The Ultimate Winter Bucket List

Let’s dive into the ultimate winter bucket list so you can start building your very own, shall we?

Go Sledding

Grab a sled (this one is a great deal!) and hit the nearby hills for a fun day of sledding!

Make a Snowman

Is it even winter if you don’t make a snowman? I think not! Which is why this obviously needs to be on your winter bucket list!

Make a Snow Angel

Plop down in the cold white stuff and make a beautiful snow angel. Bonus points if you don’t leave a hand print behind!

Have a Snowball Fight with Friends

Snowball fights are not just for kids. You can liven up any day with a friendly snowball fight!

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is another HUGE must during the wintertime! Ice skating is so fun to do, especially in a big group of friends or family.

Build an Igloo

Making a snow fort can be so much fun! However, the type of fort you make depends on the type of snow you have (quinzheeigloo, etc.). Be sure to educate yourself before you make one (especially if you plan on backpacking and sleeping in it!) HERE is a great resource from REI to get you started in snow camping.

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Go Stargazing Under a Cozy Blanket

Grab yourself a nice, warm, waterproof blanket and spend a nice evening under the winter sky. You can even check out the American Meteor Society website to see when the next meteor shower will be!

Have a Winter Bonfire

Winter bonfires can be so cozy and fun! Be sure to do it on a calm, non-windy evening to bundle up!

Track the Weather for Snow

Tracking the weather for snow is one of my favorite things to do in the winter time! It always gives me something fun to look forward to!

PS: As a civil engineering and geology student, I am always having to track the weather throughout the year and have found that the National Weather Service site is, by far, the best and most accurate (in most areas in the States at least…). They even have an app that allows you to set specific weather alerts, warnings, etc. for certain locations. 

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Shovel Snow for Someone in Need

If you live in a snowy climate you know that with the snow comes a constant battle to shovel it. Make someone’s day a little brighter by shoveling their snow as well!

Go to a Hockey Game

Hockey is such a fun sport to watch in person! Plus, tickets are usually pretty reasonably priced!

Attend an Ice Sculpture Competition

It is truly incredible to see what some artists can do with ice! Check out your nearest ice sculpture competition to see for yourself.

Go Skiing in the Mountains

Skiing is another one of those amazing winter experiences everyone has to do at least once! Why not now? When you go, be sure to wear some extremely warm gloves! There is nothing worse than having cold hands on the slopes! These mittens paired with some hand warmers make the perfect pair!

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Go Bowling

Bowling is a great indoor activity and is so much fun! You can even go the extra mile and even bring your own bowling shoes (like this awesome pair ! How cool are they?!).

Celebrate New Year’s Day

New Year’s celebrations can be such a fun time of year! A great time for new beginnings, celebrations, and more.

Watch Competitive Ice Skating

One of my favorite sports to watch is competitive ice skating, especially during the Winter Olympics! Check to see if there are any competitions nearby or on TV. You could even go and see a play on ice!

Attend or Host a Football Party

The biggest football game of the year happens in the wintertime. Why not take advantage of this fun time and host or attend a football party! Be sure to make some awesome food (here is a great appetizer cookbook)!

Decorate Your Home for the Wintertime

Change up your home décor, even just slightly, for a new, fresh season. My favorite way to decorate for winter is to use white candles , cute throw pillows , and a fun welcome mat .

Hang a Winter Wreath

Speaking of decorations, grab some pinecones and build your own DIY winter wreath to hang up. If you’re not the DIY-type, you can check out some beautiful winter wreaths to purchase too. 

Go on a Winter Cabin Getaway

Winter is the perfect time to go on a short little getaway, especially after the busy holiday months! Check out your nearest winter cabin and book yourself a great little weekend away.

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Change your Desktop and Phone Backgrounds for Winter

Changing out your backgrounds throughout the year is a great way to celebrate the seasons.

Read a Book by the Fireplace

A nice warm blanket, a hot beverage, a big comfy chair, and a cozy fireplace makes the perfect setting to spend a relaxing day with a good book. This blanket is my favorite blanket right now, it is SO cozy!! Also, be sure to check out my top reading lists here to get some major book inspiration!

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Go Snow Shoeing

Snowshoeing is such a fun activity and is essential to anyone’s winter bucket list! It is an easy activity and can be done in nearly any snowy location on a nice, clear day.

PS: Don’t forget to bring the 10 essentials!!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great winter holiday, and so much fun to celebrate. If you’re not in a relationship, you can celebrate Galentine’s Day instead!

