As we take down our 2018 calendars and get ready for the new year, it’s time to reflect. How can you strengthen your relationship this holiday season?

The answer often requires going back to basics. Enjoy these date night ideas to bring you and your partner together and remind each other why you fell in love in the first place.

Cozy Up By the Fire

There’s nothing better in chilly weather than a snuggle by the fireplace. If you don’t have one, be sure to check out some pubs around Houston for a romantic evening, complete with a roaring fire.

Here are just some of the bars in Houston with fireplaces or fire pits:

  • The Remington at St. Regis Hotel
  • Tongue-Cut Sparrow
  • Bacco Wine Garden
  • By Popular Demand
  • Tribute Restaurant and Bar at The Houstonian

Take a Stroll Through Highland Village

Date night doesn’t have to stretch your budget. Walk through Highland Village and window shop. The palm trees are decked out with holiday lights, giving the area a nice festive (and romantic) vibe.

Enjoy Holiday Lights at the Zoo

If you’d rather see animals than price tags, head over to the Houston Zoo for their lights display! The lights will be up throughout the holiday season and into January. Take a stroll and enjoy a late-night visit with the animals.

Get Fresh

Every Saturday, local growers and families bring fresh food to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. Take a stroll, plan some dinners in, and enjoy free samples for a fresh start to your weekend!

Classic Dinner Date – For Less!

The fun doesn’t end when New Year’s is over — Galveston Restaurant Week offers affordable nights out at Galveston Island’s best restaurants. Three-course dinners are as little as $35!

Restaurant Week runs from January 26 through February 19.

Revisit Houston’s Most Romantic Sight

Who says you have to go somewhere new every date night?

The Water Wall is a classic spot in Houston. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the views of the 64-foot fountain that graces the background of every tourist photo in Houston (for good reason!)

Enjoy the World’s Best Bar-B-Que

We’re not kidding.

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is the kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs from late February to mid-March. Buy tickets and enjoy a warm plate of sliced brisket and beans.

Run a marathon!

Or just cheer on the runners. The Chevron Houston Marathon takes place on January 20, 2019. Spend the night before making fun signs to cheer on the runners as you watch the Houston community get together for this exciting event.

Take Me Down to Hot Pot City

Another way to warm up during the winter months is to indulge in a hot pot.

Hot Pot City allows you to choose hot pot options from Japan, China, Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Try something new and stay warm!

And here’s a bonus date…

Attend an Imago Relationship Workshop

No matter what stage of your relationship you’re in, you’ll both have fun as you learn new relationship tools and hone your communication skills.

In just two days, you’ll get the benefit of three to six months of couples therapy. What better use is there for your time together? You can see the upcoming Houston Imago relationship schedule here.