hope for the best hand possible. Strip anything is a fun way to initiate foreplay when you have the whole night ahead of you.

19. Find a new TV show to watch together. Watching TV is an entertaining way to pass the time, so why not start a new series with your partner? Pick a show neither of you has ever seen but EVERYONE has been talking about, like Stranger Things or Westworld, and have a marathon.

20. Just have fun. Getting married or being in a long-term relationship has a habit of making you feel all grown up and serious. Well, use the cold weather as an excuse to just have fun. Forget about the laundry you have to do or the errands you have to run, and stay in your pajamas all day. Sometimes a full day of nothing is just what the doctor ordered.

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