5 Romantic Date Ideas for a December in Vancouver

So you’ve joined the Vintage Matchmaking community, attended all your Date Coaching sessions, learned the do’s and don’ts of relationships, and had an awesome first date with the help of your Vintage Matchmaker. The next step is now in the hands of you and your partner.

As colourful lights, Christmas carols, and the spirit of giving begin to pervade the city, there really is no better time than now to build some romantic tension with your special someone. Vancouver offers a variety of exciting events and activities to enjoy during the Christmas season, many of which make perfect opportunities to get to know your better half.

Concerned about what Christmas activities will be “too much” or “too little” in the beginning stages of your relationship? Not to worry. Here, we’ve compiled a list of date ideas that you and your match can try out this Christmas season.

1. The Classic Coffee Date

One of our favourite quiet and cozy coffee shops: Aperture Coffee Bar! (Image by Aperture Coffee Bar at http://www.aperturecoffeebar.com/
A look into one of our favourite coffee shops for a cozy date night: Aperture Coffee Bar! (Image by Aperture Coffee Bar)

What better way is there to spend a date than inside a cozy coffee shop? Vancouver is freckled with a number of quiet, intimate coffee shops where you and your match can enjoy a peppermint mocha, chat about the Christmas songs playing in the background, and really get to know each other. Avoid busy mainstream coffee shops and opt for somewhere quieter and cozier. Some of our favourites include Aperture Coffee Bar, Arbutus Coffee, and The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar.

2. A Romantic Stroll

For a romantic stroll, there's no place quite like Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge! (Image by Capilano Suspension Bridge at https://www.capbridge.com/galleries/)
For a romantic stroll, there’s no place quite like Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge! (Image by Capilano Suspension Bridge)

Complement your conversation with a stroll through the bright Christmas lights of Vancouver. These lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, St. Paul’s Hospital, VanDusen Garden, and a number of other areas in the lower mainland. A setting as romantic as these areas can be conducive to some great conversation!

3. A Visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery

A look at Andy Warhol's Marilyn, 1967 and Electric Chairs, 1971 (Image by Daniel Chai via Vancity Buzz at http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/02/15-photos-mashup-vancouver-art-gallerys-largest-exhibition-ever/ )
If you and your partner have a fondness for art like Andy Warhol’s Marilyn, 1967 and Electric Chairs, 1971; a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery may just make the perfect date activity! (Image by Daniel Chai via Vancity Buzz [now Daily Hive] )
A visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery is a great way to continue a date that’s going really well. Located in Downtown, the Art Gallery is nearby a number of coffee shops—such as Thierry and Caffè Artigiano—where you and your match can start out your date. If sparks are flying at the coffee shop, why not carry on the conversation at the Art Gallery? Alternatively, you could start out your date at the Art Gallery and carry it on at a nearby coffee shop.

4. A Visit to the Vancouver Christmas Market

Interested in German culture? Spend an afternoon date with your special someone at the Vancouver Christmas Market! (Image by Sidetracked Travel Blog)
Got an appetite for some German pizza? Spend an afternoon date with your partner at the Vancouver Christmas Market for tons of German goodies! (Image by Sidetracked Travel Blog)


The Vancouver Christmas Market, though often crowded, has a bunch to eat, buy, and watch! It can be a great place to explore around if both you and your partner are interested in German culture, have an appetite for good food, or have simply never visited the Christmas Market before. For a quieter date, it’s best to visit in the early afternoon when the Christmas Market is less chaotic.

5. Volunteer!

Union Gospel Mission's annual Christmas Dinner, among many other volunteer opportunities, will not lend the community the helping hands they need, but also allow you to learn more about your partner outside of a conversational context. (Image by Rebecca Blissett via Vancouver Courier)
Union Gospel Mission’s annual Christmas Dinner, among many other volunteer opportunities, will not lend the community the helping hands they need, but also allow you to learn more about your partner outside of a conversational context. (Image by Rebecca Blissett via Vancouver Courier)

Admittedly, partaking in volunteer work is a bit of an unorthodox date activity. That said, if you’re very serious about getting to know your partner, volunteering can help to open up conversation about personal values, aspirations, and other important topics. It can also help you to acquire an understanding of your partner’s character outside of a conversational context. For more information, Maryse Zeidler from CBC News has compiled a list of volunteer opportunities that you and your partner can partake in this Christmas season.

With the season of romance upon us, now is the time to use all the tips and tricks you learned from your Vintage Matchmaking Date Coaching sessions. Use those tips on your next date at Aperture Coffee Bar or at the Vancouver Christmas Market, and we can promise you that you’ll be heading in the direction of your dream relationship (except, this time, it isn’t a dream). From all of us here at Vintage Matchmaking, we wish you a romance-filled Christmas season with your special someone!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Jessica Yuen is a Vancouver-born student with a fascination for human psychology and the importance of its appreciation in long-term relationships. Aside from human relationships, she is also hopelessly romantic about creative non-fiction writing, long walks, chai lattes, and ripe avocados (who isn’t?). You can check out more of her work at The One Project and at aimlesslycontemplating.com.

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