The sunshine has mostly disappeared and the leaves have fallen off the trees, which can only mean that Winter is definitely closing in. Instead of just hiding out under the covers at home waiting for the snow to melt and the beach weather to return, take advantage of the change of season by creating a Winter Bucket List.
1. Go Ice Fishing
Bundle up, break out your portable seat and spend a relaxing (albeit chilly) day fishing for your dinner. This popular cold weather sport is done using tools like an ice auger, skimmer and gaff hook to catch an array of fish.
Cottage Life breaks the how-to down in their Beginner’s Guide to Ice Fishing. If you need a prime fishing spot for this bucket list adventure, check out Across & Abroad’s article on The World’s Best Ice Fishing Locations around the world.
photo by Jason Derusha
2. Do the Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Bear Plunge is an event where you submerge your entire body into a chilling water, typically to raise money for a charitable organization, but sometimes just for “fun”. Why not be a brave do-gooder this Winter, strip down to your skivvies and jump into freezing cold water for a good cause.
photo by Sebastien Barre
3. Build a Snowman
Do you remember how you used to love running outside at the sign of the first snowfall to build a snowman or make snow angels? Relive your childhood and create your own Frosty the Snowman. Don’t forget his nose!
4. See the Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a famous two-act ballet that is primarily played during the holiday season. The ballet’s plot is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice“, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, where the nutcracker leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice.
photo by Dizzy Girl
5. Ice Skate on a Lake
Frozen ponds, lakes or rivers can provide you with some of the most scenic ice skating rinks around the world. Glide along, enjoying the fresh air — score bonus bucket list points if you can learn to ice skate backwards.
photo by Kevin Turinsky
6. Drive a Snowmobile
With thousands of miles of snowmobiling opportunity around the world, find your perfect location to hop on and whiz around the snow-filled, rolling hills.
photo by Visit Finland
7. Make a Gingerbread House
Spend an afternoon putting together a gingerbread house that is filled with all the sweets and treats of the season. This is such a fun activity to do with children!
photo by Charles Tilford
8. Watch all the Oscar Winning Movies
Make some popcorn and cuddle on the couch with a blanket and start your bucket list quest to watch all the best picture Oscar winning movies ever made. A subscription to Netflix is a great way to accomplish this goal, they have almost every one available for rental!
Click here for a list of the Best Picture Winners.
9. Learn to Snowboard
Put away those skis this season and try your hand at snowboarding, even if you only make it down the bunny slope. You can take a class at your favorite ski resort or the Snow Professor has made a helpful video to get you started, How to Snowboard: Step 1.
photo by ^bchu
10. Go on a Sleigh Ride
Rudolph may not be pulling the sleigh and Santa may not be riding on it with you, but take a quiet sleigh ride through the winter wilderness. Add a cozy blanket and some hot chocolate to make this a ride to remember.
photo by Sterling College
11. Donate Toys
There are so many needy families around the world, and many of them have young children who would miss out on the joy of Christmas if it weren’t for a generous helping hand. For this Winter Bucket List idea gather toys and donate them to a good cause to put a big smile on a child’s face. I organize a successful Toys for Tots drive at my restaurant, but there are other amazing organizations, like The Salvation Army or United Way.
photo by The U.S. Army
12. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
How many opportunities in life will you have to sleep in a room made of ice? At Hotel de Glace in Quebec City or ICEHOTEL in Northern Sweden you can spend the night in a room made entirely of, you guessed it, ice. Don’t worry they will bundle you up in a cozy sleeping bag and you won’t be too cold as long as you stay in it.
photo by bjaglin
13. Attend a Hockey Game
Spend an afternoon surrounded by screaming fans, watching hockey players swoosh by, in an action pack game. With any luck you will be able to catch a flying hockey puck and keep it as a souvenir.
photo by Fredrik Selander
14. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
photo by Kevin Dooley
15. Have a Snowball Fight
Gather a group of friends and give your throwing arm a workout by having a playful snowball fight.
WikiHow will show you How to Make the Perfect Snowball in 5 Steps.
photo by Joe Newman
16. Take a Snowshoe Hike
Strap on some snowshoes and hike through the snow covered pines. Snowshoe Magazine can help you out with its First-Timer’s Guide to Snowshoeing and Matador Network gives you 10 Amazing Places to Snowshoe in North America.
photo by Travel Manitoba
17. Spend a White Christmas in a Cozy Cabin
Being from Northern California, from a city sans snow, it had always been on my Winter Bucket List to spend a white Christmas holed up in a quaint little cabin. The Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite Valley was where this goal got checked off. We woke up surrounded by a pure blanket of white and you could too.
18. Make a Pine Cone Wreath
photo by Avelino Maestas
19. Take a Christmas Light Tour
Grab some peppermint hot chocolate, put some holiday music on the car radio and take a Christmas light tour of your neighborhood or downtown area.
photo by Eugenijus Radlinskas
This Winter see what all the barking is about and take a dog sledding tour through the snowy wilderness. USA Today lists 10 Great Places to go Dog Sledding and TreeHugger gives us 5 Destinations for Dog Sledding Around the World.
photo by Frank Kovalchek
Which of these ideas will you add to your Winter Bucket List?