Traditional winter dates like Christmas markets and ice skating aren’t viable in a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy Christmas dates.
Not everyone can see their partner or meet new people in person this Christmas. But not to worry, here is a list of date ideas both in-person and virtual for whatever stage your relationship is at.
This year the Newcastle Gateshead council has launched a virtual Christmas market, where you can buy gift vouchers for a variety of Newcastle businesses. Why not curl up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine and browse the virtual market with your partner? It’s a great way to plan future dates for when things are more normal, or to buy some Christmas presents together.
Speaking of presents, what gets you in the Christmas spirit more than gift wrapping? Gather all your Christmas presents (obviously not for each other!) and get wrapping together, either in person or over FaceTime if you and your partner don’t live together.
Even if everything’s closed, you can still enjoy wintery dates outdoors. Wrap up warm and head to one of Newcastle’s scenic spots, such as Jesmond Dene, or through the City Centre at night to enjoy the lights. This is the perfect date if you’re on a budget and it can be socially distanced if you and your partner aren’t living together or in a bubble.
This is the ultimate Christmas activity if you and your partner live together, but it’s also easy to replicate virtually. FaceTime your partner and decorate your separate houses/rooms at the same time, all whilst having a sing-along to some Christmas music.
Pick your favourite festive treat and get baking! This would work really well even as a first date as a practical activity keeps the conversation flowing, and it can easily be done over FaceTime. Once it’s baked, why not grab a hot drink and enjoy your baked goods together to replicate a classic coffee shop date.
This is one you can’t go wrong with - get cosy, grab some snacks, and put on some classic Christmas films. If you can’t be with your date in person, why not try Netflix Party instead?
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