25 Date Night Ideas For The Holidays

December 11, 2012

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Keeping the romance in the Holiday's. 25 Out of the Ordinary and Creative Date Ideas:

During this hectic time of year, we so often forget to stop and take time out to enjoy it. Between shopping for that perfect gift, the stress of added financial pressure and additional social obligations, it's easy to kick the one that we lean on most to the side and get "wrapped"' in the holiday hype.

STOP... STOP... STOP... time to take a breath and take a minute to enjoy the one we count on the most and make memory that will last a lifetime. Here's a few ideas for both young and the young at heart to kick start some romance into your holiday season.

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Take a Holiday Cooking Class:

Sur La Table in Gateway Mall offers cooking classes. There's one called "Date Night Surf & Turf coming 12/14!

Taste Culenary Boutique in Gardner Village has several cooking classes

Mt. Fuji Sushi offers a Sushi making class every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Please be sure to call ahead.

Orson Gygi offers cooking classes

Harmons offers some beautiful cooking classes

Park City Cooking School offers various classes

Take a Holiday Drive:

Sleigh and Dine - Sundance:  Enjoy a sleigh ride and afterwards warm up inside with a tasty meal at the Homestead Resort.  During the week of  Christmas enjoy a western holiday buffet.

Carriage Rides for Hire - Salt Lake: Pack some hot cocoa and cookies and enjoy a Christmas Light tour of Downtown Salt Lake.

Heber Valley Railroad - Offers various train tours.

Jingle Bus - Through December 28, holiday season visitors to downtown can hop-on and off the holiday themed ride circulating between The Gateway, Temple Square, Gallivan Plaza & City Creek Center. It's free.


Go see the Christmas Lights

Here's our list of Christmas Light Displays.

One of our favorites is to stop by Winder Dairy.  Monday through Saturday until 9 pm you can drive down the Winder Lane then stop at the Country Store for Scones and Hot Cocoa. I always pick up a tub of Honey Butter when I'm there. YUM!

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Take Ghostly Tour

Castle of Chaos: Has a A Chaos Christmas charity fundraiser, December 14th-15th. Proceeds will go to local charities; canned good and toiletry donations welcome too. You can get discounted tickets through Living Social right now for $9. Use code ELLEN to get the lower price.

Grimm Ghost Tours Salt Lake City: Learn about some of the traditions of Christmas in the Old World such as Zwarte Piet, Krampus, Perchta, and the legend of the Real St. Nick. Hear some spooky ghost stories, visit haunted places and experience Christmas as it is in the Old World only on the Grimm Christmas Tour.

Park City Ghost Tours: This highly reviewed tour is open year round. Reservations are required call 435-615-7613 for information and pricing.

Get a Couples Massage:

It is the ultimate pampering. Hubs and I have been lucky enough to do this a few times. I can easily recommend The Sanctuary Spa in Fashion Place Mall. It's a beautiful clean spa. The couples room is first rate.

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Make a Keepsake:

Color Me Mine: Color Me Mine is stocked with ceramic Christmas Ornaments. Choose the ceramic of your choice, paint it and they'll fire it for you.
NOTE: Color Me Mine offers a 20% off printable coupon to registered Utah Happenings Entertainment book holders.

Holiday Productions:

There are MANY to choose from. Check your local theater for the current line up. Here's a few that caught my eye.

The Egyptian Theater, Park City Presents a Christmas Elvis Tribute (12/14 - 12/16) - Tickets start at $30

Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Donny & Marie Christmas show, December 26 - 29, 2012! - Tickets start at $25

Off Broadway Theater - Salt lake City, has comical production of Off White Christmas, through 12/28

Desert Star Playhouse - Murray, presents My Big Fat Utah Christmas, Almost sold out!

