55 Cheap Winter Date Ideas (Romantic And Budget-Friendly)

55 Cheap Winter Date Ideas (Romantic And Budget-Friendly)

Are you looking for cheap winter date ideas? 

Winter is a magical time. From the seasons changing, to the beautiful autumn leaves, the holiday cheer, and the cold.

Okay maybe not that last one because let’s face it, when the weather gets cold, it’s easier to stay home and stay warm. 

Then there’s the matter of money. Date nights or date-like activities can be expensive. 

If you or your partner are in search of cheap winter dates, then look no further. It’s time to have some fun with cute cheap dates in the winter and do it without breaking the bank.

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Cheap Winter Date Ideas You Can Try

At a loss for cheap winter date ideas? You have come to the right place, my friend.

 I’ve gathered some of my favorite cheap (and free) cheap winter date ideas. I’ve broken down the article into a few sections for you lovebirds: 

  • Inexpensive winter date ideas for all
  • Cheap date ideas for married couples 
  • Cheap date ideas for married couples with kids
  • Free date ideas

Inexpensive Winter Date Ideas For All

And now for the main event, 55 cheap winter date ideas for you and your beau to try out this winter:

1.Go Ice Skating

Lace-up your skates and hit the ice if you’re looking for winter date ideas in Columbus, Ohio or anywhere in the world that has skating rinks. 

I love it when it gets cold enough to go to an outdoor ice rink. If you or your partner don’t know how to ice skate, this is a great time to buy a pair of ice skates and wobble on the ice together.

2.Switch Places for a Day 

Ever wanted to walk in another person’s shoes? 

Not in a literal way but you could see how the other side lives by switching routines for a day. Map out your usual day and make the switch with your partner and then talk about it at the end of the night. 

3.Have a Game Night

When was the last time you sat down and unplugged? 

Have a game night with your other half to have some good old fashioned fun and ditch the screens for an evening. Some of my favorite games include Jenga, Cards Against Humanity, Uno, and Twister.

4.BBQ Indoors

I don’t mean hauling in your BBQ set into your living room, instead think Korean BBQ. 

It’s such an easy and fun activity to do at home. Grab all your favorite proteins, vegetables, and jazz up the meal with sauces galore. This affordable grill is great if you want to try having a Korean BBQ at home.

5.Spa Date Night

A spa day is a good day but in the winter it can be a necessity. 

As the weather gets colder, your skin and hair can be affected by the weather change -having a spa night is a great way to relax and hydrate your skin at the same time. 

This affordable at-home spa kit has a face, foot, and hand masks for a great price.

6.Host a Holiday Party

‘Tis the season to be jolly -when I think of winter, I think of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and lots of food. Host a potluck holiday-themed party and spread the holiday cheer (and food).

7.Have a Picnic Indoors

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you have to stop having picnics -bring that party inside and have an indoor picnic instead.

8.Master the Perfect Winter Drink at Home

Another great thing about winter is the warm beverages. 

Maybe you’re a fan of pumpkin spice latte, or you prefer hot chocolate instead. If you have a favorite warm winter beverage you love, why not learn how to make it? 

Instead of buying the premade packets of mix at the store, look up a recipe online, make your drink from scratch.

 Feeling a little bougie? 

Go all out and add whatever toppings you want -marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, the options are endless.

9.Make your Own Fondue

Nothing sounds better than dipping things into a pot of bubbly cheese or a steaming pot of melted chocolate -if you’re more of a sweet tooth. 

Heat up some chocolate or cheese in your own home and spend the night dipping away.

10.Go on a Groupon Date

Let’s say you’re really stumped and you have no idea what to do one night.

 Get onto Groupon and search for an activity -pick a random event, and have a fun night.

11.Make Breakfast for Dinner

Who doesn’t love breakfast? 

The smell of eggs and bacon, or the aroma of pancakes wafting through the home is heavenly but not everyone has time for it. 

Why not give yourself a little break after a long workday and make each other breakfast for dinner?

12.Make S’mores at Home

A roasted marshmallow and melted chocolate sandwiched in between graham crackers? Sign me up. Don’t worry if you don’t have a fireplace,, you can roast your marshmallows on the stovetop, in the oven, or even over a candle.

13.Make Cocktail Creations

Not interested in warm seasonal beverages? Up your cocktail game by creating imaginative and delicious cocktails together.

14.Book a Tasting Tour

If you’re just not in the mood to make your own cocktail creations, book a tasting tour and sample whatever beverages tickle your fancy.

15.Try Indoor Rock Climbing

The icy cold weather isn’t great for rock climbing but who’s to say you can’t do it in the winter? Find a location close to you that offers indoor rock climbing and have fun competing to the top.

16.Have a Cook-Off at Home

If you love watching Masterchef or any other cooking competition type shows, then this is your chance to show off those skills. 

Challenge your partner to a cook-off and invite some friends over to be the judges.

17.Go Fruit Picking at Your Local Orchard

This is one of my favorite fall activities. 

