Although I’m a huge fan of the fall season, there’s something about the winter time that can’t be beaten. Ranging from the beautiful snow to Christmas and New Years’, there are so many ways you can spend these upcoming months.
If you’re looking for a few fun winter activities to do over these next few months, check out our list below!
Building a Snowman/Snowball Fight
“Do you want a build a snowman? Come on, let’s go and play!” Take a tip from Frozen and make sure that building a snowman is on your fun winter activities list.
Sometimes the snow can be a bit fickle! Often times we’re wishing for a white Christmas, but the flakes don’t start falling well into the New Year. That’s why you have to take advantage of the snow while you can!
We’re all aware that after a few days, the snow starts to turn brown so at your earliest ability, throw on quite a few layers and head into the snow.
Building a snowman or even having a snowball fight can have your fingers feeling as if they are ready to fall off. You can easily avoid this by slipping some hand-warmers into your gloves!
Decorating a Christmas Tree
All bias aside, let’s face it. Christmas is probably the best holiday every year. The 25 days leading up to it are just a chance to get even more excited for Christmas morning.
A must for your fun winter activities list is decorating the tree. Not only is this a chance to get into the Christmas spirit even more, but you can spend the time with your family or friends. There is such a thing as decorating you tree too early, so try to wait after Thanksgiving!
A great way to enhance this activity is to make a whole event out of it! Bake some cookies and play a few Christmas tunes. Once you’re all finished, be sure to capture the tree for all of the social media to see!
Go Ice Skating
If there’s one activity we can’t forget about during the wintertime, it's ice skating! During the winter months and especially during the winter Olympics, we see talented people take to the ice to show off their skill! Make sure you spend this winter as Tara Lipinski or Kristi Yamaguchi!
Stepping on the ice for the first time can be scary, especially if you’re looking at all the fearless children and teens. Just remember that ice skating is fun!
My first trip (at 23) was mostly spent holding onto the sides, but there are a lot of strangers ready to help if you look like you’re on the verge of a tumble!
We all have a sweet tooth, don’t we? One of my favorite fun winter activities is baking cookies! It’s hard to eat just one so why not bake a dozen or five dozen cookies to enjoy?
Just like decorating your Christmas tree, you can make a whole event out of it. If you’re baking cookies with younger children around, you can definitely enjoy them with a warm drink like hot chocolate.
If you’re baking cookies for the 21 and over the crowd, you could definitely try spiked egg nog or a personal favorite, Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
What’s 25 Days of Christmas without a slew of holiday movies to enjoy? ABCFamily (now Freeform) has the best Christmas movies playing during the month of December?
Not only is it a great way to spend a cold night in, but it might give you that perfect opportunity to cuddle with someone or sneak a trip under the mistletoe! Make sure you check out some of our favorites like Home Alone, Love Actually, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Kiss Under Mistletoe
Do we really need to explain why this is one of our favorite fun winter activities? Some might call it “cuffing season,” but the winter is the perfect time to make a love connection, so why not take advantage of mistletoe?
If you’re trying to set the scene with a cute crush, plan a party and plant some mistletoe in all the right places! Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself locking lips just in time for that classic New Year’s kiss.
Is sledding too mediocre for you? If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you might want a ‘tougher’ snow activity and skiing or snowboarding might be just the right activity for you.
You might live in one of the warmer states that never see snow, but why not head to the slopes on your break or vacation? Although the weather will be cold, you can definitely make up for it with the experience!
If you’re a Christmas lover, this is right along the lines with decorating the tree. Sure, it’s simple and easy to throw a gift and some wrapping paper into a bag, but actually wrapping the presents is a sure way to get you into the holiday spirit.
Real wrapping professionals can get their presents wrapped with three pieces of tape, so let’s see you challenge yourself! For that perfect Christmas look, be sure to get different wrapping papers to jolly up the look of your tree!
Fa la la la la, la la la la. Are you actually decking the halls or are you singing about it? If you’re like me, you probably know all the lyrics to the tunes on the radio.
This winter, you can dedicate maybe an hour or two to spreading some cheer around your neighborhood. My experience of caroling leads to a $20 tip from a generous couple! That was enough to buy all of us a drink to warm up!
The winter season is also a time to dedicate to others. When it comes to volunteering, some people get touchy about the subject. It’s always nice to do things for others and volunteering your time can always help.
If you’re not up for volunteering, donating is another great option. No one is telling you to donate all of your life savings, but participating in a canned food drive or even donating $20 to a charity or organization goes a very long way!
Lie Around in a Onesie
Is this really an activity or another excuse to be lazy? Either or, this is one of my favorite activities to do! Nothing says warm and cozy more than a onesie does, so why not snuggle around in one.
It’s the perfect wardrobe for other fun winter activities like decorating the Christmas tree or watching a holiday movie. If you’re bold like me, you’ll head out into the world with your onesie on loud and proud!
Shop ‘till you drop! I’m sure if someone were to look at shopping statistics, the number of buyers shoots up in the winter. Clearly a lot of this is due to Christmas, but clearly, we’re all looking for the hottest deals and latest styles to ring in the New Year!
Watch the Ball Drop
If you’re on the east coast, you know that the best and only way to celebrate the New Year is by watching the ball drop in Times Square.
Millions of people from all over the world with gather in New York City to start the New Year, and after the ball drops and the confetti is released, you can understand why.
Not only do the streets of NYC get packed, but they’re also COLD. Another alternative is just to watch the event on television and make an event out of it! You can watch the performances while you eat, drink, and be merry with your loved ones.
Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch
Nothing beats a warm drink on a cold, winter night. When it comes to making hot chocolate, it can’t get any easier, especially if you’re using the powder. Why not try from scratch?
The ease is all the same. You’ll just need some chocolate and milk! After that, you can turn the extra chocolate into a delicious snack.
Attend a Holiday Light Show
One amazing thing about the winter is that you’ll find lights every corner you look. Although all of these displays are beautiful, nothing compares to a holiday light show.
Not only are you graced with hundreds, if not thousands, of different lights, but they are also often set to music that creates a magical experience. Macy’s in New York City has a massive light show performance, but I’m sure you can find one wherever you are!
This winter season, we’re hoping for snow, love, and laughter! Hopefully, the weather will allow us a chance at the first, but our fingers are crossed that this list will provide you with the love and laughter you’re looking for!
In the comments below, let us know what your idea of fun winter activities is! Happy winter!