Time:1 - 2 Hours
Wrap up together and enjoy your own winter wonderland! Ice skating is a traditional wintertime activity beloved in North America and Europe, and is one of the sweetest and most romantic ways to spend a clear and brisk winter’s day! Bundle up for an evening skating session and you’ll be surrounded by twinkling lights and starry skies. Skate by day and you’ll benefit from warming winter sunshine! Best of all, most rinks offer a variety of fun seaosnal activities, including winter festivals, cafes, gift fairs and, to delight the little ones, Santa Claus.
If you’ve both skated before, that’s great, but don’t let lack of experience get in your way! Either way, you’ll both be infected by the jolly atmosphere as you spin, glide and occasionally stumble around the rink holding hands and stopping now and then for a welcome mug of hot chocolate. This is one old-fashioned date that you’ll never tire of!
- Warm, Comfortable Clothing
- Thick Socks
- Gloves, Hat and coat
- Reserve tickets. This isn’t always necessary - if you live in a small town or city, or one with multiple rinks, you may not need to reserve tickets or it might not even be possible. But in large cities like Chicago, New York, and London, you’ll have to buy timed entry tickets ahead of time or be forced to wait in long lines. In cold winter weather, that’s no fun! Do your research and once you’ve chosen an area rink, use your best judgement.
- When choosing a rink, look for one large enough to skate (and fall) as freely as possible. Outdoor rinks are far more atmospheric, especially around the holidays, and many have bands or DJs playing providing great background music!
- Bundle up! It doesn’t matter how fast you skate, you’re bound to get cold! Wear warm, comfortable, loose fitting clothing and thick socks to both warm your feet and to keep blisters from forming. Avoid tight jeans if possible, opting for thick wool leggings instead (for women). Make sure that long pants can be tucked into your skates to protect yourself from tripping and bring gloves, hats and earmuffs along!
- Enjoy yourselves! Rather than skating and leaving straight away, make a full afternoon or evening of it by visiting the cafe after, enjoying mugs of hot chocolate or hot cider together and visiting any accompanying attractions, such as fairs and carnivals.