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As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow, and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring. We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in case you start getting a little stir-crazy, here are some ideas for a winter date night in Columbia:

stephens lake park sledding

Sledding is not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to Stephens Lake Park. The hill on the east side of the lake is a popular sledding spot, and there’s typically a bonfire going at Collins Shelter when there is snow on the ground. You can also ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from Parks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by Lakota for your favorite seasonal drink and some hot soup.


Mix up your regular dinner and a movie by having donuts instead. You are allowed to have donuts at any time of day, and don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Grab one from Strange Donuts (or tacos from Seoul Taco if that’s more your style) before a movie at Ragtag. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy. Check the website for information on current movies.

Magic Tree 2010

No Columbia winter is complete without a visit to the Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. Get some photos and then warm up at Flat Branch Pub for dinner. Grab a beer (see what’s on tap here), and order your favorite. If you’ve never been, we suggest the Green Chili Chicken Fingers, Big Al’s Mac & Cheese, and the Stout Brownie Sundae. Yum. [Once the Magic Tree is gone, here are some other stops you can make instead.]


Two words: Lazer Lanes. They have bowling, laser tag, an arcade, BUMPER CARS, food, a bar… what more could you want? Through the month of December, they’re offering $4 Lazer tag, bowling, and bumper cars Monday-Wednesday. Make a contest out of it – whoever loses Lazer tag buys the winner fried Oreos (speaking of food, we want everything on the menu). Good luck.

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If you’re looking for a little get-away, Rocheport is the place. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of antique and gift shops and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you at the Tasting Room.

Have we talked you into a date night? Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB to let us know or to give us your date night ideas. Enjoy!