Festive Date Ideas*





*This is a collaborative post*


Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know that we're in the midst of another lockdown - thanks Covid - and that Christmas is fast approaching. With December lurking just around the corner there's a definite chill in the air and I've spotted many decorations, trees and lights already going up. I've always found Christmas to be a truly magical time, it's indeed a magical time of year for romance and falling in love. In today's post I'm going to be sharing some festive dating ideas with you. Lockdown will soon be ending and although we'll still have to be careful and stick to the various tier regulations, there are events being held across the UK that are both festive and Covid safe. Some venues will only allow you to book/attend with members of your own social bubble so bear this in mind.
 

The Car Park Panto
 
Traditional pantomines might have been cancelled this year but thanks to the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, car park panto will be coming to an outdoor venue near you. Touring the UK this December the panto will be showing at various locations including Cheltenham, Northampton, Coventry, Exeter, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester, to name a few. The story is apparently about a young boy who is trying to save Christmas. What a fantastic date idea where you can both remain safe and socially distanced whilst also enjoying some Christmas magic. 

Rivoli Pop Up Cinema

If you're looking for a festive and romantic date idea then look no further. The beautiful 1950's Rivoli ballroom is screening some of our Christmas favourites. From Home Alone and The Santa Clause to Love Actually and Die Hard, there's a movie for everyone. Count me in!


 
Lightopia Festival

If you're more local to Manchester then definitely check out the Lightopia Festival which will be returning to Heaton Park this year. With wider footpaths to help maintain social distancing you can enjoy the magic of the illuminated trail and award winning lights display whilst still feeling Covid safe. 

Christmas Wreath Workshop

If you're into making things and are based in or around Lancashire then have a look at this years Christmas Wreath Demonstration and Workshop. It will be held at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant in Chipping Nr Preston, Forest Of Bowland. You'll need to ring up in advance to book but the price includes a two course lunch. If you book for the morning you'll get the demonstration and lunch but if you book for the full day then materials will be provided so that you can make and take home your very own Christmas wreath. I think this would be a fun date idea and would provide lots of laughs too.

Afternoon Tea With Christmas Carols

If you love afternoon tea then look no further than the Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire for delicious finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and of course good old tea and coffee. Their in-house entertainment will provide the music in the form of traditional carols and other Christmas favourites. 
If you happen to live in Staffordshire (which borders Warwickshire to the southeast,) then look at free dating sites Staffordshire which is perfect for locals. The dating agency Staffordshire is actually one of several dating sites for the area.

 

 
Cook A Romantic Meal Together

If you're dating someone who has become part of your social bubble then great, why not invite them over and spend a romantic evening cooking a three course meal together? Crack open a bottle of wine, put on some Christmas tunes and enjoy. You could always put on a Christmas movie afterwards to really get yourselves into the festive spirit. 

Virtual Date Night

If you're not in a position to spend time together in person then don't worry, you can still do Christmassy things as a couple - just do them virtually instead. Make use of the available technology we now have on hand. Facetime and Zoom are just two communication platforms that I know of. 
For your virtual date you could go for the traditional dinner and drinks option or maybe you fancy something a bit different? Try Netflix Party (which I believe is now called Teleparty) to watch a Netflix series or movie together. Or perhaps you're both into crafts? If this is the case then you could come up with various ideas. You could make Christmas centrepieces, garlands, Christmas crackers, chocolate, fudge, Christmas cookies... You could even each decorate a Christmas cake! 
 
Being single at Christmas can make for a lonely time so if you're not part of a couple and are wanting a bit of romance this festive season then now is the time to get yourself on one of many online dating sites. Have a look around at the various websites and check that whichever you use is a member of the ODA. Your safety should always come first! 



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