Dating Experts Dish: 5 Best High-Romance (But Low-Cost) Holiday Dates

Dating Experts Dish: 5 Best High-Romance (But Low-Cost) Holiday Dates

Twinkling lights, mistletoe, cuddling up in front of the fireplace ...

These are just some of the things that make the holiday season one of the most romantic times of the year.

The rub? It's also one of the most expensive.

To help you skate through the final days of the season without busting your budget on romance, we reached out to dating experts at HowAboutWe, PlentyofFish and Zoosk for five festive—and affordable—rendezvous for you and your sweetie.

Happy holi-dating!

Snapshots in the Snow

"Here’s a unique first-date idea: Play tourist and take pictures of the best holiday decorations around town. You get extra points if you go all out for a Polaroid.

Having a game to play breaks the ice and creates common ground. And let's face it: Posing for pictures together is a great way to see if you have chemistry."

—Kate Hakala, dating expert at HowAboutWe

Holidays on Ice

"Everyone could use a break from the holiday movie marathon, so bundle up and head to your local ice-skating rink.


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It's a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and show off your skating skills. Even if you're a beginner, you'll have the perfect excuse to get extra close to your date.

And it won't set you back much—skate rentals and a couple of hot chocolates should come to about $30."

—Joan Actually, dating expert at Zoosk

Kids in a Candy Store

"Create your own Willy Wonka adventure! For a great third or fourth date, grab a toasty beverage, then keep hitting up candy stores until you lapse into a sugar coma.

Going on non-alcoholic crawls is a great new date trend, and a sugary holiday twist is even better.

The night shouldn't cost you more than $20—you don't need that much sugar."

—Kate Hakala, dating expert at HowAboutWe

Browsing in a Winter Wonderland

"Checking out your local holiday market is a great date option because it alleviates the pressure of an intimate dinner, but is more interactive than a movie.

Taking a stroll through different booths to peruse unique crafts and foods provides so many opportunities for great conversation—and you might even get some Christmas shopping done!"

—Shannon Smith, dating expert at PlentyofFish

Santa’s Little Helpers

"Finishing up your holiday shopping together is a great two-turtledoves-with-one-stone date: You'll check off everyone who's left on your list, and practice working together as a team.

And it will only cost you the money you've already planned to spend on presents, plus perhaps a cocktail if you take a break along the way.

This would be quite the daring first date, however, so put this idea on hold unless you're three months or more into your relationship."

—Kate Hakala, dating expert at HowAboutWe

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