Christmas is cited by many as the most wonderful time of the year—a time to think about family, giving, and love. Whether it’s roasting chestnuts by the fire with your grandparents, taking your children to see Santa, or setting out to find love, there’s no time like Christmas to make you appreciate what’s really important in life.
The holiday season is usually jam-packed with fun things to do, so it’s really a great time to be planning a date. If you’re looking for creative ways to spoil your partner who just loves Christmas, then have no fear.

The following is a list of fun Christmas-themed ideas for you to try on your next date:

Movie Marathon
There’s often nothing better than heating up some pop-corn and sitting down to watch a Christmas movie. What’s also great is that it doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to enjoy the good old classics; you can set up your living room with lights and blankets, pick out your partner’s favorites, and spend the evening riding that emotional rollercoaster. Some top picks are Home Alone, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and Love Actually. These movies will get you into the Christmas spirit in no time.

Go Caroling
This can be a sweet idea for those who love singing, or doing more traditional Christmas activities; it could also be a way for you to meet likeminded people if you’re single. Head to your church or local community hall to see if they go caroling at Christmas time, or if there may be a place for you in the church choir. If you’re looking for love but you want to be creative about it, here list of best Christian dating sites. Everyone deserves to find love at Christmas time.

Go and See the Lights
In every neighborhood, there’s that one street or house that goes all out at Christmas time. Think the Griswolds in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa, hold each other’s hands, and take a stroll beneath all the beautiful Christmas lights. Some households spend a great deal of time and money on their decorations, and it’s absolutely breathtaking to see what they can do each year.

Bake it Up
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; I say that everyone loves eating cookies! Spending the afternoon baking gingerbread, shortbread, and Christmas cookies could be the perfect date idea if your partner has a sweet tooth, or if they don’t mind getting a little messy in the kitchen. The best thing about spending the afternoon cooking together is that you get to enjoy eating all the goodies together afterwards.

For those who are bit more adventurous and coordinated, nothing says cute Christmas-themed date quite like ice-skating. Book in a nice warm dinner afterwards, and you’ve got yourself the perfect date. Ice-skating can be a tricky ordeal, but if you’re looking for a way to get closer to someone, what better than to hold onto them as tight as you can while gliding across the ice? You’ll hardly even notice how much time you spent on your back.

Hot Cocoa Testing
Many people spend the holidays chasing down the perfect hot cocoa recipe. We’ve all tried to replicate the sweet, smooth taste of professionally made hot cocoa, so why not get together with your date this year and organize a night-in testing the product? If you find the best recipe early, you can both nestle down for that Christmas movie marathon mentioned earlier. That’s the great thing about Christmas; you can turn one or two activities into an entire fun-filled day.

Get Decorating
Your Christmas tree only gets put up once a year, so you can make it extra special by inviting your partner over to help decorate it. Working together like this can be exciting and fun, and if you plan who’s doing what then you can skip over all the more irritating aspects of putting up a Christmas tree, and other decorations. Pop open a bottle of wine or heat up some eggnog, and you can turn the event into a wonderfully creative date. Think about it this way—Prince Albert introduced the Christmas Tree to his wife Queen Victoria, and they rose in popularity all around the world. That’s kind of romantic, right?

Get Crafty
Th gift-giving industry is huge in the world in general. In Australia alone, roughly 40% of people surveyed said that they were buying gifts early in 2020, and 28% said that they shop during sales, to purchase Christmas presents and still save money. With everyone looking for ways to skimp and save, making presents is a great idea to contribute without breaking the bank. Pull out the felt, glitter, and hot-glue gun, and spend the afternoon creating something special with and for your partner. It may be a little silly and funny, but it’s a great way to get back to the basics and spend some quality time with the one you love.

What better way to get to know someone than by volunteering with them? Seeing someone give to others is not only heartwarming, but also encompasses the true meaning of Christmas. Remember, St. Nick was said to be more generous than he was red clad and jolly. He gave away his inheritance to help those in need. Volunteering and giving back can be a reminder of what’s really important in life. Taking some time to give back to the community and to help others is a great way to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Cabin Getaway
This one might not be better for a first or second date, but if you’ve been in a relationship for a long while and want to spend some Christmassy time with your partner, take a trip to a cozy cabin, away from the retail stores and commercialism of Christmas time. Many people believe that this is the worst part of Christmas, so why not just get away from it all and focus your attention on each other? There are some beautiful Airbnb’s out there, that are even decorated during the holidays. Taking your loved one on a trip away—just the two of you—is the perfect way to show that how much you want to spend time with them.

Christmas time doesn’t have to revolve around expensive gifts and awkward family dinners; spend this Christmas indulging in the things you love, with the one who you love, and remember that you can always come back to this list for helpful ideas.