Winter Date Ideas
Cold weather is the perfect season for staying in doors, cuddling, ordering in, hiding and even creating a space or moment that would classify as hygge(LINK)
However, it is nice to go out, see people, go out with family, friends, on a new date, or see a visiting friend. You might already have some one to meet, socially, or for work. We ask Elizabeth Bruno, matchmaker at Three Day Rule for some good ideas.
Some good winter date ideas
Ranging from simple ideas, to fancier more dressy ideas?
“As a professional Matchmaker, I always stress to my clients that the first date can be somewhat informal as it is really an opportunity to get to know each other, enjoy yourselves, and see if a connection can be built. When planning a first date in the winter, think somewhere cozy, but comfortable for the two of you. Grab [tapas] at a great local [spot] with a fireplace.”
Some place that has games - this can take “away the nerves of having to fill every moment of that first date with conversation“, Elizabeth highlights.
Hot Chocolate / Warm Drinks - Elizabeth says "To embrace the cold vibe even more, suggest going out for a hot chocolate” or a warm coffee or tea. A fun seasonal space, if possible, is always a fun and unique idea. Perhaps something with a view.
other dates [interactive dates]
“Shared experiences proven to create a strong bond and give you the chance to see each other in a new light... Plus, it’s easy to suggest continuing the date by warming up with a nice dinner afterwards if things are going well!
Watching a tree lighting ceremony
Local holiday parade”
Cooking / Baking Class
Other winter date ideas [indoor based]
Casual nights at the bowling alley, shuffle board, or similar indoor sport based activity
Play / performance
Long dinner / brunches
Art / ceramic class
Workout class followed by a healthy lunch
Embracing your lounge wear and staying indoors
“When a cozy night in sounds best, there are infinite options of fun things to do right at home!”
Suggesting a new cuisine and trying it together (ordering in, or even better, cooking it together)
“To mix things up a bit, instead of cooking together, try an Iron Chef competition where you each make a dish”
Cuddling up to a good movie
Play Cards / Board Games
Starting a new show / docuseries / podcast together
Elizabeth also highlights that this is “an easy way to engage in some intellectual debate and give you something to look forward to.”
If you need motivation to step out in the cold
Wether stepping out is voluntary or not
You don’t know you’ll meet
Socially, you could make great new connections and friends
Work wise, you might meet someone beneficial
Romantically, Michell reminds us “You never know when you are going to go on your last ‘first date’. Putting yourself out there is truly the first step.”
If you look good, you feel good
“When you look good, you feel good” reminds Michelle, also a psychology graduate
For both men and women, tidying up, wearing a decent outfit, with a fresh face, and combed hair should have you feeling good
Decent outfit could include a sweater and jeans, or a sweater dress and tights, and for men, jeans with a button down, or a smart sweater, and if needed a nice sport jacket can do the trick
If it’s extra cold, layer up with good thermals
If you are covered and insulated from the elements, you’ll be more comfortable and not thinking about the winter feels so much
Think of how grateful you are to be warm, embrace the season with the right gear and don’t stop your life
Wingman/man or friend/family to motivate you to get out of the house
PS these are great to do with family and friends too.