Fall is a great time to go on a date. You don't have to wear a winter jacket, you don't have to wear 6 layers and there is something magical about the leaves changing colours. However, in my opinion, the best time for a date is the holidays. It leaves you feeling even more magical than it already would and you just can't be sad during the holidays. With a cup of hot chocolate in your hand and holding your baes hand with the other, it's the season to have the most romantic dates.
I know what you're thinking, Netflix and chill just sounds so much more fun than going out in the freezing cold. I guarantee you all of these dates will be more fun than rewatching The Office for the 8th time. Grab the Jim to your Pam and get festive! The holidays are filled with magic, love and so much joy. So feel it on one of these 13 dates.
Cacao 70 // Multiple Locations
What's sweeter than your bae? Everything chocolate. But you can't go to Cacao 70 alone, it's just not possible. So this place is perfect for a date with someone who's a chocolate lover. They have all things chocolate, and sipping on their wide varieties of hot chocolate will definitely give you all of those winter/holiday vibes. Besides the hot chocolate, they also have options like chocolate fondue, waffles, and so much more.
The Nutcracker // National Arts Centre
Not sure if anything gets you more into the holiday spirit than The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is the most popular ballets around the holidays, and it's for a good reason. It's also the perfect place to take a date! If your date loves the arts, they'll love you for this treat.
Christmas Lights Across Canada // Parliament Hill
This stunning event will kick off on December 7th, and will showcase the lights and beautiful work of art on Parliament Hill every night until January 7th, 2018. If this is your first date or your 40th date, this is perfect for anyone! You can do something before or after as well, but this is a great start or end to any night.
Burgers n' Fries Forever // Multiple Locations
Last year, Burgers n' Fries Forever came out with a holiday burger that was festive AF. This year, we're expecting the same! Filled with cranberry mayo, stuffing and lots of other delicious things, this holiday burger will be something both of you probably won't experience again. So this is a special moment between the both of you, if you want to get dramatic.
Alight at Night // Upper Canada Village
If you and your bae dream about living in a Christmas movie, here's your chance. Alight at Night has almost 1 million lights all around this adorable village, and you can even ride in horse-drawn wagon rides, eat delicious festive treats and so much more!
Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush // 399 Sugar Bush Rd
From pancakes to maple syrup on a stick, this festive date will also give you a sugar high. This spot is only 50 minutes away from Ottawa and it's so worth it. Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, you won't regret eating your weight in pancakes and trying out the maple syrup on a stick. This is such a cute winter date, but it can also be done all year round.
The Moonroom // 442 Preston St
Maybe you're not into the whole holiday scene. I don't mean to call you a Grinch, but whatever. If you're not all about the holidays, you can still do romantic things without seeing Santa everywhere. The Moonroom is a super romantic place that has dim lights, flowy white sheets hanging from the ceiling and did I mention how good their drinks are?
Lansdowne Christmas Market // Aberdeen Pavilion
This is one of the tallest Christmas trees in Ottawa, and whether you go for the lighting of the tree (December 2nd) or the Christmas Market, you'll still be stunned at how beautiful it is. This is a great, cheap, and simple date that is actually super romantic. If your date loves all things holiday related, see what the Christmas Market has to offer as well!
The Noodle House // 775 Gladstone Ave
What screams comfort food more than noodles?! Nothing. Maybe you and your date just got back from skating or it's just cold as f*ck outside and you need a place to warm up. This is the place to do it! This Vietnamese restaurant is to die for, and truly has every kind of Pho you could want.
Gingerbread Man // 1134 Tighe Street
Okay, now this is the kind of date I'm talking about. This is like a real life gingerbread house, and when you walk in it's filled with treats. They have shortbread cookies, gingerbread cookies, molasses cookies, and even pre-built gingerbread houses. If your date loves treats, this is the place to go.
Sens Rink of Dreams // 110 Laurier Ave
This amazing skating rink is such a perfect winter/holiday date. It opens December 2nd and the borders of the rink have LED lights in them which make the whole rink glow. Even better? There's a BeaverTails truck on site so you can warm up with a hot chocolate and of course, a BeaverTail.
BeaverTails // 69 George St
If your date doesn't love BeaverTails, I'm sorry it had to end that way. This is a perfect date that you could do before watching Christmas Lights Across Canada on Parliament Hill! You could even share one if you're feeling extra cute, but realistically, you'll want your own.
Repére Boréal // Les Éboulements
Maybe you want a date weekend and want to get away! No worries, I have the perfect spot for you. These mini cottages in the forest, which is also filled with amenities, will help you recharge and relax. You'll be able to snuggle up, watch the snow fall and relax the entire weekend before the holidays get crazy. I mean, sounds pretty perfect to me!