Depending on what’s in season, you could go apple, pumpkin, or even berry picking. Orchards usually have a pay-for-what-you-pick policy. 

So as long as you’re not wheeling barrels of produce away, this is a fun and cheap activity to do together.

18.Paint at Home

When was the last time you painted something? 

Art class in school? Grab a cheap set of watercolors and paint a masterpiece together from the comfort of your home. You could spice things up by painting nude portraits of each other. 

19.Do a Wine Tasting at Home

Take a trip to the grocery store and pick up some wines, buy charcuterie and cheese while you’re at it, and have an at-home wine tasting.

 Make it fun by describing the wine in funny characters.

20.Host a Tropical Party

Missing the sun? Don’t have the cash to fly to the tropical beaches of Thailand?

 If you can’t go to the sun, I say bring the tropics to your home. Whip up some cocktails, turn up the heating and buy some tropical party decorations and supplies for cheap on Amazon.

21.Couples Baking Challenge

How much do you trust your partner? Do you think you’ve got great communication skills? 

Put it to the test by doing the couples blindfolded baking challenge. Choose a baked good to make and then choose one person (preferably the one without baking skills) to be the “blind-baker.” 

The other person has to lead the “blind-baker” through the process with only three phrases and you can help your partner out by moving their arms for them. Up for the challenge?

22.Take a Bubble Bath

This activity is a variation of spa night if you have a bathtub in your home -light some candles, dim the lights, and throw in a bath bomb and enjoy a soothing bath together. 

There are plenty of cheap spa sets on Amazon that have a range of products to help you unwind.

Cheap Date Ideas for Married Couples 

23.Recreate your First Date

The grind can get tiresome and you may lose sight of your other half -take the time to reconnect and walk down memory lane by recreating your first date.

24.Do a Couples Workout at Your Gym

Take an online class or register for a lesson at your local gym with your partner.

25.Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Do you know all of your partner’s favorite spots? Do they know yours? Why not explore the city together to find new places together and make new memories.

26.Make Some Ice Cream

You don’t need a fancy ice cream machine to make your own ice cream.

 If you have half and half, vanilla (or whatever flavorings you like), sugar, two ziplock bags, ice cubes, salt, and 15 minutes -you can make your own ice cream at home.

 Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.

27.Make a Fancy Dinner Together

Speaking of fancy, you can make your own fancy dinners at home without emptying out your wallet. Choose a recipe together and do the shopping to create your own gourmet meal at home.

28.Go Stargazing

Take a drive to the countryside where there are little to no lights, pack some warm blankets, and your favorite warm beverage for a perfect night under the stars.

29.Play a Game

You could play a game of Yahtzee together, or reconnect with one another with this Intimacy deck by BestSelf. 

It has 150 Engaging Conversation Starters for couples who want to strengthen their relationship, romance, trust, openness, and vulnerability. 

Whether you’re starting a new relationship or reinvigorating an existing one, this Intimacy Deck is a perfect gift to help foster conversations in a way that strengthens the relationship for the better.

30.Get a Couples Massage

If you love getting massaged but don’t want to massage each other, hire a professional masseuse, and enjoy a massage from the comfort of your home.

 Have a look at companies like Soothe to make this happen.

31.Take a Class Together

Have you always wanted to learn something? 

Let’s say you want to learn how to cook, make glass, dance, or try your hand at pottery making -grab your significant other and make a date out of it.

Cheap Winter Date Ideas For Married Couples with Kids

Maybe your babysitter called last minute and canceled or you just feel like doing something together as a family. 

These dates are great if you want to include the kids or feel like kids yourself.

32.Have a Family Game Night

Wrangle your kids into a family game night and play games like Connect 4, Monopoly, Guess who, or Scrabble.

33.Go Bowling or Bowl at Home

Form teams and drive down to your local bowling alley to fight it out. 

If you don’t feel like leaving the house, then bring the bowling alley to you. Grab some empty plastic bottles or tin cans, find a ball, make some space for the “lane” (this is a great one if you have a hallway) and start bowling.

34.Make Pizza Together

This is great to do with or without the kids -get the family together to make their own personal pizzas using ready made dough, sauce, and topping it with whatever your heart desires. 

You could also kick it up a notch by making the dough and tomato sauce from scratch. 

35.See a Movie Together

The change of scenery is nice -leave the house, buy some popcorn, sneak in some snacks and catch a feel good movie together.

36.Escape Room

Do you enjoy solving puzzles? Test your patience by and go to an escape room to solve some mysteries together.

37.Decorate a Gingerbread House Together

You can purchase an all in one kit like this or make it from scratch.

38.Have a Staycation

Ditch the kids and send them to their grandparents’ house. Plan a date night, hide out at home and feel free to utilize any of the cheap winter date ideas above.

Free Date Ideas

If you searched, “free date ideas winter,” then welcome. 

As the title suggests, I will list down some fun and most importantly free date ideas that you can do during the winter. Without further ado, here it is:

39.Eat Samples at a Food Market

Feeling peckish but don’t have the cash to spend on a night out?

