13 Winter Things to Do With Friends was originally published on January 16, 2014, as “I’m Tired of Watching Movies, What Other Things Can I Do With My Friends?” It has been updated and the cheekiness a little toned down.
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I don’t know about you, but I can take winter until Christmas, and then I start going a little crazy. I always feel like there is nothing to do when we want to get together with our friends, besides movies and eating. Those are great, but they get a little old sometimes. And also as a mom of littles, I find it extra important to maintain my friendships. I need that village to help raise my kids and keep me sane. After all, they say you are the combination of your five closest friends, so I for sure want to build those good relationships.
So below are just a few things. I came up with this list for myself and thought I’d pass it along. I’m up for growing this list, so if you have any ideas (and I’m sure you do, as this list isn’t at all exhaustive), please comment below. I know a lot of other people need ideas, too! Especially if your location isn’t full of pretty snow, just dreary and cold.
Also, let’s assume bars and dance clubs are already on the list. I have no problem with either of those, but I’m more of a go-to-bed-at-10pm-and-wake-early sort of person these days. Therefore I need daytime things or stuff that doesn’t keep me out all night. Plus, I want to purvey a list that supports memory makers, not memory wipers. If you know what I mean.
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Winter Things to Do with Friends
Side note: The majority of these winter things to do with friends can apply to mixed gender groups as much as just guys or gals.
1. Game nights.
Group games, board games. We love getting together with friends on a cold night and playing games together. Feeling feisty? The The Game of THINGS…is a good party game. If you’re more into strategy, try Codenames for a larger group or Pandemic for a smaller one. And if you’re tired of Apples to Apples or Wits and Wagers, try Dixit.
It’s not just for kids.
3. Restaurant hopping.
Go to one restaurant for an appetizer. Another for salads. Another for the main course. And one more for dessert.
4. Sight seeing in your local areas.
Act like tourists. You’ll see your town in a whole new way. Just bundle up if it’s miserable outside. At least the sites won’t be busy if it is.
5. Building forts.
Also not just for kids. You’re never too old to build a fort. You just get to make them more elaborate.
6. Having thoughtful discussions on the news of the day.
Okay, this one I left in while updating. But I still wonder how well we approach hard topics these days. It would certainly be good practice to get off social media. Maybe we’d be a bit more understanding if we practiced thoughtful conversation on hard topics.
7. Help each other out with home improvement.
Nothing brings a group of people closer together than painting a friend’s nursery.
Again, why not? Though probably more for girls, but I’m not classifying. Try to support local businesses, sustainable practices, good causes, and thrift shops.
9. Weekend ski trip.
You’ll be sore for days, but the memories will be worth it.
10. Workout together.
Join a gym and get your CrossFit on! Or ZUMBA. ZUMBA’s good, too. (Do people still ZUMBA?) You’re more likely to keep your fitness goals if someone’s doing it with you. You could also try out Pure Barre, Les Mills programs, or purchase a weight set to workout at home with friends.
11. Sporting events.
You don’t have to enjoy basketball or hockey to enjoy this. Buy cheap seats and pay little attention to what’s going on. But don’t bother the friends that are into sports. Some minor league teams have good deals for their games.
12. Comedy or a show.
I like to get my laugh on. You can find lesser-known comedians and get better ticket prices.
13. Serve others.
What has brought me closer to my friends more than anything is when we solve problems together. Or when we serve other people. While it can be as simple as serving dinner in a soup kitchen, you can also get more creative and more elaborate. Some people have adopted families for Christmas and bought them gifts. Others have decorated rooms for people in recovery. I do want to put one caveat in here, however. Whatever you choose, make sure it lifts the people you’re helping, not hurting them. (Read When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself for more information.)
Got any more winter things to do with friends? I’d love to hear them!