10 Activities You Need to Try this Winter

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You might think that winter is awful as it’s cold and all you can do is stay at home and try to keep warm. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. The summer isn’t the only time of the year to have fun. All you need to do is be a little more creative and spice it up with some new activities. There are things you can do only in the winter that are incredibly fun, and it’ll help you discover the beauty of this time of the year. Here are our suggestions for 10 activities you need to try this winter, and if you do at least half of them, you’re going to have a blast and make beautiful memories for the future. You might even find a new hobby!

1 – Go Ice Skating

A woman in a white jacket and black pants ice skating on an outdoor rink.

Let’s start with sports. Ice skating is a fun winter activity you can enjoy both indoors and outdoors, and the only equipment necessary is the skates. You can visit a nearby river, lake, or a pond (if this ice is thick enough), or, if it’s really cold outside, you can go find an indoor rink. Skating can be really fun and liberating, and it’s a great activity to do with friends or even on a date.

2 – Try a Pottery Class

Pottery class - a person using his/her hands to mold a piece of clay into a vase.

If you’re not too keen on outdoor activities, maybe you could try a pottery class. This is a nice way to unleash your creativity and learn a new skill. Pottery isn’t just relaxing; it can also be pretty useful if you master it. You can then make your own vases, plates, and bowls. If you find it fun to throw some clay on the potter’s wheel and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, go for it. And even if this doesn’t look too appealing, you’ll be surprised how rewarding this experience can be, especially of you get to take your handmade item home. Most classes provide all the materials, tools, instruction, and assistance while all you need to bring is yourself and a towel. Enjoy the feeling of wet clay, mold it with your hands, and discover the magic of making functional items on your own. And the best thing is, you don’t need any experience to start with – just a dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. If you want to try something new, creative, and useful, give the wheel a spin! It’s a great pastime in the cold winter days.

3 – Visit an Outdoor Spa

An outdoor spa with heated swimming pools, and a tray with wine and cheese sitting by the edge of the pool.

After the entire year of stress, fuss, and rush, maybe now you can find a moment to relax and recharge your batteries. Visiting an outdoor spa in the winter may seem like a strange suggestion, but there’s no better way to get the blood flowing and improve circulation than temperature change. Enjoy outdoor heated pools, massages, and beauty treatments. Retreat to a peaceful oasis of silence and relaxation where your only task is to relax and enjoy. Soak in hot water and enjoy the surrounding scenery while breathing in the fresh air. Cleanse your body, mind, and soul in hot baths, saunas, steam rooms, and enjoy various massages. This is also a perfect time and place for meditation. Treat yourself with a body scrub, manicure, pedicure, or a foot massage. The essential oils, dietary minerals, and plants will give your body the royal treatment it deserves. This is a perfect time and place to rejuvenate your senses.

4 – Rent Snowshoes and Try Snowshoeing

A woman walking down the hill in snowshoes, holding ski poles.

Snowshoeing is a great outdoor activity to try in the winter. It’s also the simplest and the cheapest winter sport anyone can enjoy, and it can help speed up weight loss. This activity burns more than 600 calories per hour! All you need to do is rent a pair of snowshoes and dress according to the weather conditions. And it’s always better to go with a partner or a group. This is an activity that’s been around for thousands of years and it’s only getting more sophisticated and more popular over time. Most people hike for pleasure, enthusiasts trek through the backcountry, while those who are more competitive take on official racing. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the winter and the snow, and it’s great because anybody can do it, regardless of the fitness level and experience. Snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter sport in the world and it’s a great winter alternative for many sports, especially for running. Besides staying in good shape, you’ll also get the opportunity to explore new areas and discover deep, unscathed, powdery snow.

5 – Go Winter Camping (or visit a state park and rent a cabin or yurt if it’s too cold where you live)

Winter camping, a tent and a campfire set in the woods near a water surface.

If you like the great outdoors and love to camp in the woods, there’s nothing that can stop you to go camping in the winter. Winter camping can be a real adventure and it’s certainly an unforgettable experience. But please, before you set off, do your homework and prepare properly. Know the area where you’ll set up your camp and check the weather forecast to dress accordingly and bring all the essential camping equipment. Warm clothes, a good sleeping bag, and a quality tent are just a start. Although you probably have GPS on your phone, it’s always useful to have a good old compass and a map just in case your modern gadgets malfunction. You’ll also need a good food supply as you’ll need to consume more calories to help you feel warm. And camping just wouldn’t be the same without the traditional toasted marshmallows. Remember to dress in layers so you can regulate your body temperature to avoid perspiration during activity. Another tip is to keep the snow out of your tent to avoid the problems with water and condensation. Pack a severe weather travel kit to be prepared for any roadside emergency and set off on your winter camping adventure. Remember, if it’s too cold for camping where you live, you can always visit a state park and rent a cabin. The experience isn’t the same, but you’ll still enjoy your winter getaway in the heart of nature.

