43 Winter Date Ideas to Heat Things Up
Cold weather can be brutal, but it doesn’t have to put a damper on your romantic life. Sure, the nights are longer, but that only means more opportunities to get creative with your honey. Don’t believe us? Just scroll through our roundup of winter date ideas—we promise you’ll find a way to heat things up, be it with a steaming hot dance class, indoor skydiving or bowling. If you and your person are more of the at-home, hibernating type, you can always opt for sentimental scrapbooking or romantic backyard bonfire. Take your pick below.
1. Go Ice Skating
Hit up a local ice-skating rink and give this tried-and-true winter activity a go. Best of all, you don’t need to be a seasoned skater to have a blast with this one; in fact, the more uncoordinated you and your love interest are on skates, the more you’ll need to hold on to each other. Let’s call this one an ice breaker.
2. Visit a Holiday Market
Decorations, good eats, and charming gifts are among the offerings at pop-up holiday markets—yep, it’s a veritable sensory smorgasbord with a festive feel. Take a romantic stroll through one with someone special during the holiday season, and you’ll be showing up for local businesses and walking away full of cheer.
3. Take a Winter Hike
If you and your significant other are suffering the effects of a sedentary winter routine, it’s probably time to get back out in the fresh air together. Head to the woods or a local park for a hike and you’ll both get your blood pumping, whilst taking in the oh-so romantic scenery that is winter wonderland.
4. Go to the Beach
So what if your swimsuit is in storage? You won’t need it to enjoy the beach with your beau during the winter months, when the coastline—finally not overpopulated with sunbathers—is actually the perfect place for an intimate walk.
5. Themed Movie Night
It’s easy to spend too much time in front of the tube when the temperature drops, but that doesn’t mean you have to rule out movie night as a romantic date option. Instead, make it purposeful by picking a theme with your S.O. and planning a meal to match. (Think: A Fellini film and take-out from your favorite fancy Italian joint.) With a little extra effort, Netflix and chill will actually feel special again.
6. Go Wine Tasting
Ah, wine—how we love thee. You warm us up when it’s cold outside and bring color back to our cheeks when it feels like we haven’t seen the sun in months. That said, if drinking wine at home sounds like more of a daily ritual than a special date, we suggest you hit up a local winery and learn a thing or two while you imbibe for a whole new shared experience.
7. Game Night
One of the best kinds of dates is one in which you both set aside the smartphones in favor of some tech-free fun together—and an easy way to accomplish this is with a couple’s game night. Whether you make it a group date or keep it intimate, you’ll be delighted by how much you enjoy each other’s company with little more than a deck of cards or a stack of board games.
8. Have a Spa Day
Treat yourselves to a spa treatment or two for an intimate date that promises to leave you both feeling pampered and cared for. You can spring for a couple’s massage, or other service, at a nearby day spa or you can score some products and experience the pampering from the comfort of your own pad—either way the rest and relaxation will be a recipe for romance.
9. Plan a Vacation
Being cooped up inside during the frigid winter months is enough to make anyone pine for a vacation. Even if a trip to the tropics isn’t in the cards at the moment, you can opt for some domestic options. If travel is completely out of the question for you, fleshing out a shared fantasy with your S.O. by planning a future getaway is sure to bring you closer...and it’s also just fun.
10. Go Snow Tubing
Spice things up with a little bit of adventure this winter season by hitting the slopes with someone special for a snow tubing session. Unlike tandem skydiving, this adrenaline-fueled outdoor activity requires zero preparation and won’t trigger anyone’s fear of heights. Plus, the high-speed thrill will give you something to talk about for quite a while.
11. Volunteer Together
Research suggests that giving back through volunteer work boasts a whole host of mental health benefits and increases one’s general sense of well-being. Bring a partner with you for some community service and you’ll both reap the rewards while sharing a meaningful bonding experience to boot.
12. LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS
Grab your sweetie and hit up a local lights festival for an intimate stroll that’s guaranteed to fill you both with a sense of awe and wonder. Don’t forget to bring a hot beverage if you’re going on foot—and, by all means, look for exhibits that have driving tours if the weather is too frosty.
