Whether you are single, dating, or happily married, the holiday season is not the time to put those fun dates on the back burner. These Christmas date ideas will put some magic in those holiday dates.
During the holidays, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the details of everything that needs to be done and put the romance on auto pilot. How about taking all those Christmas activities, do them together and turn them into a romantic date? Your relationship will thank you, and I can almost guarantee you someone will be scoring some sugar cookie points.
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Romantic Christmas Date Ideas for Couples
We love Christmas dates, and you are going to also. The holidays, snowy weather, and Christmas lights add love and romance to any date. Altogether it brings warmth and coziness, which is perfect for spending time together.
Go window shopping
Make a date to go window shopping together. Walking down the sidewalk, holding hands, and window shopping can be very magical. This is also a great time to watch each others faces light up at seeing something in the window that they really want. Or even more fun is reminiscing about something they had from their childhood.
Take notice of what really makes them smile. You might get some hints for what to put under the tree.
Coffee shop date
Make a date to meet at the local coffee shop and try out some new holiday drinks. Many of the baristas can make some very creative drinks this time of year.
Get small drinks and share. This time of year is a good time to try several new drinks.
Take a sleigh ride in the snow
What says magical more than a sleigh ride. Every Hallmark movie or small town comes to mind when I think about this idea.
I can’t help but picture the gentlemen offering his hand to help her in the sleigh and then the couple covering up with the blanket and riding in the snow.
As a added bonus hide a thermos of hot cocoa in the sleigh.
Ice Skating is one of those nostalgic activities that take me back to my teen years. This is also a very romantic activity, holding hands and sometimes even helping each other stay upright.
Find the best neighborhood and look at the lights
I love driving around at night. During the Christmas season, things are so much more romantic with lights and music everywhere. Make a date out of driving around and finding the neighborhood with the best overall lights.
We have been doing this for years, and it’s fun to see how each house or neighborhood changes.
Deck the halls
Make a date out of decorating the house inside or out. Decorating shouldn’t be his or her responsibility. Doing these things together is so much more fun.
I remember our first year, Gary asked if he could help decorate the tree. I said, of course! Now he is bringing in the Christmas decoration for us to decorate together before I’m even ready. He enjoys decorating and the holiday season. I love it!
Go thrift shopping for an ugly sweater
There must be an ugly sweater Christmas party on your list to attend. Make a game out of seeing who can find the ugliest Christmas sweater. Better yet, get out all of those extra crafts, tinsel, and whatever else fun you have laying around, and each of you makes your own ugly sweater. The gaudier, the better.
Check these sweaters out for inspiration.
Attend the Nutcracker Ballet
My youngest daughter loved ballet and took lessons as a child. Every Christmas season, it became a tradition to attended the Nutcracker Ballet and watch her dance.
Now that she is grown, we still find a local company that puts on the Nutcracker Ballet and make a date night of it. We dress up for the ballet, grab dinner before the show and then hold hands as we watch Clara dream of the mouse king.
S’mores by the fireplace
Why save s’mores just for the summer? Gather all of your favorite s’more’s ingredients, or get creative and add some new possibilities. Try your hands at making homemade marshmallows for your s’mores.
Build a snowman
Grab a carrot, your old scarf, and a top hat (doesn’t everyone have an old top hat?). Bundle up and head outside to build that first snowman of the season. Even better, make two, one girl and one boy. See if you can get creative ~ to make them hold hands, or one of them can have a gift for the other. What can you come up with?
Just in case you don’t have an old top hat laying around, any of these snowman kits (top hat included) will get you going.
Go for a snowy walk
This one has to be my favorite. Go for a walk on a snowy night. I love walking with Gary after dark. Add the Christmas lights, street lights, and the snow falling. How magical is this?
Bake Christmas cookies
Grab all of those ingredients, lots of sprinkles, and spend the night making and decorating Christmas cookies together. How much flour ends up on each of you? Who can be more creative when it comes to decorating?
Build a gingerbread house together
When building a gingerbread house, I always need a few extra hands. Pre-bake your gingerbread early in the day and then pour a glass of wine for each of you then and work together to make the best gingerbread house ever.
Buy a Christmas Tree and decorate it together
Head out to your neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm, walk around together and choose the perfect tree. Show off those muscles, cut the tree down, carry it out of the woods together, take it home, and decorate it together.
