8 Cold Weather Dating Ideas

The heat of passion, the burning desire — the language of love is hot-hot-hot. So how do you keep the fires burning during the chill of winter?

By Lynn Harris

he heat of passion, the burning of desire, that hottie at the bar (giving you a smoldering glance!) ... the language of love is all about everything hot-hot-hot. So how do you keep the dating fires burning during the chill of winter? It's easier than you might think. All you've got to
After all, M&Ms make more than friends.
do is make a plan to either escape the cold — or embrace it — together. Try these winter wooing tips, and watch the sparks fly!

1. Flirt with Frosty
Bundle up, grab an old scarf and a couple of carrots, and join forces to make a snowman (or, if you're feeling forward, a snow couple). Remember, it's not about the Michelangelo-level artistry of the end product; it's about the snowball fight that one of you will start in the process. Tumbling down in the snow together laughing your heads off? There's no better movie-moment flirting move this whole season.

2. Trip the lights fantastic
Hop in the car, turn up the heat, and take yourselves on a tour of your community's most outrageously Christmas-lit homes. (You'll switch on the holiday spirit, and share in the delight that you're not the ones who have to take all those lights down.)

3. Throw a gingerbread house party
Find ginger-blueprints online or in any Christmas-season homemaking magazine. Bake the "walls" in advance; invite (depending on your status) single or coupled-up friends over to decorate with frosting and candies. If you're single, get other stag-comers to bring other available ginger-folks. After all, M&Ms make more than friends.

4. Get into the kitchen
Fixing your super-special individual Cornish game hens and risotto this and truffle that — well, surely it's delicious. But it kind of misses the comfy, homey, wintry point ... and it's a big production that can
Rendezvous at a bar that serves good Irish coffees.
be a bit intimidating, for both chef and guest. So, instead make something easy, hearty and mellow together — Chili? Stew? Onion soup with sexy gooey cheese? — that'll warm both stomachs and hearts.

5. Couch-surf
Cold outside? Take your date to the beach right in your own home: Rent an assortment of fun-in-the-sun flicks — Beach Blanket Bingo, Blue Lagoon (or, depending on your sense of humor, Jaws) — and enjoy a day at the celluloid shore ... with no sand in your suits!

6. Hit the ice
Nothing's as romantic as gliding arm in arm around a frosty rink or pond ... except maybe helping each other up when you slip. If you're really worried about your skating skills, or that bad knee, grab a sled and hit the mini-slopes.

7. Visit the tropics
Why wait 'til you're "serious" enough to travel together, or worry about getting to the airport? Instead, tour the local botanical garden's steamy south-of-the-equator or white-hot desert flora exhibits and greenhouse the winter blues away.

8. Meet for a hot drink
Martini, schmartini: Rendezvous at a bar that serves good Irish coffees, hot toddies and other wintry spirits. With any luck, you two will still be raising glasses together when margarita season rolls back around.

Lynn Harris ( is co-creator, with Chris Kalb (, of the award-winning website A longtime journalist, Lynn has written about dating, gender, and culture high and low for Glamour, Marie Claire, The New York Times,,, and many others. She is currently the communications strategist for Breakthrough, a transnational organization that creates pop culture to promote human rights. Submit your dating questions for Ask Lynn via
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