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As you probably know by now, this is my favorite time of year. I love, love, love the holidays and everything that comes with them. One of my favorite things to do this time of year? Go on a date with my hubby without the kids. Kids make the holidays extra special but every once in a while it’s important to get away and spend some quality time with your significant other. Thank God our preschool program has a special ‘date night’ once a month where they take the kids for four whole hours. Since we have no nearby family ever offering to take our kids, the preschool date nights are 10 times more important.
What should you do for date night this time of year? There are so many fun options. Some require snow, but some don’t! So just skip over the date ideas requiring snow if you live in a warmer area of this world. *Note*: If you live in a tropical paradise, I am extra jealous of you right now and who needs snow when you have the beach and sunshine? Moving on… Here is a list of my top 9 holiday date ideas. I will start with my own recent holiday date:
A December date night is the perfect time to go holiday shopping. For us, it was the only time we were able to go shopping together without the kids. And guess what? We had a great dinner and then knocked out almost all of our Christmas shopping. Before that night we were way behind and had pretty much nothing along the lines of Christmas gifts. Now most of our shopping is done. It is so nice to be able to shop with my hubby without my kids turning it into a stressful nightmare. Plus, we had a delicious sushi dinner before we hit the busy stores.
If you live where there’s snow and you can get away for a date during the day, sledding can be so much fun. There is a sledding park not too far from where we live that makes a super-fun day-date sledding trip. When you’re a grown up and you get to be a kid without having to take care of any kids, savor it. I love taking my kids sledding because there are few things I enjoy more than watching them have a blast but then when they get snow in their clothes and everyone’s cold, tired, hungry, and grumpy, the “fun” disappears real fast. Sledding without kids? A dream.
No matter where you live, there’s surely an ice rink not too far. An ice-skating date is one of the most romantic holiday dates I can think of. You get to hold hands, enjoy the Christmas music and holiday lights, try not to crash into anyone, help your partner up with they fall, sip hot chocolate. I love ice skating with my hubby.
Christmas Light Tour
Driving around neighborhoods, sipping hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, and checking out Christmas lights is one of my favorite ways to spend a December evening. You can do this with kids. But often, kids gets get bored pretty quickly. As a grown up, I can appreciate a great Christmas lights display. My kids? Not so much. Grab some hot chocolate and hop in the car for a Christmas light tour with your love.
Holiday Movie Night
Another great idea? Staying in and watching a holiday movie. There are so many great holiday movies. A few of my favorites: Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th St, A Christmas Story, plus many more. If you feel like staying in, get cozy on the couch with a glass of egg nog and some yummy snacks and watch a Christmas movie with your significant other. The living room is my favorite place to be this time of year and I love enjoying it with a classic Christmas movie.
Ginger Bread House
Another idea if you want to stay in for date-night? Make a gingerbread house! Baking with my hubby is so much fun when there are no kids around. Making a gingerbread house can be a blast. Not into baking? Buy a gingerbread house kit! At nearly every store I’ve been to recently I’ve seen gingerbread house kits. They require little work or know-how and they are so fun to put together and decorate. My husband and I usually compete to decorate the best looking gingerbread house. Of course, I always win 😉 but it’s still a ton of fun.
Snow Walk/Snowball Fight/Snowman
Again, if you have snow, go on a walk with your significant other. During one of my first Christmas seasons with my hubby it was snowing like crazy outside and we went on a little walk and had a snowball fight. It’s so important to do fun kid-like things with your love. Go on a snow walk and have a snowball fight or make a snowman. Just be together in the snow.
Another snow activity. Spend the say snowmobiling or snowboarding/skiing with your significant other. Take a day for yourselves without the kids to spend time on the mountain and have some fun. Afterward, you can sit by the fire in the ski lodge and talk about your snow-filled, kid-free day.
We were almost going to go see the play ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ for our December date night but since we just got one night alone together before Christmas, we decided it would be smarter to knock out our Christmas shopping. However, if you’re kid free and/or you have many date nights available to you, I suggest seeing a Holiday performance. I have not been to any kind of performance or play since I’ve had kids. Hopefully next year will be the year for us, especially because my husband totally seemed up for it.
Well, there you have it, 9 holiday date ideas. I hope this list gave you some date inspiration for December. Let me know what you decided to do on your date.