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Frugal Winter Date Ideas

Winter is the perfect time to cuddle under the blankets and keep each other warm. But even if it’s cold out, you shouldn’t hibernate the entire season away with your partner. There are plenty of fun and unique activities that promise to keep you entertained while not breaking the bank.

Here are a few great date ideas for this winter – enjoy the romance!

One of the most romantic date ideas.. even back in the 1900s!
One of the most romantic date ideas.. even back in the 1930s!

Go Ice Skating – Ice skating can be so much fun and a great way to spend some quality time together. Even if you don’t know how to ice skate, you can still manage and learn step by step. It’s really funny when someone slips and creates great dynamic in the relationship (although a bit painful on the tush!).  You can ice skate holding hands and bond throughout the experience. Depending on where you live and whether this will be an indoor outdoor skating rink, it will probably cost between $5-20 each.

Christmas Lights Exploration – Communities, households and stores set up amazing Christmas lights displays and shows. It’s so enjoyable to walk around to enjoy the beautiful set-ups and creativity behind each one. Driving is also a good option that allows you to visit more homes. Don’t forget to take a camera to make a picture-perfect album to look back on.

Play in the Snow – If it snows in your area, there is no reason to not enjoy it like back in your childhood! Build snowmen (a la’ Calvin and Hobbes preferably), have snow ball fights or even grab a sled and have some fun sledding down hills. Playing in the snow is great fun and gives you both the opportunity to laugh, be silly and do something different for a change.

Enjoy Cuddling by the Fireplace – If you happen to have a fireplace, there’s nothing quite like snuggling by it and making each other warm and toasty. It’s a special and romantic way to bond, and one that leaves you both with your own quality time separate from the rest of the world. Plus, if you’re able to roast a few marshmallows, there’s some extra enjoyment – or for that matter, a delicious hot chocolate drink to enjoy by the fireplace.

Horse Carriage Ride – this isn’t available everywhere, but if you can manage to find one in your region, go for it! It’s a stereotypical date in romantic movies and for good reason. It’s very down to earth, affordable and romantic and will get your partner giddy in excitement. Take an extra blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate and let the horse take you on a short trip while it gently snows around you.

Hot Springs in the Cold – This might not be a frugal option if you have to pay a hotel, but there are hot springs out there that are either affordable or not owned by any private enterprise. Those are the ones that you want to find and oh-my-gosh, are they AMAZING in the cold winter time. It’s so invigorating to go into the scalding water in the sub-zero temperature. Plus, they are known for their mineral content and therapeutic abilities. It’ the ultimate relaxation & date in the winter time.

Have you experienced any of these in a date? Do you have any other ideas for winter fun? Share below!

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • CouponDivaAndi

    Ice skating – LOVE IT!

  • Becky Lyons Borgia

    Those are some great ideas. I will mention them to my husband for us to discuss doing 🙂

  • Cheshire Cat

    Great ideas, almost makes me miss living where snow lasted long enough to do these things!

  • Robin Rue

    I love your ideas. Sadly, horse & buggy rides are super expensive around my neck of the woods. I think it’s the New England scenery thing – people think they can charge more because we have mountains or something lol.

  • I love all of these ideas, although it doesn’t get that cold in Miami, But I can still use some of these ideas

  • Joanna Sormunen

    Winter is perfect for cuddles. Wish I had someone to cuddle with… Well, it’s not winter here and too hot to cuddle, so no problem 🙂

  • WoodArtsUniverse

    Those are great ideas!! Great round-up! We always get in a winter dating rut and this has put a stop to that!!! xox

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Your picture of Frugal Winter date Idea pic is exactly how I hope to spend a weekend with my DH. No kids, relaxation and tons of outdoor fun!! This is a great round up!!!

  • Eileen

    I like the “Cuddling by the fireplace” tip! How romantic! However, for me and my hubby to do this, we have to travel up north to Baguio City and rent a cottage with a fireplace. Temperatures in Baguio go down to around 5-8C. Nice snuggling weather. 🙂

  • Curby Aardvark

    Some really great ideas here; I’ll have to use some of this for my next dates in the future. 😛

  • Thanks for the ideas Ronnie! I wanna try the last two! My favorite one is, of course, cuddling by the fireplace & ice skating! <3 🙂

  • Felicia

    Great post! Winter is always a time where people get depressed because of the cold weather. This post was inspiring and encourages people to actually do stuff in the winter as well.

  • Nouman Malik

    Hey … great ideas… winter is the best season to enjoy with your friends ,,, 🙂

  • Still DatingMySpouse

    Great ideas! I wish we had an ice skating ring in my city. I’m always sharing dating ideas & these are great!

  • Good Idea.. But unfortunately, it doesnt snow at my place. 🙁