There is a wonderful air of romance in the winter. Something about it being cold makes us want to get cosy with our significant other. Something about the lights, the decorations, log fires, and steaming hot drinks. Christmas is the season to get romantic.
Here are 25 Christmas date ideas because Christmas is the perfect season for date nights and trying new Christmas activities for couples.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly and the holiday season lends itself to fun winter dates. From activities you can do from home to glamorous couples’ getaways, there are so many things you can do. But the most important thing to keep in mind is your partner. Keep them in mind when planning out romantic activities, because, like gift-giving at Christmas, you will want to be thoughtful and create a date both you and your partner will enjoy.
Christmas Date Ideas
1. Visit a Christmas market
A Christmas market can be found in most towns and cities. But a fun Christmas date would be to explore a few different markets. So go and buy your date a few trinkets, sip on some mulled wine, and enjoy the atmosphere of the German-inspired tradition.
2. Go to a Christmas tree farm
Even if you have your tree up and decorated. It’s always fun to go to a Christmas tree farm. Spend some time walking around and admiring the trees. Some farms they let you go through the netting machine, which could make for some fun and memorable photos.
3. Drive around town looking at the decorations
It’s always fun to see the twinkling lights as you pass through a neighbourhood. Make a fun evening out of it with a drive through all the different areas of town and just admire the Christmas lights on houses and all along the high streets with your significant other.
4. Get hot chocolate together – try all the different Christmas flavours
Like bar hopping, a fun Christmas date could be to go cafe-hopping. You could visit as many cafes and coffee shops as you can handle sampling all the holiday hot chocolate flavours they have to offer. Or if you prefer to enjoy a hot chocolate at home together why not try creating your very own DIY hot chocolate station complete with a range of toppings to pimp up your homemade hot chocolate.
5. Go Christmas present shopping together
Going Christmas gift shopping is a great practical date. You get to spend time with the person you love as well as buy gifts for everyone else in your life. This is also a good way to scope out what your partner wants if you don’t already have an idea of what to get them. Be sure to drop hints when you also see the kind of gifts you love!
Winter Date Ideas
6. Go to an ice bar
An ice bar is a permanent bar made of ice. There are only a few around but ice bars make for a unique date night experience. Be sure to wrap up warm before heading to one as they are a little chilly.
7. Visit a garden centre
Take a romantic stroll around a local garden centre. During the festive season, garden centres are filled with Christmas trees and other winter plants. Plus there are loads of Christmas ornaments on sale. It would be super romantic to pick out an ornament together to put on the Christmas tree at home.
8. Visit a winter wonderland
The annual Winter Wonderland is held in Hyde Park London from November through to the beginning of January. It is the a fun day out where you can do lots of winter activities. Create memories together holding hands as you go ice skating. Or snuggle up together on the giant wheel. There are loads of street food stalls, an ice bar, ice sculpting classes and so much more.
9. Ice skating
Ice skating is a great winter date idea. If you can find an outdoor ice rink with a beautiful backdrop it will certainly win you some points for atmosphere and photo-ready moments. Bucket list ice skating locations include the Rockefeller Center in New York or Somerset House in London.
What’s better than a house that smells of warm sugar cookies or delicious cakes? Not only will baking make your house smell amazing, but you and your partner can also enjoy the snacks you have baked together as soon as they are done.
12. Decorate gingerbread goods
Whether you choose to decorate gingerbread people or gingerbread houses, why not make it an activity you and your partner do together? Maybe even make it into a decorating contest, the winner gets more cookies.
13. Make winter cocktails together
A fun winter date night idea is to host a winter cocktail evening for the perfect date night in. All you need is you, your partner, and some creativity. Recreating or making up drinks would be a fun activity for a special night in.
‘Tis the season to put up decorations and make the house feel cosy and festive. Whether you just decorate the tree or cover the whole house with lights and ornaments, pop on a cosy Christmas playlist, sip something delicious, and enjoy the moment together. Another lovely idea could be to exchange tree decorations with one another – something to remember the moment by.
15. Christmas movie marathon
Snuggle under a big thick blanket together and indulge in a Christmas movie marathon. Take it in turns to choose your favourite Christmas film, or pick some wildcard choices to laugh at together.
Christmas Getaway Ideas
Experience a traditional German Christmas market in Germany. You have probably been to a local one but a great holiday trip away would be to Germany, as no one does a Christmas market like them. Drink glüwhein, eat bratwurst, and buy some Christmas souvenirs together. The famous markets in Germany include Nuremberg, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt.
From a couples bar crawl to carol-singing at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin has loads of festive fun to offer. It’s often listed as one of the best places to visit during Christmas, so why not check it out with your partner.
18. New York
A trip to the Big Apple during the festive season is on our bucket list. New York features in so many much-loved Christmas films that we just know it’s going to be romantic to visit in the winter. From visiting the Rockefeller Plaza and seeing all the decorations to staying up until New Year to attend the Jingle Bell Ball, New York is a perfect romantic, festive getaway.
19. Lapland, Finland
Lapland is the ultimate Christmas getaway and would make for a memorable Christmas date idea. As well as being situated in beautiful Finland it is said to be the home of Santa. Although you may prefer to go skiing instead of telling Santa what you want from Christmas. We say it would be fun and memorable to do both.
A trip to Scotland will let you sit up and enjoy the Northern Lights and if you’re about on the 1st of December, you can witness the Santa Claus fun run through the streets of Edinburgh. Stay in a romantic castle and enjoy cozy evenings by a real fire.
You and your partner could book a winter spa day. We love Ragdale Hall in England, or the Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland. It’s romantic to spend a day together being pampered and totally relaxing.
Alternatively, you could create a DIY spa at home. It would be super romantic to light some candles, get out the face masks and indulge in some scented oils for a romantic day in.
22. Make dinner together
One of our favourite at home date night ideas is to pick a favourite meal that brings back memories for you both as a couple, or choose a new recipe to start a new memory together. Cooking dinner together can be wonderfully romantic. Set the scene with a romantic playlist, light some candles, and make the effort to dress up for one another. Enjoy the process of being together as you create delicious food together.
23. Exchange small gifts leading up to Christmas
The 12 days of Christmas gift-giving have been immortalised in the infamous Christmas song. But rather than partridges in a pear tree, or turtle doves, or French hens, how about recreating your own 12 days of Christmas. Some people like to do 12 days of Christmas before the big day with the main gift waiting under the tree on Christmas Day. Others prefer the traditional option of counting Christmas Day as the first day of Christmas. Keep it simple with a small gift each day, or make it fun with a treasure hunt and clues.
24. Take a winter walk
Another lovely and simple Christmas date idea is to take a winter walk. Most of us are never too far away from some beautiful countryside. Embarking on a winter walk together can be a great opportunity to switch off from the hecticness of Christmas preparations. And when we are out on a good walk, away from technology and devices, there is the opportunity to open up for deep conversation.
25. Make a holiday bucket list
This is a wonderfully intimate and thoughtful activity – write a holiday bucket list with your partner on all the festive things you want to do this year. Making and completing lists is satisfying so imagine the pair of you completing a Christmas bucket list together. You could put things like going to the ballet to see The Nutcracker or going to a Christmas carol concert. Or perhaps make a Christmas wreath together or visit some reindeers. A Christmas bucket list is a great way to get an idea of what your partner is interested in this year.
Hopefully, this has given you some romantic Christmas date ideas for couples. Or at least a jumping-off point for ideas of activities you could do this holiday season with your loved one.