UPDATED DECEMBER 13, 2022
'Tis the season for showing your loved ones how much you love them, and it doesn't just have to be through gift-giving! Setting time aside for a date night with your special someone is always special, but something about the holiday season elevates the mood even more. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of holiday-themed outings in Huntington Beach that are just right for date nights - from a chilly evening spent gliding (maybe falling) across the ice at one of the two beachside ice rinks to taking in the classic Nutcracker play.
Downtown Date NightBack to Top of List
Surf City Nights: Hit up downtown's Tuesday night community street fair and farmers market. From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., the first three blocks of Main Street are closed to traffic and transform into bustling lanes filled with local artisans, fresh produce, live music, kids' games, and more. Local eateries open their doors extra wide for the community on this night, offering sidewalk sales and exclusive deals. Not only will you get to spend quality time with your loved one, you'll be able to pick up any last-minute holiday gifts you've been meaning to get.
Main Street Wine Co.: If you're looking for a laid-back date night this holiday season, Main Street Wine Co. is your go-to. They pour boutique California wines and offer delicious gourmet bites. You can stop in and have a glass, try a wine flight, or take a couple of your favorite bottles home with you. If beer is more your thing, they offer five rotating taps, beer flights, and a great bottle selection.
Pasea Hotel & Spa Ice RinkBack to Top of List
For the second year in a row, Paséa Hotel & Spa hosts skating by the sea that brings a little piece of winter to Orange County. Enjoy a luxury ice skating experience right here in Huntington Beach with your special someone and celebrate the holidays the Surf City USA® way. The rink is open November 25 through December 31, and is complete with classic holiday movies on a big screen, a DJ playing holiday music, and other decor and photo op spots. If you're in an extra wintery mood, reserve your own fire pit next to the rink and enjoy delicious holiday cocktails and snacks. Grab your tickets here.
Bella TerraBack to Top of List
There's nothing wrong with the tried-and-true date night agenda - dinner and a movie. Bella Terra offers something for everyone in a laid-back, coastal casual style. Choose from classics like California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and King's Fish House, then settle in for a cinematic adventure at Century Huntington Beach and XD.
Prince Charters Harbour CruiseBack to Top of List
Book a private cruise through Huntington Harbour with Prince Charters. Perfect for a group date night, they offer three different luxurious charter options: a 15-passenger Duffy-style boat, a 12-passenger classic wood boat, and a luxury yacht that holds up to 30 passengers. All three boats are Coast Guard inspected and come with a licensed captain, so all you need to worry about is enjoying your holiday light cruise with your loved ones. Prince Charters can provide an unforgettable experience for every budget and group - call (714) 642-9711 to book your cruise.
Pacific CityBack to Top of List
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Date night scheduled for a Friday or Saturday? Dinner and drinks is what's on the menu. Fortunately for you and your date, the dining possibilities at Pacific City are aplenty. Sit down to enjoy whatever tickles your fancies, whether it be Italian food at Nardò, tacos at Ola Mexican Kitchen, or charcuterie boards from Bluegold.
After dinner, stroll on over to The Bungalow to grab a couple of drinks, take in the ambiance, and marvel at the incredible holiday decor.
The Nutcracker at Golden West CollegeBack to Top of List
Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre's beloved 43-year-old tradition of bringing holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes at Goldenwest College's Mainstage Theater. Orange County's longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good holiday tradition to share with your loved ones.
General admission tickets are $25 - purchase for any date now through Christmas Eve here.
The Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®Back to Top of List
From December 16 through December 23, delight in the Philharmonic Cruise of Lights® through Huntington Harbour. Bask in the beauty of thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks, and boats during this 50-minute narrated boat tour through the waterways of the Harbour. Cruises depart at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (714) 840-7542, or online here.
Pier Summit Ski Lodge Pop-Up BarBack to Top of List
This holiday season, the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort plays host to an exclusive holiday pop-up bar just a stone’s throw from the sand. Dubbed Pier Summit Ski Lodge, it’s the perfect spot to cozy up with a drink in hand — think all the après-ski vibes, but with sunny skies and ocean breezes. The best part? It’s, like, totally ’80s. Drink in the nostalgia (and the craft cocktails) before it’s too late, though you’ll hardly need convincing to check out this blast from the past.