12 Festive Date Ideas

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 16, 2016


It’s no secret that I love to plan fun, festive dates throughout the year. But especially around fall and winter is when I can go a little overboard with planning date ideas (just ask Josh!) Today I’m sharing 12 holiday/festive date ideas to plan into the next two months while you can enjoy winter and the holiday season. Add a little bliss to your dating life whether you’re in a new relationship, or you’ve been together for many years.

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1| Holiday Bake Off

Find your favorite holiday festive recipes and put your baking and decorating skills to the test. Whether you’re simply doing a cookie decorating contest or seeing who can make the best peanut butter cookies; you’ll love a little competition for this date idea!

2| Christmas Move Night In

I saw this shared on Pinterest where families wrap their Christmas movies, and whichever one they’d unwrap is the movie they would watch. They would do this several times throughout the weeks leading to Christmas. It’s a great way to get all your movie time in without choosing each night.

3| Holiday Shopping Date

I love spending extra time shopping for gifts for my friends and family members. Pick a Saturday where you have a few hours to spare, and get all your shopping done in one trip. (Let’s be real, you probably won’t get it all done in one trip.) But if you do, congrats—you have one less thing to worry about!

4| Gingerbread House Contest

Whether you are super crafty and bakes the gingerbread pieces yourself, or you simply purchase a Gingerbread house kit from a store, get creative and see who can make the best Gingerbread House. Plus, you’ll have something to enjoy looking at or eating once you’ve finished!

5| Volunteer

Volunteering together as a couple is so important, not only for the holidays, but also for any time of year. What’s great about this is that you both can decide what you’d like to donate time to: animal shelter, food bank, etc. There are so many ways to give back during the holiday season, so it’s important to gain a little perspective by giving back.

6| Decorate Your Home

A new tradition Josh and I plan to have is to decorate our home and tree on Black Friday weekend. It gives enough a weekend to go through and get our home ready for the holidays. Make a day out of it by listening to Christmas music, or playing Christmas movies in the background.

7| Hot Chocolate Hop

Salted Caramel, Peppermint, Sea Salt, and so many other lovely and unique versions of hot chocolate around the holidays in cafes. It would be fun to pick a day where you split a hot chocolate from several places in town.

8| Go Sledding/Snowmobiling/Skiing/Snowboarding

There was far too many outdoor activities you can do during the winter months rather than staying indoors. I’ve never been ice skating or snowboarding before (I know, how am I even from New York?!) But my plan is to try something new thins winter!

9| Look at Lights

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to drive around nearby neighborhoods and look at all the different Christmas lights and decorations that people would put out. It’s a yearly tradition I plan to keep on going strong for years to come!

10| Pancakes & Pajamas

So, this isn’t necessarily a “festive” date idea because really, you can have pancakes anytime of year. But you can make it a Sunday morning date where you stay in your pajamas, and get creative by using fruit, sprinkles, and other treats to add to your pancake date!

What other festive date ideas would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Candy Kage

    Hubby would go for all of these except the shopping. He really hates going to the stores around the holidays with all the people.

  • Sarah Jean

    I love the gingerbread house idea! My husband and I would get competitive. lol

  • Abbey Phipps

    These are awesome! We have to steer clear of being competitive, for the sake of our marriage, but we love looking at lights together! 🙂

  • I like the idea of volunteering as a date. My husband and I try to do that every year. This year we want to get an angel tag and buy gifts for a child as well. Love this list!

    Floradise: http://www.maretteflora.com

  • Pancakes and pajamas?! Yes please! Totally going to do that fun date night idea soon!

  • I plan on doing all of these things! Great list!

  • I love the Hot Chocolate Hop idea! I’ll have to mention this to my husband next time we’re looking for something fun to do.

  • Holiday dates are my favorite! I love decorating the tree with my hubby, then snuggling up on the couch to watch our favorite Christmas movie. We also like to drive around neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.

  • Trenara

    These are great and will be trying these with my hubby!

  • So many great date ideas!!! i really want to go look at Christmas lights this year. It’s been awhile! The hot chocolate hop would be a blast as well.

  • Christmas Light Hunting (what we called it when I was little) is one of my FAVORITE things to do during the Holidays! Also, hot cocoa hopping sounds so fun! Hot Chocolate is my favorite (and I could drink it all year long!)

  • DT

    Those are great ideas. Pancakes and Pajamas is my fave <3

    — DT | Here I Scribble

  • This would take a bit more planning, but I love the idea of an overnight in a cozy cabin in the woods with hot chocolate, my hubs, a warm blanket and a fire in the fire place….I have four kids, so anything quiet, with chocolate and remote sounds pretty dreamy!!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Love these ideas! My family never really did gingerbread house decorating but I think it would be so fun to start doing. My daughter is two and I just know she would love it!

    Elizabeth Ann // http://www.lovedoinglife.com

  • I love Christmas movie nights around this time of year!

  • I LOVE making a gingerbread house together! It’s so fun! We just make the one though instead of a contest.
    I also really love going to look at the lights. We are in a new city now so we should really go explore!

  • Ashley @ simmerandsprout

    Great ideas! I think I’m going to have to do the gingerbread house CONTEST! How fun!

  • Karissa Ancell

    These are some great date ideas or family time ideas. I just love this time of year.

  • Oh my so many fun ideas! I love the hot chocolate hop! We always makes a gingerbread house together and go shopping.

    La Belle Sirene

  • Such fun ideas! I would love to do a bake off or breakfast for dinner! Will have to share this list with my man

  • I love your list! Brad and I get in our cozy clothes, make hot chocolate and drive through town looking at the Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music. It’s my favorite!

  • Erin

    Such great ideas! I love the idea of wrapping up different movies to choose which one you’re going to watch.

  • I love all of these ideas! Especially the pancakes and pjs date. We’re huge fans pf pancakes in this household haha

  • Adriana

    These are all such great ideas!! Having a bake off sounds so fun!

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