The holidays are often filled with busy tasks and to-dos- big family gatherings, gift shopping, parties to attend – but why not take some time on Thanksgiving weekend for an intimate Thanksgiving date night with your significant other?
Amidst the seasonal busyness, a romantic night focused just on the two of you is a great way to connect and show gratitude for each other. Whether you want to stay in, get dressed up for a night out, or do something active, there are many fun date night options to try over the Thanksgiving holiday.
To help you plan a special night out, here are some creative Thanksgiving date ideas for a memorable and romantic Thanksgiving date. With a little effort and creativity, you can spend quality one-on-one time together and make this holiday weekend even more meaningful.
Host an Intimate Dinner Together
Cooking a small Thanksgiving dinner just for the two of you can be a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday together in an intimate setting. Rather than getting lost in a huge gathering with the whole family, plan a cozy dinner date at home. Keep the menu simple, focusing on traditional Thanksgiving favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Don't feel like you have to cook a grand, elaborate feast – keep it manageable for two and concentrate on quality time over quantity of food.
To make your intimate dinner special, add some thoughtful romantic touches. Set the table with your best dinnerware and linens, including candles and fresh flowers as a centerpiece. Get dressed up in stylish autumn outfits as if you were going out to a fancy restaurant. Play some soft music in the background to set the mood.
Most importantly, keep the conversation lighthearted, positive and focused 100% on each other rather than any outside distractions. Make your intimate Thanksgiving dinner an opportunity to share gratitude and quality time in a setting where you can truly appreciate each other's company.
Attend a Friendsgiving Celebration
Another way to spend Thanksgiving with your special someone is by attending a Friendsgiving party. These laidback gatherings with friends are a popular alternative to traditional family meals.
Offer to bring a tasty dish like baked mac and cheese, pumpkin pie, or cranberry salsa to share. Arrive together dressed in seasonal styles ready to mix and mingle with friends over food and drinks. Go around the table sharing what you're grateful for this year – don't forget to express gratitude for your plus one!
After dinner, stay cozy by the fire pit or dance to festive tunes with your partner. Take photo booth pics capturing your sweet date night out. Make plans for more couple time after the party dies down.
Friendsgivings are a great way to be social while focusing on quality time together. You can reflect on all the wonderful friendships you cherish while appreciating your very best friend – your significant other!
Go for a Romantic Evening Stroll
Going for a peaceful evening stroll on Thanksgiving night can be incredibly romantic. Get some fresh air together by taking a walk through your neighborhood, a local park, or botanical gardens decked out in autumn foliage.
Bundle up in warm coats, scarves and hats to keep cozy in the crisp late fall weather. Hold hands and admire the seasonal decorations and lights as you stroll together. Stop to give each other a warming embrace when you need a break from the chilly air.
Consider bringing a thermos of hot spiced apple cider to share as you walk. Sip the autumnal drink and feel its warmth spread through you as you chat and cuddle close with your partner.
An evening stroll on Thanksgiving is a great chance to connect away from holiday crowds. You can enjoy quiet conversation together and discuss all the things you feel grateful for this year – especially having your loved one by your side during this special season. End your romantic walk with a sweet kiss illuminated by moonlight.
Bake Festive Treats Together
For couples who bond in the kitchen, spend your Thanksgiving date night baking up edible holiday treats.
Whip up festive desserts like pumpkin pie, apple turnovers, or cranberry almond tarts. Brew some hot cider or mulled wine to enjoy while you bake and chat. Trade sweet kisses between mixing and rolling dough.
As your home fills with tempting aromas from the oven, you’ll create lasting flavor memories together. Icing sugar cookies is also a fun way to get creative – decorate them with turkeys, autumn leaves, or each other's names.
Don’t forget to lick the beaters and sample cookie dough for quality control! Dancing along to cheerful holiday tunes as you bake makes the time fly by.
Once finished, you can reward yourselves by indulging in the fruits of your labor. Cuddle up to admire your handmade creations and talents. The treats you baked will make wonderful additions to your Thanksgiving meal or gifts for others. But the best part is the quality bonding time you now share.
See a Movie
Seeing a movie at the theater is a classic date night idea that can be perfect for Thanksgiving weekend. Many highly anticipated holiday films are released over Thanksgiving, making it a prime time to catch a new flick with your significant other. Popular franchises often debut installments over the long weekend, giving you a variety of genres to choose from for your movie date.
