Friday Fun: Here Are 11 Activities You Should Do This Winter
While some of us may be dreading the impending freezing temperatures of winter, others are looking forward to the last season of the year. Why? There are certain activities (outdoors and indoors) that come hand-in-hand with the freezing temperatures of winter. So let’s make the most of the season, as it only comes once a year! Go on, pull down those covers (as much as we dread it), get dress, and start being productive. Ready to embrace winter with open arms? Here’s our recommended list of 11 activities you should do this winter season! What are you waiting? Grab your friends, family members, or go solo and let’s get this party started!
1) Build a snowman
And cue the musical melody of “Do you want to build a snowman…” Just kidding! But building a snowman, competitive snowball fights, and creating pretty snow angels are some of the better parts of a snowstorm. This winter– if you’re fortunate enough to live in an area with snow, make sure to go outdoors and jump right in the fluffy white snow! The shoveling can wait.
2) Enjoy hot chocolate by a fireplace
When the temperature outside is frosty and frightful, it’s a great opportunity to hide indoors for a quiet evening. So go on, unwind with a glass of wine or warm up those cold fingers with a mug of hot chocolate. This is also the perfect time to catch up on your favorite TV drama or get lost in a book. No fireplace, no problem– Switch on the Yule Log channel this Christmas eve!
3) Buy something for an Holiday Gift Exchange
The holidays sometimes come with a hefty price tag, from decorations, meal preparations, and purchasing gifts to family, friends, work colleagues and loved ones. Budget a little tight this year? There’s no shame in suggesting a group holiday gift exchange! After all, the holiday season is not about receiving presents! Gift exchanges are also a great excuse to get a little silly too.
4) Knit a scarf
This winter, explore your creative side and/or learn a new skill– knitting! Knitting can be a relaxing activity and can challenge your creativity. If you already know how to knit, try a more advance pattern or even try your hand at crochet. If this is your first attempt, we recommend watching a few video tutorials. Start with a scarf, since the pattern is usually straight-forward. Good luck!
5) Participate in a high-intensity work out class
If you’re like most Americans, there’s a high chance that your New Year’s Resolution this year is to become a little healthier and (hopefully) lose some weight. Before making a commitment for a gym membership by year-end, spend the beginning of winter trying out a few gym classes you may be interested in. Challenge yourself with a new activity like an antigravity yoga class or even a pound drumming class!
6) Clean up your wardrobe closet
Yep, this is a long overdue activity. Now that we’re spending more time indoors, it’s time to take advantage of our spare time and work on clearing our closets! If you haven’t touched those denim flare jeans and worn-in college sweatshirts over the last 3+ years, then it’s time to take them out permanently. BONUS: Cleaning up your closet also gives you more room (and less guilt) on scoring those sweet retail deals this holiday season! And if your old clothes are in a decent condition, we recommend donating them!
7) Go ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, or ALL THREE
Again, if you’re fortunate enough to live near a frozen zone, make a trip (or multiple trips) out and shred the gnar! Getting on the ice is a great workout and can only be enjoyed when its cold out. If you don’t live in an area that offers ice skating, skiing, and/or snowboarding, we recommend planning a sweet weekend getaway! Trust us, it’s worth it.
8) Plan a boozy adult-only board game night
Who said board games are only for kids? Why should they have all the fun? This winter, let’s take back this classic pastime and have a board game night with friends! Raising the age limit allows you to include hilarious options like “Cards Against Humanity” or raunchy adult-editions like “Draw What!?” and “Adult HedBanz.” Just don’t forget the drinks!
9) Ring in the New Year in style
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day only comes once a year so make sure it’s a good one! Whether you opt to spend it with family, friends, or a loved one, make it a little more special by dressing up and indulging in hearty meal. If you’re planning on braving the crowds outside, we sure wish you luck!
10) Cheer for your favorite sports team
Big sports fan? This winter season, grab tickets to cheer for your favorite team! Hockey game season runs from early October to early April, giving you plenty of time to watch your favorite team play. Football season runs from September to January, and officially concludes with Superbowl LI in early February. It’s the perfect excuse to round up the fam to watch a great game and epic half-time performance!
11) Volunteer at your local soup kitchen
New year, new you! This year, take some time out of your busy schedule and volunteer! Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to do something wonderfully unselfish for others. Trust us, this experience is priceless!
Ta-da! And there you have it, our suggestions of the best things to do this winter season. Got any more good ideas? Let us know by leaving a comment below!