Winter Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities When its Cold

by Aimee Yllanes

Winter is definitely closing in. It’s time to put on your snow boots, grab some gloves and a hat, and take advantage of the change of season by creating a Winter Bucket List filled with cold-weather activities and fun things to do.

Build a Snowman (Or Snow Angel)
Have fun plopping yourself right into the snow, waving your arms and legs to create the perfect angel, or stacking big balls on top of each other for a jolly snowman (don’t forget the carrot nose, hat, and stick arms!). 

Keep a Gratitude Journal
A great thing to do is start each morning by listing five things you are grateful for. In the beginning, it will probably be a struggle to come up with a mere five, being wrapped up in a world full of fear can disguise the good in your life. Think hard. Did you just drink a deliciously warm cup of coffee? Or did you connect with a friend by text? Or enjoy a heartwarming movie on television? There is always something to be grateful for—always.

Binge Watch a TV Series
How about getting in your comfy jammies, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, and spending chill time binge-watching a fun TV series? From comedy to suspense, Netflix and/or Amazon Prime has everything to offer so you can have fun watching back-to-back episodes! 

Take a Snowshoe Hike
Strap on some snowshoes or yaks and hike through the snow-covered pines. 

Go Tubing or Sledding
Who doesn’t love sledding down the mountain? So, find a snowy hill and take a fun ride down!

Soak in a Natural Hot Springs
There’s nothing quite like soaking in a warm body of water while the weather outside is chilly. 

Read by the Fire
The fire is even better when you have a great book to read. 

Do the Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Bear Plunge is an event where you submerge your entire body into chilling water, typically to raise money for a charitable organization, but sometimes just for “fun”. 

Knit a Scarf or Hat
For beginner knitters, scarves make easy projects and can be worn in a variety of ways to cover up any silly mistakes. You can find several different How-To videos on YouTube.

Ice Skate on a Lake
Frozen ponds, lakes, or rivers can provide you with some of the most scenic ice skating rinks around the world. If you can’t find a lake or such, outdoor ice skating rinks start popping up everywhere during the winter season-even in places that have no snow! Put on a pair of blades and glide around the rink. 

Have a Bonfire
Who doesn’t love sitting next to a warm fire pit when it’s cold outside? Gather your family for an exciting outdoor bonfire experience. You can sit around the flames, tell ghost stories, and enjoy your favorite food at the same time. 

Decorate Sugar Cookies
Decorating sugar cookies will be the perfect thing to do with your family this holiday season. The best part is that you can eat the outcome of your activity. 

Do a Random Act of Kindness
Random acts of kindness are some of the most fulfilling and most humane and human things you could ever do. Especially when it is done for a complete stranger.
 • Donate some food
 • Pay for a coffee for the person behind you in line
 • Go to an animal orphanage and help out for the day
 • Feed someone’s parking meter.

Do a Jigsaw Puzzle

Have a Game night
Stay in for the evening, get cozy, and have a game night marathon. You can make it even more fun by adding prizes for the winner.

Make a Gingerbread House
Spend an afternoon putting together a gingerbread house that is filled with all the sweets and treats of the season. 

Volunteer at a Food Kitchen
There is nothing better than giving back to others, and the cold winter season is the perfect time to volunteer at a food kitchen and help those in need. 

Visit a Museum in Your Town
Sometimes we take for granted what is in our own backyards. Do some research on local museums and then make a plan to visit one. 

Write a Thank You Note to Someone Who Deserves It

Make Homemade Soup
There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day. So whip up one of your favorites and enjoy it with some crusty bread.

Bake Cookies
Who doesn’t like a home filled with the smells of fresh-baked cookies? It doesn’t matter whether it’s snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, or simple chocolate chips, spend the day baking. 

Clean Out & Organize Your Closet
It is surprisingly rewarding to be able to purge some clothes, plus it is purely a bonus that you can donate or consign them! 

Create a Song Playlist
Music is a great way to get you geared up for any season or activity. 

Have a Snowball Fight
With so much fresh snow outside can you really restrict yourself only to the indoors? Get outside for a good old fashioned snowball fight! 

Make Your New Year Bucket List


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