Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, Christmas time is a magical time of year. It’s when friends and family gather to share special moments and fantastic food and exchange gifts. While much of the Christmas season often involves group activities with loved ones, it’s important for couples to carve out time to make their own Christmas traditions with activities that involve just the two of them.
If that’s what you’re hoping to do this year, you might be looking for some Christmas activities for couples that will make this Christmas season even more memorable for you and your special someone. You’ve come to the right place to find festive Christmas activities that will make this holiday season and all the ones that follow super special for you and your significant other.
Create a Dates of Christmas Calendar
To set the stage for a holiday season that includes plenty of alone time spent with your partner, we suggest you make a calendar of date night ideas. Just like a lot of people, particularly children, track the arrival of Christmas with an advent calendar, you can use your dates of Christmas calendar to do the same. Every time you and your SO check an activity off your calendar, you’ll know that the arrival of Christmas is one day closer.
Christmas Activities for Couples
Making a calendar for the 24 days leading up to Christmas morning and the holiday itself is similar to creating a bucket list of all the things you want to do with your SO during the holiday season. Your calendar doesn’t have to include a ton of expensive activities as the season is ripe for low-budget, intimate experiences you can share with your partner without even leaving home. While that’s true, including some romantic date night ideas that will take you out on the town or to another location isn’t a bad idea.
1. Share Adventures
Whether you’re planning a getaway or you and your SO are going to stay home, we encourage you to share some adventures with your partner. Adventures from Scratch: Date Edition includes 50+ adventures couples can do at home or during their time at a vacation destination. The book’s adventures will bring you and your SO closer together, and many will end with a romantic crescendo you’ll both enjoy during a Christmas date night.
2. Host a Hot Chocolate or Peppermint Tasting
With the Christmas season ushering in the arrival of winter, it’s a great time to indulge in some hot cocoa. That means the season is a wonderful time to plan a hot cocoa tasting so you and your sweetie can taste different kinds of hot chocolate.
Putting together a hot cocoa tasting is a breeze. All you need to do is navigate your way over to Amazon and order a hot chocolate sampler.
Don’t forget to order some festive mugs and toppings, too. You can customize your holiday mugs with pictures of you and your SO. Depending on the mugs you decide to get, your pictures will only appear when the vessels are filled with hot liquid, which is a really cool effect that will make sipping your hot beverages during an intimate date night even more memorable.
Marshmallows and candy canes are examples of the toppings you may want to order. You might want to add some Christmas cookies to your cart before you check out to make the tasting that much sweeter, tasty, and satisfying.
If you prefer peppermint…
If chocolate just isn’t your thing, you may want to host a peppermint tasting with another couple instead. You can plan your peppermint tasting similar to the way you’d put together a wine tasting. Make little cards that describe each type of peppermint you’re going to serve and encourage everyone to make notes about the refreshing treats they try.
To make the night extra spicy, pick up some peppermint schnapps, vanilla rum, and chocolate liqueur. Get a set of red wine or martini glasses and pour drinks consisting of equal parts of all three types of alcohol. You can layer the beverages or swirl them so the finished drinks are as decorative as they are delicious. Top each drink off with some shaved peppermint stick. Just make sure the shavings are small and delicate enough for your guests to swallow without chewing.
3. Reenact Your First Date with a Holiday Theme
It’s always fun to cuddle with your partner and reminisce about all the experiences you’ve shared. You don’t have to settle for recounting those experiences, however. As a New Year approaches, why don’t you and your SO reenact your first date, but with a holiday twist.
You can pretend to be Santa while your SO adopts the persona of Mrs. Claus, or vice versa, and go out to dinner at the restaurant where you shared your first meal. Alternatively, you can transform your home into a holiday wonderland with Christmas lights so you and your partner can make out like you did when you first got together. The ideas for reenacting your initial date with a holiday theme are only limited by your imagination, so put your creativity to work!
4. Visit a Christmas Tree Farm
Their Christmas tree is often the focal point of the holiday for a lot of people. Gifts are traditionally put under the tree, after all, so it’s only natural that the seasonal fixture gets a lot of attention. Of course, a tree’s Christmas décor draws even more attention to the holiday staple.
