When you think of winter, you may think of cold weather, snow, and hibernating until the temperatures get warm again. We don’t blame you—especially if you live in a region where temperatures often fall below freezing and stay there until spring.
If you’re cooped up in your home, you tend to miss out on some of the most fun activities winter has to offer.
This year, we challenge you to brave the cooler temperatures and have some fun—whether it be with your girlfriends or with the entire family.
From Minnesota to Florida, fun seasonal activities can be found everywhere. So, strap on your snow boots or slip on some flip-flops, and try out a few of our favorite winter activity ideas.
Ice skating is an activity that can be done anywhere with a skating rink. If you live in a warm climate, find an indoor skating rink near you.
Chances are you have a community rink used for hockey or figure skating. If not, keep your eye out. Often, during the winter months, many communities set up skating rinks for everyone to enjoy.
If you live in a colder environment, you might be able to find an outdoor rink to enjoy—either natural or man-made.
Note: If you choose to use a natural ice rink and skate on a frozen pond or lake, be sure to test the ice to ensure it’s solid enough to skate on. Always skate with friends nearby in case of an emergency.
Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities. The only downside is that you must live in an area that has snow.
This is no problem for the northern half of the country. Places like Vermont, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, and Colorado are filled with ski hills you can try out.
If you live in a warmer climate without snow and are able to take a vacation this winter, consider visiting a ski resort for a ski trip, and give it a try.
For those that have never skied before, we suggest you take a few lessons before you hit the slopes. All ski resorts have ski instructors that will gladly teach you how to make it down a snowy mountain safely.
Host a Movie and Hot Chocolate Night
There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate to watch a movie on a chilly winter night.
Keep an eye on the weather, and the next time a chilly day blows through, invite your friends or family members over for a movie night. And don’t forget to have plenty of warm blankets available for all of your guests.
Tip: Go above and beyond serving plain hot chocolate, and set up a hot cocoa bar. Toppings can include anything from marshmallows and chocolate chips, to caramel sauce and candy canes.
Take a Hike
If you’re lucky enough to live in a colder climate, frosted trees and sparkling snow make the winter season a beautiful time to go outside for a hike. Round up a group of your best girlfriends, bundle up, and hit the trails for a day of fun in the woods.
Take this winter activity to the next level by renting snow shoes. These specially designed shoes allow you to walk across snowy paths with ease.
No snow where you live? No worries. There’s no reason you still can’t hit the trails. The best part about taking a winter hike is that you won’t have to worry about heat exhaustion or dehydration. So, go out now and enjoy the weather while it lasts!
Cook Warm Comfort Foods
When the temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time for cooking warm comfort foods such as soups and stews.
This winter, pull together your favorite warm and delicious comfort foods. Then when an extra chilly day rolls around, do some cooking.
If you’re making a large pot of soup or a recipe that makes a lot of servings, invite your friends or family members over to enjoy a meal together. Better yet, make it a potluck and ask people to bring a side dish to complete your meal.
There is nothing better than sharing a hot meal with the ones you love.