Top five holiday dates to cap the semester

As finals wind down and the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time to organize a holiday date to awe that special someone. Take a look at these top five holiday date ideas here in the D.C. area that are affordable, but still might get you that kiss under the mistletoe.


5. Getting Cozy

Don’t want to spend a lot of money, but still need a romantic evening? Stay in and make some holiday themed treats like cookies or eggnog and watch a classic holiday movie like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Story. If you’re looking for something a bit more romantic, try a film like Love Actually or The Holiday. This is a fool proof date that is sure to be relaxing and enjoyable.


4. The Classic

Grab dinner at one of the Fairfax Corner restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen or something a little more expensive like Ruth Chris’s Steak House. Then, go see a holiday movie in the comfort of the warm movie theater. There are several holiday themed movies playing this month like Happy Feet Two and Arthur Christmas. If you and your date want something a bit more risqué, try Harold and Kumar’s 3D Christmas for some laughs and holiday cheer. Then, finish the night off with a refreshing seasonal treat: peppermint Pinkberry.  A movie with dessert is always the perfect date.


3. Lions and Tigers and Lights!? Oh my!

Take your date on a trip through the National Zoo as it is decorated for the annual “Zoo Lights” spectacular! “Zoo Lights” is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and admission is FREE!  Just hop on the Orange Line to Metro Center where you then ride the Red Line to Woodley-Park Zoo ($2.75 one way after 7 p.m. and all day on weekends). Walk north about three blocks while enjoying the beauty of Woodley Park with your date and the zoo will be on your right. Buses are available if you do not want to take the uphill walk.

While there, you can also try out the eco-friendly ice rink, it is just $5 for 30 minutes with $2 skate rentals. You can also take a romantic train ride for $3 to experience the lights in all of their glory. Food and drinks are available at the zoo but if you are looking for something a bit more cozy and quiet, stop by Starbucks across the street to grab a Gingerbread Latte to go or stay in with a warm Peppermint Mocha.


2. A Romantic Past Time

The National Christmas Tree in D.C. is always a sight to behold with festive displays and performances. Go at night so you and your date can see the beautiful illumination. It’s the perfect backdrop for a great holiday moment.

Take the Orange Line from Vienna to Farragut West ($2.75 one way after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends). Stroll down 17th St. NW until you reach Constitution Ave., the National Tree will be shining brightly at The Ellipse. There are also choral and dance performances on weeknights from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends from 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


1. The Garden Skate

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink mixes the beauty of the city with the exquisiteness of classic art. The Rink is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Weekday hours apply to Sunday as well.

Admission is $7 for students and $3 for skate rentals (ID required). Take the Orange Line at Vienna to the Smithsonian stop ($2.75 one way after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends). There are two entrances on the National Mall between Seventh and Ninth St. If it gets too chilly, stop by the Pavilion Café that overlooks the beautiful sculpture garden. This is a beautiful romantic evening perfect for couples of all ages.



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