With Christmas long gone and the New Year’s celebrations over, the rest of winter can feel pretty bleak — especially when it comes to your love life.
Whether you’re single or paired up, don’t let the cold temperatures stop you from spicing up your dating game. Here are four celebrity-inspired winter date ideas to ignite (or re-ignite) the flame. Don’t worry; they’re both celebrity approved and wallet-friendly.
Moving from a cold, wintry landscape to a high-energy sports arena, you can never go wrong attending a basketball or hockey game. Whether you’re both obsessed with a specific team or just want to look like a ridiculously cute and stylish couple — à la Beyonce and Jay-Z — this date idea is the way to go. Of course, you don’t need to get courtside or front row tickets to have a good time. Buy tickets when they’re on sale; the less picky you are about where you sit, the more options you’ll have, and the less money you’ll spend.
Skiing, skating or anything outside
Like it or not, winter’s not going anywhere fast, so you might as well enjoy it! Take inspiration from a former celebrity couple — musician Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles — and visit a resort for a day of skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing. Many resorts offer promotional prices for winter holidays like Family Day or a special day of the week, so you’re sure to save some money. And if winter sports aren’t your forte, don’t worry; you can always sit in the lodge with your sweetie and just enjoy the beautiful scenery. Oh, and double dating with your BFF and her on-again, off-again boyfriend is optional.
Food festivals or events
Kick dinner dates up a notch, and experiment with new, different cuisines with your partner just like Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson do. From dining at a swank Hollywood lounge to eating at a Mexican restaurant with friends, this celebrity couple takes advantage of the different culinary options available to them. Attend winter food events in your city or town, like Winterlicious in Toronto, a two-week culinary celebration that offers prix fixe menus at some of the best restaurants in the city, which ensures you get a chance to try a variety of dishes for a fraction of their usual prices.
Movie nights will always be a reliable option to fall back on, and if you do it the right way, movie night can be a different experience every time. Sure, we might think Friday nights at the movies are boring, but if we look at the outing as a chance to gorge on popcorn guilt-free, relax for two hours and simply be happy — like Prince William and Kate Middleton did when they went to see Skyfall — then watching the newest release will make you forget about the wind and blowing snow outside. If you want to go the extra mile, find out when your local cinema is holding an all-night film marathon, and get your tickets early.