Fun Winter Dates to Get You Out of the House

When you’ve watched everything in your Netflix queue and the staff at your closest restaurant knows your order by heart, it’s time to break out of your date rut.

We know! It’s hard to leave the house when it’s dark and rainy, but we promise you’ll have fun. Here are some ideas that won’t make you cold—most of them anyway.

Take a cooking class

Remember when you were newly dating and went out for dinner or drinks all the time? That habit will break the budget over time but taking a cooking class together can bring back those new couple vibes. Learn the secrets to paella or how to make Tom Douglas’ signature coconut cream pie.

Go ice skating

Whether you skate a temporary holiday rink or take to the ice in an arena, you can hold hands and giggle while you get your footing. You owe it to your junior-high self to go on a sweet ice-skating date.

Go hiking

What better way to get to know someone or reconnect with your forever love than a date hike? Avoid distraction, share adventures, and make new memories together. After your adventure, you’ll deserve a drink, dinner, or that cozy night at home with pajamas and TV.

Play in the snow

When snow falls west of the mountains, you must take advantage! Find the snow pants you bought years ago for that sledding trip or layer up and get out there! We recommend snowball fights, building a snowman (or snow cat, snow turtle or whatever you like!), and borrowing a sled for a few runs down the hill before it all melts.

Holiday celebrations

Go for a drive and check out house lights in your area, visit the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton downtown Seattle, watch the tree lighting. You get the idea! Add a Thermos of hot chocolate and it’s a date!

Take a class

Maybe you’d be interested in one of those wine and paint places or improv is more your thing. Check out a local gardening store for an indoor plant class. Hardware stores also have workshops where you can learn to do something with your own two hands.

Double date

No better way to get out of a rut than to invite some friends for a night out. Get playful with indoor mini-golf, indoor sky-diving, or an escape room.

Go out for breakfast

We don’t mean grab coffee and a pastry on your way to do errands. When was the last time you went to a diner for eggs, pancakes, or hash browns? It’s way cheaper than going out for dinner and a couple of drinks.

See a show

Seattle Theater Group brings Broadway shows, comedy acts, musicians, and more to the Paramount, Moore, Neptune and theaters. Check out the calendar for an event that interests you. You can also find lower-cost shows at community theaters or schools near you.


Deliver meals to seniors, get your hands dirty and plant trees, sort food at food bank, support recent immigrants. Whatever gets your heart a flutter, grab your partner and do some good together.

Photo by AlenaPaulus

Free and Cheap Winter Activities in the Northwest


Candace Nelson

In the mountains or water debate, Candace Nelson, MS, CN chooses water every time. She is a licensed nutritionist and loves taking any fitness class that makes her forget she's working out. Read more at

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