To add more meaning to your tree, consider visiting a Christmas tree farm with your SO. Once you’re there, the two of you can pick the Christmas tree you want. Getting a live tree from a farm is one of those annual holiday traditions you’ll want to keep up for years to come as it’s a ton of fun, especially as you get to know the farm’s owners during your repeat yearly visits.
5. Celebrate Kiss-Mas with Some Mistletoe
Transforming Christmas into Kiss-Mas is as simple as hanging some mistletoe. It’s traditional for couples to smooch every time they find themselves standing underneath the mistletoe, and you and your significant other can get in on the action without breaking a sweat.
To up the fun, invite another couple over for drinks and appetizers. Keep count to see which couple winds up kissing the most under the decoration. Get a humorous prize for the duo who kisses the most and an equally funny booby prize for the couple who “lose” the friendly competition. This is actually a good opportunity to get comical, suggestive prizes that will keep the romance going after your get-together draws to an end, such as glow-in-the-dark condoms or body paint.
6. Schedule a Movie Night
Christmas is the time of year to watch all your favorite holiday movies. Luckily, watching your favorite Christmas movies is a fantastic way to spend a holiday date. Here are some Christmas movies you may want to watch with your SO as the two of you cuddle on the couch:
- A Christmas Story
- The Grinch
- Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (skip the later films that are part of the Home Alone franchise, or you’ll kill the romance faster than you can say “Rudolph”)
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Santa Claus: The Movie
- Holiday Affair
- The Polar Express
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Office Christmas Party
- A Christmas Carol
7. Have a Snowball Fight
As enjoyable as the holidays are, the season can also be fraught with stress. Shopping, cooking, attending parties, and decorating all while you continue to work and live your daily life can detract from all the holiday fun. If you anticipate that you or your partner will need to blow off some steam as Christmas draws ever nearer, why don’t you have a snowball fight?
If some neighborhood kids or a few adult neighbors are out and about, invite them to join the fight. Just make sure the snow is packable and that it hasn’t iced over so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt if they take a snowball to the face.
8. Build a Snowman
Building a snowman or snowperson is a fun way to spend time with your significant other. You can make your creation as big or small as you’d like. Don’t forget to dress your snowman up in some hilarious seasonal clothes. You may even want to unpack that ugly Christmas sweater you got a few years ago so your snowperson can show it off to your neighbors.
9. Plan a Naughty or Nice Night
Do you want to infuse the air with some romance? You can do just that by planning a naughty or nice night. Use printable cards to make notes, with each note describing a single nice thing your SO did for you during the year or one naughty activity you’d like to engage in with your partner. Hide the notes in secret places around your home.
When the appointed hour rolls around, challenge your SO to find the notes. Whenever your partner finds a note, you can reminisce about her act of kindness or the two of you can do whatever is on the uncovered naughty card.
10. Make Some DIY Christmas Gifts for Neighbors
You and your partner don’t have to be overly crafty to make some DIY Christmas gifts for your neighbors. You can get some candies and use a holiday-themed printable to wrap them into bundles you can hand out.
Alternatively, you may want to get some mason jars and put all the ingredients a friend will need to make a scrumptious batch of brownies in layers inside the jars. Remember to attach the relevant recipe to each jar so your neighbors will know how to make the sweet treats.
11. Play Ding, Dong, Ditch
Once your homemade gifts are done, you and your SO can deliver them to your neighbors by playing the childhood game Ding, Dong, Ditch. To play the game, place a gift on one of your neighbor’s doorsteps, ring the bell, and run so you two don’t get caught by your buddy.
If you want to make the game competitive, you and your partner can take turns delivering the gifts to your neighbors. Whichever one of you gets caught the least will win the game. In all reality, both of you will win when you witness your neighbors’ oft-hysterical reactions to your pranks and thoughtful gifts.
12. Construct a Gingerbread House
Don’t worry! You don’t need a general contractor’s license to construct a gingerbread house. All you have to do is visit Amazon to order a gingerbread house kit that will have all the ingredients needed to build a fragrant, edible house that will earn plenty of attention during a holiday get-together.
13. Go Sledding
Has it snowed in your area already? If the snow is deep enough, take your SO on a date night at a location where the two of you can go sledding. As the two of you slide down an incline at an accelerating rate, the person in the back will cling to the front rider, which is an exhilarating feeling that will bring you right back to your childhood days.