6 – Visit a Museum or Gallery

People admiring a dinosaur skeleton at a natural history museum.

When you feel a little geeky, or when it’s just too cold to spend time outside, you could go and visit a museum or gallery. This is another great activity to enjoy on your own or with friends, and it doesn’t involve the freezing sub-zero temperatures. You’ll get to see things like ancient artifacts, legendary paintings and sculptures. If you sign up for a guided tour, you’ll get the perfect learning opportunity. There are many types of museums, and depending on your interests, you can choose from the architectural museums, archaeology museums, art museums, car museums, history museums, natural history museums, and much more. Whether you have the opportunity to go to a major city for a museum of choice or you’re just visiting your local museum, it’s a great learning experience and an opportunity to get out of the house and do something different for a change.

7 – Go Sledding

A man, a woman, and a child sledding down the hill sitting on one wooden sled.

If you’re sick and tired of staying inside and want to have some outdoor fun in the beautifully soft snow, you can always go sledding. Dress warmly if you plan to stay outside longer, and even if you don’t. You’ll be having so much fun you’ll lose track of time and you will always want to go “just one more time.” You can go sledding almost anywhere; all you need is a sled and a hill. If you’re a bit of a daredevil, find a steeper hill or the one with the snow over a layer of ice for high speeds. If you fancy a more moderate ride, look for the softer, deeper snow. Get to the top, pick a position, and down you go! The important thing is to have fun and stay safe.

8 – Attend a Winter Festival

An ice rink surrounded by people, and a large ferris wheel behind the rink during a winter festival in Brussels.

Summer festivals are numerous and very well visited, but have you ever visited a winter festival? Many people haven’t, but those who have attended one say that it was an unforgettable experience. Once you get out there with all the people, music, bright lights and fireworks, you’ll forget about how cold it is outside. Many winter festivals in the areas where the winters are very long and cold include typical winter activities such as ice carving, snow carving, ice hockey, skating, skiing, and dog sledding. It’s a nice way to develop an appreciation for the winter’s natural beauty and to learn new skills. You’ll get familiar with the simplicity of life and the beauty of nature in the winter. Winter festivals in other places are turned into real carnivals on the streets and offer bright lights, music, fireworks, and even dancing. It might be the perfect thing to get you in the cheerful holiday mood, even though Christmas is behind us. Choose every opportunity you get to bond with your loved ones and it’ll definitely be worth it.

9 – Write a Handwritten Letter to a Friend

A piece of paper with an opening word ''Dear'' lying on a wood surface and a pen held above it.

In the world of smartphones, Facebook, email, and the Internet, who has the time and the nerves to write and post good old fashioned letters? Well, there’s something about the handwritten letter that just doesn’t get through when you say the same thing over the internet. By taking a pen and a piece of paper and crafting your own message in your own handwriting, and taking the time to go to the post office and send it, you’ll show the recipient that you really care about them. Anybody can copy and paste a beautiful message with an amazing picture and send it through the social media networks, but where’s the charm in that? Although it seems very nice, it’s not authentic, and it’s not the result of making an effort to show someone that you really care. Life isn’t a virtual thing – we’re physical beings, and sometimes we need to have something real to grasp onto, and a real person to rely on. We hope we’ve convinced you that writing a handwritten letter to a friend isn’t a waste of time and that it’s a nice gesture that will be worth the effort. If the winter holidays don’t bring out the best in us, what will?

10 – Try a New Soup Recipe

A white plate lying on the table, holding a black bowl full of curry soup with some parsley, green peppers, and a slice of lemon.

The winter sports and other activities may be fun, but nothing beats a nice, hot bowl of soup when you get back inside. Soups are a great way to warm up during the cooler months, and they aren’t difficult to make. The preparation won’t take too long either. What’s really great about soups is that there are numerous recipes with various ingredients so everybody can enjoy them. There are amazing recipes for vegans, vegetarians, and for all the meat eaters. You can add all sorts of spices, different kind of meat, cheese and veggies to customize any recipe according to what you like. Whether you’re trying a recipe from a cookbook or a blog, or even a recipe your friend recommended, if you cook with love it’ll turn out great. If you make it a family activity and distribute assignments, it will be much faster and more fun. So what are you waiting for? You can’t be too lazy for food!

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