Winter Date Ideas for College Students: Beat those Winter Blues


Sometimes it seems like it’s easier to come up with unique date ideas when the weather is warm and sunny than when it is dark and cold. There’s also the fact that when it’s dark and cold, it’s hard enough to stay motivated enough to go to class, let alone leaving your room when it’s not required. Just because it gets dark early and is cold enough to cause goosebumps doesn’t mean that there aren’t some awesome winter date ideas out there.

If you live in a snowy climate, you’ll be able to enjoy any number of outdoor activities (be sure to dress for the weather), but for the days when it’s just too cold to go outside, you have other options. Consider building (and then eating) a gingerbread house, having a romantic fondue night, or seeing a movie. Living in the south might make it a bit harder to go snowshoeing, but you can probably still find a tree or menorah lighting ceremony, or get tickets to The Nutcracker in the nearest town. Either way, there are bound to be a few ideas in the chart below that tickle your fancy.

Winter date ideas infographic

(Text by: Megan Ferré Clendenon; Design by: Katelyn Brush and Heidi Fitzgerald)

While some of these date ideas are free, others may cost quite a bit of money. Consider reading Date Ideas on a Budget if you’re looking to take your partner on a date that won’t break the bank.


About Megan Clendenon

Megan C. is obsessed with Cincinnati-style chili, Louisville basketball, and Scandinavian crime fiction. She has lived in six different states and held 12 different jobs since beginning her undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 2008. The wanderlust abated somewhat in recent years, as Megan settled in Texas from 2013 to 2016 to finish a master’s degree in geosciences, write a thesis on the future horrors that stem from climate change, and get married. During her free time, you will find Megan sitting on the couch, cheering for her Louisville Cardinals, planning future adventures abroad, and snuggling with her dog, Tiger. She currently lives outside of Washington D.C.

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