13 Christmas Date Night Ideas | Girl Talk Tuesday

13 Christmas Date Night Ideas | Girl Talk Tuesday

One of my favorite things about Christmastime is the traditions that Matt & I have.  Over the years, we have created date night traditions that we both look forward to.  There’s something especially romantic about Christmastime.  For today’s Girl Talk Tuesday, I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas date night ideas.  Several of these aren’t Christmas specific, so they can also be incorporated into the following winter months.  Most of these date nights are either free or fairly reasonable, so anyone on any budget can enjoy!

Christmas Date Night Ideas Girl talk tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

Christmas Date Night Ideas Girl talk tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

Christmas Date Night Ideas:

  1. Christmas lights tour.  Who doesn’t love looking at Christmas lights?  Most big cities have neighborhoods that deck themselves out for fun every Christmas.  In LA, we have several neighborhoods that we visit each year, such as Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills or Christmas Tree Lane in Alta Dena.  We like to turn on our favorite classic carols and sip hot cocoa while we enjoy the lights.
  2. Bake/Decorate Christmas cut-out cookies.  Matt and I love to decorate cut-out cookies.  I guess it’s the adult version of coloring?  It’s fun to see what creations you can come up with and compete with each other to see who can decorate the best cookie.
  3. Visit Disneyland.  I know not all of you live conveniently close to a Disney park, but chances are that you do live driving distance from some type of park or zoo that decorates for the holidays.  Yes, this is typically a family event…  But I think it’s good to treat your inner child to some fun kid-free (if you’re parents) once in a while.
  4. Build a snowman.  If you live in a snowy area, a fun date idea is to create a “Snowman kit” and take your hubby out to build a snowman together.
  5. Go sledding or tubing.  This one is for our Northerners too.  Matt and I went tubing last winter and had an absolute blast.  You feel like you’re 10 years old flying down the hill with the cold wind in your face.
  6. Christmas movies at home.  Another tradition Matt & I have is to cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire, watching our favorite classic Christmas movies.  We pop popcorn, put on our PJs and break out the cozy blankets.  See this blog post with our favorite Christmas classic movies.
  7. Christmas Eve candlelight church service.  I never grew up going to church on Christmas Eve because that was our big family party night.  Now that I’m in LA, we go to candlelight service every year on Christmas Eve and make a night of it.  We plan dinner out at a festive restaurant and come home and open one present each at midnight.
  8. Go iceskating.  This is one festivity you can partake in regardless of your location.  We have iceskating rinks pop up all over LA each Christmas and had so much fun going one year with our friends.
  9. Make a Christmas craft together.  Decorate Christmas ornaments or stockings to create a fun memory when you pull out that craft for years to come.
  10. See a Christmas show.  Local theaters always have holiday themed plays/ballets, musicals and concerts.  You can count that The Nutcracker will be playing in your town every year.
  11. Pamper your spouse.  After a long day of Christmas shopping, why not spoil yourselves with a spa night at home?  Pick up some holiday scented bath products and candles for a relaxing evening in.  Pamper your spouse with a massage or foot rub.
  12. Game night.  Prep some snacks (I love puppy chow!) and pull out your favorite board games for a cozy night in around the fire.
  13. Read a Christmas book together.  I love when Matt reads to me.  We sometimes choose a book and take turns reading chapters to each other at bedtime for a fun way to spend time together electronics-free.

What are your favorite Christmas or Winter date nights?  I love to hear ideas from you!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year to cozy up to your man.  Love really is in the air at Christmastime.

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  1. Kellie
    / 6:31 AM

    This is such a GREAT list! Several of these we used to do regularly and lately we have let life get in the way, so this is a great reminder to take the time for each other. It’s SO IMPORTANT!!
    Here’s my additions to the list:

    Explore your city and appreciate the locals: I grew up in New Orleans and one of my all-time fav things to do in winter was to go to Cafe du Monde for a cafe au lait and then sit on the steps in Jackson Square and watch the street performers. Even more fun when you have a partner there to keep you warm! Serious talent out there from locals. It is fun to cheer them on and support them, and you can really do this in any city.

    Winter hiking: We just moved from Boston to Georgia, so instead of our regular snow fun this year, we are planning some winter hiking. I am obsessed with waterfalls, so we are planning some daytrips to the North GA mountains complete with blanket, thermos filled with warm beverage of choice (let’s be honest, COFFEE), and snacks. Time together in nature always seems to “reset” us so after our crazy year, I’m looking forward to this!

    • / 4:23 PM

      Thanks, Kellie! Oh how I miss NOLA!!
      These are such fun suggestions! ❤️

  2. / 8:02 AM

    I looove these ideas! This is my favorite time of year for dates & it’s so important not to let the busy holiday season take away from date nights!

  3. / 9:02 AM

    Fantastic ideas! I love them all! My fave is going around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas lights! I have done that regardless if I was with someone or not–it’s just a fun thing to do! Watching Christmas movies is also a fun cozy thing to do with a partner. One of my fave movies….The Holiday!!

    • / 4:23 PM

      Thanks Michelle! Looking at Christmas lights is such a fun tradition!

  4. / 10:29 AM

    I love all your ideas! Christmas Eve Candlelight service is my favorite thing to do every Christmas season. It fills my soul with so much joy with the celebration of our Lord!

  5. Clo
    / 10:33 AM

    Since i was young every Christmas Eve we eat a sweet bun, there is no translation for “une coquille” it’s typical from the north of France and we drink a hot chocolate and now i do it with my husband and my son.
    Christmas is so different since i have my son this is so great to see stars in his eyes…We will enjoy this year because he ´s growing up and he already ask question about Santa Claus!
    Have a nice Christmas with your family and enjoy this beautiful moment of the year.
    Love from France

  6. / 12:08 PM

    My boyfriend and I are celebrating Christmas together on Saturday before we each head home for Christmas with our families. We are seeing an early showing of Rogue One and then heading to Rolf’s in Gramercy. (If you are ever in NYC around the holidays, you must check out Rolf’s – it looks like Christmas exploded all over the restaurant!)

    IG: Alexandra.brant

  7. Erin
    / 1:40 PM

    love these ideas!! I am going to bake some Christmas cookies with my friend this weekend!! I love those hunters green boots!!! I wish it was January so can find out what happens to Lucy and gang on Timeless!!! I want it renewed for 2nd season. I have all my shopping done so just need wrap couple gifts and I will be all set for Christmas morning. Wishing you and Matt a wonderful Christmas!!!

    • / 4:25 PM

      Thank you, Erin! The Timeless return is just around the corner now!

  8. / 3:09 PM

    What a great idea! I also want to visit Disneyland on christmas, but I do not live in USA :/ But I do Love the lights on the streets on christmas, It is so pretty and amazing ?
    I read your blog 1 time everyday. It is good ??

    • / 4:26 PM

      I hope you get to visit Disney during the Christmas season soon, Aisha! ❤️

  9. / 3:58 PM

    Aw I love this post idea! And of course your outfit..haha!
    I tried the whole cookie decorating with my boyfriend…. he laughed at my attempt to make them cute! LOL! Love how you and Matt can have such a good time together doing simple things. Such a great and refreshing post to read!

    Happy holidays, gorgeous!


    • / 4:26 PM

      Thank you, Kelly! Laughter makes for the best date nights. ?

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