Falling in love during the cold-weather months is the best. The chilly temps coupled with the holiday season make snuggling up with someone you really like that much more appealing. There’s a reason why it’s known as “cuffing season,” after all.
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But now that temperatures have started to dip down and everyone’s getting into the holiday spirit, it’s time to drop your go-to date night ideas (i.e. Netflix on the couch) and take it up a notch.
From snowball fights followed by hot cocoa to getting fancy at a showing of The Nutcracker, dating coaches and matchmakers from matchmaking service Three Day Rule say these are the best date ideas you can only do during this time of the year:
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1. Throw (or attend) a themed party with all of your friends
“There’s no lack of parties when it’s cold outside, so dress up and enjoy!” Boston-based matchmaker Caitlin Bergstein tells AwesomenessTV. “Get into the theme, whether its après ski or ugly sweater. If you and your partner are looking to add a bit more fun (and some competition) into the mix, get friends or strangers at each event to vote on who has the better outfit. The winner buys the next round of hot drinks!”
If you and your partner have been together for a while, throwing a get-together for all of your friends can bring you closer together. If you just started dating, attending a party together is a fun way to introduce your new love to your friends.
2. Explore your local Winter Wonderland
Depending on where you live, there are always some great holiday-themed events you can attend. Whether you’re holding hands while taking in the sights on foot or sitting in a horse-drawn carriage, it’s an amazing time to explore your city with your partner.
“It can be a great time to chat, get to know each other a bit more, and take in the romantic lights and winter festivities,” Bergstein says. “You never know where you might find a new adventure, like an outdoor ice skating rink or an ice sculpture show!”
3. Go to the theater and catch some holiday classics
Dress up for a night out at the theater, Bergstein suggests. It really doesn’t have to be anything pricey. Many local theaters run classic holiday movies that you can watch for cheap. Community theaters might even have showings of The Nutcracker that they put on every year.
Who knows? You and your partner might even start a new tradition where you make it a point to catch a classic holiday show every year.
4. Have a game night at home
“When you don’t feel like braving the cold, cozy up at home for a game night,” Bergstein says. Grab a cup of hot cider and have a nice home-cooked meal before diving into an intense game of Scrabble or Monopoly. To make it even better, make sure to keep your phones out of sight.
5. Have a gingerbread-house-making competition
Make gingerbread houses and turn it into a contest. “Adding a bit of competition will provide a fun twist to this classic childhood activity,” Bergstein says. “Post your photos to social media to have friends vote for their favorite (without sharing who made which house!). There’s really no loser when you both get to share the leftover candy!”
6. Play in the snow
If you’re fortunate enough to live someplace where snow actually hits, take advantage of it.
“Bundle up and get outside for a throwback to childhood!” Bergstein says. You can build a snowman, make snow angels, or of course, have a snowball fight. If you live near a hill, go sledding. The possibilities are pretty endless.
Once you’re done, you can always snuggle up with some hot chocolate and keep each other warm.
7. Take a seasonal cooking class together
If you and your date are big foodies, why not try making your own seasonal meal by taking a cooking class together.
“The holiday season is a great time to explore some of these interactive activity date options,” Chicago-based matchmaker Michela Hattabaugh tells AwesomenessTV.
Do some research in your city and pick a recipe that’s easy to make. “The point is to have fun and get to know each other in a low-pressure environment,” Hattabaugh says. “Afterwards, you will have plenty to talk about while you enjoy the meal that you worked on!”
There are tons of great things to do with a date during this time of the year. So give your Netflix account a break and take advantage of the season.