When the nights draw in and the temperature begins to plummet, it’s very tempting to go into hibernation and leave the dating scene until the warmer months.

But that would be a mistake! Step out into that winter wonderland and you’ll discover a whole host of romantic possibilities for the perfect first date. After all, it’s really nice to have a warm body to cuddle up next to during the chilly months.

Try any of these winter first date ideas and we guarantee you’ll have tons of fun!

Ice skating

Open-air skating rinks are a common thing during winter time. You can find them in parks, in city squares, and in front of shopping malls. You might want to check with your date first see if they know how to skate. Maybe they want to bring their own skates. What if they don’t skate? Don’t get disappointed, watching other couples elegantly swishing across the ice can be fun too. Anyway, it’s a good way of getting distracted and forgetting all about those first date nerves.

A walk in the park

You might think that parks are for summertime only. A walk in the park can be a great first date idea for winter as well, especially if everything is covered in snow. What could be more romantic than a winter wonderland atmosphere? Make sure you put on your warm clothes. Don’t forget your gloves and scarf! Plan your itinerary so that when the cold becomes unbearable you have somewhere warm and cozy to stop for a steaming cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Snowball fight

You want something more active? How about a snowball fight? Or, if you’re looking for something less adversarial, you can play in the snow together or make a snowman. Don’t forget to bring along some buttons, charcoal and an old hat to decorate the snowman’s head. Totally romantic, fun and season-oriented!

A quiz night

Instead of staring at each other, searching for things to say while sipping a cup of coffee, how about picking a bar that organizes trivia games?

That way you get to impress your date with your amazing knowledge of the world. If trivia games are not your thing, however, just pick something else from the list. You don’t want to be the fool who forgot when America’s Independence Day is celebrated because of first date nerves!

Vintage and handmade fair

Strolling along the product stands where the local artisans and vintage merchants expose their treasures is a great first date idea for winter, especially if it’s an indoor location.

You’ll have plenty of things to talk about, and you will get to know each other better. Maybe you can buy a small souvenir for each other as a reminder of your first date. You will most certainly look back on it with pleasure in the future!

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Emma Walters
Emma is an arts and science student graduating this year from NYU. She loves New York City and writes about her big city single-hood experiences. “Being single in the Big Apple is more of a task than a status”, she says, “Dating sites are great for socializing, especially if you’re new in town”. Emma is a regular contributor to the Top 5 Dating blog.
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