It can be really hard to convince yourself to leave the house this time of year in Vancouver. When it rains, it really brings down the mood. There's also that weird phenomenon when it's been raining all day long and then the rain becomes a fine mist.
At that point, your umbrella doesn't even help you because you're walking straight into the rainy mist and getting wet from head to toe. It really is the coziest time to give up and just stay warm and dry at home!
This winter, there are so many romantic nooks, hidden hangouts and even outdoor events that are worth getting off the couch to check out. So brave the rain and cold and get yourself out of the house and take your S/O somewhere special together. You still have plenty of time for watching Netflix, I promise.
Here are 18 romantic date ideas to impress your S/O this Winter in Vancouver
Only crazy people drink hot chocolate in the spring and summer. This is your last chance to indulge in the creamy deliciousness! Koko Monk Hot Chocolate Lounge offers these stunning hot chocolate flights that you can sip with your S/O and watch the rain drizzle from inside, toasty and content.
If you missed out on VIFF this year or you can't get enough cinema, then catch a film at the Vancity Theatre this Winter. They have a selection of the best films from 2018 including the heartwarming Paddington 2 and Mandy, the wild Nick Cage film. This is the coziest and most comfortable movie theatre probably in the whole province and it makes date nights extra romantic.
If your S/O can't be convinced to get in the holiday spirit, then why not take him somewhere where they can't escape the spirits?? This brand-new haunted house themed bar on Fraser Street is creepy cool and not too sweet. Treat yourself to small plates and sinful cocktails at this spooky yet endearing spot.
Just as an FYI, if your S/O isn't into a date at Lucky's then it's time to let them go. They're not right for you. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. Lucky's makes the best doughnuts in Vancouver and their cafes in Kits and Mount Pleasant are ideal date spots!
IKEA is a great place to spend a day with your S/O if the weather is gross. The food is cheap and tasty and there's lots of fun to be had exploring the massive store. This Winter, IKEA Richmond is doing special Christmas events that you might want to check out if you love all things Swedish! The annual Christmas Julbord lets you sample Swedish holiday classics and will give you a whole new appreciation for their food.
A visit in the Winter to Vandusen Festival of Lights is a must for any and every Vancouver couple! What's more romantic than holding hands, cozying up against the cold and seeing the garden all magically lit up? There's also the brand new Aurora Winter Festival to check out, too!
Winter is the season for tasty noodles with warming broths! This community market and eatery are Instagoals and you owe it to your S/O to bring them here for lunch ASAP.
Trivia night is a great way to meet new friends and other couples. Plus, it's really fun! You can check out this list to see a full listing of all the trivia nights in Vancouver. One of the best places for trivia is the Storm Crow Alehouse. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, you can join their Nerdin' Trivia night where you can let your nerd flag fly!
Savour in the blind date awkwardness of this incredible improv show. Tess Degenstein pulls one lucky date from the audience and goes on a blind date with them right on stage. It's a hilarious social-experiment comedy that you and your S/O will really laugh about!
No money for a romantic European vacation this winter? No problem. Hit up Caffè La Tana hidden on a quiet stretch of Commercial Drive with your S/O and drink in all the old-world Italian vibes. The aesthetic of this place is gorgeous, but it's nothing compared to the unique pastries and handmade pasta that will make you swoon.
The Christmas Market is an annual favourite for couples and the very best place to sip mulled wine. This year, try the white gluhwein for a soft and fruity take on the traditional German holiday beverage.
Play around with the lighting inside this wonderous walk-through light dome outside the Nordstroms on Georgia Street. You can take photos and steal a kiss under the mistletoe. Also, explore the lights around nearby Robson Square and see the massive Christmas tree outside the Art Gallery for more amazing photo ops.
If you can't stand the cold but want to get in on the Winter lights action, then visit the Bloedel Conservatory. Their tropical dome will warm you up and you get a unique chance to see birds, lights and palm trees all in one place. It's like having Christmas in Florida!
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a peaceful place to check out with your S/O this Winter. You'll get a chance to get up close to the stunning couture of Guo Pei and see her other-worldly designs, including this gown worn by Rhianna at the Met Ball in 2015 made with 55 pounds of embroidered silk. Art Gallery dates are way more fun than just going to the movies and you get a chance to really connect with your S/O. I really want to watch a Sci-Fi film where the characters wear these unbelievable designs!
This little cutie is front and centre at the Vancouver Aquarium this winter, showing off his electric powers and lighting up a Christmas tree! The aquarium is totally decked out for the Winter holiday season and there's a ton of fun things to do with your S/O, too. It's also way more chill here in the Winter than the Summer, so you'll have fewer children to contend with as you wander through the tanks and habitats!
Looking for a cool NYE party to hit up with your S/O? Bells and Whistles in Fraserhood are hosting a party called "The Ball Drop" where you can play arcade games, dance, eat burgers with beers and have a champagne toast at midnight! It's a casual and fun way to ring in the new year doing the things you love with the person you love. Plus, tickets are only $20!
This is the best double date idea in town! Share a table right up front near the stage with another couple and get ready to laugh. The theatre lets you bring drinks inside and has their own hidden waterfront bar that's totally worth checking out.
You can only bring a date to a Cirque show maybe a handful of times a year. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind date night that's coming to Vancouver this Winter! This holiday-themed Winter Wonderland cirque show will be perfect for your S/O who loves Cirque Du Soleil.