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12 Dates of Christmas

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

Holiday-themed date nights!

Christmas is less than a month away! Spend some quality time with your man this year by planning "12 Dates of Christmas." We’ve got the ideas, so it’s up to you to make it happen!
Couple having Christmas tea

The holidays are the most hectic time of the year. Between Christmas shopping, attending work and family holiday parties, traveling and constantly cooking and baking, there’s little time left to spend with your man. Even though you’re busy, it’s important to connect on a regular basis to keep the relationship thriving. This may mean skipping out on a few events, but with these super-fun, holiday-themed date ideas, you won’t be missing out!

1

Attend a holiday concert or Christmas play

Go all-out and check out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or if you’re looking for something less expensive, attend a holiday play or musical in your area. Most churches host holiday concerts for free.2

2

Go on a ‘sweet’ tour

Look up local candy factories in your area and see if any are offering tours for the holidays. Grab a cup of hot cocoa to take with you for the ride and enjoy sampling delicious candies with your love!

If you live in New York, you won’t want to miss the Sugartooth Tour >>

3

An afternoon of holiday tea

Typically, fancy hotels offer some sort of holiday ‘high tea’ on weekend afternoons. In Arizona, the Biltmore offers a wonderful holiday tea along with other wintertime activities and holiday decorations galore!

4

Hot cocoa and movies

Kick ‘movie night’ up a notch this holiday season! Watch a marathon of your favorite Christmas classics (you pick two, your date picks two) and make festive homemade hot cocoa.

Spice up the night with these 3 naughty holiday drinks >>

5

Holiday lights tour

Instead of just driving around and looking at Christmas lights in your neighborhood, take a holiday lights tour! Most towns offer bus tours that take you to the best light displays in the valley — complete with hot cocoa and meeting new people!

For those in the San Fran area, go on the Holiday Lights Cable Car Tour >>

6

Volunteer

The holidays are all about giving, so plan a date with your man to volunteer at a local charity. There are hundreds of holiday volunteer opportunities throughout the U.S. This date is both free and makes a difference in someone’s life.

7

Get a little frisky

Here’s a date your man will love: Dress up in holiday-themed lingerie, light some candles and take it from there.

We love these his and hers holiday-themed lingerie >>

8

Cook together

Thanksgiving is spent with family; Christmas is spent with family. Pick a night the two of you can cook together and eat together — just the two of you. Go all out and have an appetizer, entrée, side dishes, dessert and holiday drinks! It’s well-worth all the effort since you’re doing it — together.

Check out all our holiday recipes here >>

9

Go on a carriage ride

What could be more romantic than strolling through a quaint town over the holidays with your love — via carriage? A quick Google search of ‘holiday carriage rides’ in your town should yield plenty of results.

10

Have an ornament exchange

Plan an evening to exchange meaningful (or funny) ornaments with your man. You can plan on shopping together that night and separating for a bit or purchasing the ornaments in advance. This is a fun tradition to do every year since you can look back on all the ornaments you chose for each other!

11

Build gingerbread houses

Sure — this could be better-suited for the kids, but we say why not bring out your inner-youth and build a holiday gingerbread house. Build one together or each build your own and vote which is best!

Tips for an easy gingerbread house >>

12

Have a wrapping party

And finally — a sneaky way to get your man to help wrap all those Christmas gifts — make it a date night! Make treats and beverages, put a holiday movie on in the background (or a sports game!) and get to wrapping!

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