14. Book a Wintry Getaway
Do you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of winter weather? You can give your partner a seasonal experience by booking a getaway at a destination that’s known for its blustery winds and snow. Booking a ski trip in the Rockies or a snowboarding trip in the North Carolina mountains are just a few extended Christmas date ideas you may want to consider.
15. Create a Christmas Playlist Together
One of the most enjoyable parts of the holidays is the Christmas music. Christmas songs have the power to set the literal and figurative tone for the season, and they can instill plenty of Christmas spirit in even the most committed of scrooges.
If you’re trying to establish holiday traditions with your SO, consider making a Christmas playlist together every year. Depending on your tastes, you may want to include some traditional Christmas songs and some of the latest hits in your playlist. Here are some classics that are sure to get all listeners in the Christmas spirit:
- White Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas by the harmonious Bing Crosby
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the melodious Judy Garland
- The Christmas Song by none other than Nat King Cole
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman by Gene Autry
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by the immortal Frank Sinatra
- Santa Baby by the iconic Eartha Kitt
- Blue Christmas by the king of rock ‘n roll himself, Elvis Presley
- Run, Rudolph, Run by the legendary Chuck Berry
- The Chipmunk Song, also known as Christmas Don’t Be Late by the cartoonish Alvin and company
16. Sing Christmas Carols
Once your Christmas playlist is done, you can use it as the basis for singing Christmas carols throughout your neighborhood. If you’re really shy about singing in public, you and your partner can go door-to-door to entertain people with professionally recorded holiday tunes as you mouth the words to the delight of onlookers.
Christmas caroling is enjoyable for performers and listeners in equal measure. You can spread the joy by inviting others to join you on your caroling tour. If your group is going to sing, make sure everyone has sheet music that includes the words to each song you plan to perform.
You can find Christmas carol songbooks on Amazon. Ordering one and making copies of the songs your group will sing is a good way to keep things affordable. Before you order a songbook, make sure you navigate to smile.amazon.com so that a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice.
17. Take Your Partner Ice Skating
Anyone trying to come up with romantic Christmas date ideas should put ice skating on their list of holiday activities. Going skating is a particularly good idea if you’re a strong skater and your partner only has limited experience on the ice. That’s because your SO will likely cling to you to avoid taking a tumble. When you’re a source of support for your partner, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feeling of strength and being needed.
If you live near a rink, going skating with your SO will be an easy endeavor as long as your partner is willing. Is the closest rink hours away? Pack a bag and surprise your partner with a long weekend that includes plenty of ice time and ice skating. If possible, book some private time on the ice and ask the facility manager to blast some Christmas music as you and your SO skate around.
18. Design Personalized Christmas Cards
While some revelers print up a summary of their year and stick it in the same card for all their friends and family members, you and your partner can do more during a date night. Instead of sending generic cards to everyone, the two of you can design custom Christmas cards for the people closest to you.
To create the cards the two of you will send, you can use a printable template or two. Once you print the pre-made cards, you and your SO can fill each card with a handwritten message that the relevant recipient will truly appreciate.
19. Arrange an Experience for Your Partner
Many people secretly hope they can have a given experience, but some put off the indulgence in favor of saving money for more ordinary things. If your partner has a bucket list of experiences he wants to have, why don’t you arrange for your partner to have the experience he wants the most?
Understand, the experience might not be one that you want to share or one that’s even possible to do jointly, and that’s okay! You’ll still participate in the experience by watching your SO enjoy the moment and hearing him recount his experience for years to come.
Has your love interest always wanted to go sky diving? You can book him a spot for a jump with a trained expert on a sky diving charter plane. Does your sweetie want to spend nights on end under a starlit sky? You can get him an annual pass to the country’s national parks. Has your SO said he’d love to experience what it’s like to be in a NASCAR race? You can contact the nearest circuit track to make arrangements for your partner to go around the track at top speeds with a professional driver.
Remember, booking an experience for your love interest is all about his wants and desires, not yours. When you book an experience that you know your SO has wanted for a long time, the odds are good that you’ll make the upcoming holiday the best Christmas the two of you have shared to date.
20. Spend a Date Night Coming Up with Gift Ideas
Giving gifts is one of the most enjoyable, if not the most enjoyable elements of the holidays. There are few things better than seeing the look on someone’s face when you give the individual the perfect gift. If you and your SO are going to give joint gifts, it’s wise to dedicate a date night to drum up some ideas for presents.
