Don’t let winter put a dampener on your dating life. Whether you are newly single and ready to mingle or have been in a relationship for years, there is no excuse not to have fun dating this winter. Don’t let the cold weather interfere with you planning a date, as there are many fun and exciting things you can do with your lady friend.
You can huddle indoors at home and have a games night, head to a local comedy show, or even venture out into the snow for a hike. Whatever you are feeling there is a date to suit you, with these 40 our top picks dating ideas to experience this winter.
1. Movie Night
Staying in when it is cold and snuggling up on the couch with your partner is one of the joys of being in a relationship. So why not plan a movie night at home. Pick a film neither of you has seen (or one of your favorites), grab some salty popcorn, and settle in for a chill movie night with your lady.
2. Go Skiing or Snowboarding
Pack up the car and head to the slopes for a day of shredding in the snow. Even if you’re not an expert, you can both get some lessons and enjoy learning how to ski or snowboard together. This is the kind of date you can turn into a romantic weekend for two.
3. Take a Pottery Class
It probably won’t end up like Ghost, but taking a pottery class is a great way to bond with your partner. You can take an official class where you will use a proper pottery wheel and get to see your creation put in the kiln and come to life, take an online course, or buy an air-dry clay kit and whip something up at home in a few hours.
4. Go To a Quiz Night
Put your knowledge to the test and see who of you is smarter by attending a quiz night. Team up or face off against each other and find out how good your general knowledge really is. The best quiz nights are often ones hosted by pubs, as you can knock back a few colds ones celebrating your wins or drowning your sorrows.
5. Go On a Hike
Put on your hiking boots, grab your warmest waterproof jacket, and head out into the country for a winter hike. Don’t be put off by the rain or the cold, as winter hikes open up a whole new type of scenery for you to explore. Rivers will be flowing and vegetation is in full bloom and covered with snow. If you are lucky you might spot some local wildlife.
6. Have an Indoor Picnic
If you’d planned to take her on a picnic and it is pouring outside, don’t fear, just bring the picnic inside. Shuffle your lounge room furniture around, lay out the picnic rug, put on some tunes, and get stuck into the hamper you have previously prepared. You could even put on a movie and snuggle under a rug with a glass of wine or two.
7. Sign Up for a MasterClass
Learn something while together by signing up to MasterClass. This monthly online service provides hundreds of courses on everything from cooking, writing, business, and singing conducted by famous professionals, including Gordon Ramsey, Alica Keys, and Malcolm Gladwell. Choose something you both want to learn about and dive right in.
8. Build a Snowman
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere it snows, this is a fun way to pass a few hours outside. Build a snowman in your front garden. Use a carrot for a nose, twigs for arms, and put an old hat and scarf on your creation to give it some personality. Then head inside and reward yourself with a hot chocolate.
9. Take In a Comedy Show
Ladies love to laugh, so organize a night out at a comedy club. Even if you’ve never heard of the comics, you are sure to have a few laughs. Plus you might be lucky enough to attend when a big name makes an unannounced performance.
10. Go Star Gazing
This one will depend on the weather, but if you manage to get a night when the sky is clear, this is a great activity where you can both sit together and ponder the universe. You can do this from your backyard or take a drive out into the country and find a place to lay down and cuddle up and look for shooting stars.
11. Volunteer Together
Get into the festive season by helping others. Giving back to the community not only feels good but shows your date or partner that you care about others. There are plenty of things you can do, from helping dish out food to the homeless to visiting your local animal rescue center and doing your bit to save the animals. Volunteering is good for the soul and a date idea that will fulfill you both.
12. Attend a Theatre Show
Get some culture into your life and take in a theatre show. It doesn’t have to be Broadway either; you can attend a local theatre production and support grassroots organizations. There’s also a lot to choose from, with dance performances, classic plays, and spoken word pieces all falling under the theatre umbrella.
13. Go Indoor Rock Climbing
If it’s too wet and cold outside to climb, head indoors. Rock climbing centers are popping up all over the place these days and it’s a great way for you to try out something adventurous without battling the elements. There are walls for beginners and experts, so don’t worry if you’ve never climbed before.
14. Tackle An Escape Room
Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test in an escape room. You can visit an actual escape room or play virtually. This is another fantastic way to bond with your partner and find out how well you work as a team.
15. Spend the Evening Playing Video Games
Head to an arcade or fire up your PS5 or Xbox Series X for a fun-filled evening of games. You can tackle some classic old school games, battle each other playing a driving simulation or take each other on at Call of Duty.
16. Attend the Drive-Ins
A movie night at home is fun. A night at the cinema is even better. But how about watching a movie at the drive-ins? This way you can bring your own snacks and get comfy together on the backseat. If you have an SUV or ute you can jump in the back and stretch out while watching whatever blockbuster is currently playing.
17. Play Ping Pong
Granted you have to have a ping pong table, but this is another active date you and your partner can take part in. Have a friendly bet with the loser having to make dinner or just have a casual hit for a bit of fun.
18. Go Shopping
I know, shopping probably isn’t high on your list of activities to enjoy with your girl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun. Change things up by heading to your local mall with the goal of buying each other a gift. Give yourselves an hour to look for the perfect gift and see if you really know what your partner likes. Get raunchy by doing the same at a sex shop. The possibilities are endless.
19. Head To a Flea Market
Turn someone else’s unwanted trash into your own treasure at a flea market. Spend the day strolling around the various markets and stalls and pick up some interesting objects for your home. There are usually a few food vendors around so you can grab a snack after treasure hunting.
