How We Lit Up Our Christmas Date Night
Every year that I can remember, at some point during the Christmas season I’ve gone out to see some type of Christmas light display. There’s just something almost magical about driving (or walking) through thousands of colorful light bulbs with Christmas music in the background.
When deciding what traditions I wanted to keep as an adult, looking at Christmas lights easily made the list. Someday, I hope that tradition includes little faces pressed up against the glass in wonder. Until then, it was an easy transition to our Date Night, because Christmas is many things, and romantic is one of them!
We chose to do this particular date night on a weeknight. The weekends just get crazy booked, and that way the popular areas aren’t nearly as crowded! Knowing that we’d have less time for a big dinner I decided to make a warm dinner to go.
Panninis were wrapped in tin foil to keep warm, and then I filled a thermos up with some hot cocoa that I made from scratch. I was inspired by Life With Rosie’s home made hot cocoa, so I thought I’d try giving it a little twist and taking it out on our Christmas date night drive! In the past we’ve just done Starbucks, so this gave it a little special flare. Not that Starbucks isn’t special, but this was a more budget-friendly option :).
Turns out that making your own hot cocoa is actually pretty easy! The hardest part was just having the patience to stir the milk while it slowly heats up. We are big coconut milk lovers in my family, so I switched up the milk and gave it a candy cane twist.
Now that our mugs were filled and dinner packed, we set out in search of Christmas bling. We’ve had some pretty stormy weather in these parts lately; I seriously would not have been surprised to look out my window and see animals walking two by two. As a result, several of the displays we were hoping to hit were closed and in repair, but we were able to pick a couple that we had not seen in previous years. These aren’t the super large zoo light displays, but just as enjoyable!
Woodinville Wonderland was the first spot, and it was basically a huge house with a huge yard, and every inch of it covered in awesome. They had (of course) a radio station you could sync to a light show on one side of the house, talking light characters, a ginormous Christmas tree that could display words and pictures, a train, and much more.
Many of the lights were not working from the storm, so I can’t even imagine what it looked like in all it’s glory!
The next place we hit up was Evergreen Church. This one had a covered viewing area (with seats) where you could view the timed light show, a mini walk through light “garden” of sorts, and an inside area with a full on model train village and free cookies!
Lots of opportunities for pictures at this one!
If you haven’t ever taken a drive (or stroll) around Christmas lights, I’d highly recommend it. Check the internet for places near you, blast your favorite holiday play list or radio station, and prepare to be wowed by the wattage!
What are your favorite Christmas Date Night traditions?