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Winter staycation: Our favorite cold-weather activities


Can’t escape the winter blues for a vacation in the sun? When the weather outside is frightful, lean into cold-weather activities that really are rather delightful! We’ve outlined ten wintery activities to transform the season into a wonderful staycation with family and friends.

  1. Ice skating: Whether there’s a frozen pond in the neighborhood or a holiday skating rink in the center of town, take advantage of it! Teach your kids how to skate, embrace an impromptu hockey game or spin a date around on the ice.
  2. Build a fort: Let’s be honest, you’re never too old for a fort. Pull out all the stops and build the fort you always dreamed about when you were a kid. Turn it into a movie night with popcorn and hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  3. Holiday lights: If it’s too cold to walk around the neighborhood admiring holiday lights, pack everyone into the car to cover more ground! Many communities even have light shows at local parks or city centers. Check your city’s civic calendar for details.
  4. Movies: Sure, you can stay home and have a marathon, but if you need to escape your cabin fever, go check out a flick at the theater!
  5. Craft: A hand-crafted gift from the heart can mean a lot. Build winter wreaths for your neighbors, make an art project with the kids or go through old pictures to make that scrapbook you’ve been meaning to get to for years!
  6. Play in the snow: Local ski trip? Tubing at the park? Even if you’re just building a snowman in the front yard, get out there! Express your artistic side by filling up a spray bottle with colored water and write messages or draw pictures in the snow. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean it’s too cold to play.
  7. Make ice cream with snow: This may sound crazy, but there are a lot of great recipes out there to help turn snow into a tasty treat! Start by collecting snow from an undisturbed part of the yard and make sure the snow is deep enough. No snow where you live? Go out for ice cream instead!
  8. Volunteer: If you’d love an opportunity to get out of your house for a bit, there are tons of ways to volunteer in your community during the winter months. Serve at a soup kitchen, make greeting cards and take them to a local nursing home, collect gently-used coats for the homeless or even shovel your neighbors’ drive and walkways free of charge.
  9. Take a cooking class: Nothing beats the winter chill like a warm, home-cooked meal. Consider enrolling in a cooking class to refine your technique, learn new skills, perfect a new dish or even just to make friends!
  10. Take a hike: There’s something calming about walking in the snow. Bundle up, buy some snowshoes (if you need to) and discover your own winter wonderland.

The end of warm weather doesn’t mean the end of all activity! What do you and your family or friends do to keep busy during the winter months?