29 Winter Dates That Will Cure Your Cabin Fever

Well, we’ve reached cuffing season. And let me guess: You’re in need of some ideas for winter dates to cure your cabin fever. Whether you’re looking for things to do with someone new or trying to find something different for the person you spend all of your time with, it’s crucial to find an activity that’s fun and romantic, and won’t wreak havoc on your bank account.

And if you’re actually not in the mood for any of that? These winter dates also double as a good outing with a best friend or a long-lost cousin you’re dying to reconnect with. If we’ve learned anything from the past few years, it’s the importance of spending quality time with the people you love most, be that love romantic, platonic, or familial! Winter dates are for all.

Here are some fun, easy, and cheap winter date ideas that, at the very least, will occupy you until it’s time to crawl under the blankets again.

1. Take a walk through the snow.

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Caucasian couple walking on snowy forest road

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This is Lorelai Gilmore’s favorite thing to do, just sayin’. When the snow starts falling, grab your partner and get strolling before it gets too icy. Grab a to-go cup from your local café and sip coffee or hot chocolate on a bench outside to keep yourself from freezing.

2. Try some DIY karaoke.

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friends having their own show at home

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Karaoke is one of the most fun things you can do with your pants on. (And thanks to the magic of the internet, it’s also doable over Zoom if you’ve got a long-distance love.) Put the lyrics and backing track on your laptop, then belt it out like you’re all in the car with James Corden. Nothing brings people together like making fools of yourselves.

3. Get creative around town.

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Smiling couple admiring items in widow while holiday shopping on winter evening

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Check out the holiday window displays in department store windows, or make a reservation to see a museum exhibit. Concert halls and movie theaters are also good, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money to get your yearly fix of culture. Murals and sculpture gardens are outdoors and, best of all, free!

4. Embrace cookie season.

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Holiday Baking

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If you didn’t get totally sick of quarantine baking, try your hand at decorating with icing and sprinkles. And if you still are over it, now you have an excuse to buy 12 boxes of Girl Scout cookies at a time: It’s going to support young kids! Make a blind taste test out of it—think your person can guess which flavor it is?

5. Invent a new recipe.

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They are super close

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We all love big Sunday brunches, but at this point, dining out is more of an adventure than a chance to catch up. So make your own breakfast spot at home! Take whatever you have in the refrigerator and see what you can each come up with. If you need a little inspiration, we found some pretty genius brunch ideas for you.

6. Netflix and chill? Still totally an option.

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Couple at home watching television together on sofa

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Look, it’s a classic for a reason! We recommend the two of you cuddle up on the couch and get invested in some prestige TV. We’ve been obsessed with the new season of Emily in Paris, and we’ve got loads of recommendations for what to stream on Netflix next. We’ve also rounded up the best winter movies and the sexiest movies, so you really have no excuse for “idk, what do you wanna watch?”

7. Make Alex Trebek proud.

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You won't beat me this time !

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Honor the late, great game show host by planning your own trivia night with friends either in person or over Zoom, couple versus couple, or just let an old Jeopardy! episode play and make a game out of who can guess the most right answers before the contestants.

8. Take advantage of the cold with some romantic ice-skating.

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Adult Female Couple Ice Skating

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For some reason, it seems one person in every relationship is good at skating and the other one falls every other minute. Use it as an excuse to hold each other tighter and don’t be put off by the 10-year-old doing spins in the center of the rink. That kid has nothing to do with you.

9. Get a little buzzed.

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New year couple

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A wine-of-the-month club never seemed like such a good idea. You can try mixing one of these winter cocktail recipes from your home bar cart, or turn doing the dishes (the never-ending dishes!) into some kind of drinking game. The one benefit of getting lit at home is you don’t need to worry about paying for an Uber after last call.

10. Have a themed cuisine night.

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Couple toasting each other

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Cannoli and The Godfather. Chocolate and Chocolat. Ratatouille and Ratatouille. Order (or make) a dish you’ve been meaning to try, and find a movie that’s somehow related to it, whether by location or as part of the plot. You can even dress up and listen to thematically related music. It’s a night in Paris without the hassle or the expense.

11. Get crafty.

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Young couple doing needleworks kissing on the couch

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Color us corny, but we love all the wintry crafts. Make a gingerbread house together or bust out the old protractor and cut out those six-pointed paper snowflakes we all made in middle school. Knit each other scarves and hats and mittens to stay cozy all winter long. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get into a deep conversation when you’re also doing something with your hands.

12. Have a snowball fight.

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Young Man Chasing a Woman in the Snow Holding a Snowball

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Some more cold weather date ideas! If you can’t beat the cold, embrace it. Get a sled and hit the park, make snow angels and pelt each other with snowballs…roll up a snowman too. As long as it’s light out, make the most of the outdoors.

