It’s that time again! I hope everyone gets as excited as I do about date nights! December makes it extra fun though, because it’s holiday season. You know what that means: Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, beautiful music and lots of happenings around the Lake area that make perfect bonding times for couples. The other great thing about these events is the vast majority of them are reoccurring so it’s not as hard to work one of these awesome ideas into your busy schedule. Let’s jump right into the merriment, shall we?
12 Days of Christmas
A great almost 2 week long event in Sulphur featuring carnivals, live music groups, theatre groups and even a live nativity event!
Dates: November 25, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Times: Times Vary
Phone: (337) 527-0357
Light Up The Lake
This all day event on December 2nd features a Gingerbread house contest, Santa’s Workshop, the Lake Charles Community Band, a Light Boat Parade and a beautiful fireworks display.
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 491-9159
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
This is a cool take on the classic Christmas story about George Bailey, a guy who’s feeling a bit down about life and Clarence the angel sent to help him through but – the play is actually a live radio broadcast!
December 1, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday until December 9, 2017
Times: December 1-2, 8-9 at 7:00 pm; Sunday December 3 at 2:00 pm
Location: Lake Charles Little Theatre
Address: 813 Enterprise Blvd Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 436-6275
Admission: $15 Adults; $10 Students
Shell Beach Carriage Christmas Light Tours
Christmas lights are one of the most awe-inspiring sights there are. No matter how old you get, it’s easy to be delighted by their twinkling charm. Add in a horse drawn carriage and you’ve got one of the most romantic date nights ever!
Dates: December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Times: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
Phone: (337) 794-5591
Location: Vintage Carriage Company
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles
What’s a Cajun Christmas without Zydeco?
Two Step Tuesdays
Two-Step Tuesday occurs on the first Tuesday of every month. For $30 you get a craft meal and a zydeco lesson that can help you get the skills you need for future date nights, ma chere.
Dates: December 1, 2017
Times: From: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Venue: Sloppy’s Downtown
Location: Sloppy’s Downtown
Address: 329 Broad Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
My next suggestion may not be ideal for those of you set on losing some weight to fit into the gorgeous gown you picked, but I’d say go for it (just not EVERY week).
Crave Gourmet’s “Holiday Pairing & Sharing”
Head over to Crave for complimentary tastings of great wine, cheese and food. The experts at Crave will help you get the perfect finger foods for your holiday shindig AND maybe even come away with a few gift ideas! (Now if only they gave some workout tips!)
December 2, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Saturday until December 23, 2017
Times: From noon – 3 p.m.
Address: 2801 Ryan Street, Suite 100 Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 421-0040
L’Auberge Lake Charles’ Annual Gingerbread House Display
Go check out the beautiful display of a life size gingerbread house that is actually edible. Just avoid actually trying to eat it. Not only will this date idea not help us fit into these gowns, but we don’t want any run-ins with security.
December 1, 2017 – Recurring daily until December 31, 2017
Location: L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Address: 777 Avenue L’Auberge Lake Charles, LA 70601
Looking for a cozy at home date night this month? Here are a few more suggestions!
Decorate Your Christmas Tree Together
This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and spend some quality time together!
Plan it!: Before you get started, take some time to plan a theme you would like to go with for your Christmas tree decor. Pick a color, a sports team, or an overall theme like “vintage” (collect really old -or old looking- ornaments either from thrift stores or from family members) or “nostalgic” (collect those old ornaments you made when you were younger and decorate your tree with them!). Also – this is a good time to figure out a spot for your tree and measure to see what size tree will fit in your space. Check out our Pinterest Board for some fun Christmas tree decor ideas!
Get started!: Head to the store and purchase ornaments that fit your color scheme or theme. If you don’t have a tree already, make sure and grab a tree too! Some other things you will want to grab while you are out – a tree skirt to go at the bottom of your tree, a star or tree topper that fits your theme, look at the wrapping paper as well to see if you find any that would bring your overall Christmas tree look together, Christmas cookie mix, and stuff to make hot cocoa!
Deck those halls!: Head home and get decorating! Make some hot cocoa (crank up the AC if needed since chances are its 70 degrees outside – joys of Winter in Louisiana), pop some popcorn, or make Christmas cookies! Play some of your favorite Christmas songs, chat about your favorite Christmas memories, and make some super sweet new holiday memories together.
So there you have it! Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but we are certain there’s a date night idea here to suit every couple’s taste. I like to think holiday date nights help you not only enjoy quality time, but help keep in perspective involving Christ in your relationship. After all, He is the reason for the season!