10 Great Winter Date Ideas

Heat things up in the cold winter months with these romantic excursions.


July 21, 2011 8:00 AM
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Go Snowboarding

Forget dinner and a movie. Use the season to your advantage; kick off a new romance with a little adventure by inviting him to go snowboarding with you. Whether you're a pro or a beginner, this type of activity will show off your adventurous side, playfulness and athleticism or willingness to fearlessly try something new — a trifecta of sporty sexy.
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Choose a Movie Theater and Just Show Up

See the next movie showing, regardless of what it is. If it turns out to be a masterpiece, great. If not, scientists have proven that people develop feelings for each other more quickly when they have a mutual dislike in common. It's a total win-win.
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Make Fireplace S'Mores

A good rule of thumb for first dates is, if it was fun in elementary school, it's doubly fun now. So, take advantage of the cooler weather and get the fireplace going, rip open a bag of marshmallows, and make some s'mores.
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Check Out a Local Ghost Tour

Ghosts tours are great outside-the-box winter dates for a lot of reasons, they require both of you to tap into your imagination, suspended disbelief and sarcasm and will get adrenaline pumping in low temps. Plus everything is scarier when you can see your own breath.
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Enjoy a Korean BBQ

These ethnic spots are steeped in custom — traditional Korean BBQs require you to remove your shoes at the door, sit at a floor-level "table," and grill your own entrées. A little exoticism is good for a new romance.
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See a Local Band Neither of You Know

This is great way to find out about his musical tastes. Plus, it's common knowledge that including anything rock 'n' roll on your date makes you look cooler — even if the band sucks.
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Stage Your Own Film Festival

Each pick one of your more obscure favorite films, load up on snacks, choose the most comfortable couch, and hit the lights.
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Play Trivia Night at a Bar

Amaze your date with your stockpile of random and probably useless facts. Plus, if your team wins, drinks are usually on the house.
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Hit the Local Farmers' Market

Strawberries may not be in season but that doesn't mean your local farmers' market doesn't have a ton of cold-weather options. Pick up some quality organic ingredients and test out your teamwork potential by heading back to your place for a warm, tasty meal.
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Hit Up the Library

Show each other your favorite books from childhood. Read some of your all-time favorite passages or check out the Kama Sutra. Regardless, whispering can be extremely sexy.