The weather is chilly, the sidewalks are slushy and the whipping wind has left you with dry skin – winter might not seem like a very romantic time of year, but it definitely is. In fact, it is such a romantic time of year that it is recognized as a notable phenomenon, with a name (and accompanying psychological research). It’s called “coupling season”, the time of year, between October and March, when people have an overwhelming desire to couple up.
For those looking to date, that’s good news. What is not so great, however, is that this phenomenon coincides with a time of year that is infamously short on fun things to do. You can’t very well have a picnic when it’s freezing cold outside, nor can you go for strolls through the park. Fear not, though: here are four “icebreaker” (bad pun, of course) dates that you go on if you’re in the mood for cuffing season.
Indoor axe throwing facilities are a great place to start a date; they’re fun, quirky, and they give you a great excuse to wear flannel. Not only that, but axe throwing lets you get to know one another through activity, rather than straight conversation, which can sometimes overwhelm a first date. You can easily try this fun idea out at one of the many axe throwing facilities across North America, but your best bet is BATL – it’s the oldest, and best, of the axe throwing places, with locations all over.
Chocolate Making Classes
Everyone loves chocolate, but you can’t really create a date around eating the stuff. Instead, as an interesting alternative to going out for dessert, why not sign up for a chocolate making class? You will both learn something, you will get to eat some delicious homemade chocolate, and you get to be around arguably the most romantic food on earth.
Those who clay together, stay together. That’s right, even without the romantic context of the movie Ghost (this scene with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, for the curious), pottery making is a great date idea. It allows you to use your hands, show off your creative side and come away from the date with a memento. This one takes some planning in advance, so consult your local rec centre or ceramic studio right away (or save this idea for the sixth or seventh date).
Lean Into Winter
You can’t beat winter, so you might as well lean into it. Try any of a number of typically wintry activities, like ice-skating, ice sculpturing or snowshoeing. If your date is into sports, you could even go to a hockey game. The best part about going on a cold date, is that you get to warm up together afterwards – grab hot chocolate at a café, or go for something boozier at a nearby bar.
The weather is chilly, but there should be no reason for your date to be. Try one of these awesome winter-tested date ideas and start breaking the ice the right way.