Magical Christmas Lights Date Ideas

Magical Christmas Lights Date Ideas

Twinkling lights and the holidays go hand-in-hand. Embodying the magic of the season, light trials and Christmas tree lights switch ons are a firm favorite with many. They also make for a unique setting for a festive date!

Sure it might be chilly, but going to see the Christmas lights can make for a truly memorable date. Whether you’re headed to a local display or something larger, they are perfect to experience with someone new. You can walk at your own pace, grab a drink, and really take the time to get to know each other. All whilst taking in some lovely fresh air.

If you think this is just right for you and your date, there are a couple of things to consider before you both put it in your diaries. The weather at this time of year can be a bit unpredictable, so planning ahead can help big time.

Check timings:

Light trials are often only select nights, and some Christmas tree light switch on ceremonies only take place once a year. Information on events can be easily found online in local listings, as well as dedicated websites.

Wrap up warm!

Temperatures are dropping, so you want to make sure you’re nice and toasty. Layer on up, wear a big coat and a sturdy pair of shoes.

Decide on transport: 

Whether you’re planning to drive or use public transport, it’s a good idea to see how easy the venue is to get to. If you’re going by car, double check that parking is available. Remember, you may have to pay for parking!

Entry costs: 

Speaking of payments, some events are paid for and may be cash only. Be sure to bring some money with you.

Now the planning is done, let’s get some ideas for Christmas lights dates. Bring on the festive fun!

Christmas light date night ideas 

There are all sorts of events where Christmas lights are the main focus. Some need a little more travel than others, but the good news is that there’s an option for everyone. If you don’t have a car, don’t worry - you can still enjoy a Christmas lights date! We’ve gathered some of the most popular for a bit of festive date inspiration.

Christmas lights in the city

These are the types of holiday lights straight out of the movies. Think department store windows, swatches of lights across the streets and giant Christmas trees. This type of date is great for those who can easily get into the city, especially if either of you work there. 

The combination of city skylines and Christmas lights can be quite the sight to behold. Be sure to keep an eye out for famous landmarks lit up for the holidays. Keep in mind that different neighborhoods have their own Christmas light displays, and often these are really unique. There’ll be no shortage of cozy bars dotted around to stop in - ideal to warm up with a mulled wine or hot cider. It’s the perfect romantic setting!

Light trails

For those who are a little more intrepid, a light trail date might be more up your street. These can be found all over - think parks, botanical gardens, monuments and grand estate houses. These trails can feature thousands of lights, making them a real feast for the eyes. Some include musical displays, light tunnels, and interactive elements - perfect for enjoying with your date! The grounds you may be walking in might feature uneven paths, so be sure to wear a pair of comfortable shoes. Bigger trials frequently have food trucks and drink stands, so be sure to check out what’s available!

Christmas tree light switch ons

There’s nothing quite like seeing a Christmas tree decked out in lights. Local Christmas tree lighting switch ceremonies are a romantic date option a little closer to home. As well as the chance to spot a celebrity in the switch-on itself, these occasions often feature food stands, local sellers, and some charming decorations. You may even see a couple of bands or carol singers perform! This is a great option if you’re both after a smaller event that still brings the Christmas cheer.

How to organize a Christmas light scavenger hunt

Looking to step your date up a notch? How about turning it into a scavenger hunt? For fun lovers - as well as those looking to break the ice - this is a brilliant way to connect over a shared activity. Some light trials may already have scavenger hunt sheets available. If not, you can easily create your own. Here’s how:

Research the displays:

Do you already know what some of the scenes will be? Make a note of these.

Create a scavenger card:

This can easily be done on a computer, with a simple table format. Include specific lights to look out for. For example, ‘reindeer’, ‘blue flashing lights’ and so on. Get creative and have fun!

Throw in a wild card:

Sure, it may not turn up on the trail, but it can make for a good laugh!

Print out and bring on your date! 

Even if you know where some of the lights are, you can still join in with your date. And perhaps provide a few clues if they’re stuck…

Don’t forget to bring a pen:

You’ll need one to mark the types of lights that you have spotted.

A bright idea for a date

Visiting Christmas light displays make for romantic, low-pressure dates, and are particularly suitable for those meeting for the first time. There’s a whole host of options to choose from - from impactful installations to local Christmas tree switch ons. Whatever you and your Bumble date go for, we wish you a wonderful time!