Dating at anytime of year is a pretty big deal for single guys and girls. In the traditional sense it’s the guy who leads the way and must come up with the idea of where to take his date. The girl will see the guy’s idea and effort as a good measure of just how kean you are on her and what sort of a guy you really are. So at Christmas time the romantic feeling behind a date can be amplified ten fold and it’s important you come up with the goods if you truly like the girl! Here are some ideas to consider for impressing your date, whether it’s the first date or a few dates in…
Ice skating may not be the first activity that comes to mind for a surprise Christmas dating idea but we think its a great idea! Skating around an outdoor ice rink that is bedecked with festive decorations while holding the hand of your date is a very romantic experience. Think of any romantic scene from a Christmas movie such as White Christmas where the lovers skate together with the snow flakes falling and the fairy lights twinkling in the background. You get the picture?
Many ice rinks play festive music to get skaters in the mood, while even if you are beginners a lot of fun can be had trying to get off the spot. Skates are available for hire at most ice rinks while specially erected outdoor rinks can be found in many towns and cities over the festive season. Look out for these skating rinks in London by visiting the Londonist.com, in Manchester at the Cathedral Gardens, in Birmingham at Railroad Park, in Leeds at various places (you’ll have to Google nearer the time as the location changes) and in Edinburgh at Princess Street Gardens.
Why not try something different by taking your date ice skating, its a great way to spend a few hours on the run up to Christmas.
Santacon: If your in London
Santacon is a Christmas parade that takes place in London every December. Participants dress up in Santa costumes and generally celebrate the season by being friendly to one and all. Sounds fun? Well it really is. In order to join in the fun you will need to check out the Santacon website to see details of when the event begins and where. This year Santacon London takes place on December 14th.
The parade passes most of London’s famous landmark places, while at points Santas may call in at the pub for a drink to keep them going. Once the days parade and activities are complete there is a late night party for the night owls among us. All participants must wear a Santa suit, indeed you will feel the odd one out if you dont. Being jolly, upbeat, happy and cheerful is mandatory, while singing the unique Santa Carols is a must. Joining the Santacon for a fabulous day of activities is a great way to have fun with your date at Christmas.
Christmas Carol Concerts
Christmas Carol Concerts certainly get us in the mood for the festive season, while there are hundreds taking place throughout the UK during the month of December.
London typically has the most and visitlondon.com has plenty of places listed where they happen. If your outside London there’s still a good chance you can find one.
Couples will have a wonderful time joining in the singing that brings out nostalgia and hope in us all. Many choirs sing outdoors in market squares or at Christmas Markets in the UK adding to the atmosphere. What could be more romantic than listening to carols, surrounded by lanterns while you drink a warming cup of festive cheer?
Many venues incorporate Carol Concerts with follow up romantic meals for two. A fine example of this is Chatsworth House Christmas Twilight Evening, where guests listen to Carols, tour the festively decorated building and finish with a beautiful dinner. It really is a romantic evening out with a Christmas theme that any date will appreciate.
Romantic Weekend Away
What better way to excite your date than to book a surprise Festive weekend away. This one will be for those that have been dating for maybe a month. Doing this too soon will apply needless pressure to your date to accept. They will need to get a little bit more comfortable with you first. If you want advice as to when, I would pretty much say have at least 5 dates with that person first and see how its going.
If all is going great, why not book a spa break, or a wine tasting weekend in a luxury hotel, while a city break in Europe during December would be a superb romantic gesture. Paris is a great destination in December as is Brussels, Amsterdam or maybe take your partner to one of the many European Christmas Markets in Prague or Budapest.
A weekend away somewhere snowy will really get you in the festive mood. Trips to Lapland in December with Nordic Visitor are especially charming. The home of Santa is not simply for children there are many adult activities including dog sledding or taking a romantic ride on a sleigh pulled by huskies. The Northern lights is another beautiful experience your partner will never forget too. Of course these are rather extravagant weekends away so they are only for those who are super kean on their dates.
Romantic Christmas Movie Night
This is a real safe option but can be a great call. We all have a favourite Christmas movie and if you want to impress a girl, have a collection of romantic christmas themed films including comedies for your date to pick from, we cover our favourite ones here, ours is White Christmas with the legendary Bing Crosby.
Arrange a romantic night in with drinks and nibbles to watch a movie or two. Watching Christmas movies certainly gets you in the festive mood and is a great way to get the Christmas season started.
Buy popcorn or pop your own in the microwave. Decorate the room with festive cheer or why not make your own Christmas punch or mulled wine to sip while you curl up on the sofa together. Christmas movies never lose their popularity no matter how many times you have watched them, while films filled with sentimentality and romance give us that warm Christmassy feeling inside. In our experience this is not an expensive way to spend a romantic evening but it is sure is one of the most successful.