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Winter Date Ideas

Discover fun and inexpensive winter date ideas so you can enjoy a great day with your sweetie without breaking the bank!

If you’re like most of us, money is pretty tight. You may not be able to spend a ton of money on your honey on every winter date. But you can still have a wonderful winter date without spending a bunch of (or any!) money if you choose not to.

Here are 55 fun, simple, cheap winter date ideas to help you have a great time without spending a lot of money.

 

1. Host a game night.

Invite some of your favorite couples over for the evening, and have a fun game night. You can play your favorite board games, card games, or even video games!

 

2. Find a deal on one of your sweetie’s favorite winter activities.

If you know there is a fun winter activity that your sweetheart would love to do, shop around to find it at the best price. There are tons of discounts and coupons available online,  so Google them and see what you can find!

For example, you could find a discounted gift card to your favorite restaurant or movie theater. Or you might find a special two-for-one deal. The sooner you start looking, the more likely you will find a great deal, so start now!

 

3. Stay in and make dinner instead of dining out.

A great way to enjoy a fun, inexpensive winter date is to stay at home and have dinner. If you live with just the two of you, one of you make a special candlelight dinner for the other—or make one of your favorite dishes together! Play some romantic music, dress up if you like, and voila! And then follow dinner with one of your favorite rom-com’s snuggled up on the couch together at home.

 

4. Make your sweetheart’s favorite dessert.

If cooking isn’t really your expertise but you like to bake, you could still dine in, but rather than making the dinner the highlight, make a simple dinner and make the main attraction dessert. Enjoy making your sweetie’s favorite sweet treat together.

 

5. Make Christmas or heart-shaped sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or another favorite cookie.

 Making heart-shaped cookies together is another fun, tasty baking option.

 

6. Bake other yummy Christmas treats together for a fun winter date night!

 There are so many tasty Christmas desserts and treats, you could do this date activity regularly!

 

7. Go Christmas caroling!

 If you both love to sing (like I do :)), consider caroling as a fun winter date. You might even get some other couples to do it with you!

 

8. Have an indoor picnic!

 I love this one! Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean to have to give up this classic and fun pastime! Grab a blanket, make your favorite picnic foods, and enjoy a fun and romantic picnic in your favorite gathering room.

 

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9. Make dinner at home, and go out just for dessert.

Another fun and relatively cheap winter date idea is to cook dinner at home but to then go to your favorite restaurant for dessert.

 

10. Go on a scavenger hunt or photo scavenger hunt.

I think there is just a little bit of kid in all of us (or at least most of us), and it helps keep us young! So enjoy this fun activity from your youth! You can find lots of fun ideas for scavenger hunts and photo scavenger hunts online.

 

11. Host your own dance jut for two.

Dish up a list of your favorite songs (including your song), and have a private dance for two. Romantic? Oui, oui!

 

12. Give each other massages.

If one or both of you love massages and you are willing to be a little adventurous, then indulge each other with some extra touch time. Google massage techniques, purchase a couple of inexpensive scented body oils, and set the tone with dim lights, fragrant candles, and some relaxing music.

 

13. Have a movie marathon at home.

If you are movie buffs, stay in and enjoy some of your favorite box-office hits. 

 

14. Host a karaoke night.

If you love to sing, another one of my favorite great winter date ideas is to plan a karaoke night. You could plan an evening for just the two of you, or invite other couples over to make it a fun group date!

 

15. Host a Christmas party, New Year’s party, or other holiday or winter party.

If you love to entertain, then this is a great way to spend an evening with all of your favorite people. 

 

16. Have a bonfire.

For a fun and unique winter date idea, build a bonfire up the canyon or even in your backyard. You could even tell ghost stories, play the guitar or ukulele, or do other fun activities as part of your fun-filled evening.

 

17. Curl up in front of a fireplace (real or digital) together and just talk.

Another cheap and fun winter date idea is to simply sit together and converse in front of a warm fire. Especially if it has been a while, with all of the hustle and bustle of life, since you have been able to really connect with a good heart-to-heart, this could be a real boon to your relationship.

Don’t have a fireplace? Not a problem. Use an internet-enabled TV or monitor with HDMI cable, and pull one up on YouTube. Extra bonus: Choose one with romantic music included.

