It may be getting a little too chilly for romantic picnics in the park, but winter offers its own options for fun and cozy dates. Whether you’re looking to add a little spice to a long-term romance or wanting to ignite a brand new flame, here are some date ideas to inspire a little wintertime bonding.
Plan a game night.
It can be just the two of you, or you can declare an evening of friendly competition with a few other couples. Keep your guests cozy with some wine or beer and appetizers, and let the wind howl outside while you warm up with the good times inside.
Embrace the snow.
While winter provides ample opportunity to snuggle up and get close, don’t forget to have fun outside. As adults, we too often forget to play, but playing keeps us healthy and helps us connect to one another. So bundle up A Christmas Story style and head outside for some snowball fights, snow angels, and a few sled-rides.
Check out the city lights.
Spend an afternoon in the nearest city, reveling in the holiday spirit of decorated shops and seasonal music. This time of year reminds us all to get closer, and sometimes all it takes to rediscover the thrill of new love is some good, old-fashioned, holiday vibes.
Grab your skates.
And while you’re downtown, you might as well hit the skating rink. There’s no easier (or more obvious) way to flirt than stumbling into the arms of that special skater.
Schedule a ski weekend.
Or if you want to get serious about your winter sports, make a whole trip of it. Pack up those skis and head for a resort, where you can have a little winter adventure by day and a little cozy, fireside snuggling at night.
Seriously. It’s fun. Chances are, you can find a group within your community with a round of caroling scheduled. Churches are especially prone to arranging a night of caroling. And because caroling is all about spreading good old-fashioned holiday cheer, no one will be looking to judge your singing.
What could bring you and your partner closer than a day spent working for a cause you both believe in? Fortunately, the holiday season is ripe with volunteer opportunities. Find the one the best suits you on Craigslist, in your local paper, or at VolunteerMatch.org.
Make the polar bear plunge.
If the winter blahs have you both feeling sluggish and dumpy, give yourselves the thrill of a lifetime and take an icy dip in the nearest body of water. A little mid-winter adventure is bound to bring you closer. Just know that you’re in good health before you go, and make sure to plan ahead so you can warm yourself up quickly and safely.
Winter can be a drag. Between the darkness and day after day spent huddled inside, the apparent moodiness of the season can inspire moodiness in our lives and relationships. The key is embracing the potential of the season. December may be interfering with your preference for a beach date, but look around . . . there are many awesome winter dates to be had.