winter bucket list

Ah, winter! The delight of the first snow; Christmas decorations are everywhere. You develop a habit of lighting candles every night and keep cuddling in warm blankets—to bring the feeling of hygge. And unless you live somewhere in Arizona, you get a stylish puffer coat—partly because you need to make contact with the outside world and because it brightens up the fact that the weather is nasty most of the time and everything around is cold and dark. The temptation to cozy up on the couch and watch Netflix non-stop is almost irresistible.

Don’t give up so easily! Winter might not be the ideal period to stay outdoors for long hours (yet again, reviewing the events of the last year in retrospect, let’s hope we have this choice when we’d like it…), but it’s the time to reflect and take care of ourselves and people around us. It is also the time to get creative and try new things. 

We decided to help you here, and in this article, we’ve compiled a list of 100 things you can do this winter—either alone or with your family and friends—to make winter feel nice. Our list ranges in effort: some days, you may be ready to try a new craft or have fun with your friends, while on other days, a cup of hot cocoa will be good enough. Let’s have a look!

winter bucket list

  1. Bake cookies.
  2. Build a funny snowman.
  3. Read a cozy novel.
  4. Watch an old Christmas movie.
  5. Sell your old textbooks.
  6. Host a Family Game Night.
  7. Host a PowerPoint night with friends. 
  8. Send a letter to Santa Claus.
  9. Be Santa—donate old books and clothes.
  10. Take part in TikTok #switchingpaintings
  11. Complete a giant puzzle!
  12. Hold a Secret Santa party.
  13. Pay off your debts.
  14. Visit your grandparents.
  15. Do a random act of kindness.
  16. Listen to Christmas music.
  17. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway.
  18. Subscribe to a monthly donation.
  19. See Santa’s reindeer.
  20. Go sledding.
  21. Listen to the crackling fire.
  22. Create a gingerbread house!
  23. Decorate your room/home.
  24. Hold a Harry Potter movie marathon.
  25. Knit a scarf (try it)!
  26. Drink hot cocoa ( or something warm).
  27. Try a new taste of tea.
  28. Hold a pajama party.
  29. Touch the snow.
  30. Prepare your textbook list for the next semester.
  31. Write a “Thank you!” list for 2023.
  32. Decorate the tree.
  33. Call a loved one or friend.
  34. Unplug from social media for one day.
  35. Practice breathwork with the smell of pine.
  36. Write a congratulatory letter to yourself.
  37. Play with a pet.
  38. Dance to your favorite songs.
  39. Spend 10 minutes giving compliments on Insta or TikTok.
  40. Try a new craft.
  41. Play video games with siblings.
  42. Take a family photo.
  43. Hold a Christmas night sleepover.
  44. Have a family breakfast together.
  45. Light candles.
  46. Have a home fashion show.
  47. Make a playlist for the holiday mood.
  48. Take a walk in the morning frost.
  49. Drive to see Christmas lights.
  50. Meet with old friends.
  51. Do morning exercises (dance)!
  52. Hand make a gift.
  53. Make a snow angel.
  54. Have a Christmas karaoke.
  55. Sit by the fireplace.
  56. Visit local castle (church).
  57. Arrange a snowball fight!
  58. Go skiing.
  59. Try a new winter recipe.
  60. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.
  61. Watch the snowfall.
  62. Visit a Christmas market.
  63. Throw a tea party.
  64. Learn a new Christmas carol.
  65. Sing a cheesy song.
  66. Take a picture of the snowfall.
  67. Bake a pie.
  68. Have a festive photoshoot.
  69. Color by numbers.
  70. Make holiday cards.
  71. Watch fireworks.
  72. Knit Christmas sweaters.
  73. Create Christmas TikTok.
  74. Have a Christmas dinner with friends.
  75. Make a DIY candle.
  76. Do something kind every day.
  77. Buy a diary for the coming year.
  78. Create a to-do list for next year.
  79. Cook your favorite dish.
  80. Go ice-skating.
  81. Volunteer in local organizations.
  82. Built snow castles.
  83. Play hockey.
  84. Read a book in a comfortable chair.
  85. Write a letter to the lonely.
  86. Collect rare Christmas decorations.
  87. Donate to charity. 
  88. Listen to the snowstorm.
  89. Clear the space.
  90. Throw a Winter Pizza Party.
  91. Have an Evening of Christmas Stories.
  92. Take a walk on the crisp snow.
  93. Do Christmas shopping.
  94. Watch a kind video on Youtube.
  95. Prepare holiday gifts.
  96. Сhoose 12 best photos of the past year and print them.
  97. Go snowboarding.
  98. See the mountains.
  99. Create a video from your winter holidays.
  100. Enjoy the holidays.

We’ve compiled the basics here, and we hope that you won’t struggle anymore to find winter activities and pastimes.  Our list is way far from being complete, so you can add other things to it. We sincerely believe that all seasons are beautiful if you keep trying new things. Staying occupied will also help you feel less down throughout the winter months. Good luck!