50 Holiday Date Ideas

Thanksgiving officially ended 21 hours ago, that means it’s legal to disclose the fact that Christmas has been on our minds for weeks, and we’ve booked/planned several holiday themed dates.   We both sat down and listed all the things we want to do, and our top holiday date ideas.  We were forced to limit them down to activities that are realistic within the one month time frame we’ve been given.  If anyone wants to make it the holiday season for 2 months, we’re good with that!  Seriously, it’s tough to choose which holiday date will be the most fun- it’s like lining up your children and asking you to choose your favorite.
Anyway, since we can’t do everything, we hoped our friends, family, and blogging buddies would get out there and enjoy the holidays by completing some holiday dates for us!

Here’s 50 holiday date ideas we came up with:

1. Drive around neighborhoods and look at lights
2. Make a hot chocolate bar, have friends/family over (there’s a pretty cool one here)
3. Go sledding
4. Make a snowman/snow angels
5. Go Caroling, preferably to a hospital or nursing home
6. Play Christmas music together on the piano
7. See the temple lights (for our AZ kids here’s the link)
8. Get hot chocolate at Starbucks and head to the temple just to hear the performances each night
9. Attend a Christmas concert at a local venue
10. Small town or small budget?  Attend the local high school’s Christmas concerts
11. Go see The Forgotten Carols
12. Go see The Christmas Carol
13. Be a ballet fan and go see The Nutcracker
14. Go see any other Christmas play/concert
15. Zoolights
16. Desert Botanical Garden Lights (or any other local attraction where you may live)
17. Make Christmas cookies
18. Build gingerbread houses together
19. Watch Christmas movies
20. Wrap presents together
21. Go Christmas shopping together
22. Decorate
23. Hang lights around the house
24. Drink eggnog/hot chocolate/tea by a fire (AZ locals try Tempe Marketplace)
25. Share our favorite versions of Christmas songs with each other
26. Take holiday photos
27. Go get your picture taken with Santa at the mall
28. Attend your holiday work party together
29. Write a newsletter together (and get it ready to share digitally when the new company Camille is starting  launches early next week)
30. Go get a tree together (real or fake)
31. Go ice skating
32. Volunteer- organize toys, gifts, or food at local non-profits
33. Go to a religious service- bonus points if it isn’t your religion and you get to learn something
34. Make Christmas shopping easy for others, go around town and take pictures of some items on your wish list to send to others.
35. Make stockings together
36. Hit up a bookstore, read your favorite childhood holiday books, A Christmas Carol, etc.
37. Take a sleigh-ride
38. Find one of your family’s favorite holiday recipes, make it together
39. Have a Christmas cookie exchange with other couples/friends
40. Make a homemade Christmas gift together
41. Rent a cabin for the weekend- preferably somewhere with snow
42. Ugly sweater party
43. Attend church sponsored parties/activities together
44. Choose a child’s name from a wish list and go shopping to find a toy to make the season for a child (Toys for Tots is a great source)
45. Discuss your family’s Christmas/holiday breakfast tradition.  Make that dish together for a breakfast date
46. Cut out snowflakes together.  Go donate the decorations to a shelter, nursing home, or school in need.
47. Find local holiday festivals, attend one together (Festival Lights, Festival of Trees, etc.)
48. Take a holiday cooking class together (there are typically several cookie classes offered)
49. Have a snowball fight
50. Take holiday treats to your neighbors, meet them, or get to know them a little better

Please feel free to add any other ideas in the comments!  We’d also love to hear from you with your dating experience and pictures of what you did to get our there and date during the most wonderful time of the year!

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