When the colder months roll around, you may find yourself struggling for fun things to do. I’ve put together my favourite December date ideas so you can make the most of this magical time of year! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started dating, or have a few years behind you, you should be able to squeeze these in.
Oh, and if you’re not coupled up, there’s no reason why you can’t own singledom and do these by yourself, or with your best friends.
1. Have hot chocolate.
You actually have three options with this one! Firstly, you can find a cosy café and spend some time there. Alternatively, you could grab your hot chocolate to go, and head for a winter walk. Just make sure you remember your hat, scarf and gloves! Finally, you can purchase the ingredients and rustle one up at home. Whatever you prefer!
Neal and I usually opt for the second one. We get our hot chocolate from the local coffee shop, and stroll through the park. It’s usually more peaceful than the coffee shops, and has the added bonus of dogs running around.
2. Go on a Christmas lights tour of your town.
This is my favourite. All you do is wrap up warm, head out the door, and walk wherever your feet take you. It can be as short or as long a walk as you like. As you walk, pay attention to the decorations around you, both in the streets and in homes. Point out the ones which catch your eye. It doesn’t cost a penny, but it’s a great way to have some quality time together.
The best time to do this is usually the last week before Christmas, as it’s when most people will have their decorations up.
3. Go ice skating.
If you’re lucky, your town may have an outdoor ice rink set up for this time of year. This would be my recommended option. If not, check out where the nearest indoor ice rink is and head there. This is a particularly entertaining activity if you’re both amateurs at the sport. Giggle at each other as you wobble your way around the rink. Hold each other up – just be careful you don’t end up in a heap on the floor!
I’m yet to persuade Neal to do this one. I don’t think he trusts me not to let him fall…
4. Visit the Christmas markets.
The huts, the atmosphere, the fairy lights… there’s something very charming about them. Hand in hand, explore what the merchants have to offer. No need to buy anything if you don’t want to, but you might just find something that takes your fancy! To get the full experience, why not sample some of the food from one of the various vendors? The Christmas markets sometimes come complete with rides or other activities, so you can make it a full event.
5. Head to your local garden centre.
I love garden centres in December! Not only do they often have real Christmas trees filling the air with their wonderful scent, but they have some unusual decorations, too. Have a stroll around, and maybe get a new decoration for the tree to remember the occasion!
Bear in mind, a lot of garden centres are a little bit out of the way, so this may be best if one of you can drive, or if it’s on a bus route. In case this isn’t an option, perhaps try late night shopping instead? Though they lack the signature Christmas tree scent, there will still be plenty of opportunities to eye up Christmas decorations. The evenings are usually quieter and can be just as fun.
6. Have a movie night.
Load up Netflix, grab the blankets and buy some snacks, then cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy! Go traditional and watch what you know and love, or dive into previously unexplored territory with something new. It’s also worth checking the cinema listings, as they sometimes show festive favourites throughout December.
7. Take cheesy Christmas photos.
It’s time to dig out the Christmas jumpers and practice those poses! Have fun with it. If you want to go a little step further, pick up some props – you can find them relatively cheap online, or in places like the pound shop. Splash them over social media, or keep them for yourselves, but you’ll have a memory to look back on time and time again.