This article was published on December 23rd, 2021
With Omicron around every corner, we might feel that there is not much we can do with our loved ones this holiday season. However, no matter how many variants might appear (and at this point, there are almost as many variants as there are versions of RuPaul’s Drag Race), we can always make time for the ones we love this winter season. Here are ten of the best winter date ideas for those who want to be COVID cautious and still have fun this season.
1. Visit A Local Park
The first date idea for those living in a winter wonderland is to take a trip to the park. You can take a nice stroll and take in the beautiful winter weather. If you are lucky enough to live in a place where the snow can stick, you can even make a snowman or have a snowball fight with your partner. The outing is safe and free from the possibility of catching COVID if you stay distanced.
If you aren’t into the cold, you could grab a mask, head over to the theatre, and cuddle up together as you watch the latest flick. Don’t forget to grab some popcorn and delicious snacks that you can share as you hold hands in the toasty cinema. We recommend watching a festive holiday flick perfect for the winter season.
3. Grab Drinks at a Local Gay Bar
Gay bars are the heart of the gay community. The surroundings can bring joy in a time of uncertainty. We never know when our locale may put us on lockdown again. So, grab your partner – cover your face and grab a winter-themed beverage.
4. Winter Stroll
perfect winter stroll can’t be beaten when your goal is to choose the most beautiful tree. While you are out, make sure to stroll through some neighbourhoods to discover new restaurants, shops, pubs, and parks.
5. Ice Skating
Ice skating at this time of year is perfect. If you do not live in an area where the lakes freeze over, you may need to enjoy this in an ice-skating rink. Nonetheless, many movies have shown romantic scenes where lovers go ice skating during the winter holidays making this an excellent winter date idea.
6. Candle Shopping
Nothing beats a beautiful scent. So, make it a date and head over to your favourite candle shop. Candles and scents tell us a lot about the person we are dating, and some scents can even indicate certain personality traits. There are many sales on candles during the winter, making this the perfect time to get some insight into your lovers’ preferences.
7. Get Cooking
A great way to check out your partner’s ability in the kitchen is to invite them over to make unique winter comfort foods. A gingerbread house is an excellent way to gauge the taste of the man you’re dating. Hopefully, as he is already dating you, his taste will continue to be exquisite, and he will refrain from choosing sprinkles.
8. Decorate Cookies and Cupcakes
Sprinkles, icing, frosting, food coloring, and edible glitter! Decorating cupcakes and cookies is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening, while listening to music or having in-depth discussions and conversations.
Whether you are headed to the mall or boutique window shopping, a stroll together is a nice, simple way to spend time together, and maybe cross some items off your shopping list. Grab a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you browse.
10. Visit a Market
There are lots of different types of markets – craft fairs, fish markets, night markets, etc. These seasonal and pop-up markets are great for finding unique, locally sourced and crafted items.
What kind of winter dates do you love to go on? Leave your ideas in the comments section below.