Happy December! It's time to start planning your next couple of date nights with your bae! This winter there are so many things you lovebirds can get up to. With the holiday season in full effect at the moment the amount of things to do are endless! From tree lightings to Christmas Markets, the festive activities never end. If you two are in search of something to do other than watch a movie after dinner, this list is sure to help you out.
I get it, when it's cold outside it sometimes seems like the only thing you can do is watch a movie and go to dinner! But fear not there are so many indoor activities you two can get up to. From painting to bowling there is something for every couple out there.
December is the perfect month to reflect on the past year while also trying to finish everything that was on your 2017 bucket list. You and your bae can do so much this month (indoors and outdoors). From romantic dates that will make you fall in love all over again to classy things for all those boujee couples. There are also plenty of free and cheap things do to if you're trying to save your money. Plus there are so many delicious restaurants in Ottawa that will have you lovebirds feeling satisfied ASAP. So don't just sit around this month, head out to do something memorable.
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Become children again at Flying Squirrel Ottawa
There's nothing cuter than unleashing your inner child together with your bae. If the two of you love activities that also double as workouts, then this is the perfect date night for you. Bounce from one trampoline to the next all night long! Flying Squirrel Ottawa is a great date night for any lovebirds that love having a blast.
Become artists at Art Haven
Make your way to Art Haven to paint your own mugs or decorations while sipping on some wine. If you two are lovers of wine and are in search for something to do other than a wine testing, you can always head to Art Haven to be super creative while enjoying your wine. Now if you don't drink wine, don't worry, Art Haven also serves up bubble tea!
Bowl the night away at McArthur Lanes
Calling all competitive couples, a night of bowling is right down your alley (pun intended). See who will get the most strikes and the most gutter balls. This is a perfect way to escape from the cold weather and still have a good time.
Take the Magic of Lights 2km drive
Enter an unimaginable world of holiday lights and stunning decorations. This is the second year that the Magic of Lights will take place and it is 100% worth checking out. The 2km road of vibrant LED lights transfers from light displays to a 100 metre tunnel of lights at the end!
Battle each other at Archery Games
Head to Archery Games to enter the Hunger Games in real life. This is a super fun and cute way to compete against each other or work together in a team. Archery Games is so much fun and a great way to spend time together while also doing some cardio!
Play arcade games together at Funhaven
Funhaven is truly a fun haven. Here you can play laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars, and rock climb! Seriously if you two are indecisive AF this place will have everything you'll ever want and need to have a fun night together.
Unleash your anger at BATL Ottawa
If you're both in need of releasing stresses from exams or work, the two of can head to BATL Ottawa to release it all. Aim and fire at the target to see who will get a bullseye first. This date is super unique and something you'd see in The Bachelor!
Skate on a 3km path at Patinage en Foret
Ummmm skating down a 3km path hand in hand?! That is so romantic! Head to Patinage en Foret for an unbelievable experience in a winter wonderland. Take a road trip North of Ottawa with your bae to this 3km path in Gatineau Park.
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Take the day off together at Nordik Spa-Nature
What better way to spend your day with your bae than to completely unwind together. At Nordik you will feel like you've entered another world. From the soothing music you hear when you enter to the amazing smells throughout the spa, it is 100% worth going to with your love.
Take a cooking class with your bae at C'est Bon Cooking
If the two of you are looking for something unique and classy to do together, a cooking class is perfect. Whether you lovebirds are super into cooking (and watch Chef's Table on Netflix) or you two are just trying to learn how to cook, this is a super cute and classy date night.
Spend the night in a Four Season Tent
Now if you lovebirds are nature lovers, then you will for sure appreciate this cute winter tent. The rustic winter cabins are located in Gatineau Park at the Lac Philippe Campground. Have a winter wonderland getaway and stay at this adorable four seasons tent with your bae.
Create masterpieces together at Paint Nite
This is a perfect date night if you two love being creative or love competing. All you need to do is head to their website, select an event, and buy your tickets. It is also a super cute way to paint something for your place or paint something you know you're going to give as a gift.