13. Throw a mini concert.

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french couple playing the piano in a parisen house

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Did you learn to play the guitar in quarantine? Even if it’s only “Wonderwall,” your date wants to hear it, because there’s nothing like live music. If neither of you are instrumentally inclined, stream a live concert together and pretend you’re at a venue. Hey, no line for the bathroom.

14. Powerpoint night.

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Works best with groups of friends or multiple couples. You’d be surprised what people come up with! You can have everyone present on the topic of their choosing, or make it a self-referential activity. We’ve seen everything from “What kind of potato everyone would be” to “My friends as explained by Taylor Swift songs.”

15. Have sex.

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Close up of female feet.

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Listen, it’s been a hard couple of years. It’s okay to need some physical intimacy. And maybe you mix it up with one of these kinky sex ideas.

16. Take in the lights.

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VanDusen Festival Of Lights 2021

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Whether it’s past your neighbors’ houses or downtown, take a drive around and look at the holiday decorations. As a bonus, you can take notes for your own decor. You can still do this date once January hits too: Many parks, zoos, and botanical gardens across the country offer outdoor light shows well into the new year.

17. Have a couples-themed photo shoot.

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Orange County Register Archive

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Matching pajamas, costumes, totally glam…the possibilities are endless. Plus, you might even get a Christmas card for next year out of it.

18. Build a gingerbread house.

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Delicious gingerbread house decorated with candies

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Ah, the winter equivalent of pumpkin carving. Honestly, making gingerbread houses is probably the most wholesome holiday activity. Warning: Some assembly required.

19. Do some bartending.

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Afro latin Bartender cocktails

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Have a contest to see who can make the most creative cocktails or mocktails. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some Glamour-approved winter cocktail recipes.

20. Go sledding.

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Couple sledding down hill, laughing

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When it comes to fun winter date ideas, there’s nothing wrong with connecting with your inner kid! You can always “Cheers!” over a thermos filled with spiked hot chocolate or cider after the sledding adventure is over.

21. Cozy up by a fire.

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Feet warming by fireplace

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Cute winter date ideas don’t have to involve leaving the house. If you have a (working) fireplace at home, build a fire and enjoy the cozy vibes with a hot beverage like hot chocolate or mulled wine. If your home isn’t blessed with the luxury of a working fireplace, head to a nearby bar or restaurant that has one and soak up the holiday hygge there. Fireside chats are the best.

22. Go to the market.

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Christmas Shopping

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Your local craft fair or farmer’s market will have some of the best gifts for those you love and yourself, and it’s a great opportunity to support independent artists and small businesses. Or just shop for yourself—you’ll find some unique arts and crafts as well as delicious local food and drinks.

23. Trivia night (IRL)

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Young Backpacker Couple At The Airport

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Test your knowledge as a twosome (and without the help of your friends) by attending a trivia night and competing as your own team of two. Trivia is one of the most underrated indoor activities of all time. Most trivia nights at bars or restaurants are not only fun, but free with the purchase of food or drinks.

24. See live theater.

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Couple walking on street

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Whether it’s the annual local production of The Nutcracker or a community theater performance of a play you’ve never heard of before, go see some live theater. Get all dressed up in one of these winter date night outfits and grab a nice dinner beforehand to make a whole fancy night out of it.

25. Check out every holiday display in town.

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Looking Around And Purchasing Christmas Gifts

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Most towns across the globe have a plethora of holiday decorations for Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day. Even if you’ve lived where you live for a long time, you might have missed some of its best decor. Make a map to follow and visit every display in town for a fun adventure close to home. Cities like NYC and Chicago already have everything mapped out for you, but it might be fun to make your own anyway.

26. Have a romantic spa day.

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Couple relaxing in sauna and caring about health and skin

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If you have the budget, schedule a couple’s massage or buy two day passes to a spa or bathhouse. Too expensive? No problem! Make a plan to meet in your gym’s coed sauna or take turns giving each other a massage at home.

27. Go on a real-life treasure hunt.

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Browsing at a Charity Shop

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Explore thrift stores, antique malls, or garage sales together and see what unique finds you discover. Find a cool secondhand outfit for your partner to wear to dinner that night, challenge each other to see who can find the most interesting item, or create a scavenger hunt and whoever gets the most on the list wins.

28. Game night—with a twist.

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Happy multiethnic couple in pajamas playing the board game on the floor. Man throws dice and puts the card, woman laugh

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You can’t go wrong with a classic board game night—it’s free, it’s fun, and you have easy access to all the drinks and snacks at home. Or you could mix it up and try one of these sex games for couples. Thank us later.

29. Learn something new together.

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Close-up of man and woman taking notes in a cooking workshop

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Sign up for a cooking class, find a free online course for something that excites you both, attend an interesting lecture at your local community center, or treat each other to foreign language lessons—whatever it is, you’ll have something new to talk about at the very least.

Originally Appeared on Glamour