10+ Great Christmas Date Ideas Near Greenville, SC

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Ready for a night out with your love this Christmas? Date night this time of year has a little extra magic involved. With Twinkly lights, holiday music, and some unique events to attend, sneaking away for a date night is worth it. We’ve come up with some great ideas to make that special night even more memorable during this time of the year.

Christmas date night ideas in Greenville, South Carolina

For even more holiday fun, don’t miss the Ultimate Holiday Guide to Greenville, SC. It’s packed full of things to do, gift ideas, events, and more!

Christmas Date Night Ideas: Greenville, SC

Christmas Carriage Ride

And you thought only Central Park in New York City did romantic horse and carriage rides? Nope, they have them right here in downtown Greenville through Whispering Carriage Rides. Cozy up under a warm blanket with hot chocolate and leisurely enjoy beautiful downtown Greenville in a white carriage pulled by a horse straight out of a fairy tale.

The rides start from either the Westin Poinsett Hotel or the Courtyard Marriot and run almost every night in December for about 30 minutes. Call to set up a ride and get individual pricing: 864.220.3650.

Carriage rides near Greenville, SC

Our list of Christmas Carriage Rides in Upstate, SC will be the most romantic gift this holiday season!

Ice Skating

Why not try something where you are guaranteed to be able to help each other out and feel useful? Whether you are a seasoned pro or a hilarious amateur, ice skating together as a couple with likely leave you with a few fun stories at the end of the night. $10/person. You must reserve your ticket online to be guaranteed a spot.

Ice on Main is located on the Village Green, in front of the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Greenville, adjacent to City Hall.

Ice on Main Skating

Pick Out A Christmas Tree

Stroll through a Christmas tree farm together hand-in-hand and choose your tree, load it up on the car, and then decorate it together. Here’s where you can find your perfect Christmas Tree Near Greenville, SC.

Get Hot Chocolate Together

No beverage says “the holidays” quite like a warm mug of hot chocolate. The bonus is that this date is a cheap one! Here are several great hot chocolate places near Greenville, SC to cozy up to each other over a cup of hot cocoa.

Take a Cooking Class

The Cook’s Station in downtown Greenville regularly hosts classes for adults that are perfect for bonding over the holidays. See their full calendar to pick what you want to make.

Take a Pottery Class

If the first thing that pops into your mind when someone says “pottery” and “romantic” is the hit movie Ghost…well, you’re not alone. Take a pottery class with your partner. That’s all.

Hollowed Earth Pottery at Hampton Station offers pottery classes for adults.

Culinary Tour

When it comes to sampling Greenville’s culinary delights, there is no equal to John Nolan at Greenville History Tours. His Chef’s Table Culinary Tour is quite possibly one of the coolest date ideas in town. Guests go to four restaurants in downtown Greenville, get VIP treatment with small plates and a drink at each location, and learn about the city’s fascinating history. When it comes to doing something special together, a culinary tour takes the cake. Book Online

Drive-Thru Christmas Lights

This Christmas date night idea is wonderful because it is cheap and beautiful. Take your partner on a driving tour of Christmas lights in our area and listen to music, eat popcorn, and drink hot chocolate. Or go to one of the several drive-thru Christmas light exhibits in our area that are a really fun experience like Shadrack’s Winter Wonderland in Tryon, NC.

Display of Christmas lights

Christmas Date Night Ideas: Overnight Excursions

Holiday Getaways

From cozy cabins in the woods to relaxing overnight near Dollywood, we put together a fun list of vacation rentals for the holidays in places that have exceptional holiday fun in their towns.

Holiday and Christmas getaways

These holiday vacation rentals are festive, fun, and romantic!

Unique Getaways

Only an hour from Greenville are tiny cabins on the shores of Lake Hartwell at the Big Water Marina Campground. These tiny homes are cozy and comfortable and overlook the lake facing West so you’ll get a stunning sunset. There’s also a delicious restaurant on-site so you don’t even need to go anywhere to eat once you get there!

Gold River Camp & Cabins in Marion, NC is beautiful, relaxing, and romantic. We highly recommend this cute place for both couples and families but if you’re looking for an awesome overnight getaway that isn’t too far away and is memorable, this is the place. There are glamping tents plus riverfront luxury cabins. This place is less than an hour from Tryon, NC, where you get to drive through the amazing Shadrack’s holiday light display.

We’d also recommend Sky Ridge Yurts in Bryson City, NC for a fantastic overnight getaway or weekend away. The yurts are super comfortable and have beautiful views of the Smokies.

We also love Winchester Creek Farm in Waynesville, NC, an alpaca farm in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains. They have rentals right on the farm so you can enjoy coffee and watch the alpacas plus take a tour of the farm and learn all the cool stuff about the animals there. They have several holiday events for you to enjoy.

Lastly, if you want to go south, head to Athens, GA, and take a romantic stroll through Winter Wonderlights (November 22, 2023 – December 30, 2023) at the State Botanical Garden. Get hot chocolate and cozy up with your loved one.

Botanical Garden in Athens, Tennesse during Christmas
State Botanical Garden, Courtesy of Visit Athens

Bed & Breakfasts

We’ve compiled a fantastic list of five of the best bed & breakfasts near Greenville. This list is perfect for booking your next couples’ getaway.

These Greenville area Bed and Breakfasts will bring cozy comfort to your romantic getaway.

Swamp Rabbit Inn

The Biltmore

If you are going to go all-out romantic, the Biltmore in Asheville is the ultimate Christmas date night idea. They have several holiday packages to choose from to make the entire experience a magical and unforgettable one for couples. The Candlelight Christmas Evenings package sounds incredible: Experience Biltmore at its most enchanting and make this holiday season unforgettable.

We invite you to revel in America’s largest home with an exclusive Candlelight Christmas Evenings visit. Stroll from one exquisitely adorned room to the next, immersing yourself in the magical wonder of majestic holiday décor. Continue to be dazzled as you retreat to four-star luxury and unparalleled service at The Inn. Amid elegant surroundings and sweeping views, indulge and delight in this remarkable getaway.

The Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC
Book Biltmore Online

View of the Biltmore WIntergarden in Asheville, North Carolina

Do you have a Christmas date idea to add to our list? Please add it in the comments!

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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Brandi Nicholson
2 years ago

Hello, Uptown Art, 1451 Woodruff Road, Suite P, Greenville; 864.915.0777 is temporarily closed. May want to update the above information.