Go for a winetasting at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
Now this one is for the super boujee couples out there. If you two love your wines then this is 100% the best date night for you. At Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro you can do a wine tasting before or after eating a scrumptious meal.
Take a tour of Parliament Hill
Make your way to Parliament Hill together and take a tour. If you haven't already done this it is a perfect way to spend your day with your bae. The interior of Parliament is super festive right now and looks stunning. Whether you enjoy learning about history or love admiring architecture, this is a great date to go on with your love.
Visit the Alight At Night outdoor light festival
Head to Eastern Ontario's biggest outdoor light festival with your bae this December. Upper Canada Village will transform into a magical winter wonderland that will get you in the festive spirit ASAP. You have from December 1st to January 6th to attend Alight At Night so you have no excuse to miss it!
Have a boujee breaky at Quelque Chose Pâtisserie
From fresh croissants to warm scones, this cafe will have you feeling satisfied ASAP. With a great Groupon deal you and your bae can have a $60 value romantic breakfast for only $35! This is 100% a super classy date to go on and you guys won't regret it at all.
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Go skating together at the Sens Rink of Dreams
This has to be one of the most adorable date nights out there. The Sens Rink of Dreams opens on December 2nd and is surrounded by glowing LED lights making the rink light up at night. It is such a perfect place to go with your bae to embrace the chilly weather. After skating you can grab a scrumptious BeaverTail beside the rink!
Watch your favourite Netflix movies at home
There's nothing better than a warm winter cuddle watching a show or movie. With the holiday season in full swing you two can watch your favourite holiday movies all night long. Or you can just binge watch a new show together, weather you still haven't seen Stranger Things or you're ready for new releases, there is always something to watch on Netflix.
Follow the map to the Most Magical Christmas Lights In Ottawa together
Go on a mini road-trip together through the city. Together you two will drive from 1 stunning light display to the next. Pick up your favourite Timmies drink and download your favourite holiday jams because things are about to get festive real quick.
Go skating at the Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill
This is a super unique once in a lifetime opportunity you and your bae have to take this winter. On December 7th the rink opens and it closes on February 28th, you lovebirds have plenty of time to experience this unreal opportunity together.
Watch the Lansdowne Christmas tree lighting
On December 2nd Lansdowne's giant tree will be lit and it is worth seeing. This is the perfect way to light up the holiday season with your bae. If you don't make it out to Lansdowne for the lighting, you can always find the tree on at Lansdowne through the month.
Stroll through the stunning Confederation Park
Walk hand in hand through the absolutely beautiful Confederation Park. The lights at this park during December are unreal. Grab yourselves some hot drinks and take a walk to see the lights at the park.
Visit an Ottawa Museum after 5 PM on Thursdays
Honestly, this is one of the best free things to do in Ottawa. Not only do you get to explore so much without spending a penny, but you also get to be inside the warmth instead of outside in the freezing cold. This is also a perfect chance to check out the new Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Go tobogganing at Green's Creek
This will take you straight back to your childhood! Going tobogganing is such a fun winter activity that everyone should do at least once every year. Not only is it super fun, it also doubles as a workout, going up and down that hill is tough!
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Fiazza Fresh Fired
Where: 86 Murray Street
Who doesn't love pizza?! The two of you will for sure enjoy your own pizzas at Fiazza Fresh Fired. Here you can order any pizza on the menu and you can also customize your own pizza with exactly what you like. Plus if you two lovebirds are vegan Fiazza Fresh Fired has options for you too!
EVOO Greek Kitchen
Where: 438 Preston Street
Make your way to EVOO Greek Kitchen for a delicious Greek meal. The restaurant's design is modern and cozy making you feel at home as soon as you walk in. To make this restaurant even better, the desserts are absolutely unreal! You will not regret having your dinner at EVOO Greek Kitchen.
Where: 622 Montreal Road
And... I'm officially craving Indian food. Host India is by far my personal favourite Indian restaurant in Ottawa. Head here with your bae to indulge in a scrumptious meal. From the delicious naan bread to the yummy butter chicken you two will have a feast!
