Attend a Christmas concert
The enchanting Nutcracker ballet, celebrity-packed pantos [www.pantomine.com/venues], choirs singing traditional Christmas carols, Rat Pack tribute acts belting out festive favourites – there’s something to entice everyone to the theatre at this time of year. Find out what takes your date’s fancy and surprise them with tickets. Then it’s on with the show!
Stroll around a Christmas market
Grab some glühwein and take a magical evening stroll around a Christmas market. Your loved one’s eyes are sure to light up as you pass row after row of little wooden huts, all decorated with twinkling fairy lights and selling handmade gifts and goodies. You may even start ticking off your Christmas present list.
Find out more about Saga’s Christmas Market holidays
Take to the ice
Even if you can’t recreate Torvill and Dean’s dramatic Bolero, you can still enjoy a romantic glide - hand in hand, of course - across the ice at one of the many outdoor skating rinks popping up around the country this Christmas. Too unsteady on your feet? Then get your skates on to the nearest ice bar, where you’ll have no trouble chilling out.
Embrace the art of hygge
Everyone these days seems to be talking about hygge, a Danish word that sums up that warm feeling of contentment and happiness you experience when you relax at home with someone you love. Hygge is all about throwing on a soft woollen jumper, slipping your feet into some cosy slippers, snuggling up with a mug of hot chocolate, lighting a candle or two – what’s not to like?
Try one of these Scandinavian recipes for a hygge-inspired meal
Deck the halls
If you and your partner can’t resist a challenge, set yourselves a task to see who can create the best Christmas decorations. Whether you gather holly for your fireplace, find colourful paper to make garlands or cover an orange with cloves, it’ll be fun seeing who is the most inventive. If you’re struggling for creative ideas, make your dog a Bonio wreath!
Bake a Christmas cake
Missing the Great British Bake Off? Then make a date to relive the drama in your own kitchen, baking a Christmas cake. If you plan to add a drop of brandy to your recipe, pour yourselves a glass too and raise a toast to Christmas while the cake is in the oven. Prefer to spice things up a little? Mary Berry’s gingerbread house may be the answer.
Try one of these delicious Christmas baking ideas
Have a movie marathon
It’s a Wonderful Life, The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually – with so many fab festive films to see in such a short time (well, it never feels right watching White Christmas in June), invite your date to a movie marathon and settle down on the sofa. It might be worth getting in a couple of selection boxes too!
Read our list of top 10 Christmas films
Enjoy a cosy pub lunch
Why wait until the 25th to tuck into a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings? Christmas menus are available throughout December, so call your favourite pub and reserve a table, preferably the one beside a cosy fire, and relax, knowing someone else is doing all the cooking - and all the washing up.
Learn to ski together
If your date has still to realise you’ve fallen head over heels in love with them, prove it – at an indoor snow park. Look at the Ski Club of Great Britain’s map of real snow slopes, find one near you and book a ski lesson. You never know, next year you could be spending Christmas in a log cabin in The Alps!
Play beat the intro
Some you love, some you loathe, but at Christmas every year the same old songs are played everywhere you go, so you’ll probably recognise most tracks the minute you hear the first few beats. Test yourself, and a special someone, while playing beat the intro. Who will be first to identify Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Fairytale of New York?
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