It’s that time of year again: winter.

With it comes cold temperatures and long nights, but also hot chocolate by the fire, twinkle lights and fuzzy blankets.

Hygge (pronounced somewhere between “hoo-gah” or “hue-gah”) is the Danish concept of feeling cozy and content. It’s a lifestyle trend that acknowledges a feeling or moment that is charming or special. It’s all about being present, thankful and enjoying simple pleasures.

So where might you be able to find a little hygge in Regina? The concept is personal to everyone, but here are a few suggestions on where to start.

1. Cuddle Adoptable Cats at Exalipurr Cat Cafe

Not only are pets not allowed in my apartment building, but I have allergies which stop me from owning a cat anyway. To get my fix of friendly felines (because I love them so much), I like to pop by Excalipurr Cat Cafe on Albert. I order a London Fog and head inside to sit and cozy up with the sweet little kittens (who can all be adopted from Regina Cat Rescue, BTW). If you want to take it a level up, join their Cat Sugar Cookie Decorating event November 20 for another way to experience hygge.

2. Go to a Movie - But Bring a Blanket

It might seem a little strange, but I take a small fleece blanket with me when I head out to a movie. Theatres can be a little cold but it’s also another way to cozy up while getting out of the house and taking in a movie. Check out something a little less Hollywood at the Regina Public Library Film Theater or take in the big, big screen with an IMAX movie at the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

3. Go Float

Take a bath that will blow your mind. Pop by Float Now to indulge in a little float therapy and sensory deprivation. Float pods or cabins are filled with warm water and Epsom salts. Climb inside to float for a 90-minute session to help relieve stress and disconnect from everyday life. If you want to learn more about how it all works, check out this blog to read about my first-hand experience.

4. Get a Fresh Cinnamon Bun from The Green Spot Cafe

The Green Spot Cafe is rumoured to make some of the best cinnamon buns in the city (they’re huge too!). Take your time and dine-in with a hot cup of coffee or pick up a dozen to go to share with friends and family. I’d also highly recommend picking up a loaf or two of their homemade bread.

5. Stop by the Regina Floral Conservatory

The Regina Floral Conservatory is one of those places that takes you out of the cold of winter and into a tropical, verdant setting. The best part is it’s free to hang out, but I encourage you to donate to support the Regina Garden Associates volunteers who maintain the space. Bring a picnic lunch, catch up with a friend over tea or just wander around enjoying the variety of flowers and plants they have on their regularly changing displays.

How do you Hygge during Saskatchewan’s cold winters? Let us know in the comments!