6 Fun (and Low-Cost) Date Ideas for the Winter Season

Now that the hectic holiday season is over, we’ve still got a few months of bitter chill to make it through before the spring arrives.  Plan a few of these winter dates with your new crush or boyfriend to heat up the long, cold winter.


Ice Skate. Lacing up your skates may sound like a cliché – holding hands, the possible risk of falling on top of each other on the ice for a first kiss.  But, whether you live in NYC for Central Park’s ambiance or head to an ice rink in your suburban hometown, the arctic chill will keep you both cuddling close to a romantic pace.


Make Fireplace S’Mores. Escape the brisk wind outdoors and get cozy inside by the fire. Rip open a bag of marshmallows, dig into your secret stash of chocolate and make some sweet s’mores


Attend Trivia Night at a Bar. Amaze your date with random  - and probably useless – fun facts.  Warm up with a winter cocktail, like a hot toddy, as you playfully kick his butt with your 90’s sitcom or college football knowledge.


Snowboard. Use a recent snowfall, or long weekend away to a mountain, to your advantage.  Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, snowboarding will show off your adventurous side and athleticism, or at least your willingness to fearlessly try something new.


Host Your Own Film Festival. Both choose an obscure favorite film, stock up on popcorn and candy, cuddle up close on a comfy couch and turn down the lights for an intimate night at the movies.


Shop the Local Farmers’ Market. Blueberries may not be in season, but that doesn’t mean your local farmers’ market doesn’t have a ton of fresh cold-weather fruits and veggies. Pick up a few in season ingredients then head back to your place to cook a warm, tasty meal together.

Sarah Shaker is an ex-soap opera producer, living, writing, and dating in the East Village. After launching Bright Lights, My City, a niche NYC lifestyle blog, she began working in community management and social media. Sarah is currently working for MSNBC.com as the Regional Community Coordinator for EveryBlock.com, a hyperlocal website connecting neighbors to make their block a better place.

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