Couple Holiday Date Ideas

Cue the Cheesy Hallmark Rom-coms! It's the holiday season already and that means some super festive date night activities! Whether you’re in a relationship or are single and looking to dating apps or friend-finding apps like Couplr*, there is definitely the perfect holiday date idea out there for you. How do you find the perfect activity? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These activities are guaranteed to bring some extra holiday joy!

Fun Holiday Date Ideas (By City)

We’ve broken some of these amazing date ideas down for you city by city -- Do you see a city close to you below?

Chicago: 

  • Christkindlmarket

    Walk through this amazing German style traditional market this holiday season. Here, you and your date can enjoy local and international foods, live entertainment, merchandise, and so many more memorable activities! This is a perfect spot to end a perfect outdoor date night.

  • Zoolights

    This year's zoolights are bigger and brighter than ever! They will feature hundreds of luminous LED displays and seasonal experiences, all under the glow of millions of lights. Stroll through Lincoln Park to see these beautiful lights with your loved ones. We promise you it's a sight you don’t want to miss!

  • Ice Skating at Millenium Park

    What’s more romantic than ice skating in close proximity with your better half? We’re picturing a romantic scene straight out of a hallmark movie - do you see it? Sure you might look a bit like fools at first but at least you can romantically look like fools together. What better place to look like fools together than at the McCormick Tribune. Skating is free and skate rentals are available for $13 and up!

  • Frosty’s Bar

    This crowd favorite pop-up bar is back and better than ever! This is the perfect date spot to let loose. From sensational seasonal cocktails, to interactive photo experiences, all the way to some amazing live music and entertainment, your date is sure to be a blast!

New York :

  • Ice Skating  

    As cliche as it may sound to romantically ice skate the night away at the Rockefeller Center, we know how crowded and unpleasant this can get around this time of year. This shouldn’t stop you from living out your romantic movie scene! Consider venturing out and finding other rinks like the Wollman and Lasker Rinks which reside in Central Park. These areas tend to be less busy and allow space for more romantic gestures. 

  • Union Square Holiday Market

    With over 160 vendors coming in, it's making this year's Holiday Market one of the best! Shop everything local and hand crafted at this year's market located at the heart of NYC, Union Square Park. Maybe you can pick out a memorable gift for your significant other while you’re at it!

  • Edge Holiday Lights

    There’s something surreal about seeing a city from a birds eye view. Not sure if it’s the altitude, but being nearly 1,200 feet above ground brings out a form of romance you didn’t even know existed. Believe us, this romantic gesture will be the most memorable one yet. While you’re up there, they are also offering “Cocoa in the Clouds & Edge Nog” - how cute does that sound! What are you waiting for, it’s time to book those tickets!

Los Angeles: 

  • Grinchmas

    Who said Grinchmas was just for kids? In fact, we think the grinch relates best to us adults - don’t you think? What better way to break the ice on a date than over some humorous Grinch roasts and a laugh to remember. Catch the tree lighting ceremony and a performance by the Who-ville Who’s while you’re there!

  • Yuletide Cinemaland

    Ah the classic, an outdoor movie date. The perfect time to debate your favorite holiday movie, snuggle up, and enjoy an evening of Christmas magic. Check out their schedule to see what movies are playing!

  • Holiday Lights

    Lightscapes is one of the most popular holiday attractions in the LA area, and they definitely live up to the hype. The internationally acclaimed dance of light, art and music transforms The Arboretum into an illuminated night experience that everyone is bound to love! This self-guided walking event is the perfect way to have a wonderful chat with your date while taking in some breathtaking sights. 

Indoor Holiday Date Ideas

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our homebodies out there. Trust us, we know how exhausting all these outdoor holiday date activities can get. Why not bring some of that holiday spirit to the comfort of your own home… and while in some cozy pajamas! Here are some indoor holiday date ideas for you and your loved one:

  • Gingerbread House Competition 

    Is it really Christmas if you don’t bust out those gingerbread engineering skills? Plus, friendly competition brings people that much closer to each other. Remember to stock up on those ingredients, and if you’re feeling funky, give the competition a theme!

  • Make DIY Ornaments  Making your own ornaments with special meaning has another level of importance. Sure, fancy ornaments passed down from generation to generation look great, but why not add a touch of your own history! You and you S/O are bound to have a relaxing and pleasant evening while making these.
  • Decorate - Holidays are the time to glam up your home. Whether that be for Christmas, the New Year, or both. Even if you’re not inviting anyone over this year, you and your S/O will have a ball decorating a common space. Not to mention, the decor might even help the seasonal depression.

FAQ

What do couples do on a holiday date?

Very commonly, couples go ice skating for a holiday date. They also can find themselves at a light show or sipping some hot chocolate and watching a movie together. 

What are some Christmas movie date night ideas?

Movie dates are all about setting the mood. Get the ambiance right and it will be the most seamless date night of your life! Get some blankets, snacks, lights, and pick out a classic Christmas movie like “White Christmas” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” and you’ll be all set to go.

What do you do on a Christmas date?

Adventure through some beautiful Christmas lights, donate to a good cause, host an in-house picnic, go ice skating - the possibilities are endless!

What activities do people do on New Years?

