Going on dates around the holidays can be hard to plan due to a busy month with family and holiday activities, however with some ingenuity and fun ideas you can impress even your toughest critic. Whether you are on a budget or want to splurge, there are great ideas here for everyone. Cold weather? Not a problem! Thinking outside the proverbial Christmas box? We have that too. Be sure to plan ahead, check on reservations well in advance and then go for it!
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🍸 Nightlife – Salt Lake City
There is no shortage of amazing locations in SLC for your date night, but we have narrowed it down to a few of the best, so you can really impress your significant other.
Brewvies in Salt Lake is a Cinema Pub that shows all the latest movies while you have a drink and eat great food. You can visit their website to see the movie times and the menu. Movie tickets range from $7-$9, and the food is well priced, ranging from $6-$15.
The Urban Lounge is another date idea that will supply a good time for those 21+. This is a late-night, intimate venue has live performances almost every evening, and has yummy cocktails. Ticket prices vary based on the entertainment, and some shows are even free admission! Most tickets are $5-$20, and cost more at the door, so it is recommended to buy tickets ahead of time at Be sure to check out the calendar on their website to see who will be performing and the show times.
Sky is a venue for concerts and nightclubs. You can reserve a VIP table at Sky to skip the line at the door and the bar, and enjoy your night surrounded by people you know. Ticket and table prices depend on which event you are attending, so visit their website to see pricing and information on events. Spending a night at Sky, the finest nightclub in Salt Lake, will not disappoint.
🥂 Nightlife – Ogden
If you are looking for places in Ogden to have the perfect date, check out these locations!
Roosters on 25th street is a rustic brewpub, open seven days a week, with an amazing menu. The 119-year-old building with a covered patio is a great place for mingling and meeting with friends. Whether you’re in a suit and tie or have a “just rolled out of bed” outfit on, you will feel welcome at Roosters and have a splendid meal. Roosters is open for lunch and dinner and has a variety of gluten-free items as well. Food prices range from $7-$25, and it will be worth every penny spent.
Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub has a great atmosphere and unique pizza combos that will interest everyone. This comfy pizza parlor has live music, a plentiful beer menu, and a beautiful view of the Ogden river. The pies are around $15, and you’ll want to save room for dessert. They also have appetizers, sandwiches, and salads on their menu. Slackwater is open 7 days a week and is a great spot for your holiday date night dinner.
Alleged is a stylish lounge with a fun mix of music and drinks. This nightclub is open to the public Thursday-Saturday nights, which is perfect for a weekend date. As the winner of City Weekly’s Best Ogden Bar for four consecutive years, the drinks and atmosphere at Alleged will ensure you have a great night. The attire is casual, but they have theme nights such as “Ugly Sweater Apocalypse” that spices up the crowd. Be sure to stop by Alleged on your next date!
🔐 Escape Room
A fun date idea that anyone would enjoy is an Escape Room. An escape room is a fully interactive experience like none other. A group of people, typically 12, enters a room and has one hour to find all the clues to escape. In Layton, there is the Great Room Escape. Their rooms are currently the Zombie Room, Houdini Room, Cabin Room, and Countdown Room. Assemble your team, pick your room, find the clues, and escape! Tickets are available for purchase online at . Each escape room is $29.95 per person, and the memories will be priceless. Visit the Great Room Escape to buy your date night tickets now.
In Salt Lake you will find the Mystery Escape Room. This location has a Nutcracker Room, Sleepy Hollow Room, Fairy Tale Room, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Room, and Sherlock Holmes Room. For your holiday date, the Nutcracker Room is perfect! Tickets are $29.95 per person, and can be purchased online
⛸️ Ice Skating
Ice Skating is a classic, fun, and cheap date idea for couples of all ages. The Gallivan Center is in the heart of Salt Lake, and during the winter months, is an outdoor ice skating rink. It is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm, Friday-Saturday, noon-midnight, and Sundays from noon-7pm. Prices are $9 per adult. The Gallivan Center even offers $5 Tuesdays!
If in Ogden, you can ice skate at the Weber State Ice Sheet. For adults 18+, the cost is $6.50 per person, which includes skate rentals. You can view the Ice Sheet calendar to see when open skate is during the week. Ice skating is a great idea for a date night activity.
🌟 Christmas Lights
Another fun and cheap date is a visit to see Christmas Lights. There are many stunning light setups and shows around Northern Utah. Visit this blog to see where you can find them.
❄️ Date Ideas for Cold Weather
If the weather is too cold or snowy, there are plenty of great indoor date ideas that you will love. You can buy a gingerbread house kit like this one from WalMart for only $8.88. If you have a more creative side, you can forego the kit make the gingerbread house from graham crackers and candy you choose. Watch this video to make the perfect house!
You can then decorate your house with fun candies and food such as cereal, gum drops, licorice, sprinkles, colored frosting etc.! There are no limits when making a gingerbread house.
If it is too cold to go outside, you and your date will want something to warm you up. Hot cocoa is a winter favorite, and it is easy to make. There are many ways to spice up the chocolate drink, here are a few ideas of things to add: cinnamon, peppermint or peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, peanut butter, pumpkin spice, caramel, or vanilla ice cream.
👩🍳 Cooking Classes
A popular activity that is starting up is doing a couples cooking class. Check out this blog to see locations around northern Utah.
🎭 The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker ballet is a must-see during the holidays. Ballet West in Salt Lake City puts on an annual production of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre. Shows start on December 14th and go until the 29th. There are afternoon and evening performances on most the weekends, and at least on showing on weekdays. Tickets sell out fast so get yours now! You will not want to miss out on The Nutcracker.
Disney has also released a Nutcracker movie which critics are loving. The movie is showing in theaters all around Northern Utah, and the movies make for a perfect date on a cold night.
🌌 Clark Planetarium
Finally, the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake has amazing cosmic light shows, and movies in the IMAX theater that will not disappoint. They have interactive exhibits of earth, near earth, and beyond. General admission is free, but tickets for shows are $7-$9. The planetarium is open seven days a week, and will educate you all while having a blast with your date.
🏘️ House Hunting on a Date
One of the best dates you could take your significant other on is shopping for your dream home. C4 Elite Real Estate Team can help you find that house and we may even pay for dinner while we are out and about. Contact us today!