12 Dates of Christmas | At Home & Babysitter Worthy Local Dates


12 dates of Christmas | At Home & Babysitter Worthy Local DatesWhy does it seem like from Halloween to New Years there is a mad dash of holiday craziness? It used to be a lot easier to connect and do holiday activities with my husband.

Once we had kids, the focus really shifted to helping them find joy in the season.

I hope these ‘12 Dates of Christmas’ will help you and your significant other make some time for each other during the busy holiday season!



12 Dates of Christmas

  1. Downtown Chandler: Get your tickets now for Sippin’ Santas Pub Crawl on December 9th. The list of participating bars and restaurants is too good to pass up! They each have a signature drink for sipping.
  2. Stay Home: Make a cocktail or holiday beverage at home – talk about your goals for the new year and reflect on the past year. Here is a list of some of our favorite holiday cocktails!
  3. East Mesa: Elevate the festive spirit and ring the holiday bells early with Dolce Vita’s Christmas Lunch, a delightful four course meal showcasing authentic Italian antipasti, pasta al forno calabrese baked pasta with tomato, meatballs, eggs, provola cheese, and soppressata, and more. Dolce Vita’s Pranzo di Natale is at 1 p.m. on December 10th for $45. RSVP online to reserve your seats.
  4. Stay Home: Snuggle up on the couch and watch a holiday movie. Some of our favorites are Elf, White Christmas, Love Actually, and It’s A Wonderful Life. We have a full Christmas movie guide here, too!
  5. Volunteer Together: Find a local service project or place to volunteer. Give back a little this holiday season and spend time with your spouse. Need an idea of where to start? Volunteer in the dining rooms at St. Vincent de Paul or Paz de Cristo. If you feel more comfortable packing boxes of food, Feed My Starving Children, United Food Bank, or Midwest Food Bank would be great places to start!
  6. Downtown Phoenix: Go ice skating under the stars at City Scape. Then hit up Bitter & Twisted for their Sippin’ Santa event, which features their restaurant decked out in Christmas cheer and some top notch holiday cocktails!
  7. Stay Home: Have a game night at home with just the two of you. Our favorite is Bananagrams!
  8. Gilbert: Stop for coffee on your way to stroll the Riparian Reserve at Riparian After Dark. Purchase your tickets now for their holiday lights. Local food and drinks vendors will be on-site serving delicious holiday treats!
  9. Stay Home: Wrap presents together and make a fun Christmas-themed cocktail from our Holiday Cocktail Guide to go along with the wrapping. Having someone to talk to while you wrap presents might make it a little more enjoyable.
  10. Downtown Mesa: Merry Main Street Ice Skating opens on November 24th. Put on your winter gear and enjoy the outdoor ice rink. It is bound to give you all the Christmas feels. Stop by one of our local favorites, Chupacabra Taproom, afterwards for a post-skate beer or two! If cider and pizza is more your jam check out Veteran owned Cider Corps while you enjoy Myke’s Pizza!
  11. Stay Home: Do a little holiday baking together and whip up a batch of cookies. Bonus: the kids will be excited to eat them with you the next day!
  12. Queen Creek: Roots N Boots Cowboy Christmas is taking place on December 8th and 9th. Holiday shopping and the National Finals Rodeo streamed live from Las Vegas! Free parking, free entry, food trucks and beverages! Need I say more?

There you have it, 12 Christmas date ideas to get in the holiday spirit with your spouse. We want to see your date nights at home and around the east valley –  tag us in your photos!

okay, and one more to make it a baker’s dozen:

Old Town Scottsdale: 50 Shades of Rose, has transformed into a 50 Shades of Christmas pop-up bar that’s decked out with holiday decorations, epic photo backdrops, and the largest selection of rose we’ve seen in a long time! They are also featuring an extensive holiday themed food and drink menu.


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