Friday, December 7, 2012
5 romantic holiday dates in Dallas-Fort Worth
Treat your special someone just right.
The holiday-themed song is right: Christmastime comes just once each year, and it’s an excuse to spend some quality time with someone near and dear. Here are five special and spirited events if you need a little romance this holiday.
Carriage ride in Highland Park
Horses clip-clop through Highland Park this time of year, pulling carriages best made for sweethearts. Highland Park is home to some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas-Fort Worth, most decked out with Christmas lights that cost thousands. Make the evening cozy by bundling up under a blanket and sipping cocoa. Cost varies depending on the company you choose.
Ice! at the Gaylord Texan
Get whisked away in a winter wonderland called Ice! located inside the Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine. The cavernous room is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. You’ll be given a floor-length parka to wear while you traipse through the Madagascar-themed exhibit, which ends with a beautiful white nativity scene. The ice sculptures were carved out of 2 million pounds of ice, and though it may feel kid-themed, Ice! is just as fun for adults.
Downtown Frisco’s Christmas in the Square
Breathtaking. After dinner in Frisco Square, do some people-watching while you check out the beautiful lights and decorations in the northern Dallas suburb. Christmas in the Square events throughout the month include horse and carriage rides, appearances by Santa, and snowflakes falling from the sky. (Which may be the closest thing we get to a white Christmas this year.) If you get chilly, pop into one of the many bars and restaurants nearby for a drink.
Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Grab a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha or Gingerbread Latte and take a drive through a 2-mile stretch of Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie. Halfway through, you can park and enjoy carnival rides (included in the cost of admission). Prairie Lights makes for a fun double or triple date, as you can rent a limo for a little extra money.
Dinner date at the Crescent Hotel
The Crescent Hotel in Dallas is timeless – and not to mention beautiful. It has housed presidents, celebrities, and the wealthy. It’s a wonderful spot for a special dinner, perhaps as a pre-Christmas date or a nosh before New Year’s Eve. Palomino Restaurant serves “urban Italian” food, and Arcodoro & Pomodoro serves traditional Italian. If you’d prefer steak, The Capital Grille will treat you just right; and for fish lovers, Nobu has some truly divine sashimi. After dinner, stroll through Crescent Court to peek at the lights displays, twinkling. That’s when you kiss.
Whatever you decide to do with your sweetie, don’t forget to make reservations ahead of time.