Winter doesn’t officially arrive until the 21st of this month, but the temperatures have already started falling and the December decorations are going up. Everyone has their favorite holiday-themed festivities, and even those trying to resist the Christmas spirit find themselves humming along to those catchy carols.
For now, we’re all busy shopping for gifts, entertaining guests, trying new recipes and more, but what to do after you take the tree down and pack the ornaments away? Just because it’s cold outside and the holidays are over doesn’t mean you’re in for a dull remainder of the season. Ski trips get to be a bit pricey, and the fun can quickly fade if you’re not very good on the slopes. A getaway to the cabins is generally pleasant, but sitting around by the fire isn’t always thrilling. So what to do? We’ve got a few ideas.
These aren’t just for Old Saint Nick. A winter-time sleigh ride is a laid-back yet exciting way to take in the seasonal scenery while basking in the crisp, cool atmosphere. They’re also a romantic alternative to a walk in the park. Imagine snuggling up to the one you love with a canteen of hot chocolate or spiced cider, dashing through the snow. Check out your options, see if there’s something nearby and try it out! Trust us, you’ll be hoping it never ends.
If you fall into the superior skier category, this would be a great way to mix it up. As for the rest of us, snowmobiling is a great way to ride along some hills without having to worry about your form and technique. Many places offer beginner sessions before taking off, and this is sure to be an activity the kids won’t be able to stop talking about.
Most people are familiar with Central Park’s family rink, but you don’t have to live in NYC to get your ice skating fix. Lots of big cities carve out a section of a local park for everyone to glide around on, and many provide skate rentals and protective gear. So grab the family, throw on the hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, and do a few laps.
What are your favorite winter activities? And drinking hot chocolate counts!