It’s about to get much colder outside — but that doesn’t mean you have to head indoors on date night this winter.
Here are some outdoor winter date ideas we love:
Be a kid again.
Bundle up and play in the snow. Go tobogganing. Start a snowball fight. Build a snowman together. And when you can no longer feel your face, head indoors for some hot chocolate.
Shovel snow for the elderly. Help a neighbour string up her Christmas lights. Build a snow fort with some kids in your neighbourhood while their parents go Christmas shopping. The couple that serves together, stays together.
Work up a sweat.
Stave off that dreaded winter weight and get moving. Head to the country and explore new trails on cross-country skis. Rent snowshoes together. Or reenact a scene from every romantic winter movie ever made and go skating, hand in hand, at a local outdoor rink.
Stick close to home.
Shop local this winter. Check out the goods at nearby boutiques and outdoor markets — dart into coffee shops to warm up and get caffeinated — and pick up a few artisan goods to make date night special.
When the sun goes down, go for a stroll around the neighbourhood, admiring the twinkling lights and holiday decorations. If you’re feeling especially brave, go carolling.
Head to a farm.
Make taffy in the snow at a sugar bush. Pick out a Christmas tree together, Griswold-style, at a tree farm. Go for a drive and take photos of snow-blanketed landscapes. Sometimes you just need to get out of the city to really appreciate winter.
Embrace some holiday spirit.
With official tree-lighting ceremonies, churches hosting live Nativity scenes, historic villages decked out to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas, and Santa Claus due to parade through the streets, there are plenty of opportunities to get into the holiday spirit. Embrace a little childlike wonder together this winter.
What’s your favourite outdoor winter date?