These Christmas traditions for couples are so fun! Get 25 creative ways to enjoy the Christmas season together and define your own traditions.
Whether you’ve been together six months or 20 years, spending quality time together during the holidays is a great way to keep the romance alive.
And with these unique Christmas traditions for couples, you’ll have plenty of fun ways to make some memories with your sweetheart.
From fun Christmas Eve activities to romantic holiday ideas, each of these amazing traditions is perfect for couples of any age.
Christmas Traditions for Couples
Celebrate the holidays with your significant other by making some lasting memories in 2023. With the help of these Christmas traditions, you’ll be able to create a memorable holiday every year you’re together.
1. 12 dates of Christmas
Count down to Christmas day with 12 dates of Christmas themed date nights. Go ice skating, eat a holiday inspired meal, or enjoy a Christmas activity in your community.
2. Christmas movie marathon
There isn’t much better than sitting down together to watch Christmas movies! You get bonus points if you include popcorn, hot cocoa, and a festive treat like Peppermint Fudge to make the movie night extra special!
Check out this Christmas Movie Checklist to see how many you can watch together this year!
3. Pick out a Christmas tree
Nothing beats the smell of a fresh evergreen tree during the holiday season. Make it a tradition to find the perfect Christmas tree together each year.
4. Take photos for your Christmas cards
Share your love with friends and family during the holiday season with custom Christmas cards. Set up a time to take holiday themed photos to include on your cards each year.
5. Add a new ornament to the tree
Celebrate your life together every year by adding a special ornament to your Christmas tree. Look for nostalgic ornaments that help demonstrate a milestone in your past year together to make your Christmas tree a display of your relationship over the years.
6. Put our Christmas Decorations
Decorating your Christmas tree is fun whether you pick out a fresh tree or set up an artificial one! You can have a blast together as a couple adding lights, ornaments, and other decorations as a tradition each year.
7. Bake Christmas cookies together
Cookies aren’t just for Santa! You can have fun together in the kitchen during the holiday season by baking and decorating your own Christmas cookies.
We love these Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting.
8. Volunteer together
Give back during the holiday season by donating some of your time to your favorite charity, food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or local hospital.
9. Look at Christmas lights
Hop in the car and take a trip around town to check out all the cool holiday light displays.
10. Enjoy Christmas breakfast together
Spend some quality time together as a couple before the busy-ness of the Christmas day begins with a romantic breakfast together.
These Santa Pancakes are adorable and the perfect way to include young children in on a new tradition. We also have a Christmas brunch list of ideas you may like!
11. Build a gingerbread house
Bake your gingerbread from scratch or buy a kit. Then, construct your own gingerbread house together for the holidays.
12. Christmas Eve cocktail hour
Have a little fun unwinding with your significant other by mixing up some holiday themed cocktails on Christmas Eve.
We love this Sugar Cookies for Santa Cocktail!
13. Take a holiday trip
Make your own Hallmark Christmas Movie by taking a Christmas vacation with your significant other each holiday season.
14. Wear matching Christmas pajamas
You might see families taking part in this fun tradition, but there’s no reason you can’t start the fun as a couple! Head to bed on Christmas Eve in matching pajamas each year.
15. Open a present on Christmas Eve
If you can’t wait to share your gifts with your loved one, why prolong the excitement? Start a tradition that allows each of you to open one present on Christmas Eve before you head to bed.
16. Go shopping together
Make holiday shopping an annual event by making a fun day of shopping and enjoying each other’s company. We like to stop midway through and enjoy a festive drink at a local coffee shop!
17. Naughty or Nice notes
Leave notes for your partner each day leading up to Christmas describing all the NICE things you like about them or the NAUGHTY things you want to do to them.
18. Wear ugly Christmas sweaters
Get silly with your wardrobe during the holiday season by wearing ugly Christmas sweaters together when you go out.
19. Write a Christmas Note
Make sure you put Christ in your holiday plans with this fun tradition where you each write letters to Jesus explaining how the last year has been and what you plan to do in the coming year to improve yourself.
On Christmas Eve, read the notes to each other.
(You could also do this as love letters to your spouse if you wanted).
20. Play in the snow
If you have a white Christmas, head outside to have some fun in the snow. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding together.
21. Stuff your Christmas stockings
Hang your stockings on the mantle on Christmas Eve, then fill each other’s stocking up with fun surprises and small gifts to open on Christmas morning.
22. Make a bucket list
Kick off your holiday season celebration by sitting down together to make a bucket list of all the things you both want to do during the holidays. Then, work together to cross everything off the list before Christmas morning arrives.
23. Hang some mistletoe
Never miss the chance for a holiday kiss by hanging mistletoe in a strategic location in your home.
24. Cook Christmas dinner together
If you don’t have plans with extended family members, spend Christmas together making a big holiday meal.
25. Send holiday care packages
Put together care packages for families who are less fortunate or military members overseas for the holidays. Then, head to the post office to mail them together.
If you’re a Christian, we love to go to a church service or read the Christmas story on Christmas night.
You can find the story in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–2.
Enjoy an Advent Calendar
There are so many fun advent calendar ideas out there! Picking one to enjoy each day is a great idea for a married couple because it makes sure you connect at some point — even on a busy day!
You could also host an old fashioned Christmas party!
Curious as to what our favorite Christmas date is?
Our favorite tradition is to watch Christmas movies in our living room.
Our favorite Christmas movies are It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife, A Christmas Carol, and of course, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
We usually get pizza, but I know a lot of people love Chinese food around the holidays, too! The idea is just to make it special! You could even make a Christmas movie treat to go along with the night!
The best Christmas traditions are based around being together.
After all, isn’t that what the Christmas spirit is all about? We hope you find your own tradition, and if this is your first Christmas married — we hope it’s a great one! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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