The holiday season is known for being one of the most romantic of them all. The twinkly lights, gift-giving, and family fun make it an important season for any relationship out there. Luckily, Austin has plenty of things to do for your romantic holiday dates, and here are just a few to get the ball rolling as Christmas in Austin approaches.

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker

What could be more romantic than a wintry night at the theatre? Seeing a classic Christmas tale unfold in a beautiful ballet production! The Nutcracker is an age-old tradition (57 years to be exact) for Ballet Austin and makes a perfect holiday date, especially if you're into the theatre. Everyone should see The Nutcracker at least once in their lifetime, and you'll have your chance this holiday season December 3-23.

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Romantic Dinner

If you're looking for a lovely dinner date, Jeffrey's is definitely the place to go. Known as a fine dining establishment, their food cannot be beaten, and the atmosphere makes it an ideal destination for a romantic evening. The rustic design of Jeffrey's feels especially cozy during the holidays, so sit back and relax with your loved one while enjoying some of the best food in Austin.

Annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park

Starting on December 8th, Zilker Park will have a gorgeous display of twinkly lights, making it one of the most romantic spots over the holidays. Come to the Grand Opening on December 8th for live music and food or go any day before December 23 to enjoy the lights. This is a great holiday date idea whether it's your first time out together or you've been married for many years.

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Picnic in Zilker Park

If you're on a budget, keep it your holiday date simple with a romantic picnic. Pack a picnic basket full of comfy blankets, champagne or apple cider, and any snacks you two enjoy. This idea gives you the chance to treat your special someone and prove how well you know them.

Ice Skating

This classic holiday date idea is sure to make anybody happy. There’s a reason why you see couples skating in holiday movies like Elf: because it’s simple and fun but absolutely romantic! Austin has plenty of places where you can take your loved one skating: Circuit of the Americas, Whole Foods Market Rooftop, and Chaparral Ice.

Austin offers plenty of romance across the city, especially during the holiday season. Whatever you choose to do with your loved one, you are bound to have a good time together with any of these romantic holiday date ideas.

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