14 Fun & frugal date ideas to plan this holiday season

The holiday season is probably the busiest time of year for my family but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have date nights. Before having our son, my husband and I would always make a list of things we wanted to do over our Christmas break. We were both lucky enough to either save up vacation or get a few weeks off with school or work. I was 9 months pregnant last December so it was tough to find things I was still able to do outdoors.

It’s always hard to prioritize time with my husband because our son needs constant attention. We’ve gone on a handful of dates alone since he was born – my husband works two jobs and spends a good chunk of time commuting. When he does get home, all I want to do is spend time as a family so he gets to spend as much time with our son as he can. I’m grateful for the time we have off at Christmas, and this year we’re hoping to make the most of it!

If you have snow:

  1. Go sledding or tubing.

    This is one of my favourites, whether you’re a kid or an adult. Bundle up in your snow gear and hit the biggest hill you can find.

  2. Find a local park with pretty lights and enjoy some hot chocolate.

    During the holidays there are always beautiful displays in my hometown. I love making homemade hot chocolate, putting it in a thermos and taking a walk to see the sparkly holiday magic.

  3. Find an outdoor hot tub and enjoy the snow.

    If you’re brave enough, grab your swimsuit and take a plunge in an outdoor hot tub. You’ll be toasty warm while you relax in the water and watch the snow.

  4. Go skiing or snowboarding

    I’ve always loved outdoor sports but skiing has to be my favourite. There’s nothing like the rush you get when you zoom down the hills for the first time each season. Once you’re done, relax in the chalet and enjoy watching other skiers from the indoors.

  5. IMG_1039.jpgSnowshoe through the forest

    I tried this or the first time last year and had a blast. It’s so peaceful walking through a quiet forest after a snowfall.

  6. Go Ice Skating

    My favourite part of the holiday season is visiting the outdoor skating rink around the corner from our house. It’s always decorated for the holidays and makes a perfect spot to take some winter-y photos.

  7. Head to a Christmas tree farm and cut your own

    This is a great date idea, but also a fun tradition to start this year. It’s relatively inexpensive to cut your own tree and you get the pleasure of picking the best one in the lot!

There’s no snow, now what?

  1. Check out a local Christmas market.

    I love DIY and crafting so I always head to a couple local Christmas markets to scour the vendors for the perfect gifts.

  2. Go to a brewery or winery.

    I love heading to some of our local wineries during the winter months to try the limited edition holiday items. Try heading to a winery that serves ice wine and enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors.

  3. Find a local bakery and try some Christmas treats.

    We love supporting local businesses and there are so many cute cafes that have opened up in our neighbourhood. There’s nothing like fresh baked goodies that you didn’t have to make yourself.

  4. Make your own holiday nightcap.

    My husband and I love to experiment in the kitchen – we recently tried this yummy chai tea nightcap that makes me feel like Christmas is right around the corner.

  5. See a new Christmas movie at the theatre.

    There are always new Christmas specials coming out during the holidays, I love taking some time to see the newest box office hit before the spoilers come out.

  6. Have a fondue dinner.

    This definitely requires a ton of preparation but it’s definitely worth it! We normally have a cheese fondue (Grier is my favourite), followed by veggies and meat. Try a chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries and banana if you have a sweet tooth.

  7. Try a paint night (preferably one with wine).

    My husband and I are both artists so we love heading out for a night of creativity. The best part about paint night is that most have wine, and you don’t need to be an expert to try it.

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