Get tickets in advance and arrive early to buy popcorn and treats before settling into plush seats in a darkened theater. As the lights go down and the movie starts, cozy up close together and share a blanket or armrest. Laugh at a comedy, jump during a thriller, or cry during a drama – experiencing the emotions of a movie together can be bonding.
After the credits roll, continue your movie date with a stop for dessert or drinks to discuss your thoughts on the film. Seeing a movie over Thanksgiving weekend lets you get lost in an immersive new cinematic world together. The theater provides a wonderful setting to focus completely on each other without holiday distractions.
Have a Movie Date Night at Home
If you prefer a more lowkey movie experience, have a cozy date night at home watching movies together. Plan your at-home date night by selecting one or more films you'll both enjoy – think a classic romantic movie, funny comedies, or even seasonal favorites to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Or watch a spooky movie and cuddle with a bottle of wine.
Prepare movie theater-style snacks like popcorn, candy, and sodas to munch on as you watch. Make it extra cozy by building a blanket fort or rearranging furniture to create a makeshift couch cuddle zone. Light candles to set the mood. The goal is to recreate the immersive moviegoing atmosphere within the comfort of your own home.
As your movies play, cuddle up close to each other under blankets and enjoy your snacks. Pause to discuss your reactions to emotional or funny scenes. Use commercial breaks as opportunities for kissing, embracing or getting more snacks.
An at-home movie marathon date night allows you to relax completely and focus on each other. You can customize the movies, food, seating and ambiance to your perfect date vision. By the end credits of your last film, you’ll feel entertained, relaxed and closer than ever. Here are some of our favorite Christmas movie date night ideas!
Play Board Games Together
A fun way to spend quality time together on Thanksgiving is staying in for a game night. Break out classic board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, or checkers for an intimate, low-key date at home.
Set aside time after your holiday meal to play your favorite games while relaxing on the couch or sitting together at the kitchen table. Get into the spirit of friendly competition as you focus completely on each other for laughter-filled hours of amusement.
Prepare game night snacks like popcorn, hot chocolate, or seasonal pie to fuel your fun. The goal is to create a cozy, laid-back atmosphere where you can be yourselves and enjoy each other's company while playing into the night.
Game nights allow you to engage in mentally stimulating activities together. You’ll make new happy memories and inside jokes that will last beyond Thanksgiving. A night of board games eliminates holiday stress, brings you closer, and lets you appreciate having a loving player two by your side this season.
Check Out an Autumn Festival
Attending a local fall festival can make for a festive and romantic Thanksgiving date night. Many towns host fall fairs and festivals over the long weekend, making it the perfect time to bundle up in the crisp fall air and enjoy seasonal activities with your partner.
Strolling hand-in-hand down rows of local craft booths featuring pumpkin candles, apple pies, and other tasty treats is one of our favorite fall date ideas. Good food, tasting yummy fall snacks like caramel apples, a pumpkin spice latte, apple pie, hot cider donuts, or pumpkin spice churros, and apple cider. Stop to admire blown local crafts being sold by talented artisans.
If your local fall festival has a fair, a ride on the Ferris wheel or carousel to get playful quality time high above the crowd. Sway together to live music from local bands playing folksy autumn tunes. Pose for photos in front of the fair's decorative fall backdrops. You can even go apple picking at apple orchards if that's an option near you. Or hit up a local corn maze!
End your festival date night by a bonfire with mugs of piping hot apple cider or cocoa. Snuggle up under a shared blanket and get lost in each other's eyes, reflecting on all the fond memories made. Heading to a fall fair is a wonderful way to get festive together this Thanksgiving.
Cheer on Your Favorite Football Team
What's Thanksgiving without football? If you and your partner are both fans, make watching Thanksgiving games a new Thanksgiving tradition and part of your holiday date fun.
On Thanksgiving Day, cuddle up on the couch in team jerseys or colors to catch an NFL matchup. Prepare game day snacks like wings, nachos and cold brews to feast on as you watch. Get excited together cheering big plays, touchdowns, and sacks. Just be sure to pause between quarters for some quality time that's all about you two.
