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We know that NYE is one of the most stressful events to plan a date night for. This is mainly because there’s an unbelievable amount of pressure to make sure the night welcoming the new year is picture-perfect. However, factoring in screaming children that are louder than the fireworks, crowded public transport, delayed trains and a lot of other mood killers can de-rail your plans for the picture-perfect NYE date night really quick. The key to a successful NYE date night? Having a master plan… And sticking to it! Without further ado, we bring you 10 of the best NYE date night ideas that’ll guarantee you and your SO ring in the new year with a “bang” … And we don’t mean the fireworks!

1. Mini Overnight Vacation

Because what’s better than spending quality time with your SO? Duh, nothing! Whether you’re travelling to another town or heading into the city to stay in a fancy hotel for a night, getting away with your partner and treating yourselves to a luxurious mini overnight vacation is a wonderful way to ring in the new year. Enjoy folks!

2. Wilderness Stay

It sounds scary but what we’re saying is to go off the grid, radio silent. Switch everything off, the TV, your phones, and any other devices that you and your SO check by the hour. Give each other the undivided attention that usually gets stolen by these screens! Enjoy one another’s company, cuddling by the fire with dim lighting, a little music and wine… Now that’s a romantic NYE you’ll never forget.

3. Boardgame Madness

If you and your SO are total boardgame geeks or just love a good boardgame here and there, grab out your Scrabble board, Monopoly, whatever you can find and act like kids this NYE! Spend the night playing games, getting competitive and just having a little fun!

4. Cooking Fun

Spend the night in and cook your favorite meals together, enjoy a candlelit dinner with a great bottle of wine. For extra pizzazz, get the fire going, dim lighting, soft background music. You probably know where we’re going with this one…

5. Bowling Frenzy

For the couples who love bowling, why not go on a bowling date on NYE? Have fun, do what you do best and drink some champagne whilst you’re at. May the best man win.

6. Sunset Picnic

Time to get really romantic and show off the big guns. Head to the park with a super cozy blanket and picnic basket, packed full of cheese, crackers, chocolate, wine, and enjoy some quality time together. Hot tip: If your town is far too cold this time of year, try out a living room picnic, with extra candles. Extra candles, super important!

7. Ice-Skating!

Picture this… ice-skating around outside in the dark with festive lights lighting the way for you and your SO, sipping on spiked hot chocolate with the lightest snow fall. Most romantic NYE date ever! Minus the slipping and falling… Shhh we won’t tell!

8. Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks!

Fireworks don’t only come out to play for the 4th of July! Find out where there will be NYE firework displays near you, maybe at a theme park, city centre, see what your neighborhood are planning, or you can light up your own sparklers for a festive countdown this NYE!

9. Moonlit Boat Ride

If your SO loves The Little Mermaid, this will be the ultimate NYE date night idea for you! Have her feeling like Ariel by renting out a boat and rowing out under the stars nearby – you’ll most likely spot some fireworks somewhere in the sky, making it even more romantic and magical for her. Pack a cozy blanket, some champagne and strawberries and you’re all set for a romantic NYE date night!

10. Backyard Camping

If the weather allows it, take advantage of it and go camping in your very own backyard with your partner! Light up the fire pit, roast some marshmallows before hiding away inside a tent to “keep warm”. Wink wink.

We hope you enjoyed our article on 10 of the best NYE date night ideas for you and your SO! If you did enjoy reading, please check out our other articles such as 5 Incredible Places to Travel This Winter and The Essential Guide to Drive in the Snow – Safety Gear & Tips. We wish you and your partner a pleasant NYE date night, enjoy!