After several consecutive mornings of frozen hair and visible breath, we’re ready to admit it: winter is finally here! We love the cold weather for bringing us the beauty of a snowy campus, a solid excuse to start our hot chocolate and cookie diets, and most of all, some seriously romantic, snuggly dates. If you and your Campus Cutie are in the mood to cozy up, but don’t know what to do for date night (or date day), look no further: check out HC’s favorite cold weather date ideas, collegiette-approved and climate-appropriate!
Unsurprisingly, ice-skating is collegiettes’ number one go-to when it comes to dating through the wintry months. After all, who doesn’t love an excuse to hold the hand of even the most PDA-paranoid college boy in public? Skating is a collegiette classic largely due to the fact that you could be the best skater in the world, or you could be the worst; you’ll either look like a graceful pro or you’ll have an excuse to get nice and close to your date as he tows you around the rink. It’s a win-win situation!
“Last year, my boyfriend and I went ice-skating at Bryant Park,” recounts New York University sophomore Hannah Orenstein. “It felt like such a classic, adorable winter date, and we had so much fun! Hot chocolate afterwards is always a good idea, too.”
HC’s very own Real Live College Guy Andy agrees, proving that a night at the rink is fun for both you and your boy-toy. “My favorite [winter date] since I play hockey is going skating,” he says, “especially [at] the outdoor rinks put up just for the holidays. Soooo romantic.”
Taking in the twinkle lights? Hearing the holiday music? Laughing as you fall all over each other? We’re taking RLCG Andy’s advice on this one: ice-skating is super romantic and super cute.
Cook Your Favorite Comfort Food Recipes
Too cold outside to brave it past your doorstep for dinner? Stay in and cook together!
Michelle Lewis, a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, reveals that a low-key night at home is one of her favorite winter dates. “One night it snowed on campus and all the roads were closed, so there wasn't much my boyfriend at the time and I could go out and do,” she explains. “We ended up staying in the dorm and baking cookies together, which was super nice because there's nothing quite like eating cookies right out of the oven when it's cold outside!”
Whether it’s a candlelit dinner for two or a batch of pre-sliced Break N’ Bake (for those of us who aren’t so handy with the oven), you and your date will have fun making a mess of the kitchen. The best part? After it’s all said and done, you’ll get to snack on some seriously delicious warm-up food! Check out HC’s favorite, healthy comfort foods for ideas.
Visit a Museum
Since a walk in the park isn’t exactly ideal this time of year (we’ll pass on frostbite, thanks), you and your date have to find a new place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Other than malls, museums are pretty much the only place where you can wander aimlessly indoors for hours on end without getting bored. Even better, you get to soak in a little culture as you go.
Check out the exhibits going on in your area. Even if your guy isn’t an art history buff, you can still find a museum you’ll both enjoy. Think history and science museums or planetariums (because stargazing while snuggling will never, ever lose its charm, and this is your chance to do it without needing to don three parkas and snow pants). Take advantage of student discounts and check the websites for the somewhat rare – but much appreciated – winter discounts!
If you’re one of the many collegiettes whose campuses aren’t blessed with proximity to local museums, try the student art gallery. Their shows are always best come winter because students have spent an entire semester working on their pieces. Almost all schools with art departments house some sort of exhibit, and some campuses even have their own private museums that offer free admission to students!