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10 Winter Date Nights to Warm You Up

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The winter season was meant for couples: cuddling by the fire, romantic lighting, gift giving. However, you might be struggling to come up with ways to spend the season that aren’t going to create frostbite between you and your partner. Take a look at these ten winter date night ideas that will warm you right up!

Ice Skating

This option is a cliché for a reason. Nothing is more quintessential ‘winter date night’ more than snuggling up in your warmest attire and hauling out a pair of ice skates. If you’re veteran skaters, feel free to race each other to the hot chocolate stand. However, if the idea of struggling to stay erect on two blades and ice is frightening, try not to be so afraid.

Your girlfriend/boyfriend can make sure you avoid a catastrophic fall, and this will provide plenty of opportunities to grab on and hang on.

Christmas Lights Tour

Nothing says perfect winter date night than grabbing a couple of hot chocolates and getting in the car, or heading out on foot, to see the spectacle of lights. The variety of decorations – from the single wreath to the obscene light shows – will make you smile with love of the holiday season.

If you’re close to one of the big cities, check out how they deck their halls. You might be surprised with how rapidly the city will get into the holiday spirit, and how nice it is to walk around in the halo of red, green, and white.

Christmas Movie Night

If you’re located a little farther from the equator than others, you might not want to spend the evening in the cold (even if you’re in a vehicle). This is why Christmas movie marathons were created for a winter date night– you can grab some popcorn, maybe some holiday themed snacks, and sit down to enjoy your massive selection.

For those that prefer a laugh, spend the evening with Christmas with the Kranks or Elf. Perhaps you’re in love with Christmas love stories – 12 Dates of Christmas or Love Actually are the options made for you. If you’re more interested in the classics, try out A Christmas Story or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Winter Performance

While you may not be that interested in spending your evening watching Wicked or Cats, a winter performance truly gets you into the spirit of the holiday. This is a wonderful opportunity to get dressed up, maybe have a nice dinner beforehand, and then go to see magic on the stage.

As for your options, there are several to choose from that are made for the Christmas season. If you actually like seeking shows, the Nutcracker is always a classic. However, if you’re a little more tentative about the idea, try out Miracle on 34th Street or A Christmas Carol. Both are sure to leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling come curtain close.


This may not seem like the most holiday-related thing to do for a date night, or something to do for a winter date night at all. Despite that thought, giving back is exactly what is needed this time of year. There’s something particularly special about spending your free time with someone you love and helping those less fortunate.

There are a variety of opportunities available during the holidays – feed the homeless, purchase toys for children in need, or help man a booth at a local parade.

Head Outside

If you’re located in the south, the weather will hopefully be cool enough so you’re not required to wear a bathing suit in December. Head to a park, walk along a nature trail, head to the nearest city to sightsee.

If you’re located in the north, the ground should be layered in white. If this is the case, take your pick: sledding, snowshoeing, snow angels. It’s always important to remember, you’re never too old for a snowball fight.

Fireside & S’mores

On a cold winter’s night, there isn’t anything more relaxing than sitting in front of a warm fire. Whether you choose to create a fire pit outside, or sit in front of a fireplace inside, s’mores should never be far away. Take out the graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate – you won’t regret it.

You can even choose to make your s’mores interesting by adding Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, using chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers, or even substituting out the chocolate with Nutella.

Build a Blanket Fort

If it’s cold outside, the only solution for a winter date night can be to make it warm inside. The perfect solution is to create a blanket fort. You’ll need chairs, sheets, pillows, blankets, snacks, and preferably some twinkle lights to create mood lighting.

Whether you’re binge watching a show on Netflix, playing a board game, or just cuddling, a blanket fort is a great way to add a little romance to an evening in.

Make Dinner Together

While this may be a staple for every date night list, the way to ensure it qualifies under ‘winter date night’ is the food. You can choose to make fondue, providing a variety of dipping options. If you’re looking for comfort food, you can never go wrong with soup.

At the same time, if you’re looking to impress your significant other, it might be time to break out the big guns: four course dinner for two. Start with appetizers to nibble on with a glass of wine. Then, you can transition into a light soup or salad, which will save room for the main course. This main course could be a rack of lamb, filet mignon, or lobster. Keep in mind: You can always adjust to your price range, but make sure it’s fancy. Finally, you’ll work your way into dessert. If they can manage another couple of bites, chocolate is always a best bet.

Weekend Trip

This option, of course, depends on how serious and well off the two of you are as a couple. Nonetheless, this option is perfect for whatever kind of vacation the two of you are looking for. If you’re tired of the cold and the snow, take a weekend cruise to the Caribbean. You’ll be able to soak in some much-needed vitamin D, and drink a Piña Colada or two on the beach.

If you’re maybe yearning for the Christmas season to be a little more Christmas-y, don’t hesitate to make you way to a cabin in the woods. This option will have a lot less creepy villains lurking in the woods, and a lot more opportunities to sit by the fire, soak in the hot tub, or even – depending on how much cold you’re looking for – go dog sledding.

Whichever option you prefer for your winter date night, from Christmas lights to building a blanket fort, you’re sure to enjoy the time because of who you’re spending it with.

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