10 Winter Date Ideas
Looking for ways to beat the cold and get out of the house? Having trouble coming up with romantic date ideas that are friendly on your wallet, and more exciting than “dinner and a movie”? Read on for Alia’s picks of the Cutest Date Ideas of the season!
1. Add some culture to your date night with amazing live theatre!
It’s cultured, it’s warm inside, and it’s live entertainment. Theatre is definitely a talk-about-it-after kind of date! Upcoming shows include: Transference: An Experimental Theatre Project (closes Jan. 18), Hellspawn (closes Jan 20), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (closes Jan 21), and “The Tale of a Town – Canada | Kingston” (opens Jan 30). Learn more.
2. Satisfy your sweet tooth
Stressed with work and don’t have time to get off campus? Tell your sweetheart to meet you in the heart of campus for BeaverTails on Tuesday, January 23! Learn more
3. Laugh out Loud
If you love Just for Laughs and Netflix comedy specials, then you definitely need to go to a live comedy show! Comics from across North America perform Wednesday through Saturday night at Kingston’s only comedy club, Absolute Comedy! Tickets are $15 at the door regularly, but pro tip – Wednesday nights it only costs $6 to see 3 or more acts perform. It’s intended for an adult audience, open to 18+ audiences – yes 18, not 19! Win! Learn more.
4. Plan an active date together!
Try something new, test your strength, and negotiate your fear of heights at The Boiler Room Climbing Gym or the Kingston Bouldering Co-op! This date idea will definitely get your blood pumping, PLUS trying something new together is a great way to make new memories! Try out bouldering (like rock climbing without the rope) for free from Jan. 22-26!
5. The Other “Winter Classic”
Skating at the free outdoor rink in the heart of downtown Kingston is a must! You can bring your own skates, or rent some from inside City Hall. Layer up and hit the ice, then stop by a downtown coffee shop for a hot chocolate to warm up and get to know each other better! There are also popular pubs nearby if you prefer. Pro Tip: SKATE FIRST, drink later. Learn more.
6. Historic Hockey Game
Does babe love sports? Do you both love our Gaels and want them to beat our hometown rivals, the RMC Paladins? Then get your FREE student tickets (available January 22nd, limited quantity) from the ARC for the Carr Harris Cup on Thursday, Feb. 1 – where Queen’s & RMC face off in the world’s oldest documented hockey rivalry! Learn more.
7. Know your crush is amazing at guitar?
On Tuesdays, bring your date to Musiikki Café’s #OpenMicExperience! Musicians, poets and comedians are welcome to perform up to 3 songs or 12 minutes! Musiikki Cafe and Whiskey Bar is an all ages+ venue, serving espresso and tea until 11pm! Learn more.
8. Meet a Rembrandt, or three…
Did you know that there’s a world-renowned art gallery in the heart of Queen’s campus? The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is home to THREE original Rembrandt portraits, alongside a variety of Canadian art and fashion exhibits. It’s free admission all year long, plus on Thursday, January 25 there is a free lunch-hour guided tour of the latest exhibits.
9. Feel like a kid again
Feb Fest is Kingston’s annual celebration of winter – complete with ice slides, a snow maze, ice sculptures, horse drawn wagon rides, and more! Learn more.
10. Discover your new favourite band together
One of the best parts about living in a university town is the frequency of incredible live bands that come through town on their way to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. For example, there are 53 concerts in January alone! Tickets are usually $10 and up, depending on the artist. Upcoming shows we’re excited about include: Virginia to Vegas, Hedley, Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo), Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea) Georgia Straits, Brightside, Gord Bamford, Aaron Goodvin, Ezra Jordan, The Sheepdogs, Johnny Reid, Foreigner…