Here are some great posts that might help you out this Valentine’s Day:

Watch a Fun Winter Film

Immerse yourself in the winter season by watching a fun winter film! Some of my favorites include:

Go Snow Tubing

Next, snow tubing is such a fun activity to add to your winter bucket list! Most ski resorts or mountain towns have a snow tubing slope and usually tickets are pretty inexpensive. You could also grab yourself a tube at home and go to a nearby snowy hillside too!

Create a Winter Playlist

Change up your music and create a fun, new winter playlist for the new season. This could simply include refreshing your current preferred playlists, or you could explore a fun new genre! Personally, I enjoy listening to some mellow, relaxing tunes during the wintertime with Prime Music (my go-to music app).

Use Audiobooks to Read on the Go!

Read a Book Based in the Wintertime

Winter is the perfect time to get ahead in your reading list! There are some great books that are set in the wintertime!

Check out my current book lists here!

Host a Fun Indoor Game Night

Grab some friends and spend an evening together with a fun board game. There are some really cool new games out there that are absolutely a BLAST! Some of my current favorite board games include:

Make and Hang Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes can be such an easy and fun craft on a blistery, stormy day. Take it to the next level and make some 3D snowflakes like these!

Build a Fort

Gather all of your blankets and pillows around your home and spend the afternoon building a fun fort to watch a movie or read a good book in.

Collect Pinecones and Craft with Them

Winter is a great time to collect pinecones and building a fun craft with them. Some pinecone craft ideas you might enjoy include a wreathholiday ornaments to use next year, natural bird feeders, and fun fire starters.

Host a Winter Pizza Party

Did you know that February 9th is National Pizza Day each year? Well, all the more reason to have a fun pizza party in the wintertime!

Finish a Large Jigsaw Puzzle

Another great indoor, winter activity is to build a fun, large, and challenging jigsaw puzzle! If you’re in the market, check out this stunning puzzle ! Isn’t it just perfect for the wintertime?

Purchase New Warm Pajamas

Fun new flannel pajamas are perfect for a fresh new winter season. These are my current favorites!

Take a Relaxing Bubble Bath

Unwind in a hot bubble bath with your favorite book, podcast, or your new winter playlist! You can even spice it up and make it a bit more fun with a bath bomb or new bubble bath soap (thi s one is very wintery).  

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is right on the cusp of winter and spring and is such a fun holiday to celebrate. Many cities host fun, Irish-themed events, such as parades and festivals. Be sure to check out your nearest celebration and spend some time eating good food and listening to fun music.

Drink Hot Chocolate

Next, hot chocolate is a classic wintertime drink! You have to have at least one mug full, right?

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Cook Hot Soup from Scratch

A great new recipe to try out is a fun hot soup from scratch. I love making soup in my instant pot (I swear by this thing). It is super easy to make and creates enough food for days of belly-filling goodness.

Bake a Loaf of Bread

Another great recipe to try out is making your very own loaf of bread from scratch!

Bake an Orange and Cranberry Recipe

Speaking of recipes, be sure to bake yourself an orange and cranberry treat while they are still in season. Check out this awesome wintertime cookbook for some inspiration!

Make a Wintery Trail Mix Treat

The last recipe you should make every winter is a fun winter trail mix. Need some ideas? Try adding some winter treats, such as cranberries, popcorn, yogurt covered pretzels, and white chocolate chips.

Create New Year’s Resolutions

Creating a fresh new set of goals each year is incredibly important for continuous growth throughout your life. Check out my ultimate guide to short term goal setting to get started!

Create a New Year’s Reading List

Another fun list to make every year is a fresh new reading list! Check out my latest reading lists to get started.

Join a New Book Club for the Year

A great way to stick to your new reading list is by joining a new book club!

Join and Use a New Gym

Many people have “get healthy” or something similar on their New Year’s Resolutions, why not get ahead of the pack and start using a cool new gym?

Do a Random Act of Kindness

Kindness is truly what makes this world a great place to live in. Contribute to this by completing one (or many) acts of random kindness.

Start a New Journal for the Year

Journaling has so many incredible benefits! Start a fresh new journal this year to see where it can take you.

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Write and Send Holiday Thank You Notes

Don’t forget to spend some time reflecting on how amazing the last holiday season was by writing some nice thank you letters to loved ones, even if it is just to say “thank you for a wonderful meal.”

Shop After-Holiday Sales

Finally, shopping after-holiday sales are one of my favorite winter past times! You can find some awesome Holiday decorations for super cheap to use next year!

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