50 winter & Christmas date ideas for married couples


Something Cristian and I try and make sure we do often is go on dates. And the winter time is perfect for it — everything is so romantic…all the lights, the chilly air (more reason to snuggle), etc.! There’s so many fun activities we can do together, and a lot of them are free! I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of 50 winter/Christmas date ideas for married couples. A couple really cater to married couples but many of these dates you can go on with a boyfriend/girlfriend…or a crush 😉

  1. Make “gourmet” hot chocolate together, or have a mini hot chocolate bar for the two of you, complete with hot cocoa, whipped cream, marshmallows (different flavored ones are fun!), a few types of crushed candies like Heath, Andes mints, etc. You can also use peppermint sticks (aka candy canes) or chocolate hazelnut pirouettes to stir your hot cocoa with! If you want to get crazy…there’s tons of different flavors of hot chocolate you can get — I love Stephen’s Hot Cocoa.
  2. Take the hot cocoa bar a step further and have an indoor picnic! Soup and grilled cheeses would be a great choice. You can make it cozy with candles and if you don’t have a fireplace, put the “Fireplace for Your Home” on Netflix or this crackling one on YouTube.
  3. Have a library date! Go to your local public library and separate for a few minutes to find each other a few movies and/or books you think the other would like.
  4. Cut down and decorate a Christmas tree together.
  5. Go to a store like the Dollar Tree or Walmart and give each other a $5 limit. Find a funny gift you think the other would like, go home and wrap them, then open them under the tree together.
  6. Make gingerbread houses.
  7. Find a few other couples to go Christmas caroling with.
  8. Dress in your PJ’s, fill a thermos with hot cocoa, make some popcorn and hop in the car to drive around your neighborhood/town to see homes decorated with Christmas lights. Make sure you have Christmas music playing!
  9. Watch a favorite Christmas movie together. Our favorites are Home Alone and Home Alone 2, Fred Clause, The Family Stone, The Holiday, and of course Elf!
  10. Bake your favorite holiday cookies together.
  11. Build a snowman together.
  12. Go snowshoeing.
  13. Go sledding or tubing.
  14. Make paper snowflakes and use them to decorate your house! This is a great tutorial.
  15. Go to a local Holiday bazar together. Great opportunity to shop small!
  16. Attend a Christmas concert. Take the chance to dress fancy! Plus, many are free. Just google search “free Christmas concerts near me.”
  17. Is there a zoo near you that does Zoo Lights? Go together!
  18. Do a service project together, like reading books to kids stuck in the hospital over the holidays. Need some more service oriented winter date ideas? The Mormon.org Light the World campaign is non-denominational and perfect for the Holiday season.
  19. Go ice skating.
  20. Have a snowball fight.
  21. Write Christmas letters to family and friends together.
  22. Or make handmade Christmas cards!
  23. Find a local hot springs to take a dip in! Or the next best thing is hot tubing if you have or know someone who has one.
  24. Have a board game night!
  25. Cook a cozy dinner in together, complete with trying a new recipe or two and some classy, sexy jazz music. Cristian and I love Spotify’s Coffee Table Jazz, Jazzy Romance, and Jazzy Christmas playlists.
  26. Read a children’s Christmas book together. Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers and illustrated by Ben Sowards is one of my very favorites.
  27. Make Christmas tree ornaments.
  28. Attend a city tree lighting together.
  29. Get a jump-start on those New Years resolutions and go to the gym and work out together! Finish with some Jamba Juice.
  30. Go to your local holiday/Christmas market.
  31. Build a fort! Make sure you include twinkly lights, candles, lots of pillows and blankets!
  32. Take your fort setup up a notch with some romantic massages. Use some massage oil and that jazzy Christmas music again.
  33. See a play. The Nutcracker and The Christmas Carol are always great ones this time of year.
  34. Bundle up and pretend to be tourists in your own city.
  35. Take a cooking class together.
  36. Spend a day at the museum.
  37. Paint the snow! (If you’re lucky enough to have some!) Just use a spray bottle with water and food coloring.
  38. Make your own ugly Christmas sweaters.
  39. Have an international Christmas night and make a dinner and desserts another country would have on Christmas. Research some of that country’s holiday traditions and try them out.
  40. See if there’s a way to take a sleigh ride near you.
  41. Get matching Christmas pajamas and take pictures of the two of you wearing them together!
  42. Make Christmas wreaths together.
  43. Host a white elephant gift exchange with a few other couples.
  44. Buy a special journal for the two of you to write down goals for your marriage for 2018. Cristian and I have one that says #goals on the front. We also use it for monthly goals if we’re feeling particularly goal-oriented, and we’ve also used it for things like our love language quiz results.
  45. Go on a mall scavenger hunt!
  46. Grab another couple or two and play Christmas charades.
  47. Perfect your cocktail or mocktail skills and try some recipes together. Here’s some good New Years Eve mocktail recipes for those of you who don’t drink, like us!
  48. Ring in the new year together with charcuterie and the ball dropping on TV.
  49. Have a spa night and give each other facials! He’ll love it 😉
  50. Take a quick getaway and spend the night in a cabin.

What do you think? Let us know if you try any of these!

Gingerbread french toast

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