13. Go Bowling
In case you missed it, bowling is an ideal and decidedly laidback opportunity for socializing—and in some cases, a group activity and a few beers is all you need to rekindle the spark with your S.O. In other words, if you’ve been holed up together for too long this winter, hit the bowling alley and you’ll be back to the honeymoon phase in no time. Bonus: Bowling is also an excellent way to avoid an awkward first date, for all the same reasons.
14. Share a Fondue Dinner
Gooey cheese, molten chocolate...the decadence of a fondue dinner is hard to match, and when it comes to winter meals, we’re all about indulging. But rather than wasting your time at a fussy restaurant, we suggest you make fondue for a deliciously sensual dining experience.
15. See a Play
If you’re looking for something more original than the standard dinner-and-a-movie date, consider the performing arts. Dress up and take a trip to the local playhouse for a date that promises not only a (much-needed) night out on the town, but also an opportunity to soak up some culture and discuss the shared experience after.
16. Visit a Brewery
Sure, a light, frosty beer is a go-to adult beverage in the warmer months—but a tour and tasting at your local brewery will introduce you to a whole new world. Plan a visit and you’ll be feeling warm and toasty after sampling rich porters, stouts and pleasantly spiced Christmas ales with your boo.
17. See Live Music
Live music is an undeniably special experience, especially when you can share it with someone who digs the band as much as you do. Score some ticks to a concert and the date will be one that you and your S.O. remember for years to come. And if the lurking omicron variant is spooking you, feel free to search for some virtual entertainment instead.
18. Take a Dance Class
If you’ve ever seen Dirty Dancing, you’re well aware of the romantic potential here. Heat things up with your partner by signing up for a virtual or in-person dance class. No matter your skill level, with some instruction, you’ll be ready to samba off into the sunset together.
19. Go to a Rock Climbing Gym
Regular rock climbing is a whole thing—there’s training involved and, of course, the elements to contend with. Indoor rock climbing, on the other hand, is a perfect way for couples to enjoy a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout, while getting a (sexy) burst of adrenaline to boot.
20. Go Holiday Shopping
Spoil yourselves with a trip to the mall or shopping district like New York’s Fifth Avenue and take advantage of any holiday or post-holiday sales. Complete the little adventure with a quick stop at the nearest café where you and your person can grab a hot beverage before heading home.
21. Play Video Games
A little fast-paced gaming action and friendly competition is a surefire way to keep things exciting on a date with someone you’re sweet on—just plug in the PlayStation and cozy up together on the couch. Easy peasy.
22. Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are a stimulating and soothing way to engage in a mutual activity with your partner when winter starts making you feel bored with, well, everything. Work as a team on one for quality time—and remember, they don’t need to be completed in one go, so you can make the entertainment last.
23. Cook a Meal Together
Steamy stuff goes down in the kitchen...in more ways than one. Don your matching aprons and get messy with an ambitious cooking project that takes two sets of hands to accomplish. Both the joint effort and the delicious dinner will pay dividends. (Psst: Here are some dinner recipes for two to get you started.)
24. Go Antiquing or Thrift Shopping
Grab your honey and head to the nearest antique shop, flea market or thrift store to see if the two of you can scout out something truly special. Even if you return home empty-handed (unlikely), you’ll still have benefited from the shared mission and the time spent together.
25. Make a Relationship Scrapbook
Bust out the crafting supplies and explore your creativity as a couple while waxing romantic over precious memories from seasons past. A sweet and sentimental scrapbooking project will bring you and your beau closer, while keeping the wintertime blues (and boredom) at bay.
26. Take an Exercise Class Together
After all that turkey and dessert, you may be packing up some extra pounds (hey, no judgement). The good news is you can work off those extra holiday calories and spice up your romantic life with an indoor exercise class for couples—either in person or online. It’s a hot, sweaty date that will bring you one step closer to achieving your New Year’s resolution.
27. Have a Bake Off
Binge-watching The Great British Baking Show was a wonderful standing date...but it’s not even January yet, and you’re out of episodes. The solution? Recreate the competition in your own kitchen with a (low-stakes) bake-off with your boo. Sure, it will be messy, but the reward will be sweet.
28. Go Snowshoeing
Skip the shoveled and salted sidewalks of your hood and venture out into the snowy frontier instead for a more interesting walk for two. Snowshoeing requires some special gear (i.e., snowshoes) but it’s a novel and romantic way to explore the path less traveled with your partner.
