10 Christmas Date Ideas to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright


Christmas is a time of wonder for those who celebrate. It’s chock full of cheer with a side of twinkling lights, cozy get-togethers, and a general feeling of merriment.

Not only is it the most magical time of the year, but it’s also a perfect setting for spending cherished moments with your romantic partner. 

Whether you’ve just begun dating, are in the early stages of a budding relationship, or have been with the love of your life for a long time, the run-up to Christmas offers an abundance of opportunities to grow or celebrate your romantic relationship!

How romantic is it to walk hand-in-hand under a canopy of twinkling Christmas lights, the crisp winter air filled with the sound of carolers?

Or you could be snuggled up together with mugs of steaming hot cocoa or mulled wine as you watch your favorite Christmas movie.

To help you make the most of this magical time, we’ve come up with a list of ten Christmas date ideas that are guaranteed to bring happiness, laughter, and super romantic vibes. 

These ideas range from indoor activities to outdoor adventures, so there’s something for every kind of couple to do. 

Let the spirit of Santa Claus guide you as you take part in one or all of these 10 Christmas date ideas to make your holidays merry and bright!


1. Make a Gingerbread House

This one requires a little planning, extra things you won’t have just lying around, and a time commitment, but it’s one of our favorite Christmas date ideas! 

Designing and building a gingerbread house together is so much fun, no matter how it turns out. Even if it doesn’t quite resemble a habitable home for a gingerbread man, creating and decorating the cookie cottage is a worthy activity. 

So what if the door is hanging off at a weird angle and the roof is about to cave in? You made it together.

christmas movie

2. Have a Classic Christmas Movie Night

Snuggle up with your boo under a fuzzy blanket, sip some hot chocolate, or eggnog, for the true Christmas connoisseurs, and binge your favorite Christmas movies. 

Cuddling up while watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with extra marshmallows in your cocoa with someone special next to you sounds like a pretty perfect date night to us!

christmas cookies

3. Make & Bake Christmas Cookies Together

If you’re a Christmas cookie fanatic, then convert your kitchen into a mini bakery for the night. Don matching aprons and spend the evening baking and decorating cookies. 

Whether you make sugar shortbread, Swedish snowballs, classic gingerbread men, or peppermint pinwheels, it’s a fun and delicious way to spend some quality time together.


4. Create a Unique Recipe

Yes, it’s another cooking date idea, but who doesn’t like to eat, especially during the holidays? You and your date can experiment in the kitchen by making a holiday recipe together. 

Maybe you make peppermint bark. Or, if you aren’t into baking, you could put your own spin on the boring, bland mashed potatoes that one aunt brings to Christmas dinner every year. 

The possibilities are endless, and it could turn into a tradition that you do together for years to come.

christmas market

5. Go to a Christmas Market

Have you ever been to a Christmas market? We know we are overusing the word “magical,” but these quaint village-esque bazaars are indeed magical. 

You can take in the lights, sample the food, and pick out whatever ornaments, trinkets, or other offerings that dazzle you—together.

walk in snow

6. Winter Wonderland Walks

There will need to be snow on the ground for this one, so if you live in a warm climate, you’re out of luck—sorry! 

If you do get some of the white stuff, bundle up, go outside, and take a long, romantic walk in a snow-covered park or a woodsy nature trail that’s been adorned with twinkling lights for couples such as yourselves.


7. DIY Ornament Night

Go all ETSY, get crafty, and make personalized Christmas ornaments together. This DIY activity adds a fun and customizable touch to your holiday decor!

ice skating

8. Ice Skating Under the Stars

Ice skating at night is a perfect date night idea! On an outdoor ice rink, in the company of other revelers, you can glide while holding hands and end the date with a nightcap. 

Just be careful if you’re not steady on the skates—you don’t want to spend Christmas in a cast!

ugly christmas sweaters

9. Ugly Christmas Sweater Shopping

Ugly Christmas sweaters have really had their time in the spotlight over the last ten years, complete with parties that revolve around the hideous jumpers. 

So have some fun with this trend and pick out the most disgusting Christmas sweaters you can find at local thrift stores or boutiques.


10. Christmas Carol Karaoke Night

Sing your way into the holiday spirit by hosting a karaoke night, and belt your hearts out to all of your holiday favorites. 

Add some alcoholic cider to the mix, and it’ll surely be a night to remember, as long as you don’t overdo it on the cider!


These date ideas are not just romantic outings—they also welcome and embrace the reason for the holiday season. 

So whether you go ice skating under the stars or make a magical gingerbread house, we have no doubt that you and your significant other will enjoy the sleigh ride.

If you’re looking for a significant other to share the holidays with, check out our dating app reviews page where you can find the dating app that will work best for you.

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