Tuacahn Theater - St. George, presents, Plaid Tidings

Hale Theater, West Valley City presents A Christmas Carol

Covey Center for the Arts, Provo presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday party

Ziegfield Theater, Ogden presents A White Christmas

Empress Theatre, Magna presents The Christmas Box

*FREE* Echoes Of Christmas – Liberty Park This free production is presented each evening from 7-9 pm. Shepherds lead you on a guided journey of a realistic account of their perspective of the birth of Christ. You will hear inspiring music and see live animals.

Take a Romantic Getaway:

Homestead Resort Garden Room + 10% Off Spa & Restaurants $89 via City Deals

Armstrong Mansion, Pay $50 for a $100 certificate via Deal Pickle. Named one of Utah’s “Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast Hotels” This certificate comes customized with your greeting and would also make a nice gift.

Give Back:

Volunteer at The Utah Food Bank, The Salt Lake City Mission or your local pantry or soup kitchen together.

Go shopping for a Sub For SantaToy together and drop it off.

Toys For Tots Drop of locations here

ABC4.com drop of locations here

KUTV Angel Tree information here

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Get Active:

Go Bowling: Keep watch on Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Locals for Bowling deals. We see them often. There are several 2 for 1 coupons in the Utah Entertainment Happenings Book.

Go Sledding in the dark: (you're never too old!) - Visit Enjoy Utah post here for a list of sledding areas.

Go Ice Skating: Note there are several 2 for 1 Ice Skating coupons in the Utah Entertainment Happenings book.

Build His & Hers Snow People: Then start a snowball fight - Snow providing.

Go Work Out: Most Gyms have free trial offers for the holidays.

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Stay Home Date Ideas:

Build a Gingerbread House together by candlelight. This is a great one for those with Elves on the Shelf, you'll kill two birds with one stone.

Play a Board Game or Cards together. Make it fun and add a side bet, maybe the winner gets a 10 minute foot massage.

Picnic in the Living Room - Light up the tree and grab your favorite old movie and set up a picnic dinner on the floor. Netflix has a ton of them that you can stream anytime.

Have a date morning instead of a date night. Fix some coffee and head outside together to watch the sunrise.

Enjoy a bubble bath together. If you have one, set up a small Christmas tree in and set the mood with holiday music. Relax and enjoy the company of your spouse.

Create your own Couples Massage: Spice it up with a romantic playlist on your iPod, then each of you wear headsets.

So, whatcha waiting for? Drop the kids of at Grandmas this weekend or, set up a date night baby sitting swap with a sibling or friend and put some romantic fun in the Holidays.

What's your favorite Date Night idea?

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18 Responses

  1. Nicole Westmoreland
    Wish I would have READ this YEARS AGO!!! LOL...having 4 kids kind of makes you put yourself on the back burner ;(
  2. sandra ogzewalla
    Thx for helping a soccer, band, piano, taxi driving mom of 5 SAVE SAVE SAVE
  3. Sunny T
  4. Brittany
    The Homestead deal looks like a great way to save money when we are doing our scuba certification at the crater. Thanks for the info!
  5. Ryan
    We "save" on date nights by swapping babysitting with friends!
  6. Josette
    this would help me SAVE on my food bill
  7. Jet
    These ideas will "save" me from getting lost in the hassle of Christmas and help me remember to "save" time for those I love. Thanks!
  8. Autumn
    I like to SAVE money using coupons4utah!
  9. Shelley
    Awesome to know there are so many things to do and I can save money at the same time!
  10. Teresa Carr
    Thanks for the ideas to SAVE money.
  11. Rachelle
    I think these ideas are great and a great way to "save" during the holidays but have fun
  12. Jaime
    "save" what an awesome list thanks!!!
  13. Mel
    I hope you make a post about singles option as well. :)
  14. bunged
    Thanks so much for all your weekend, date night, holiday event, etc guides! I always look at your website for local events!
  15. Amanda
    Love all these ideas of how to "save" money for dates...I love dating my hubby!
  16. Jen
    I will save the sledding hills in Utah post for a snowy day!
  17. lindsey winn
    Love all these ideas. They help me "save" money for more important things.
  18. Ashley
    I love to save money on date nights!
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