29. Take a Carriage Ride
Is there anything more seasonally appropriate than cozying up in a carriage that boasts room for two while you sit back and take in the sights of the winter wonderland around you? No, there is not. Bring warm (possibly spiked) beverages and a blanket along for the ride and you’ve got the makings of an oh-so romantic date.
30. Do Couples Yoga
What better way to bond with your boo than to bend your bodies into pretzels whilst discovering a sense of inner peace? Yep, couples yoga has romance written all over it—and both parties will benefit from the sense of calm the activity inspires. Best of all, you can namast(ay) right in your home for this one since there’s no shortage of virtual yoga classes for couples to enjoy.
31. Go to an Arcade
Whether you’re playing on a video game console or a good ol’ fashioned board, gaming time is a great way to spend a date. That said, if you’re looking for a form of entertainment that takes you outside your home, a trip to a local arcade will provide all the perks of game night with a change of scenery to boot.
32. Watch a Hockey Match
Sporting events of any kind make for fresh, exciting date nights—but in the winter, hockey is a no-brainer. It’s worth noting that the air temperature in the venue will likely be between 50 and 60 degrees—probably warmer than the winter weather outside, but just the right temperature for hot cocoa and cuddling, nevertheless.
33. Visit the Aquarium
The aquarium—a dimly lit space with tranquil blue-green tones and tons of fascinating marine life—is a serene destination for a date. Plus, most exhibits are indoors, so you can see the fishes without freezing your butt off.
34. Take a Food Tour
In wintertime hearty food is on the menu, and your Crockpot has been doing overtime. Give your trusty kitchen appliance a break and treat yourself to a day-long tour of the best eateries your town has to offer—just make sure to bring along someone who will appreciate the good eats as much as you do.
35. See a Comedy Show
Fun fact: Research has shown that couples who laugh together, stay together. As such, you might as well lay the foundation for romantic success by bringing your date to a stand-up comedy show. Of course, the acts can be hit-or-miss, but we think it’s a risk worth taking.
36. Take the Polar Bear Plunge
Laugh in the face of winter with a wild date in the form of the famed polar bear plunge, which consists of braving ice cold waters in the dead of winter. Frankly, it sounds rather unpleasant, but fans of the event say it gives you a rush you won’t soon forget. Plus, if you bring a date along for the shenanigans, you can at least rest assured that there will be someone around to warm you up after.
37. Do a Virtual Escape Room
If you’re craving some excitement and stimulation while stuck inside, a virtual escape room might be just what the doctor ordered. This relatively new type of computer game—web-based phenomenon that’s all about team-building—requires players to work together to solve puzzles in order to secure their mutual fate. (Yep, this is the stuff of bonding.)
38. Have a Karaoke Night
Indoors or at a karaoke bar, with other couples or by yourselves, karaoke is a foolproof fun date night idea. Belt out the classic ballads—“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” “I Will Always Love You,”— or get the room pumping with party jams like “Hot in Herre” or “Hey Ya!” The options are literally endless. (Here are 60 bops we guarantee will bring the house down.)
39. Go to a Drive-In Theatre
Summon that 1950s date night with a movie night that gets you out of the house without having to come in contact with too many people. Make it a true retro night by grabbing some cheeseburgers and milkshakes to chow down while watching the flick. How Sandy and Danny Zuko of you.
41. Do a Winter Photoshoot
There’s nothing prettier than the season’s first snowfall when it hasn’t been muddied and mushed by footprints and shovels. So why not take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and do a quick photoshoot? Use the best snaps for your S.O.’s next big birthday present.
42. Go Sledding
Unleash your inner child with this fun activity that’s sure to get you and your boo reeling in fits of laughter. Find a nice hill, grab a toboggan or snow tube and be sure to bundle up in a warm coat and some winter boots and let the fun ensue. Head home and make some delicious hot chocolate or nice hot toddy to get that winter chill out afterwards.
43. Go Indoor Skydiving
If the two of you are adrenaline junkies, you can still get that blood-pumping fix during cold-weather months by hitting up your local iFly (or another indoor skydiving venue) for a thrilling adventure. This is also a great option for acrophobics—aka people afraid of heights—to go skydiving in a much safer, less intimidating manner.