 

18. Look at photo albums together.

 Looking at old (and not so old) pictures together is a great way to get to know each other better as you walk down memory lane.

 

19. Plan a retro night for a fun, cheap winter date idea.

For this activity, plan a retro night where you eat food and play board games, video games, or other games (or do other activities) you loved from your youth.

 

20. Write poems or love letters to each other.

For another wonderfully romantic but cheap winter date idea, write romantic poetry or love letters to each other. Even if they end up being a little cheesy, your heartfelt sentiments will still be appreciated.

Or if you have them, read love letters you wrote to each other from the past. For example, if you were separated for a time because of military service or otherwise lived apart for an extended period, rereading these letters could definitely rekindle some romance.

 

21. Do service together.

Another inexpensive (but potentially priceless) winter Day date idea is to do an act of service together. Take some time to consider what your loved one would truly appreciate, and then surprise him or her by planning this fun winter date.

 You might serve at a hospital or senior care center, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a library (reading to children), for example.

 

22. Go sledding or snowshoeing.

 If the weather cooperates, sledding or snowshoeing is an awesome way to enjoy some time in the beautiful outdoors. You can buy inexpensive sleds or rent snowshoes for cheap from a local college.

 

23. Build a snowman.

Don’t overlook this fun winter date idea that will bring back fun memories of yesteryear. You might even make it a friendly competition to see who can make the best snowman.

 

24. Build a snow fort or igloo.

If you have never build an igloo or snow fort, you are missing out! So build one now! Admittedly, this activity takes a lot of time, but what a fun way to be able to chat for much of the afternoon or day and to get to know each other better!

 

25. Go to a winter festival.

There are various holiday festivals in many communities, so go online to find festivals in your area that you might be interested in, such as Christmas tree festivals, light festivals, and more! 

 

26. Make a bucket list for next year or set goals or New Year’s resolutions for next year.

 The end of the year (or even early in the year) is a great time to create a fun bucket list of things you would like to accomplish during the year. You could also come up with and share some goals or New Year’s resolutions. Bonus points if you create some that you can work on together. 🙂

 

27. Have a snowball fight with other couples.

 For a fun winter afternoon and another way to enjoy being outside even on a cold day, get some other couples together, bundle up and have hot cocoa on the ready, and have an old-fashioned snowball fight! If you have the time and you really want to get into the spirit of things, take the time to build snow barricades.

 

28. Make snow angels.

This simple and fun activity could be a fun part of your winter afternoon.

 

29. Get away for a weekend (or a week) to a warmer place!

If you love to escape the cold (like me!) for a while, plan a trip to visit warmer climes for a weekend or even an entire week.

 

30. Go hot tubbing.

I love spending time in hot tubs! If you do too and you have access to one, this is a great, free or inexpensive winter date idea!

 

31. Go to a comedy show.

 Many comedy shows by local favorites are pretty inexpensive, so if this is the kind of thing the two of you enjoy, it can be a highly entertaining way to spend an evening.

 

32. Have a luau.

 In my extended family (my siblings and parents and I and our children) we have had luaus before in the winter, and it can be a fun way to spend a winter evening because it is themed around a wonderful, warm destination! You can find simple recipes online by Googling favorite Hawaiian dishes, and many party supply stores have Hawaiian decorations even in the winter.

 

33. Go to an ice hockey game.

 If you enjoy ice hockey, this can be a cheap winter date idea if you attend a game of a local semi-professional or school team. 

 

34. Go rollerblading or rollerskating.

 Rollerskating or rollerblading is another fun and relatively cheap winter date idea. Especially if it has been years since you have gone, this could be a delightful activity.

 

35. Go ice skating.

Ice skating is one of my favorite pastimes, and it is a wonderful winter date!  

 

36. Take a hike—together.

If you live near an area where there are trails to hike,  this is another great pastime perfect for two. If the ground is covered with snow, bring snowshoes. 🙂

 

37. Go for a bike ride.

Going for a bike ride (maybe even splurge a little and rent a tandem bike?) is another great cheap winter date activity.

 

38. Go for a walk or nature walk.

If you want to keep things more low key, go for a walk around your neighborhood or in one of your favorite spots.

If you live near a beach or a boardwalk, those are two ideas that can offer hours of entertainment. 

