Winter will be here before you know it and it’s time to start planning your dates. Whether you’re a last-minute planner or like to plan weeks in advance, we have some fun options for you. Here are 10 romantic winter date ideas in Seattle to help you have the best holiday season yet.

Pretend it’s summer at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Winter might be here for a while but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little heat. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is open year-round and is full of beautiful tropical plants. It’s a great place to stroll with a date and enjoy a little peace and quiet in one of Seattle’s best parks.

Where: 1400 East Galer Street
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $4

Ice skating

What’s a more classic winter date than ice skating? Seattle has a few rinks worth checking out whether you’re looking for open skate or want to do something a little more involved like a lesson.

Hit the slopes


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What’s a more classically PNW date than skiing? Whether you already have gear, need to rent it, are a pro or taking lessons, skiing is a super fun date idea. You can even try night skiing if that’s up your alley.

Visit a museum for free

Seattle has a ton of great museums and if you have a Seattle Public Library card, you don’t have to pay to access many of them. The library’s museum pass program gives you the ability to access select local museums for free when you reserve your tickets ahead of time online.

Visit a holiday light display


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As we approach the holiday season, there’s few things more romantic than checking out a themed lighting display. Whether you want to see classic holiday scenes or nature, these local light displays have you covered. You can choose to stay in the city or get out for a drive.

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Soak in a hot spring


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Chilly winter air is the perfect excuse to check out one of our state’s beautiful hot springs. Whether you simply want to walk up and soak or hike your way in, there are several different hot springs worth visiting. Of course, we made a list of them for you.

Enjoy a glamorous tea soiree

Tea Noir is a new experience from the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and a part of a new collection of boundary-pushing experiences being offered at Fairmont properties around the country. Attendees can expect a “glamorous evening soirée featuring a playfully dark twist on high tea.” Your experience includes “uniquely crafted tea-infused cocktails” like The Parlor Earl Grey Gin Martini, featuring Creamy Earl Grey Loose Leaf.

When: November 15th-March 31st
Where: 411 University St
Cost: $70 USD per person

Get steamy on a hot tub boat


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If you have the urge to swim in the middle of winter, you can do that but there’s a better way than jumping directly in Lake Washington. A cozier way is by renting a hot tub boat from one of the two hot tub boat companies here in Seattle. Each company has its own unique benefits and offerings and are each worth checking out.

Experience Magic in the Market

Pike Place Market is special year-round, don’t get us wrong but it truly transforms in the wintertime. You can either wander the market’s many stalls and lower-level businesses or gather ingredients to make a great dinner. Of course, you can also see beautiful light displays atop the market entrance.

Watch the Nutcracker

Sure the ballet might not be for everyone but the Nutcracker only happens once a year. People of all ages can enjoy the magical land of snow and going to the ballet is a step above the movies. After all, it’s not something you do every week.

When: November 25th-December 27th, 2022
Where: 321 Mercer St
Cost: $27+