'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 an oceanside ice skating rink to taking in all of the holiday lights in Huntington Harbour from a luxurious yacht.

Downtown Date Night

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Surf City Nights

Hit up Downtown Huntington Beach's Tuesday night community street fair and farmers market. From 5 p.m. - 8 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. 

The Ice Rink at Paséa

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Pasea Hotel and Spa Ice Skating Rink

For the fourth year in a row, Paséa Hotel & Spa hosts skating by the sea and 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 through January 1, 2024, 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 Terra

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Bella Terra Date Night

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 Cruise

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Prince Charters holidays

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 City

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Pacific City Date Night
Image: Adam Greenbaum

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.

Pier Summit Ski Lodge Pop-Up Bar

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Pier Summit Ski Lodge at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

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.

Sleigh Bells & Spirits: A Speak Easy Experience

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December 23, 29, and 30, 2023

Be Good Speakeasy

Get extra festive with Hidden Gem's newest speakeasy experience at Be Good Restaurant & Experience! Enjoy a live DJ playing all your favorite tunes in an awesome holiday mashup that will surely get you dancing. You can also indulge in two yuletide cocktails and tray-passed goodies. Get tickets HERE.

Enjoy a Holiday Meal Together

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Coastal Christmas Brunch

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Pacific Hideaway: Enjoy a special Christmas Eve dinner with unbeatable views of the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. See the full menu HERE

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Watertable: Head to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa's Watertable for a 3 course menu. See the menu HERE and make your reservations HERE

Coastal Christmas Brunch @ The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel: Enjoy a coastal brunch full of holiday dishes, desserts, and Christmas cocktails. During brunch, take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus or by the Resort Gingerbread House, jam to live Christmas music, and enjoy a roaming magic show! For more information, and to see the full menu, click HERE