7 Cheap Winter Date Ideas All College Students Should Go On

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This post is all about cheap winter dates.

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There's nothing more romantic than winter. The cold weather, steamy hot chocolate, and the desire to get cozy are almost irresistible.

Not to mention the oodles of Christmas love songs on the radio that you can’t really listen to until December (Hey Alexa, play “Baby, It's Cold Outside.”)

 With the semester drawing to a close, you might want to take advantage of all the spare time to lock down your holiday hunny. Whether you’re going home for the holidays or are sticking around campus, no one wants to sing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to an empty room. And the best way to win over a heart is with a magical date.  

But fear not, going on a date doesn’t have to interfere with your holiday budget. There are tons of great cheap winter date ideas that you and your date will love. 

This post shows you 7 of the best cheap winter dates to help sweep your partner off their feet.

FROM BSL: This is a guest post by Lexi Carr. You can find her on Twitter at @Llexi_C. Thanks Lexi for the great post!

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Cheap Winter Date Ideas:

1. Go to a local iceskating rink.

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Ice Skating is one of the most classic romantic scenarios. Even Rocky, stumbling across the ice like he stumbled across his words, managed to woo the fragile and docile Adrian with a date at the ice rink. 

Most major cities have several public ice arenas open all winter. Instead of paying the high the price of a fancy dinner, enjoy an afternoon of trying to learn how to skate and falling into your lover’s arms. 

The best bet is to do a little research if you’re not an avid skater. Like any event, it can quickly turn disastrous if both you and your date aren’t prepared.

2. Go sledding.

Sledding is the fun alternative to skiing. Sledding really lets you bring your inner child out, skiing can be expensive and stuffy. Most places have sledding hills nearby that are way less expensive than hitting the ski slopes. 

Sledding is the perfect idea for a double date -- the snowball fight teams are already predetermined! When the war is over, then amends can be made in a comfy house, hopefully in front of a cozy fire, with a warm mug of hot chocolate.

3. Take a winter road trip.

Jack Frost does something special to the sights of nature every winter. Despite the cold, blustery weather, the sights of winter are something special that is never quite the same every year. 

Luckily, a weekend road trip is the best way to enjoy those breathtaking sights with your special someone. 

While it may be difficult to pack in between all the holidays and New Year’s resolutions, a weekend away in the grayer months may be the perfect thing to heat up the cold season. 

If it’s planned well, and you have your checklist ready and your AirBnB booked ahead of time, a beautiful weekend away is well within reach for most people.

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4. Dinner at a Brewery.

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The warm, jovial atmosphere of many of the independent microbreweries that have been popping up all around the country is the perfect place to kindle love in the blustery months of winter.

Dinner and a selection of some of the finest brews known to man can come at a pretty modest price at many of these fine establishments. 

A microbrewery is a perfect place for a first date or a thirty-first. The delicious, rib-sticking food, the laughter and joy that permeates the air, and the flowing brews are the perfect thing to warm the heart of that special someone.

5. Enjoy the Lights!

It’s often said the best things in life are free, though it’s not often said why. When people put up Christmas and New Years lights, they are sharing their joy for free, and that joy is contagious.

A night or two spent driving around looking at the lights that people have put up can fill your heart with that joy. 

This can be a wonderful experience to share with a partner. What better way to admire your beau that with a backdrop of twinkling lights behind them?

6. Cooking Challenge

Cooking is a great way to show someone the real you. It can usually be done with just the ingredients already in your house. And if neither of you are very good cooks, all the better!  

And the winter season is full of great reasons to hop in the kitchen.

Christmas means gingerbread house building, January brings New Years Resolution meal prepping, and February is a fun chance to work together on a fine-dining like a night at home. 

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7. The Home-Made Spa 

Hot bath, scented candles, and fuzzy slippers are all you really need to have a Spa day, along with that special someone. 

Making a night out of making a spa can be a lot of fun for the right couple.

A little imagination, the right lighting, and a good bottle of cheap wine can turn an ordinary Sunday in into a memorable experience that will only make your relationship stronger. 

There are plenty of ways to turn your bathroom into a stay at home spa, yet even just taking on the challenge can make a great date. And taking turns to pamper each other is a great way to show that you care.

 When the temperature drops, nothing keeps you warmer than spending time with someone you’re into.

Let the warmth radiate through your heart and spill over during any of these fun cheap date ideas. And who knows, you may find that these dates bring you closer together for the rest of year! 

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