Many couples either attend or host a new years party. Due to the pandemic, this has become less common but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Spend time with those you’re thankful for and cook a meal together, play board games, and share memories from the past year. 

Conclusion

Couple holiday date activities are truly endless. From outdoor activities like ice-skating and market exploring, to indoor activities like a movie night, and everything in between, these activities should last you a while. This season, spend some time with everyone you love and cherish all the memories you make together. From our entire team here at Couplr, we hope you have a safe and prosperous Christmas and New Years.

 


Music Festivals & Architecture: Check Out Chicago this September!

As the weather starts to cool down, new events are coming to the Chicago area! Live music festivals in local parks, house music showcases, and architecture exhibits allow for plenty of ways to find fun in the city. As such, many of these events are taking place in safe, considerate spaces that have your health in mind. Many of them are even outside! As Fall rolls in, take a look at some of the awesome upcoming events in the area.

Enjoy Some Music

first, from August 19th – September 19th, Chicago In Tune is bringing music all around the Chicago area for the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. As part of this event, DCASE is presenting new and revolutionized programs in Millennium Park. There are four planned evenings from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. They are themed around honoring music that has its roots in Chicago. These dates are:

  • 9/03/2021 – Gospel
  • 9/04/2021 – Jazz
  • 9/11/2021 – House
  • 9/18/2021 – Blues

Looking for more Jazz beyond the DCASE programs? Similarly to last year, take a look at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival! From Sept. 25-26, enjoy artists such as Corey Wilkes’ Improvised Soul Projekt featuring Megan McNeal & Kahil El Zabar, John Wojciechowski Quartet featuring Xavier Davis, Tomeka Reid & Regina Carter, and Isaiah Collier’s 3-6 Project featuring JD Allen. Visit the Hyde Park Jazz Festival website to see more information as it is announced! 

Are you maybe more of a House fan? House City is a 10-part event series that has been running throughout the summer celebrating the neighborhoods that helped create the House music genre more than 35 years ago. In September, they have two events:

  • 9/12/2021 – South Shore, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – DJs Torin Edmond, Rae Chardonnay, and DK Kobe One Kenobi
  • 9/19/2021 – Bronzeville, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm – DJs Mike Dunn, Daryll Mellowman, and JStar

Learn about Local Architects

Live music festivals may not be your thing, but maybe try a day in Chicago’s architecture! In 2021, the famous Chicago architect and style icon Helmut Jahn passed away. He collected almost every architectural award during his career and challenged modernist orthodoxy. Some of his buildings that you may be familiar with include the Michigan City Public Library, the James R. Thompson Center, and the Sony Center in Berlin. The Chicago Architecture Center is holding an exhibit with photography, models, and sketches to help us learn more about this innovator’s creative and engineering processes. From the United Terminal at O’Hare to the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, Helmut Jahn’s work is provocative and adventurous. 

Overall, music festivals and architecture are not hard to find in Chicago. However, if they both are not interesting to you, then stay tuned for more events! Meanwhile, please continue to stay safe while stepping out! To stay updated on the latest and most accurate information related to COVID-19, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/

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Smelling Flowers to Grabbing a Brew: April Chicago Events

As the weather continues to warm up, many of us are looking to get out and safely attend events. There are many things popping up during this time of year. From flower shows to pop-ups, the city is starting to host more things around town. From smelling flowers to grabbing a brew, we have a list of great ideas to get out and enjoy these April events.

Visit a Spring Flower Show

Spring brings us blooming flowers, meaning that there are multiple spring flower shows to visit around the city. The Garfield Park Conservatory has the show “Saturation,” which focuses on giving attendees a look at flowers with a focus on color. The color-grouped flowers showcase an amazing range of hues and provide a dazzling visual. Lincoln Conservatory also has decided to choose a color-based show, the “Pretty in Pink” flower show has a wide range of flowers showing off rosy tints. Whichever flower show you attend, the pops of color are a much-needed welcome back into nature for many of us.

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Grab Some Beers and Art at a Pop-up

Looking to support local? Chicago Craft: A Collective Grip is the perfect weekly event for you. Presented by Jeppson’s at the Cobra Lounge, you can get your alcoholic fix here while perusing merch and art. You can either build your own six-pack from local breweries, or instead grab some craft cocktails to-go by local bartenders. Of course, as a Jeppson’s event, it wouldn’t be complete without the offering of Malört shots. Beyond all of this alcohol, however, is the opportunity to look at vintage riot fest merch and local band merch. Local artists are featured every week, allowing you to peruse their works and potentially bring one home. If you are feeling lucky, you can enter for one of the raffles and giveaways as well! Masks are required and a limited number of people are allowed in the lounge at a time to ensure safety.

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Get Nerdy

If smelling flowers or grabbing a brew don’t seem your catch, consider going to the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit! This MSI exhibit shows off over 300 items that take you into Marvel’s long history. You can see everything here from costumes and props from the movies to very first published Marvel comic from 1939. More of a gamer? Check out Nom Nom: 40 Years of Pac-Man Design and History at the Chicago Gamespace! This exhibit celebrates the yellow hungry character’s 40th anniversary, exploring the evolution and history behind this iconic game. 

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