26 Things That Make Winter The Best Season of All

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Winter has arrived! I know, it’s hard to say goodbye to pumpkin spice lattes and brightly colored leaves for another year… but it’s time to say hello to freshly fallen snow and mugs of steaming hot cocoa. Here are 26 reasons winter is the most wonderful time of the year.

1. Snow Angels

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Image via Saskia Heijltjes/Flickr

There’s nothing quite like leaving your mark in untouched snow.

2. Cozy Fires

Image via george.bremer/Flickr

Everyone knows the best part about being cold is warming up. And what  better place to do that than next to a crackling fire?

3. Warm Socks

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Image via smysnbrg/Flickr

You can’t make it through winter without a pair of thick, fluffy socks. Brownie points if they have over-the-top holiday designs on them.

4. Hot Cocoa

Image via Gail/Flickr

Hot cocoa is so versatile. There’s peppermint cocoa, cocoa with marshmallows, spiked cocoa (my personal favorite), etc. You can’t not love a drink with so much versatility.

5. Holiday Lights

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Image via kissarissa/Flickr

Driving around to admire the brightly decorated homes and streets is one of my favorite things to do in winter. Something about those twinkly little lights is so magical. To find out where to go in your area, check out our annual list of the Best Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights.

6. Sledding

Image via Markus Spiering/Flickr

Flying down a hill on a piece of plastic? Um yeah, sign us up.

7. Winter Brews

beer flight
Image via Steven Guzzardi/Flickr

A brown ale with rich, chocolaty notes beats a summer Hefeweizen any day, in my opinion.

8. Christmas Carols

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Image via Charlotte90T/Flickr

Buddy the Elf once said, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

9. Homemade Soup

Image via Chicken Noodle Soup at Ford’s Filling Station/Flickr

If the weather outside is frightful, get yourself a bowl of soup!

10. The Smell of Pine

Image via Patrick Beeson/Flickr

If you don’t get a real tree, at least get yourself a pine candle!

11. Cozy Winter Fashion

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Image via lisaclarke/Flickr

Winter fashion offers so much more variety than summer.  Scarves, big coats and boots are my personal favorites to stock up on.

12. Holiday Movie Reruns

Image via MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

“Christmas Vacation,” “A Christmas Story” and “Love Actually” are classics that should be watched again and again.

13. Oscar Nomination Releases

Image via lincolnblues/Flickr

Need a new list of movies to watch? Oscar nominations are always the best picks from the year, and it’s fun to watch them before the award show.

14. Egg Nog

egg nog
Image via Wheeler Cowperthwaite/Flickr

Egg nog may not be for everyone, but it’s another wintery drink that is so versatile.

15. Snow Days

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Image via Daniel R Thompson/Flickr

Getting days off school as a kid was so much fun. Getting snow days as an adult? Even better.

16. Handmade Cards

Image via Present Washi Tape Cards/Flickr

It’s always so nice to hear from friends and family that you don’t see all the time. And handmade cards are so personal.

17. Snowboarding and Skiing


There’s nothing like hitting the slopes and feeling the wind on your face as you fly down a mountain.

18. Cuddling

Image via Auz/Flickr

Everyone needs a good cuddle buddy when winter comes knocking.

19. Homemade Sugar Cookies

sugar cookies

Homemade sugar cookies are as fun to decorate as they are to eat.

20. Ugly Sweater Parties

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Image via KnowledgeCommonsDC/Flickr

There aren’t many parties where you can wear the most heinous thing you own. Take advantage.

21. Presents

Image via Mandy Jansen/Flickr

Giving and receiving presents is so much fun. Wrapping them is a craft in itself.

22. Ice Skating

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Image via clive darra/Flickr

I can’t promise you won’t fall, but I can promise you’ll have fun.

23. Snow Ball Fights

snow ball
Image via dcsplicer/Flickr

This is another snow activity that is definitely not just for kids.

24. Vacation

Image via Mercedes Dayanara/Flickr

The holidays mean time off work and a chance to get away.

25. Dogs and Cats in Sweaters

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Image via Funkblast/Flickr

Those little guys get cold too!

26. Fresh Citrus

Image via Justin Kern/Flickr

I love picking fresh oranges from my mom’s tree and making my own juice. Add a splash of champagne for holiday brunch!

Did we miss anything? What are your favorite things about winter? Tell us in the comments, or on Twitter @Redfin.

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Natalie is Redfin's Managing Editor and oversees content planning for the Redfin blog. She edits all posts published on Redfin Real-Time, and works with guest contributors to craft expert content. Before Redfin, Natalie was a Lead Editor at SheKnows, where she helped build and scale the largest community of women writers. Her dream home would have a huge art studio and a library full of books.

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