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.
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!
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!