And if you live where you can, go for a nature walk. You could see all sorts of winter flowers, plants, and wildlife that you don

 

39. Go to a local museum or art gallery.

 You could go to an airplane museum, a dinosaur museum, or anything in between. Or if you love art, indulge that interest.

 

40. Go to a zoo or aquarium.

Especially if it has been years since you have been, this could be a fun treat. Look online for discount tickets or coupons to make this activity even more affordable.

 

41. Go to a music concert or play.

Music concerts and plays can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Find one that is inexpensive, and enjoy some quality cultural time together.

 

42. Go to a Christmas concert.

Many schools, churches, and community bands and singing groups have Christmas concerts during December. This fun and generally inexpensive winter date idea can be a great way to get you into the holiday spirit.

 

 43. Go to an inexpensive symphony.

If you have a symphony in your area, this could be another fun date idea. Check for discount tickets on sites like Groupon and Living Social.

 

44. Play miniature golf.

 Whether indoors or out, miniature golf is a great way to pass the time.

 

45. Watch the sunset.

Another of my personal favorite cheap winter date ideas is to watch the sunset together. Either as its own activity or as the culmination of a wonderfully romantic day, watching the sunset with your sweetie is awesome.

 

46. Go stargazing.

Similarly, another awesome and inexpensive winter date idea is to watch the stars. If it’s cold where you live, grab blankets, make hot cocoa, drive to your favorite spot, and cuddle together in the (relative) warmth of your car to watch the stars and enjoy the beautiful city lights.

 

47. Read together.

If you enjoy reading, spend an hour or two (or more!) reading to each other from one of your favorite books.

 

48. Make a date idea jar, and choose an activity.

Make a list of some of your favorite inexpensive activities, cut them into strips, put them in a jar, and choose one at random.

Not only does this give you a great set of options for cheap winter date activities, but that way you will always have ideas for something fun to do readily available. And you could have a great time doing a different  activity from your jar every weekend that is inexpensive and fun.

 

49. Make hot cocoa and scones (fry bread) for a fun, inexpensive winter date idea.

One of my favorite things to do during the winter is to make yummy food! It warms up the kitchen and warms up my soul! So if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, try making hot cocoa and scones (where I’m from, scones are what most people think of as fry bread) as a fun winter date idea with your sweetie.  

You can definitely just use your favorite store-bought hot cocoa, but if you want to be adventurous, I like this simple recipe for homemade hot cocoa. And I also like this simple and tasty fry bread recipe

 

50. Make gingerbread cookies or build a gingerbread house together.

You can find tons of recipes online for gingerbread. Making gingerbread cookies is fun and does not take too long, or if you want to spend a little more time and effort (which is totally worth it if you like this kind of thing, though!), make gingerbread houses, instead. My family loves to make and decorate gingerbread houses on a cold winter evening.

 

51. Make indoor s’mores.

 Why keep the joy of s’mores just a summertime activity? You can enjoy s’more all year round by making them indoors using your microwave, oven, or even an indoor s’more machine.

52. Drive around to see the Christmas lights.

One of the most beautiful winter date ideas is to drive around (or walk around; why not?) and look at all of the amazing Christmas lights.

 

53. Decorate a Christmas tree together.

If you haven’t put a Christmas tree up yet, then this can be a fun activity to do with your honey. If you don’t have ornaments yet, then you can even buy ornaments and other tree decorations together.

 

54. Go to a park for a fun, cheap out of the ordinary winter date idea.

If it is cold where you are, bundle up and walk or drive to a nearby park. Swing, slide, or simply sit on a park bench and talk.

Or if it is pretty warm, then simply enjoy some sunshine and warm rays.

 

55. Plan an unconventional winter date.

Do something else out of the ordinary to celebrate your special day that will be uniquely meaningful for the two of you. Maybe re-create your first date. Go back to an old college haunt. Make dinner and eat it at the place that you first met. Enjoy a cheap winter date that highlights a special part of your past. You definitely don’t have to do dinner and a movie just because that’s the norm.

 

Conclusion

There are so many ways that you can save money on winter date ideas and still have a great time! These fun, cheap winter date ideas give you the opportunity to have a fun time without putting a big dent in your bank account.

 

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