It already feels like winter here in Idaho. The snow is finally sticking and here to stay. With the snow and Christmas coming up its time to make a winter bucket list!!
With winter comes holiday cheer, hot chocolate, and snow! What better way to enjoy the season than to slow down in the hustle and bustle and spend some time connecting with your partner.
Here are some great winter bucket list ideas for every couple:
December Specific Activities:
Some of these activities are December/Christmas specific while others can be done all winter long
Drive around to See Christmas Lights
It’s not winter unless there are lights. Drive through some neighborhoods or visit a light show during the winter. There are a lot in Idaho.
Take Christmas Pictures
I’m all about the photos! Capture memories that will last a lifetime by taking your camera and tripod anywhere there is a Christmasy vibe, – Christmas tree farm, places with Christmas lights, a field of snow, anywhere – and take pictures together! Taking your own pictures is hard and frustrating sometimes (we know) so sometimes it’s just easier to hire a photographer and that’s totally fine, there is probably a photographer around who would love to help capture these memories with you. We opted for this option this year.
Decorate for Christmas
Pull out the tree, lights, and nativity sets and decorate your w hearts out. What could be more romantic than setting up for Christmas and then cuddling by the lights of the Christmas tree with some Christmas music in the background?
Pick Out and Decorate a Tree
Pick out a tree at a local tree farm and bring it home to decorate. It will be fun trying to find the perfect tree for your family. Will it be tall and skinny or short and full?? Sometimes a real tree isn’t feasible but you can still have fun walking around a Christmas tree farm and pretend to be picking out your perfect tree.
Binge Watch Christmas Movies
Gather up your favorite Christmas movies and binge watch all day long. Don’t forget the popcorn and hot chocolate/eggnog.
Start with Elf or The Polar Express. Elf is hilarious and The Polar Express is a classic. Or if you’re a hallmark movie fan, they are playing all month long on several streaming services.
Throw a Christmas Party
Consider hosting a Christmas party with your partner. White elephant gift exchange, Christmas music, games, and ugly sweaters for everyone! Make sure to include Christmas cookies and hot chocolate or eggnog
Listen to Christmas Music
Turn on Pandora or Spotify and listen to Christmas music. Bonus points if you clear your living room floor and dance with your partner. That is such a romantic date <3
Caroling is fun regardless of how many people participate. Visit a nursing home or your neighbors with a few songs, and I guarantee you will make someone’s day. To make it even better, leave them with some cute Christmas cookies.
Activities for All Winter Long
Sure, you may be in the south where you get no snow, but if you do have snow, get out and have some fun with it! Don’t be afraid to unleash your inner child. It’s a fun way to get exercise which releases endorphins that make you happier. So it’s a win-win either way!
Hot Cocoa Bar
Nothing says winter like hot cocoa. Dress it up really nice with marshmallows, whipped cream, or candy canes. Bonus points if you have matching mugs and you’re sipping it in front of a fire or Christmas tree!! You can substitute with apple cider if hot cocoa isn’t your thing.
Get that fireplace going and roast up some smores with your loved one. Pair with some hot cocoa for a perfect winter night! If you don’t have a fireplace (like us) you can use the heat from your stove-top burner or go outside and make a bonfire. Either way, it’s fun! Warm, gooey marshmallows with warm melted chocolate put together into a romantic sweet sandwich sounds like a perfect idea for a cheap date night 😀
Make Gingerbread Houses
Get creative and decorate a gingerbread house together! Grab some gram crackers, icing and candy to go the DIY route. If that’s not your thing there are many pre-made kits you can buy, put together and then decorate. We have a competitive streak so we like to make it a fun competition and have someone judge and declare a winner.
Make Paper Snowflakes
You’re never too old for crafts! Make a string of paper snowflakes for decor in your home. Make them in fun colored construction paper and hang them from the ceiling or hang them on the walls.
Baking cookies is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Make them from scratch and don’t stop there…decorate them!! Grab some frosting and sprinkles and decorate away!! You can either eat them all yourselves or deliver to friends and neighbors.
Build a Snowman
Unleash your inner kid and make a snowman!! Make it as big or small as you want but the bigger the better 😉 If you make it big enough, you can add a hat and a scarf and a face!
What better activity to get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing in winter? Go to any store and get a sled if you don’t already have one (we don’t lol) and take it to a fun sledding hill. Make this activity even sweeter by bringing hot cocoa or hot apple cider to warm you up after a fun cold time.
You are sure to make memories going ice skating. It is a true test of balance. If your partner has less balance than you, use this as an excuse to hold their hand or hold them close as you skate around the rink. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I enjoy laughing so if either one of us falls, we’re bound to laugh. Not a mean laugh but a silly fun laugh because it’s better to laugh a fall off than cry in my opinion. Plus, most ice rinks play songs specifically for couples which is pretty romantic to me.
I really hope these winter bucket list ideas gave you some inspiration for having more fun during the cold weather season. When you’re feeling cooped up, try one of these winter activities, and watch your mood improve.
What fun activities do you plan on doing from this winter bucket list? Let me know in the comments 😀
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