Where: 18 York Street
If you're looking for a unique meal look no further. Sidedoor serves up meals that are inspired by the street food of Souteast Asia. The restaurant has massive windows which make the room look stunning. Sidedoor is also a host to many weddings in Ottawa, so let's just say they know how to do romance.
Where: Multiple Locations
This cute restaurant serves up delicious authentic Italian dishes. If you're craving pasta or pizza Vittoria Trattoria has you covered. Their restaurant is cozy and warm perfect for a special night out with your bae. To make Vittoria Trattoria even better, the desserts they serve are unbelievable. Seriously, no matter what you order you're bound to enjoy it.
Where: Multiple Locations
Vegan? Yes. Yummy? Yes. Filling? Yes. Pure Kitchen is sure to have you feeling satisfied without feeling guilty about having something extremely unhealthy. The restaurant isn't too fancy so if you're in the mood to dress casual but still enjoy a dinner outing head to Pure Kitchen.
El Furniture Warehouse
Where: 77 Clarence Streetvia @wanderwithdelphine
If you two are both broke AF, then Warehouse is the perfect option. Each meal is only $5 meaning you won't be breaking your bank account to enjoy a meal out. Though the food menu is super cheap, the prices of drinks range so if you're seriously trying to save a buck, stick to water and a meal.
Where: 540 Rochester Street
Now this is for the boujee couples out there. This restaurant will not in any way save your bank account, but it will give you the most unique and creative dining experience you've ever had. From floating bowls to colourful edible decorations, Atelier will give you a fine dining experience from start to finish.
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Play your favourite boardgames at The Loft
For only $5 per person you and your bae will 100% enjoy your time at The Loft Boardgames Lounge. Whether you two love card games or boardgames The Loft has every and any game you are looking for. You can also sip on some beer or wine and indulge in delicious nachos.
Treat yourselves to Maverick's Donuts
Head to Maverick's Donuts ASAP to completely indulge in the most amazing donuts! Here you can get a specialty donut for only $2.85. Some of the unreal flavours include S'more, Cherry Cheese Cake, Crème Brûlée, and Wake’N Bacon. To make Maverick's even better, they also serve up vegan donuts, so if you two live a vegan lifestyle, Maverick's has got your back.
Reach new heights together at Altitude Gym
This is a super fun and cheap way to spend your day together. If the two of you love activities that require more than just sitting down, you will for sure have fun at Altitude Gym. For just $13.95 each you lovebirds will take your relationship to new heights real quick!
Play retro games together at Caffeine 1UP
OMG. This is such an adorable date. At Caffeine 1UP you only have to pay $5 to play super fun retro games. From Tetris to Duck Hunt, Caffeine 1UP has it all. To make this cafe better, while playing games you can buy your favourite hot drink perfect for the winter time, whether you love coffee or hot chocolate, you can get any hot drink you love.
Attend the Lansdowne Christmas Market together
If you've never attended the iconic Lansdowne Christmas Market yet, you need to add this to your holiday bucket list. The market is open on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 23rd from 9am to 3pm. Here you can stroll through and choose your favourite things for gifts or for your place.
Grab some cookies from Boko Bakery
The cookies at Boko Bakery are absolutely adorable. From festive Santa to Rick and Morty to Drake, you can get any cookie that you want from this bakery. What makes this bakery even better is that the cookies are only $2-3 each!
Laugh the night away together at Absolute Comedy
What better way to end the night together than laughing? Head to Absolute Comedy to enjoy a comedy show for only $6-17. You two will be left in stitches laughing at the jokes made by comedians here.
Battle each other at House of Targ
If you two love pinball and old school games then you should head to House of Targ. Maybe you just finished season 2 of Stranger Things and it made you want to play in an arcade, whatever the reason, House of Targ is home to so many fun pinball machines. It is $5 per person on Sundays after 9 pm all games are set to freeplay, so you will be saving a lot of money.