It’s official: We are in peak cuffing season. But whether you’ve got a new relationship or a long-term one, it’s cold out, you’re spending more time together, and you don’t want to go outside but you need to mix things up (we’re pretty sure a relationship can’t survive on Hulu alone).
Here are some fun, easy winter date activities 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
It’s Lorelai Gilmore’s favorite thing to do, and her relationship rules. Just sayin’. When the snow starts falling, grab your partner and get strolling before it gets too icy. Then, once your toes start to feel too cold or the hypothermia sets in, you can find the nearest cafe and adorably drink coffee.
2. Try some DIY karaoke
Karaoke is one of the most fun things you can do with your pants on, but if your hood doesn’t have a dedicate spot, you can always invite some friends over and pretend like you’re all in the car with James Corden. Spend the chilly night heating things up with a duet or serenade your lover from the stage. Nothing brings people together like making a fool of yourselves.
3. Get creative around town
If you’re into the theater, music, or indie flicks, take a night to see something neither of you has ever seen before. Maybe check out that funky museum you’ve walked by a million times but never ventured into. As long as it’s indoors, it’s fair game on a chilly winter day.
4. Embrace cookie season
Now you have an excuse to buy twelve boxes of Girl Scout cookies at a time—it’s going to support young women! Make a blind taste test out of it—there’s a new flavor available this year. Think your person can guess what it is?
5. Invent a new recipe
If you wake up on a chilly Sunday morning and don’t feel like trekking through the snow to brunch, make your own little breakfast spot. 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 vegetarian breakfast options for you.
6. Netflix and chill? Still totally an option
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. The new season just premiered, so you can breathe a sigh of relief that your relationship is nothing like Olivia’s with Fitz…or Jake. Or, you know, if you never got around to watching Mad Men, this might be your best chance.
7. Make Alex Trebek proud
Sure, you can quiz each other on yourselves, but bar trivia is so much more fun. There are plenty of places that hold weekly trivia nights with prizes. Go as a couple and put your heads together to see what each of your strengths are and what you need to brush up on for next time.
8. Take advantage of the cold with some romantic ice-skating
For some reason, it seems like 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.
9. Get a little buzzed
Plenty of places offer free or discounted tastings, so take some time to learn a little more about wine. You might even find one that you both love to start sharing on special occasions.
10. Spend a little quality time with their fam
Take a weekend trip back to one of your hometowns and get acquainted with the family. Winter nights by the fire with hot chocolate are bound to bring you all closer—which can only means good things for you two.