December is the worst month for a college student. It’s not because of finals, but something much worse. HOLIDAY SEASON!
It’s the time of the month when students in relationships must be in full romantic mode. You can’t walk into a store without hearing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You or dodge the reruns of Home Alone.
We all know dates can be pricey, but here are a few holiday dates that won’t break your wallet.
- Winterfest Hartford- Bushnell Park, Hartford CT
Winterfest is Hartford’s own free outdoor ice-skating rink. It opens every year after Thanksgiving. The rink is open throughout the day. It’s the perfect place to hold your partner’s hand and attempt not to bust your ass on the ice. The scenery is beautiful and full of Christmas decorations hanging on the trees. If you don’t know how to skate, then you’re in luck; they offer free skating lessons. It might be best to take the lessons before going on the date. https://www.winterfesthartford.com/
- Holiday Lights Fantasia – Goodwin Park, Hartford CT
If you’re looking for a drive-in date, then come to the Holiday Lights Fantasia show. This show is approximately two miles long with over one million lights in use. You’ll see beautiful light fixtures ranging from holiday theme to pop culture characters. The show doesn’t go too fast, which makes it more memorable. The cost of the show is $15.00 per car, and the proceeds go to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. You can turn this into a double or triple date. Split the fee amongst your buddies and cruise. Just imagine slowly driving into the show and getting out of the car to take a selfie. Endless possibilities here. The last show is on New Year’s Day. https://www.holidaylightfantasia.org/
- Riverfront Park Plaza- Hartford, CT
If you’re looking for a date with no distractions, then Riverfront Park Plaza is your place. It’s a lovely park that is located in Downtown Hartford. A nice night stroll will lighten your mood with Christmas decorations. You can buy inexpensive hot chocolate and treats from local vendors at the park. Enjoy a sip of hot chocolate while you spend a tranquil-filled night with your lover. If you have a boat, you could take it out on the lake. Get some wine and candles to end the night. http://www.riverfront.org/
4. Sea Tea Improv – Hartford, CT
If you’re tired of the same old Christmas Carol show, then you might enjoy A Sea Tea Comedy Tour. Expect laughs from the Sea Tea Comedy crew as they deliver their numerous skits in a New York-style underground show. Sea Tea Comedy has various holiday theme shows such as, An Improvised Christmas Carol, Improvised Hallmark Christmas Movie, Hark! The Harold Angels Sing- A 100% Made Up Christmas Musical . You and your partner would appreciate the holiday humor. Tickets for this show are under $15.00. You can find showtimes on their website. www.seateaimprov.com
Love these ideas! They are all very creative and inexpensive–a win-win all around!