Winter Bucket List: 40 Winter Themed Activities

Winter can be gray and depressing. Instead of laying around wishing for warmer weather, get up and cross off your winter bucket list! Here’s a list of 40 winter-themed activities to get you off the couch and having fun this winter.

Winter Bucket List

Winter can really bring some people down.

The shorter days send the sun behind the mountains quicker than we would like.

Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and blustery winds are not exactly everyone’s idea of perfect weather.

Trees stand bare and the color has drained out of the fields.

Sounds depressing, doesn’t it?

Winter doesn’t have to be depressing and bring you down! I’ve put together a list of 40 winter themed activities to get you off the couch and having fun.

Start checking off your winter bucket list today!

{Click here for a printable version of this list.}

Winter Bucket List

  1. Build a snowman
  2. Make snow angels
  3. Make pictures in the snow with food dye
  4. Have a snowball fight
  5. Go sledding and/or skiing
  6. Take a winter nature walk
  7. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
  8. Have a bonfire
  9. Volunteer at a food kitchen
  10. Clean out and organize your closet & donate unwanted items
  11. Donate socks and blankets to a local homeless shelter
  12. Do a random act of kindness
  13. Make your own hot cocoa
  14. Bake cookies
  15. Make apple cider
  16. Bake a loaf of bread
  17. Make homemade soup
  18. Have an indoor picnic
  19. Host a baking contest with friends
  20. Have a game night
  21. Visit a museum
  22. Go bowling
  23. Take a cooking class
  24. Take a painting class
  25. See a play
  26. Host a murder mystery dinner party
  27. Learn a new language
  28. Learn a new hobby
  29. Binge-watch your favorite TV show
  30. Read a winter novel
  31. Cut out paper snowflakes
  32. Complete a puzzle
  33. Have a paper snowball fight indoors
  34. Camp out in the living room
  35. Have a pajama day
  36. Start a gratitude journal
  37. Go through old photos
  38. Start a scrapbook
  39. Throw a Superbowl party
  40. Take dinner to a family member or friend who’s been feeling down

What’s the first fun activity you’re going to cross off your winter bucket list?

Don’t forget to grab your free printable version of this winter bucket list before you go!

Winter Bucket List

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90 thoughts on “Winter Bucket List: 40 Winter Themed Activities”

    1. Right? Where did winter go and why is it supposed to be almost 70 this weekend? Oh the wonderful milk and bread store runs at the sight of the 1st snow flake! ???

  1. I love you Michelle. You really are the best ? Thank you for including me on this great list. What a wonderful surprise to this day! In all sincerity, you don’t realize the positive impact you have on others. The last 6 months or so here have been brutal more often than not and your encouragement has kept me going quite a few times on tough days! Thank you for being who you are! ❤

    You’ve included some of my most favorite activities here on this list. Love it! Pajama days are amazing, aren’t they? When hubby and I both leave the lounge wear on for the whole day – it just feels cozier and relaxing. I think we all need that refreshment from the chaos of life sometimes!

    Volunteering, taking a nature walk (the absolute best, as we both agree!), game night – these are guaranteed to bring joy to the drab. You never cease to brighten the day.

    Sending loads of love your way Michelle with hopes and prayers that you & your family are well this day. Happy New Year my friend. Praying 2020 eases the burdens of our hearts and brings answers to prayers! ? All My Best, Holly

      1. Aww. Bless your heart! That was so very kind of you. I hope it does make her day. We all need someone to come along and brighten our lives and days, don’t we? 🙂 I pray you are well too. I pray the same prayer for you and yours in 2020! ❤

    1. Awww Holly, I’m sorry you’ve had some not so great times over the past few months. Please know that I’m here for you and you can email me any time! Thank you for such kind words. You’ve really touched my heart and made my day!

      I agree with pajama day! Those days are the best! Just laying around and doing nothing, although that doesn’t happen often around here any more.

      Wishing you a very wonderful 2020! Sending love and prayers your way! Love you back!! ❤️❤️

  2. Fantastic suggestions, Michelle. I love the variety (and I love the revamp to your blog like with the new header, not sure if I said that before or not?! My brain is going to mush ?) I really would like to do a mini bucket list. Bowling would be on it as I thought of that a while ago but didn’t get to go, it’s a nice way to get my folks out of the house. And an indoor picnic? Hell yes!!
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you! Bowling is a lot of fun and something we haven’t done in a while, either. I always end up losing because I suck at it, but at least I’m doing it. 😀 Thank you for your feedback on my new header. I just created it a few days ago and still haven’t decided if I like it or not. haha

  3. Great ideas!
    I used to do “scavenger hunts” with my kids and their friends. First I would walk through the mall alone and make up a list of random things I saw in the store windows. Then I would give each team a copy of the list, and turn them loose. Next to each item they had to write down which store window it was in. First team to get them all correct won.

  4. So many wonderful things to do in the winter. Some of them we’re doing and some we’re not. Nothing to do with snow because it doesn’t snow here.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  5. What a great list, I can cross off Have a pajama day because that’s exactly my day today 🙂
    Oh and I meant to tell you the last time, your blog is looking beautiful 🙂

  6. Winter is going to be quite fun when you do all those things! Have fun!

    And second thought you could add… go visit ARIZONA where Nancy lives and see the spectacular desert!

      1. It’s beautiful October til May. Then it gets hot. Which is when we head to Pennsylvania!

        We have 70’s today with bright blue skies! Arizona would love for you to visit! ☀️?

    1. It’s a lot of fun whenever it finally snows. 😀 It’s been warm here, too! It’s crazy how warm this winter has been. But I think it’s supposed to get cold this weekend.

  7. Wish we had snow here in the city. At least I got to play in a little up north. These are all wonderful ideas. I just finished up number 10 and have a huge pile of donations ready to drop off. Such a fun list, thanks for sharing.

  8. Hey Michelle, that’s a great list of things to do! Winters can sure be long and having a list of different things to add some change is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing it! Hope you have a wonderful week!??⛄

    1. Thank you so much! Winter can get so depressing so I have to look for something to do to make it more fun. 🙂 Thank you and I hope you have a great week, too!

  9. I love all your winter bucket tasks. I’ve already donated blankets, towels and rags to the Humane society and donated some Christmas decorations to Good Will. I really need to clean out my closet and get more organized.

    1. Thank you so much! That’s great that you donated those items to the Humane Society. I’m sure they really appreciate them. My husband’s closet is the next thing on my list of things to organize. 🙂

  10. Great activities, Michelle! I have hooked my daughters on downhill skiing. We are going skiing with my Dad this weekend. He’s 77 years-old, but skis regularly. I think it’s great that my children have this opportunity to do this with their Grandpa!

    1. That’s awesome that your dad is still out there skiing! It’s great that you’re all able to get together to make such wonderful memories. I hope you all have fun!

  11. I love this idea! It took me a while to figure out how to respond, but I really wanted to thank you for kindly visiting my random redhead blog.
    Numbers 4 and 18 are my faves…
    May God continue to richly bless you and increase your influence.
    KariGrace

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