Fun Ways To Practice Hygge This Winter In Orange County


What is hygge?

Living a hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) lifestyle means that you enjoy the little things; you focus on creating a warm, cozy atmosphere. Hygge is candlelight nights with friends and family. It’s nights around a fire with a good book and good food. Learn how to bring the hygge to your home this season!


Movie Nights

Spend nights in, watching movies with your family. You can make themed movie nights with special food. You and your kiddos can also cook or bake something special before. I love a DIY pizza and popcorn night with tons of unique toppings. Add cozy blankets and a fire, and you’re set!


EDITOR’S NOTE: As we are currently in the midst of a COVID surge in Orange County, please use discretion when planning indoor activities with people outside your household and always be sure to social distance when possible, wash your hands as needed, and wear a mask. 


Explore Coffee Shops

You can get some time to yourself, bring a good book, and enjoy a latte. Or spend time with a friend, catching up or sharing your goals for the upcoming year. Or bring the family and let them explore. Some of my favorite local coffee shops are Stereoscope Coffee, Golden State Coffee Roasters, BLK Dot Coffee, and Dripp.


Explore Nature

When you have little ones, they might not love sitting at a coffee shop. Instead, you can take your coffee to go, bundle up, and head outdoors. You can meet friends and family for a picnic or a hike. Here are my (and my kids’) favorite spots: the Fullerton Arboretum, Oak Canyon, and Noguchi Garden. Or check out this post with great local hiking spots for the family.

Game Nights

There’s nothing like playing board games. Playing games with hot chocolate can be a great way to bond with little ones. (My four-year-old is obsessed with Count Your Chickens, My First Orchard, and CandyLand.) For grownups, trivia night at Bootleggers or a drink at Game Craft Brewing can let you take the game night out on the town. You can also learn a new skill with friends. Sign up for a pottery class or a hobby class (or buy a DIY kit) for a night of crafting and bonding.


Adult Beverages

Looking for a drink with a hygge vibe? Head to The Blind Rabbit, Twisted Vine, or The Wine Lab. You can also host a DIY wine (or other alcohol) tasting night at home.


Books (and More Books)

A great book is a must for a hygge winter. For small children, choose a book and read a chapter aloud each night. For older children, set aside time for everyone to read on their own while in the same room: add in candles, blankets, and hot chocolate to add to the cozy vibes. Or check out this list of great reads from OCMC contributor Charla Batey!


Winter is the perfect time to slow down and add some hygge to your life. How will you make your winter more cozy?

Fun Ways To Practice Hygge This Winter In Orange County PIN