Denver Zoo Lights Price: $26 Lions and tigers and bears, all created from thousands of Christmas lights. Bundle up and explore the beautiful displays of animal sculptures at the Denver Zoo. Other activities and entertainment offered during Zoo Lights include Santa’s village, ice carvers, and choir performances. Zoo Lights is open from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3 between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. “My very first date I ever went on we went to the Zoo Lights. It was the perfect date because it’s so pretty and so romantic just walking around,” said journalism major Sierra Cymes.
Carriage Rides in Old Town Price: $30 Cozy up with your sweetheart on a horse drawn carriage ride. The beautifully lit streets of Old Town Fort Collins provide the perfect setting for a romantic evening. Colorado Carriage & Wagon will be offering rides until Feb. 14. Go to their booth on the south side of Old Town Square along Mountain Avenue or visit their website at http://www.coloradocarriageandwagon.com “You get to ride around and see all the lights they have in Fort Collins. You can talk and just enjoy each other’s company,” said biochemistry major Christasia Chavis.
Build a Snowman Price: Free The next time snow covers campus, bundle up and head out to the Oval with your significant other to build a snowman and have a snowball fight. This fun date allows you to see each other’s playful side. It is a great way to get to know the other person while spending some time outdoors. Afterward you can come in to drink hot cocoa together and warm up. “It’s a great date because it’s free and eliminates the opportunity for awkward lulls in conversation,” said construction management major Stephen Wheeler.
Baking and Decorating Holiday Cookies Price: $4.50 Do not let a small budget limit your dating experience. Staying home to bake and decorate holiday cookies is a fun and inexpensive way to spend time with your significant other. This simple date offers a great opportunity to explore your creative sides and work together to make something festive and delicious. “Baking cookies is a cute date because you can have fun with it and make a mess. Plus afterward you get to eat the cookies together,” said health and exercise major Parisa Ghamari.
Ice Skating Price: $14-$20 The ice skating rink is the ideal setting to spark your winter romance. You do not have to be as good on the ice as Chazz Michael Michaels to have fun on this energetic date. Also if you are a little shy, you have the perfect excuse to reach out and grab your date’s hand. There are several local ice rinks with public skate hours: Edora Pool Ice Center NoCo Ice Center The Ice Rink at the Promenade Shops at Centerra “When you go on a date you’re looking to see people out of their comfort zone; it’s more fun.” said business major Angela Brehmer. “You get out there and you’re both a little awkward and you can just have fun together.” said computer science graduate Andrew Turbes.