Have you spent time outside together? Come inside to a waiting cocoa bar, warm milk, cocoa bombs, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, caramels & even sea salt. Don’t forget the whipped cream and sprinkles.
Add to it some of those Christmas cookies and enjoy warming up by the fireplace.
Christmas movie marathon
Pull together all of your favorite Christmas movies from your childhood, add a few new ones, cuddle together, make some popcorn and spend the day watching Christmas movies together.
Whats your favorite Christmas classic?
People watching at the mall
Even if your Christmas shopping is done, head to the mall, grab some Starbucks, and people watch. Make a game out of guessing who each shopper is shopping for and what they purchased.
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I’m kind of crafty, and Gary is not crafty at all, but there is something fun about trying to create something and get crafty together.
You can even start with something easy, pop that popcorn and get out those cranberries to string for the tree or garland. What a mess we made with this project!
Photo with Santa
Yes having your picture taken with Santa is something that is thought of as being for the kids, but who says adults can’t go get their pictures taken with Santa? I for one enjoy reliving the magic of seeing Santa.
Just pick a time when there are not a lot of kids waiting in line, it hard enough for them to wait let alone watch adults go before them.
Shovel out your neighbors
After a snowstorm, grab your shovels and go shovel out a few elderly neighbors. This is such a feel-good date, not just for you but for the neighbors you helped.
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Our local zoo does a winter rotary with over a million Christmas lights; it is magical!! For a donation of a canned good or a monetary donation, you can drive or walk through and enjoy the magic of the lights.
Fondue Date night
A fondue date night is on top of our romantic date night list, no matter what time of year it is. During the holidays, we just take it up a notch and make it more special. Our favorite seafood, steak, and an over the top chocolate fondue for dessert.
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This is fun, even if you are not crafty, you can do this. Clear glass ornaments with little mementos in them is so much fun.
Day in your Christmas pjs
With the busy Christmas season on top of us, what could be more perfect than a day in your pj’s? One of you get up and make coffee, serve it to the other in bed, get a slow start on the day. From there just relax and enjoy each other and the day with nothing on your schedule except each other.
Any of these Christmas pajamas will have you feeling cozy during your day in your pjs!
Indoor or Outdoor picnic
Pack that picnic lunch, layout that blanket, and ask your sweetie to join you in front of the fire and have a picnic. If you are really adventurous, head outdoors for your picnic. No one says picnics need to be strictly a summer thing.
Be sure to invest in a picnic basket for all of those romantic picnic the two of you will have.
After you shovel out your neighbors, why not try your hand at making a snow angel just like when you were little. Make sure to offer a hand and help each other up. You don’t want to mess up those angels.
Spend the night together, putting together a Christmas puzzle. There are some cute ones you can buy. Add a few Christmas cookies and a bottle of good wine, and you have an entertaining night ahead of you.
All of these Christmas puzzles are so much fun!
Go Christmas caroling
Find a local group that is going Christmas caroling, and even if you are not a singer, join them in spreading some Christmas cheer throughout the neighborhood.
Visit Botanical Garden lights
A neighboring city has a botanical garden that does a magical tour through their gardens. This is a very romantic Christmas date idea for couples. Walking through the woods and gardens and seeing the lights and displays make you want to snuggle close and hold hands.
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Bundle up and be a kid at heart. Nothing says love more than a good old fashioned snowball fight. Time to see who has the better arm. No hitting above the belt.
Make the night be just about the two of you. Together cook your favorite meal, turn the lights down low, add some Christmas lights and music, light those candles, and enjoy a candlelight meal together, just the two of you.
Romantic Christmas dessert
If you need that perfect dessert for Christmas and haven’t decided what will be served, make a date out of trying several recipes together and taste testing them. Together decide which will be served on Christmas day.
Shop for a needy child
Choose one of two children from the Toys for Tots tree. Go shopping together for the children, then wrap the gifts and leave them under the tree.
You will have the warm feeling of knowing together you helped make the Christmas for someone in need.
A quiet night at home
As crazy and hectic as the Christmas season can be, a quiet date night at home might be the perfect escape. Order your favorite take out, turn on all of the Christmas lights, light a fire and have a quiet night at home together.
Don’t put your relationship or dating on hold during the holiday season. Instead use all of the magic to create a over the top romantic Christmas date night.
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