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21 Christmas Tradition Ideas for Couples

Christmas is a special time of year that’s meant to be spent with the ones you love. If you’re in a relationship, then you probably want to find ways to make the holiday season even more special for both of you. There are plenty of Christmas tradition idea for couples to create lasting memories.

Couple in front of Christmas tree and fire

Christmas is a time of year when we can all come together to celebrate love and joy. For couples, it’s an even more special occasion because they get to share this magical period with the one they care about most. You may also like these ideas on what to do at home on Christmas. Here are some magical ways to spend the holiday season with your boo:

1. Choose and cut down your own Christmas tree.

This is a fun activity that you can do together and it’ll make your home feel extra cozy this holiday season. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the smell of fresh pine every time you walk into the room. Find out where your local Christmas tree farm is and enjoy the hunt! Then, you get to decorate it together afterwards.

Family picking out Christmas tree together

2. Make homemade gifts for each other.

It’s the thought that counts, right? This year, show your significant other how much they mean to you by taking the time to make them a heartfelt present. It could be something as simple as a coupon book filled with coupons for things like foot rubs and back massages. Or, you may choose to gather a bunch of photos from your relationship and make a scrapbook.

Gift with ribbon

3. Go ice skating together.

What’s more romantic than gliding hand-in-hand across an icy rink? You can even warm up afterwards with some hot cocoa or cookies.

Woman holding ice skates

4. Attend a holiday concert or play together.

There’s something about holiday music that just gets us into the Christmas spirit. Find a nearby concert or play that you can both enjoy and spend some quality time together while listening to festive tunes. It’s a lot of fun getting dressed up for these events also!

5. Do a secret gift exchange with each other.

This is a great way to get each other small presents that you know the other person will love without spending too much money. Plus, it’ll add an element of surprise and anticipation leading up to Christmas Day.

6. Go on a festive date night.

Whether it’s seeing a holiday movie or going out for dinner at a restaurant decked out in holiday decor, make sure to schedule in some quality time together away from all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations.

7. Make gingerbread houses.

Make a gingerbread house, or gingerbread cookies…or gingerbread men…or anything gingerbread! Just kidding – you can do any type of holiday baking together (or no baking at all). The important thing is that you’re spending time in the kitchen whipping up something delicious – and maybe getting a little messy in the process too.

Plate of gingerbread cookies

8. Volunteer together at a local soup kitchen.

‘Tis the season for giving, so why not sign up to volunteer together at a nearby soup kitchen or toy drive? You’ll be spreading holiday cheer and making a difference in your community at the same time—it’s a win-win!

9. Go on a winter hike (or walk) and admire the scenery together.

We love spending time outdoors, even when it’s cold out! Bundle up and go for a hike or walk together—the fresh air will do you both good and you’ll get to take in all the beauty of nature during wintertime. Just pack some snacks and hot drinks to keep warm !

10. Make New Year’s Eve plans early.

Get excited for the new year! Make your NYE plans early so that you can spend more time relaxing during the holidays . Once Christmas is over , it seems like New Year ‘s Eve comes out of nowhere! To avoid any last – minute scrambling , start planning what you want to do together on New Year’ s Eve now. That way , when December 31 rolls around , all you have to do is sit back , relax , and enjoy each other ‘s company.

New Years Eve champagne and glitter confetti

11. Host an annual Christmas dinner.

Whether it’s a cozy home-cooked meal or a grand affair with friends and family, having an evening dedicated to eating, laughing, and exchanging gifts is sure to become a cherished part of your holiday routine. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to show off your mad cooking and hosting skills!

12. Plan a holiday movie marathon or game night.

Break out the popcorn and cozy up on the couch for some holiday movie magic, or get competitive with a game night. Either way, you’ll have loads of fun together while getting into the Christmas spirit.

13. Take a romantic stroll around town and admire the holiday lights and decorations.

Not all Christmas date ideas have to be extravagant—simply taking a walk together through your neighborhood, admiring all the festive decorations, can be just as special (and much cheaper!).

Holiday lights

14. Make a list of all the reasons why you love each other.

Take some time to sit down and write out what you admire about each other and why you’re grateful for the other person in your life. It’s a wonderful way to express your feelings of appreciation and gratitude, whether it’s during the holidays or any other time of year.

15. Have a holiday photo shoot together

Whether you hire a photographer or just snap some selfies, getting dressed up in your favorite holiday attire can be a fun way to commemorate the season – especially when you have someone special by your side.

16. Take a romantic vacation somewhere warm and sunny.

If the cold winter weather has you feeling down, why not escape it all and jet off to a sunny destination for a few days? It’ll be the perfect way to relax, recharge, and spend quality time together.

17. Visit a Christmas market.

in all the sights, sounds, and smells of a Christmas market can be such a romantic experience for couples. Plus, you can find some great holiday gifts while you’re there!

18. Host a cookie exchange party or white elephant gift exchange.

Invite your friends over for an evening of holiday cheer and see who can come up with the best baking recipes – or the craziest gifts (the sillier the better!). No matter what, it’s sure to be an evening of fun and laughter.

Christmas cookies

19. Have a cozy night in and make hot cocoa together.

You don’t have to go out for the perfect Christmas date- sometimes it’s just as romantic to stay in! Get creative and see who can come up with the most delicious recipe for homemade hot cocoa or other winter drinks. Hot cocoa pairs really well Christmas crack!

20. Go caroling with family or friends

Singing your favorite holiday songs together is a great way to get into the festive spirit – and it doesn’t hurt that it’s also pretty darn cute! Plus, it’s a great way to spread holiday cheer throughout your community.

21. Try something completely new together

Shake things up and explore something neither of you have ever done before. Whether it’s a winter sport, an art class, or a cooking class, trying something totally new can be a really exciting and meaningful experience for couples.

No matter what you decide to do, the most important thing is that you’re spending time together. Whether it’s a grand adventure or a cozy night in, make sure your holiday dates are filled with lots of love and laughter!

The holidays are such a special time of year, and they’re even better when spent with the one you love! If you’re looking for ways to make this holiday season extra special, then consider implementing one (or more!) of these traditions into your celebrations this year. From cutting down your own Christmas tree to cuddling up at home with some hot cocoa, there’s sure to be something on this list that will put a smile on both of your faces this holiday season!