The holidays are filled with good tidings and great joy. From spending quality time with your friends and family to embracing the spirit of the season with your local community, it seems like there’s tons of cheer to go around.
However, romance can get pushed to the back burner during this whimsical time of year. If you want to make this holiday season extra special for you and your S.O., check out these fun ideas for how to enjoy Christmas as a couple.
How to Have a Romantic Christmas as a Couple
Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been married for years, finding inspiration for romantic Christmas date ideas isn’t always easy. Maybe you and your partner are navigating busy schedules. Perhaps you’re just looking to create new holiday traditions. Whatever the case, get ready to make some major holiday magic with the ideas below.
1. Cut down your own Christmas tree.
If you live within driving distance of a tree farm, cutting down your own tree is a fantastic Christmas tradition idea for couples. You can pick out the perfect fir and maybe even enjoy a sleigh ride while you’re on the farm.
Once your tree is situated at home, it’s time to decorate! Jam some holiday tunes, pull out the ornaments, and hang up Christmas stockings for a totally wholesome and memorable time between you and your beloved S.O.
2. Make a batch (or two) of Christmas cookies.
Baking is a BIG part of the holiday season and an inexpensive date idea you can really put your own spin on. Pour some eggnog or mix a cocktail, and then roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Try your hands at new, creative recipes using seasonal flavors (like ginger or molasses) — or go the classic sugar cookie route. Then, break out your themed cookie cutters, and make them your own.
3. Bundle up for an ice skating adventure.
Maybe it’s been years since you laced up some ice skates. But the holidays are the perfect time to bundle up and brave the ice once again! Ice skating with your significant other can be a great bonding experience. Glide together holding hands or take turns pulling one another around the rink. After you’ve had your fill and put in as many laps as your legs can handle, warm up with a few mugs of hot chocolate to round out this wintry date.
4. Plan a cozy at-home date night.
Maybe you and your partner would prefer a cozy night in instead of an active night out. If so, you can always indulge in a romantic date from the comfort of your own home. After all, a living room picnic complete with wine, charcuterie, and your favorite Christmas movies can set a really lovely mood. And if you want to go the extra mile, why not flex your creative muscles? A shared creative endeavor (like at-home painting) is sure to trigger some serious love hormones.
5. Do a driving tour of holiday lights.
If you need a new holiday tradition, but you’re all out of romantic Christmas eve ideas, a tour of holiday lights might be just the answer. Driving around and looking at neighborhood displays or paying a visit to a larger light exhibit is a wonderfully romantic idea for a Christmas Eve night. Bring along a thermos of cocoa, and turn on some holiday-themed music as you celebrate the season with your sweetheart.
6. Go shopping at a Christmas market.
You have to get your shopping done one way or another, so make it more enjoyable with your S.O. in tow! Few things are as festive or as full of holiday cheer as Christmas craft shows, which tend to run for a whole weekend (or more) leading up to the big day.
Look for a Christmas market in your area or take a little trip out of town to one that interests you. Once you arrive, soak up the day as you meet artisans and find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.
7. Enjoy a candlelit dinner on Christmas Eve.
Cooking at home is a terrific Christmas Eve tradition idea for couples. Grab your partner, get dressed in your best chef ensembles, and turn on the heat! When you’re done, set the mood with a jazzy playlist and decorated dinner table.
If you’d prefer a less time-consuming alternative, order in from your favorite restaurant instead. Then, set the mood with a few aromatic candles and enjoy a delicious, non-traditional holiday meal with your partner under candlelight. Now that’s a romantic Christmas dinner idea for two!
Create New Holiday Traditions at Painting with a Twist
Prioritizing your partner and creating new traditions during the holiday season doesn’t have to be difficult. From Twist at Home Paint Kits to Couples’ Night events, your local Painting with a Twist studio has everything you need for a romantic and blissful Christmas season. Look for a studio near you, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.