 Head over to a food festival or your local food market with your date and try the delicious sample snacks they have to offer. 

Seriously, you can even go to Walmart or Costco and eat as many samples as you want -it makes for an exciting adventure. 

See how many samples you can get away with before the vendor cuts you off. 

40.Explore a New Neighborhood

How well do you know your city? Take a bus, get off at a random stop and explore the new surroundings with your date. 

Let the date basically plan itself by wandering through the streets of your city and finding new spots.

41.Spend A Night At The Museum

Don’t you have to pay to get into museums? Yes but sometimes, museums offer free admissions and guess what?

 They’re usually in the evenings -what better way to spend a date than to roam around a museum with your love interest?

42.Have A Movie Marathon

A.k.a. Netflix & Chill, as the kids say. Start a movie marathon, grab some snacks, a warm blanket and cosy up to your favorite films. 

This is one of the more popular winter date ideas for teenage couples.

43.Go to Expensive Open Houses

Grab that suit, throw on a fancy cocktail dress and become a whole new couple for the day. Check your local listings for the perfect dream home you and your date can’t afford. 

P.s. If you walk in like you own the place, no one will suspect a thing -just don’t run with it and actually think or try to own the place.

44.Go Camping in Your Living Room

Pitch a tent in the living room for the night.

 No tent? No problem.

Build a fort out of pillows, blankets and sheets. Wikihow has a simple guide to help you construct your palatial blanket fort in a few simple steps.

45.At Home Movie

Combine your indoor camping trip with a movie night and if you really want to impress your date, make your own projector at home with a box, your smartphone, and a magnifying glass.

46.Download A Karaoke App

Search the app store for free apps you can download or try your luck with karaoke videos on Youtube and enjoy a free karaoke session with your date. 

This is a fantastic way to loosen up and have some fun whether you sound like Beyonce or a screeching cat.

47.Host An At-Home Poker Night

Play a game of poker with your date and place bets -wager anything from services, favors, or items. Basically, anything other than money to keep it free.

48.Play Truth or Dare

Ah truth or dare -a game that is known all over the world. 

All you need is a willing participant and your wits about you to come up with some creative questions and dares.

49.Share Embarrassing Photos

Take a stroll down “I can’t believe I used to wear that” alley and compare your old embarrassing photos.

Not only will it elicit laughter but it will keep the conversation going as you discuss the fashion faux-pas and questionable hairstyles. The cringier the better. 

50.Play Old-School Video Games

Go through the attic and whip out that old gaming console you have and play some games with your date.

51.Give Each Other Massages

Massages are great but they’re not cheap. 

Who wants to get massaged only to focus on each minute they’re paying for. Bypass that route and break out the oil, light some candles and give your date a massage.

52.Do an Outdoor Winter Photoshoot

The winter time is a beautiful time of year, why not have a photo shoot outside and capture some beautiful moments on camera? 

Grab a friend or put on the self-timer on your phone, wait for the perfect winter snowfall and ‘make love to the camera’ as they say.

 Share your adorable photos on social media, make an album, or save it for a Christmas card.

53.Go for a Swim in the Ocean or River

This is not as crazy as it sounds and believe it or not, plenty of people do it! 

Known as the Polar bear plunge or “Nieuwjaarsduik” translated as New Year’s Dive in Dutch, this event is held during the winter where people dive into a body of water despite the low temperature. 

Countries like the United States, New Zealand and Canada have a similar tradition too. 

It remains a mystery to me as to why someone would willingly jump into freezing water but hey, whatever floats your boat.

54.Enjoy the Snow

I love the look of fresh snowfall -when you’re done with your winter photoshoot, why not make it a day in the snow and build a snowman together? 

You can have snowball fights, make snow angels and even try to build an igloo if you’re up for it.

55.Have a Bonfire

Tired and cold from spending a day in the snow? What better way to end the date than by having a bonfire?

 Having a bonfire is a great way to stay warm, cosy up to your date and just enjoy the seasons.

You have now seen this enormous list of cheap dates in the winter.

If you want to learn some money-saving tips to help you make the most of your cash (if you’re spending it):

  • Keep an eye for deals on Groupon or Living Social 
  • Clip coupons
  • Subscribe to email updates from your favorite restaurants and locations

Email subscribers often get a heads up into up and coming deals

  • Go out at off times

Some places offer discounts outside of peak hours -this means full enjoyment for a fraction of the price

  • Go on free admission days

Lots of attractions offer these once in a while or during off season

  • Check your local community board for free or cheap stuff

This can be anything from book readings, musical performances, bake sales, etc.


There you have it, lovebirds. Not one, not 20, but 55 cheap winter date ideas for you and your significant other to do together in the cold months. 

Think twice before you give in and park that booty on the couch for an eternal Netflix & Chill session -you can do better than that. 

With the right person, some (or no) money, and a little bit of creativity, you can have a memorable date. 

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