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Summertime has a reputation for romance, but I fell in love in the winter—in a carriage ride, surrounded by piles of snow. The crisp air makes you want to cuddle up with your significant other near a fireplace or under a blanket, the approaching holidays bring a feeling of joy and magic to your relationship, and the early nights mean going out or staying in are equally tempting choices. As temperatures dip into the 30s this week, heat up your dating life by trying out one of our winter date night ideas!
We may not get very much snow in Addison, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of the best parts of winter: going ice-skating! Bundle up in your cutest matching sweaters and warm, fuzzy socks, and visit the ice rink at Galleria Dallas (open various times Monday-Sunday). Lace up your skates and glide around the world’s tallest indoor Christmas tree while listening to festive holiday tunes. Enjoy a sweet moment by holding hands around the rink, or challenge each other to races, twists and dance moves. Afterward, finish up your holiday shopping together, take a picture with Santa Claus or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants inside the mall!
Drink Hot Chocolate and Look at Lights
One of my favorite holiday traditions is walking or driving around town to look at dazzling Christmas lights. Before you go, make a steaming, chocolatey cup of hot cocoa at home, or order one from a local coffee shop like Dunn Brothers or Starbucks, to keep you warm. While sipping on your hot chocolate, drive around Town to try to discover unique light displays, taking pictures of your favorites. Or take a stroll through Vitruvian Lights to see a multi-colored holiday wonderland, where millions of LED lights cover more than 550 trees throughout the park. Nothing will make your partner’s eyes sparkle more than seeing you under those beautiful lights.
Stay in and Bake Dessert
The only thing that makes kissing your date sweeter is kissing after eating a delicious holiday treat together! Stop by Whole Foods Addison to stock up on baking ingredients. Need some inspiration? Whole Foods has many recipes online for savory meals and delicious treats that you can try. The Gingerbread Pie is made with brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, grated nutmeg and more, which makes for a delicious mix of gingerbread and gooey pie topped with whipped cream! Or make the Gingerbread Bundt Cake, which is made with coffee, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar and more, topped with a homemade vanilla glaze and sugared cranberries. Got carried away? Share the goodies you made with family and friends—a great chance to introduce them to your special someone if you haven’t already.
Do Something Relaxing
This is a busy season—when you are with your bae, take some time to unwind together. This could be as simple as snuggling under a blanket and having a holiday-movie marathon at home, or eating at your favorite restaurant together for dinner. Or you could book an appointment at Grand Spa for the Couples Deluxe package, which includes a 50-minute Swedish massage, classic facial and seasonal pedicure (right now, it’s the vanilla latte spa pedicure!). No matter what you do, the important thing is that you are spending time together, away from the distractions of the world.
Give Back to the Community
Bond with your favorite man or woman by giving back together! On your next date night, go through your homes or stop by the store to gather items for one of the holiday drives around town. The Addison Police and Fire Departments are hosting the Santa’s Heroes Toy Drive, with a mission to provide every child in Addison a toy from Santa Cop and Rudolph the Rescue Reindeer through a mobile Christmas village, and to help disadvantaged families by providing gifts for their children. You can bring new, unwrapped toys or gift cards to the police department lobby or other drop-off location around Town. Or, you could give back through Metrocrest Services Holiday Drive. They are collecting non-perishable food items, toys and coats at their holiday site located at 2661 Midway Road, Suite 216, in Carrollton. For the food drive, bring canned meats, canned fruits, canned soups, canned beans, rice, pasta, sugar and bread mixes among other things. You can also donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1-18, including sports and college apparel, electronics, board games, gym bags, jewelry, DVDs, flat and curling irons, nail and cosmetic sets, perfume, cologne, Disney-themed items and more. Finally, for the coat drive, you can bring new or newly cleaned coats in all sizes for men, women and children. When you show your love for the community, your love for each other will grow even stronger!