Christmas in the park or city with ice skating Christmas tree

Christmas in the Park

Most big cities will have Christmas displays set up downtown or in one of their large parks. There are usually a lot of fun activities to do there, as well as little temporary shops to browse. Sometimes they even have ice-skating rinks set up. For a really fun holiday-themed date visit the nearest Christmas in the park.

This might be something nice to do one evening during the holidays, maybe even for New Year’s. You might be lucky and find a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, run into carolers, find a horse and carriage to ride, or maybe there is an ice sculpting event to attend. Something like this usually won’t cost very much money; the biggest expense might be the parking garage.   

A lot of cities here in the United States set up outdoor temporary ice-skating rinks. Can you believe they even have one near me here in Phoenix, Arizona? Pretty awesome.

(Ice skating rink in New York)

Do you live near New York City? An awesome date would be to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. The tree is usually quite massive, over 70 feet tall, with over 50,000 Christmas lights. Usually, the tree is up until the middle of January, so you can beat the rush and go after Christmas if you like. If you would like to read more about the one happening in 2019, take a look at this article.

Central Park in New York City also has a stunning light display to attend.

What you need for this Christmas in the park creative date idea: 

Large red Christmas baubles display
(Large red Christmas baubles display)

In order to find a location do a quick search online and they should be easy to find. Like a lot of cheap dates, all you need is transportation to the destination. Dress warmly because you will be outside for as long as the date lasts. With that said there will be plenty of options to spend a little money on any of the activities they may have. You can usually find some kind of hot drink stand to warm up your bellies with fresh hot chocolate or apple cider as well.

My experience with this date:

One year the city had a really nice Christmas set-up downtown near where I lived. There was a special band playing in a tent, there was ice-skating, ice sculptures of the Seven Wonders of the World, and there were little booths set up. I took a girl there. It was a blind date. We looked around at the really cool ice sculptures and then went inside to listen to the band playing. The music was classical which was very fitting for the setting.

My date and I chatted a bit before going back outside to take one more tour of the park and all of its eye candy. It was a pleasant evening, but I really didn’t click with the girl, so there wasn’t a second date after that. It wasn’t a terrible date, though, so definitely something I would do again.

Huge Christmas tree in Romania with lots of people around it.
(Huge Christmas tree in Romania)

I was also on a date one time when I was living in San Jose, California, and we went to downtown San Jose, where there were incredible Christmas displays set up, with vendors, food, and a skating rink. Can we say amazing? You definitely can’t go wrong with this Christmas in the park date idea.

Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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