I’ll be honest: I have a love/hate feelings towards winter (mostly hate). It’s cold, snowy, windy, sometimes the car won’t start, people drive slower and I am late, I get stuck behind a slow snow plow, etc…But what I enjoy about winter is the memories of my first few dates with David. Our first date was a hike in the winter with his family’s dogs, and we spent the rest of that year (2008) and into the next coming up with fun date ideas.
In the (more than) seven years we have been together, we’ve come up with some pretty great winter date ideas, so I’m sharing those, as well as some reader suggestions, in this post. Most of them are fairly inexpensive or even free!
- Go ice skating at an outdoor rink (I admit we do not skate, since I don’t know how).
- Go snowshoeing at a local park or trail (We purchased new shoes and have not regretted it once! Snowshoeing is a great way to get exercise in the winter).
- Have a board game night.
- Cook a meal fancy meal together, complete with appetizers and desserts (We used to cook A LOT when we were dating in college and it was really fun).
- See a local hockey game (Our minor hockey league (OHL) has fairly inexpensive tickets, and I really like going to see a game, even though I’m not into sports).
- Take a horse drawn carriage ride (this might only apply if you live near a touristy town).
- Drive around town and look at the Christmas lights (most people leave their lights up all winter anyways!)
- Visit a winery, distillery or brewery (many offer free tours and samplings, but be sure to call ahead).
- Book a weekend getaway/staycation to a cabin or cottage (many local resorts offer discounts in the winter and have really fun activities like snowmobile rides, ice skating, indoor bar games, etc. We have stayed at a few different resorts in the winter and it is our favourite season to visit.)
- Check out your local library for FREE DVDs to borrow and have a movie night.
- Go downhill skiing (suggestion from Alycia W. on Facebook).
- Go bowling (our local alley offers late night bowling called Rock N’Bowl, where they have a light show and play old rock songs!).
- Make and eat fondue (my personal preference is chocolate fondue with fruit, pretzels and marshmallows for dipping).
- Host a group date potluck night and invite other couples.
- Order takeout, put the kids to bed early, and enjoy your meal (suggestion from Stefanie C. on Facebook).
- Have dessert at a fancy restaurant (no dinner, just dessert!).
- Take a hike through the woods and bring a thermos of hot drinks (I feel it necessary to state the obvious, but STAY on the trail!).
- Plan an indoor scavenger hunt for each other that leads to small gifts (David surprised me with this one day and it was so fun! He hid gifts in various places in the house and then wrote a cryptic clue for me to find each one).
- Make homemade pizza (making dough from scratch is very easy!)
- Go see a movie at the theater on cheap night (the theatre we go to has $2 “family” movie day on Saturdays and they usually show a cartoon from our childhood! The tickets and all concession items are only a toonie!)
- Take a weekend course through your local college or community center (we took a wilderness survival course years ago and it was really fun!).
- Have a wine and cheese night in your own home (suggestion from Stefanie C. on Facebook).
- Have a chili cook off and see who can make the better batch!
- Buy single cans/bottles of alcohol and have a mini tasting at home (we did this with various ciders and made notes of our favourites. If you don’t drink, you could try this with fancy hot chocolate, coffee, teas, pop, juice, etc)
- Order pizza (or make your own!) and watch Netflix in your pjs (suggestion from Nancy P. on Facebook).
What else would you add to this list? Leave a comment below or pop by FB to have your say.