20. Visit a Museum or Art Gallery
A top first date idea, heading to a museum or gallery is also an ideal activity to take part in with your long-term partner. Looking at all the different artifacts and objects on display can spark conversation and help you get to know each other better while learning about different cultures.
21. Take a Wine Tour
Head out to wine country and tour a few wineries when you both have a day free. Even if one of you isn’t a big drinker, you can usually book in for a hearty meal or a charcuterie board made from local produce. If your budget is lacking, pick up a few bottles from the supermarket with some cheeses and cold meats and have your own taste testing session at home.
22. Or Visit a Brewery
Nothing says “I love you” like heading to a brewery with your partner for a few quiet cold ones. Take a tour and find out how the beers are made before settling in for a session on the local brews. Craft beer is big business these days so you’ll always be able to find a brewery open to taste its wears.
23. Make Hot Cocoa
Even if you’re not a whizz in the kitchen, making hot cocoa is as easy as can be. All you need is milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Add the three ingredients to a small saucepan, whisk until combined, pour into a mug when hot, and enjoy. Add a tasty liqueur for a kick or other treats like marshmallows or cream to mix it up.
24. Bake a Gingerbread House
You need something to munch on with your hot cocoa and nothing says winter more than a gingerbread house. You can make everything from scratch, or if you’re a little on the lazy side, buy a pre-made gingerbread house. Whatever route you choose, this is a tasty winter snack to enjoy with your lady.
25. Go Sledding
It might be more of a kids thing, but nothing is more fun than sliding down a snowy hill on a sled. Take it in turns flying down hills or get yourself a two-person sled and enjoy the fun together.
26. Play Board Games
Another good idea for those who want to stay inside and enjoy themselves. Board games allow you to test yourself against your partner in a variety of ways. There are so many options when it comes to board games you can play, but you can’t go past the classics like Monopoly or Cluedo.
27. Go Bowling
Bowling is a fantastic indoor date idea that offers a bit of competition. See who can get the highest score, with the loser buying the beers. Most bowling alleys also provide some form of food and an arcade so you can grab a bite while playing some video games once you are done bowling. Hopefully the only strikes you’ll encounter on this date are on the lanes.
28. Do Yoga
Relax your mind and stretch your body by having a yoga session. Even if you are not familiar with yoga, there are plenty of online courses and videos you can follow. All you need is a clear space (and a yoga mat if you have one) where you can practice your downward dog and get in touch with your inner self.
29. Have a Home Spa Day
No need to fork out money for an expensive spa day when you can do it yourself at home. All you need are some face masks, essential oils, mani-pedi supplies, and you’re good to go. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music to set the mood. Take turns pampering each other before ending the day having a bath together.
30. Plan a Future Getaway
If you’re stuck inside because of the weather and can’t get out and about, then you should start planning your next trip. Sorting out the details for a trip is super exciting and a great way for you to chat about your travel plans, where you want to go, and what you want to see.
31. Read Together
Sitting in silence reading a book is a way for you to both be together while not having to fill the clear air with mundane talk. Or you could both read to each other. Maybe a passage from your favorite book or a poem that reminds you of her.
32. Catch a Sports Game
Football, basketball, soccer; whatever your sport is there is sure to be a game near your city over the winter. Grab a hotdog and beer and cheer on your favorite team in the home end. If you can’t get to the game, head o the nearest sports bar and wear your colors while watching the game on the big screen.
33. Have a Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off is one of the best reality shows around and should give you plenty of inspiration to have your own bake off at home. Choose a recipe you both think you can make and get cracking. The loser can do the washing up.
34. Book a Night in a Hotel
If you don’t have the time to take a holiday, book yourself a night away in a posh hotel. Get into the hotel robes, order room service, and laze about on the king-size bed. Forget about life for a while and just enjoy each other’s company.
35. Head To a Gig
Live music is back so get out there and support your local scene. Watching your favorite band with someone special is a great way to connect. If you manage to get tickets to her favorite band or artist you’ll be in the goods books for a very long time.
36. Go Dancing
This is an activity you can do anywhere. If you’re not confident, go to a dance class with your lady and learn how to romance her with the tango. If you’re a bit more on the experienced side, head to a dancing event and show her your stuff. You can even put on some tunes at home and waltz around the living room. If it all ends badly, head home and put on Dirty Dancing, I’m sure she’ll be happy.
37. Exercise Together
If fitness is a big part of your lives, head to the gym and get your banging and clanging on. Push each other to beat your personal best. You can also stay home and work out with your own personal equipment or take a class online. You can both improve your fitness while spending quality time together.
38. Visit An Aquarium
The good thing about aquariums is they open rain, hail, or shine. The low-key feel and quiet nature of an aquarium provide a great atmosphere for a date. Check out the crustaceans or watch the massive sharks swimming in the huge underwater tanks while learning all about what lives under the sea with your partner.
39. Have a Cocktail Night
Line up your favorite bottles of spirits and other ingredients and put on a masterclass of mixology for your date. You can work on your cocktail-making skills or whip up your lady’s favorite drink.
40. Visit a Sex Store
You spend a lot of time in bed in winter and if you have a partner there’s a good chance you’ll be doing more than sleeping. Spice things up by going on a date to a sex store. It might not sound tempting, but many people are afraid or embarrassed to go alone, so if you both attend you can feel safe. You also don’t have to buy anything, but maybe you will find something you both want to try.
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