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10 Cheap holiday date ideas

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Ten affordable rendezvous

With the holidays rapidly approaching, scoring some alone time with your man is vital, but it can be tough on your wallet when trying to fulfill your kids' Christmas wishes. From affordable date ideas like ice skating to free date ideas like taking a stroll to enjoy the changing leaves, discover 10 cheap holiday date ideas that will give you a break from the kids without breaking the bank.

ice skating dateGlide together on the ice

You may have to hide this holiday date from your youngsters, but heading to a local rink or seasonal ice skating pond is rich on fun without costing a lot.

Watch a tree lighting ceremony

Check with your city to uncover tree lighting ceremonies happening in your area. They are often free and feature a festive countdown and a visit from Santa Claus.

Stroll through neighborhood Christmas lights

For a free holiday date idea, intertwine your fingers with your honey and wander slowly through the nearest neighborhood hot spot for Christmas lights displays with hot coco in hand.

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Visit Santa Claus

Whether you head to the mall or to an affordable local holiday festival, pay a visit to Santa without your kids and spring for a couples' photo with the jolly man himself.

Throw a Christmas movie marathon

Set your kids up with a sleepover at grandma and grandpa's house and settle in with your honey for a movie marathon at home, complete with your favorite holiday movies.

Hunt down the perfect tree

Scope out the perfect conifer on a Christmas tree farm or lot and partake in the fun and games. You can always bring your family back later to approve it and pick it up.

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See a local holiday performance

Check for holiday plays or concerts playing at a local venue, which are traditionally more affordable yet tell the same story.

Go caroling

Hook up with a group or set out on your own to belt out your favorite holiday tunes together without spending a dime.

Read Christmas stories

Grab a seat at a local coffee shop or snuggle up in front of a romantic fire after the kids are in bed and read classic Christmas stories to one another to amp up the romance and the holiday spirit.

Walk through autumn colors

Around your neighborhood or at a local park, strolling hand-in-hand through the season's changing foliage is free -- and ultra romantic -- when looking for a holiday date that doesn't have to be scheduled.

"It's important to date your mate," advises Julie Spira, Cyber-dating expert. "Creating rituals together such as a weekly date night will enhance your relationship and give you something to look forward to," even through the busy holiday.

And, regardless of how busy holidays with kids can be, Spira urges couples to honor your date night. "It will keep your relationship alive!" With these 10 cheap date holiday date ideas, romancing your mate is not only important, it can also be affordable!

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