The key to coming up with gift ideas that will resonate with the people you two will give them to is to think about the recipients’ likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, and interests. To cover all the bases, you and your partner may want to engage in some brainstorming where even the wildest ideas remain on the figurative table.
Gifts don’t have to be tangible things that will stay on the shelf. For example, if one of your closest friends is passionate about animals, you may want to sponsor a zoo animal for her for a year or you might prefer to make a donation to a local animal shelter in her name instead. Does one of your relatives love art? You and your SO may want to get him an annual pass to an art museum or pay for him to attend private art lessons with a renowned local artisan.
21. Challenge Your Partner with Board Games
Do you and your SO play virtual games regularly? If so, you may want to shake things up a bit and challenge your partner to take you on with a board game. Old school games are often more intimate than virtual contests because they allow for plenty of opportunities for you to touch your sweetie’s hand and make eye contact.
Are you unsure which games you should whip out? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The classic board games you may want to play with your SO during a date night include:
- Guess Who?
- Trivial Pursuit
- The Game of Life
You can spice up a game night by coming up with an enticing reward for the night’s ultimate victor. One possibility might be for the loser to make the winner’s favorite meal on Christmas Eve. Another option is for the winner to enjoy a massage and a relaxing bath drawn by the loser.
22. Take a Walk
One of the simplest Christmas date ideas to put into action is to take a walk with your SO. You can stroll through your neighborhood hand in hand as you wave to nearby friends. If you want to experience a new area, you may want to head to one of the hot, happening neighborhoods that have sprung up in your city’s downtown area. Exploring a new neighborhood will give you and your partner a lot of chances to steal kisses when you’re not under a streetlight.
If it’s snowing, the snowflakes will make walking anywhere a romantic experience. You can kiss snowflakes off the tip of your sweetie’s nose, and the two of you can have fun making angels in the snow as you get closer to home. The two of you will enjoy getting out of your wet clothes and warming each other up once you get inside.
23. Decorate a Neighbor’s Home
Do you have an elderly neighbor, did you get wind of someone who recently suffered an injury, or do you know a single parent who’s always on the go? If so, you may want to spread some holiday cheer by delivering some holiday décor to the person’s home. Make sure your delivery includes a note informing the recipient that you and your SO will put up the decorations when it’s convenient for the person to have you do so.
Stringing Christmas lights, hanging ornaments, and blowing up holiday figurines for someone else is just as much fun as it is to do at your own home. Decorating for another person is even more rewarding than doing the same for yourself because it helps others to get into the spirit of the season.
24. Exchange Gift Boxes on Christmas Eve
If you wait until Christmas morning to open presents, you may want to make exchanging gift boxes the night before a tradition between you and your SO. Each of you should get a similarly sized box several weeks before the big night. Both of you should fill the box with little items you know your partner will like.
To tease your partner, you may want to include a few items that hint at the presents you’ll give your SO the next day without giving them away. In order to make each annual box exchange unique, you can pick a different theme for the boxes every year.
25. Cook Together
With this being the 25th entry on our list of festive Christmas activities for couples, it shouldn’t surprise you that we recommend cooking together on Christmas day. You can kick the day off by visiting your sweetie’s favorite coffee shop and picking up a strong brew and some cinnamon rolls. You can warm up the rolls when you get home so your love interest will wake up to the smell of yummy pastries.
As you and your partner enjoy a romantic holiday breakfast, the two of you can confirm your holiday dinner menu. After breakfast, you and your SO can begin preparing your Christmas feast.
Many people go to great lengths to make things they don’t normally prepare so that their holiday dinner is like a special event. If that’s your plan, leave some extra time to review recipes that you don’t normally use, and allow for some hilarious mistakes by having some replacement ingredients on hand.
Cooking together Is a wonderful way to pass the better part of a holiday like Christmas. Preparing food for others makes the task even more rewarding and enjoyable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Christmas can be fun for anyone! All it takes is a little creativity to go with your festive spirit! Try these holiday activities for couples and get started with your very own 25 Days of Christmas!
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Christmas Activities for Couples include everything from a gift-giving version of “Ding, Dong, Ditch” to walking in a winter wonderland! Don’t forget to pick up a couples’ adventure book for the New Year!