Or if you'd rather see football in person, check out local high school or college games happening over the long weekend. Bundle up for the chilly weather and head to the stadium ready to cheer. Share popcorn and hot chocolate as you sit side-by-side on the bleachers focused on the action. Let the electric energy of the crowd sweep you up.
End your sporty date night by reminiscing about your favorite football memories, teams, and players. Spending Thanksgiving with your number one fan enjoying America's beloved pastime is always a winning play.
Get a Head Start on Christmas Decorating
For couples who really love the holiday season, why not get an early start on Christmas decorating? Use part of your Thanksgiving date night to deck out your home with festive trim and lights.
Drag out those boxes of holiday decorations from storage and put on some classic carols to create a jolly atmosphere. String twinkling lights around your Christmas tree and windows while sipping eggnog or spiced cider. Untangle strands of garland to adorn your banisters and mantle. Hang festive stockings side-by-side for you and your love to delight in filling.
Decorating together lets you bond over trimming the tree, all while getting excited for the upcoming Christmas season. Come up with fun new theme ideas or reminisce over sentimental ornaments from holidays past.
Top the night off by cuddling near the tree you just adorned to admire your work. Share a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy a peaceful moment of winter hygge. Getting into the Christmas spirit now is a fun way to kindle that holiday spark. You can set the scene for many romantic seasonal nights ahead.
Burn Calories at a Turkey Trot
Want an active and healthy start to your Thanksgiving date night? Join your community's annual Turkey Trot! These 5K or 10K races often happen Thanksgiving morning before the feasting begins.
Wake up early, have a light breakfast, and head to the race site together bundled in chill-fighting gear. Stretch together to prep for the run ahead. Line up at the start line feeling energized and ready for a brisk autumn run.
Take off jogging when the air horn blows, sticking together at a comfortable pace. Chat casually as you wind through charming neighborhoods decked out in fall splendor. Feeling chilly? Warm up with sweet smooches at each mile marker!
Cross the finish line hand-in-hand, flushed from exertion and endorphins. Collect your medals and congratulate each other on a race well run. Now you can reward yourselves with a hot post-run meal together. A Turkey Trot sets the tone for an active, healthy holiday while giving you quality date time.
Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
A beloved Thanksgiving tradition for many is watching the televised broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you live nearby, why not turn parade viewing into a festive date morning?
Wake up early to secure a front row spot right near the tv. Have hot beverages like coffee, tea, or cocoa ready to sip as you wait for the spectacle to start. When the parade kicks off, cuddle together under a blanket and take in the joyful sights.
Gaze in wonder at the incredible floats gliding by, each more magical than the last. Try to spot celebrities waving from parade cars. Laugh at the Broadway musical numbers and get into the spirit as marching bands strut past. Ooh and aah at the giant character balloons floating overhead.
Between acts, steal sweet kisses and discuss which floats or balloons are your favorites. Make silly guesses about how many balloons will run into lampposts. Whoever comes closest wins a special prize!
Watching the big parade is a nostalgic way to connect over something lighthearted. Let the pageantry and performances set the tone for the whole holiday ahead. After it ends, you can start cooking your own Thanksgiving meal feeling merry and bright.
If you prefer a more intimate setting, have your own Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade viewing party at home. Sit close together on the couch in pajamas and slippers to tune into the broadcast. Make parade snacks like bagels, muffins, or fruit and yogurt to graze on as you watch.
Pause between parade acts to reminisce about favorite childhood memories watching the parade, or discuss plans for your meal later that day. Without having to brave the cold weather or crowds, you can relax completely and focus on time together.
Watching from home also allows you to be as silly and affectionate as you want. Crank up beloved parade tunes and dance together during commercials breaks. Shower each other with affection and laughter throughout the event.
Curled up at home with your love watching the iconic parade creates wonderful new memories. You can start your Thanksgiving on a nostalgic and romantic note.
The holidays can become busy, stressful whirlwinds that leave little time for nurturing your relationship. That's why carving out quality time on Thanksgiving weekend for an intentional, romantic date night is so important.
Whether you keep it simple at home or head out on the town, make your significant other the sole focus. Plan activities that allow you to connect, have fun, and show gratitude for one another. Eliminate distractions, get lost in conversation, and make new memories together this holiday season.
Staying present and celebrating your partnership amidst the seasonal bustle will ensure you feel that Thanksgiving magic all weekend long.