Under The Mistletoe: Christmas Date Ideas

Under The Mistletoe: Christmas Date Ideas

Fun, bright, and cozy - Christmas is a great time to date. From crisp wintery walks to evenings ice skating, everything about this season is warm and inviting. It’s the perfect setting to get to know someone new!

First dates can often be a little nerve wracking. So, having a festive activity planned can - excuse the pun - be a great way to break the ice. For a little bit of inspiration, check out our Christmas date ideas. Whether you’re looking for something romantic, or feeling a little adventurous, we’ve got all bases covered. Keep reading to find out more!

Christmas date night ideas

Not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the busiest. But with the bustling and busy comes a ton of Christmas date night ideas to choose from. Restaurants, bars, cinemas, and theaters have schedules packed full of seasonal menus, events and shows. Need a little help in deciding? Find some seasonal date night inspiration below.

A festive bar hop

Go to a cozy bar and try their seasonal drinks offering. Eggnog, mulled wine and apple cider to name a few - there are so many special libations to enjoy over the holiday season. Meet your date at a watering hole - bonus points if it has a fireplace to warm in front of - and order a glass of your favorite festive tipple. Not a drinker? Not a problem. This is just as fun to do with seasonal mocktails.

Grab some festive eats 

Whether it’s a sit down meal, or street food truck, sharing holiday food is a great way to get to know your date. Whether you want to try something new, or share your favorite treat, there are so many options to choose from. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! We vote for homemade Christmas cookies.

Cute Christmas date ideas

Christmas is practically tailored made for cozy dates. The sights, sounds and smells are perfect for burgeoning romance. Cute dates over the holidays are fantastic for those looking for something low-pressure whilst still getting to connect over a shared experience. So, let’s get into the seasonal spirit with these cute Christmas date ideas:

Special cinema showings of holiday movies

We’ve all got that one Christmas movie that we can watch time after time. Share yours with your date at a local theater screening. Bring some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy.

Holiday craft class

Tree decorations, wreath making, gingerbread decorating - a crafting activity makes for a great Christmas date. Any pre-date nerves can quickly ease when you get stuck into a fun task. Check out local listings for special classes, and see what you both like the look of.

Visit a Christmas market 

Tick two things off the list at once with a visit to a festive market. Not only does this make a cute Christmas date setting, you can also get your holiday shopping done! You’ll often find warm drinks and seasonal snacks at these markets, perfect to share with your date.

Fun Christmas date ideas

The holidays are all about enjoying yourself! And there are plenty of fun Christmas date ideas to explore. These dates are great for the more adventurous, and those looking to connect over a shared sense of fun. Share the joy of the season with your Bumble date with one of these activities:

Wearing Christmas sweaters

If you’re both meeting for the first time, wearing silly holiday sweaters is a great way to get comfortable. Whether you’re meeting for a coffee or a glass of eggnog, sporting jolly knitwear can get the conversation going. Got a funny story behind yours? Share it with your date!

Ice skating

It’s a classic date for a reason. Even if you’re a little unsteady on your skates, nothing quite says fun Christmas date like ice skating. Being a bit wobbly on the ice can make for lots of laughs. And if you’re a pro? It’s time to show off your best moves.


Admittedly, sledding is a little more weather - and location - dependent. But, if there’s a fresh sprinkling of snow the night before, it could be time to schedule a last-minute date. Head to a local park, get your sled - or baking tray out - and have fun together! Still got energy to burn off? Have a snowball fight, or build a snowman!

Christmas karaoke

Warm up those vocal chords, and get ready to belt your favorite Christmas hits at a karaoke bar. This date idea is perfect for extroverts, fun lovers, and those looking to come out of their shells.

Romantic Christmas date ideas

Christmas time is ideal for cozy romance and warm feelings. Just think of all the romcoms made for the season! When it comes to romantic dates, it’s all about the atmosphere and the intimacy. These types of dates tend to be a little more relaxed, focusing on connecting over conversation and sharing. If you’re looking for some inspo for that upcoming meet-up, read on for romantic Christmas date ideas.

Christmas light trails

Nothing quite says the holidays like Christmas lights. Whether you opt for an opulent display or something more local, a light trail makes for a highly romantic date. There’s just something about wrapping up warm and seeing the splendor that can cause butterflies!

Talk about holiday traditions over hot cocoa

Looking for something a little low-key, a cheaper date, but still seasonal? How about this holiday-take on a classic date - grabbing hot cocoa in a snuggly coffee shop. For a conversation starter, share personal holiday rituals and traditions with each other. Whether it’s a particular Christmas cake you make without fail each year, or when you like to decorate for the holidays - this is the perfect space to share.

As you can see, there are plenty of Christmas date ideas to choose from. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about you and your date feeling comfortable. This may be diving head-first into an activity, or a laid back catch up. Whatever the mood, there’s definitely a Christmas twist you can bring. Best of luck, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself! And if all goes well - keep an eye out for nearby mistletoe.