18 Winter Date Ideas That Are Both Cozy and Cheap

Whether you’re still looking for your cuffing season partner or you’re already in a long-standing relationship, winter dating really beats differently. Sure, it’s a little colder, and yes, the sun goes down before it’s even dinner time, but it’s the perfect time of year to get really close to who you are.

Whether you prefer to stay inside with thick socks and damp hot chocolate or venture outside in the cold, you have tons of cheap and fun date options.

As much as you love to be lazy and never get out of your warm, fluffy bed, here are 18 winter date ideas that are just what you need to reconnect with your partner or have a dating Meet App Match. You are welcome!

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1. Put up Christmas decorations

I mean, not only can you stay inside and keep your comfortable clothes on, but you can also decorate your apartment or space together. Maybe it brings ornaments to a tree, maybe it puts up the “what a wonderful world” sign. Whatever it is, kill two birds with two stones by turning your housework into a date night with yourself.

2. Enjoy your favorite vacation movies while sipping hot chocolate

Is it really the holidays if you don’t watch Home alone, Spoilsport, or a cheesy rom-com on Lifetime? This date is perfect for a Friday night after telling your friends that you are “too tired to go out”. So grab your cozy blankets and fluffy socks and get ready for Netflix and chill out.

3. Prepare a cozy meal after a bath together

The holidays are usually all cute and adorable, but they can also be pretty messy. Whether at work or visiting family, you deserve to relax a little with your partner by taking a warm bath or shower together while sipping champagne and eating banana bread. I don’t make the rules.

4. Plan an indoor picnic if you’re snowed in

If you hate going out in the cold why not bring the outdoors in with an adorable picnic? Free up space in your living room, throw away a blanket, and spend the rest of the night eating off a sausage board, sipping a specialty drink, and making your favorite desserts.

5. Build a gingerbread house together

Prove that you work well together by building a gingerbread house together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on it and you can end up eating it if it falls apart.

6. Invite another couple to your home for an indoor double date

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, and yes, your sister and her partner also, of course. On a night when you know you’re not going to get snowed in, invite some friends over for a double date. Have dinner together and play a few games for some well-deserved time out.

7. Do s’mores together

I know s’mores are associated with summer or fall time, but TBH to have a fire pit in your yard when it’s cold outside sounds a lot better than it does above 100 degrees. If you do decide to go to the hassle of building a fire pit, take the time and opportunity to do a s’more while you’re at it.

8. Paint and slurp

The key to dating in the winter is that you need to choose activities that are either a) at home in your pajamas or b) indoors in a heated place. For this reason, if you bring your own wine and create your masterpiece together, be sure to sign up for a painting and swallowing class.

9. Play any type of game together

Board games, video games, you get the picture. This is quality time for a T, plus it’s free99 bonding.

10. Take a ride or go for a walk to see the Christmas lights

All you have to do is pack up, grab a drunk hot chocolate, and walk around the neighborhood (or walk down Fifth Avenue if you live in New York City). Did we mention that this activity is completely free?

11. Go to the cinema

I am in favor of moving to other buildings in winter just to stay warm. So why not watch a newly released movie while you’re at it? You can enjoy your partner’s company while enjoying some movie snacks like popcorn, candy, and slurpees.

12. Go to your favorite restaurant

If you want to avoid the crowds in your favorite restaurant, plan a weekday date night. Not only do you have something to look forward to after school or work, but you also don’t have to rub yourselves with other people in the restaurant as it is likely to be emptier than on a Friday or Saturday night.

13. Build a snowman

Okay, maybe you don’t have to build a snowman, but do something together on the first day of snow. Whether you’re pushing each other into the show, having a snowball fight, or building a snowman together, pack warm gloves and waterproof boots.

14. Go ice skating

Take some time to hit the ice on this vacation. Do better by grabbing your favorite Starbucks drink afterward.

15. Take a winter hike

If you’d rather stay active than winter this season, go for a walk outside. The scenery should be absolutely breathtaking after a night of snow showers, and it’s always rewarding when you can exercise in the fresh air.

16. Visit holiday shops together

There are usually plenty of festive shops in the cities. But if you’d rather get a bargain, plan which stores to visit on Black Friday and get up together at 4 a.m.

17. Explore winter villages

Many cities tend to have winter villages during the season where people can buy Christmas decorations and various groceries and spend a lot of time together. Meet after work and have a fun winter event instead of doing the same old pub hopping.

18. Take vacation photos together

The holidays are always a romantic time, so why not make your friends jealous by taking some vacation photos together? Whether building a snowman together, skating or posing in front of a huge Christmas tree, grab the gram and make a date out of it.

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