12 Alternative Ideas For Going Out This Winter

12 Alternative Ideas For Going Out This Winter

January. It can be a bit of a dismal month can’t it? Christmas is over and done with. A lot of us are probably on a health kick after overindulging during the festive period and it’s very likely that the bank balance isn’t as big as you would like it to be. Not only that but it has been so cold lately that by the time we get home from work at the end of the day, the last thing we feel like doing is putting the gorgeous coat we got for Christmas back on to go back out in the cold.

So what can we do with our evening’s instead? We still want to be social and we still want to make an effort to do something, but when the purse strings need to be a bit tighter and the heating needs to be turned up, what are the alternatives to going out?

I asked some of my fabulous blogger buddies what they do in the evenings that doesn’t involve going out into the cold or spending too much money. They had an array of ideas and they’re all here for you. Take a look to see if any of them take your fancy.

12 Alternative Ideas For Going Out This Winter

Vikki, familytravelwithellie.com – We absolutely love to put out some snack foods for the 4 of us, and then have a Mariocart tournament on the Wii! It’s fun, competitive and very entertaining (especially as I am so bad at it!)

Pete, householdmoneysaving.com – We bought some classic games last year so we could spend more time together – Twister and Operation. Winter evenings are a great excuse to bring these out and spend an evening at home.

Katy, katykicker.com – We love playing quizzes online! Seeing who can get the most right answers etc. Also, we enjoy watching comedies on Netflix for a good laugh when it’s dreary outside.

Becky, mommyandrory.com – We love to do a couples night at least once a month. Usually one of us knocks up a curry or a chilli and we all sit down to a good old-fashioned game of cards against humanity! Whilst it’s not for the faint hearted it’s perfect for January because if you don’t already own a pack you can download it for free online!

Suzy, ourbucketlistlives.co.uk – Karaoke. You can be bad and still have fun. We have spent many nights singing badly into a microphone.

Jaymee, themumdiaries.co.uk – Boys love a movie night, old film, popcorn and all the light turned low! They really love it and it’s nice and cosy too. Perfect for a cold night.

Emma, themoneywhisperer.co.uk – We have a race night DVD which we are doing next Friday with some friends. One person is the bookmaker, you get play money (or could do it with real to make it more fun!) to bet on the races with and watch the races throughout the evening mixed in with nibbles.

Maria, happymummy.co.uk – We love to host fancy dress murder mystery parties they are so much fun! Our friends always really enjoy them.

Cathryn, cardiffmummysays.com – I quite often have film nights with a group of close girlfriends around one of our houses. It’s so lovely to get together without having to go out and with no focus on alcohol. We have no worries about bringing our slippers and blankets to each other’s houses!

Jennie, ricecakesandraisins.co.uk – The kids love to make cosy dens in the living room. We throw blankets, all the cushions in there, snuggle up eating popcorn and have a picnic on the floor, they love it!

Laura, fivelittledoves.com – I love having a pamper evening with the girls! We have a pop-up spray tan booth, do our nails, even get out the waxing strips! It helps that one of our friends is a beauty therapist! A few glasses of prosecco and some pizza and it’s the perfect night in!

Collette, trulymadlycuckoo.co.uk – Once the kids are in bed you simply can’t beat an M&S dine in for £10 meal! We really live life on the edge!


I have to agree with Collette – we very often pick up the dine-in meals and follow it up with a film under a blanket. It’s such a nice cosy way to spend the evening. So much more appealing than going out in the cold and spending money that you haven’t got!


Have you got any ideas that you would like to add to the list? Pop them in the comments below and let others be inspired by them!


Many thanks to the lovely bloggers that contributed to this article.






  1. 12th January 2018 / 8:58 am

    Great post. We love indoor picnics too 🙂 #Blogstravaganza

  2. 12th January 2018 / 7:11 pm

    We love playing family games, we also have the occasional indoor picnic too! Thanks for joining #ThatFridayLinky

  3. 13th January 2018 / 1:02 pm

    We love to have some nice food and snuggle under a blanket too, in fact that’s our plan for tonight! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  4. 13th January 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Great ideas, I love a good movie night or game night in with my daughter #blogstravaganza

  5. diynige
    14th January 2018 / 9:18 am

    Some great ideas for winter like the M&S food Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  6. 16th January 2018 / 7:01 am

    HI, what a great selection of ideas you can’t beat playing board games, treating yourself to a pamper night and and M & S dine in #TriupmphantTales

  7. 16th January 2018 / 7:59 am

    We love a cozy night in – fire on – dogs, blankets and our favourite programs. I’ve just discovered Deliveroo which is a game changer..!

  8. 16th January 2018 / 8:40 am

    Love these ideas. I love a movie night with sweets and wine in our house x #triumphanttales

  9. 16th January 2018 / 9:05 am

    Great ideas! We don’t have much help with childcare so always looking for great ways to stay entertained in the evening which can involve our little one. Will be doing some of these all year around. Is it wrong through that I’ve invented a tidying game where we have to run about shouting “quick quick” picking up our toys and putting them away? #triumphanttales

  10. 16th January 2018 / 9:32 am

    Lots of great ideas here! Need to invest in some of those classic games I loved growing up! We’re all really competitive though, so it could get a bit heated… #Triumphant Tales

  11. 16th January 2018 / 10:08 am

    Some great ideas. We love M&S dine in for £10 once little Miss is in bed #TriumphantTales

  12. 16th January 2018 / 10:22 am

    I am loving all the suggestions! I love getting all the girls together and having a gossip session with Prosecco – always much needed and we look forward to it 🙂 x Sim #TriumphantTales

  13. 16th January 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Some great ideas! And definitely needed, January can be a bit rubbish can’t it’

  14. 16th January 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I take it everyone else Is broke after Christmas too 🤣. Some great ideas here 👍

  15. 16th January 2018 / 6:13 pm

    I love playing adult games such as exploding kittens and bears and babies, which are designed for adults but lots of fun X #triumphanttales

  16. 16th January 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Some great ideas for Winter. Thank you for sharing. #triumphanttales

  17. 17th January 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Ah, these are great. It’s got to be a movie night with ice cream for me #TriumphantTales

  18. Daydreamer mum
    18th January 2018 / 3:54 pm

    We’re a fan of the snacks and board game night here too!! #blogstravaganza

  19. 19th January 2018 / 5:05 pm

    all these seem like great in door ideas,it’s not winter in Australia but summer that can get extremely hot so we try to stay indoors to cool off. I might try these to keep us entertained #TriumphantTales

  20. 19th January 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Love the suggestions listed here. I think having a movie night sounds particularly fantastic. #TriumphantTales

  21. 22nd January 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Such fab ideas, and thank you for including mine! I love a good pamper night and a take out! #triumphanttales

  22. 26th January 2018 / 11:15 am

    The girls love to prep and plan putting on a show for us — usually giggle the whole way through, which gets us all laughing. Then we have a little dance party, and snuggle up close on the sofa for a family movie night! Fun times! <3 #triumphanttales xoxo

    • Jaki
      26th January 2018 / 10:39 pm

      Sounds adorable! Xx

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