Winter in Southern California is perfect for romantic outdoor date possibilities since the weather doesn't get as cold as it does in other parts of the country.
Here are seven super cute (and super Californian) winter date ideas for you and your partner to go on this holiday season.
Price: $60 per car
When: November 30 through December 23, and December 26 through December 30
Address: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA
Why You Need To Go: This massive holiday drive-thru is a true wonderland, made up of literally millions of Christmas lights. You'll drive through tunnels filled with lights, elaborate sets, and immersive stories — all set to synchronized holiday music. It's being put on by Experimental Supply Co, an actual production company that brought the Derry Canal Days Festival & Funhouse from "IT: Chapter 2" to Los Angeles in 2019 (so you KNOW it'll be good).
GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden
Price: $34.95 for non-members (and $24.95 for members)
When: November 21 through January 10, 2021
Address: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Why You Need To Go: You and your significant other can walk through a visually extraordinary art installation made up of thousands of lights, transforming the (already beautiful) botanic garden into a psychedelic oceanic scene. The colorful lights will be placed amongst the trees and plants, illuminating them in all different colors, to make you feel like you are under a luminous ocean.
Malibu Wine Hikes
Price: Starting at $49 per person
Address: 32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA
Why You Need To Go: Get outside and explore the gorgeous vineyards, hills, and organic gardens of Saddlerock Ranch. It's incredible Malibu views, plus they give you a bottle of wine when your hike concludes.
Hicksville Pines Bud & Breakfast
Price: Varies by room and date (approximately $125-$275 per night)
Address: 23481 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA
Why You Need To Go: Booking a room here is super romantic already due to the fact that the motel is set in the pine forests of Idyllwild, but at Hicksville Pines, you can go above and beyond and pick a room specific to your partner's interests. Choose from a Christmas paradise, a Dolly Parton themed room, a room for "Nerds," and more.
Candlelit Open Air Dinners
Price: Starting at $30 per person
When: November 10 through December 30
Address: Various beachfront locations in Orange County
Why You Need To Go: You can watch the waves set to different Christmas-themed music, depending on which experience you choose (classical, film scores, Flamenco, etc). These candlelit dinners by the beach are set at beachfront rooftops, terraces, and restaurants are both magical AND socially distant (and the candles are flameless).
Have a Seafood Feast at Neptune's Net (And Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway)
Price: Depends on what you order!
Address: 42505 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
Why You Need To Go: You really can't beat the beach views of the Pacific Highway as you drive the coast. Cruise the CA-1 and you'll pass by the gorgeous Getty Villa before arriving at Neptune's Net, where you and your partner can dine al fresco on the freshest seafood you'll ever eat, while you stare at the ocean.
Electric Dusk Drive-In
Price: $37 for double features, priced per car
When: November 6 through November 22 (and more to come)
Address: 236 N Central, Glendale, CA (Glendale location) & 951 South Flower, Los Angeles, CA (Downtown location)
Why You Need To Go: Watch a double feature under the stars, set to the backdrop of the city lights. They offer pre-packaged snacks and drinks and a whole lot of movie nostalgia.