Our Favorite Christmas Engagement Ideas
At Pompeii3, we know all about how the lure of twinkling lights, snowy white backdrops, and decorated trees for winter proposals. And we love that this romantic and festive time of year inspires so many couples to elevate their relationships and continue their love story. If you’re considering a winter or holiday proposal, but you’re not sure exactly what to do, we have tons of Christmas proposal ideas to help you decide. Explore our guide to discover the holiday or Christmas engagement idea that sparks your passion and love today!
1. Christmas Light Tour
If you have a neighborhood that gets excited about decorating, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and take a walk to see all the pretty lights. Find your favorite house and pop the question right in front with someone ready to snap photos.
You can scout this proposal idea in advance to ensure you propose in front of the right house and have someone ready to take memorable shots of you down on your knee.
2. Advent Calendar
For a longer lead-up to the big question, consider a Christmas proposal idea like a custom Advent calendar. You give your partner small gifts each day to work your way up to the engagement ring. Every week, give them something that seems like it’s the big surprise, like diamond studs or a pendant, but the actual surprise is the ring at the end.
If you’re worried about the cost of those extra goodies, consider browsing our gifts under $300 to stay under budget.
3. Christmas Morning Present
What’s a better Christmas present than a solitaire engagement ring? Let your partner open their gift with all the excitement on Christmas morning and propose in front of the whole family. Keep your partner from guessing their gift by disguising the box inside a larger one or hiding it in a big bag.
4. Tree Lighting
If you’re heading on a trip to see a big Christmas tree lighting, like the ones at Rockefeller Center or Washington DC, make this the center of your Christmas proposal idea. Time your proposal with the moment the tree starts to sparkle to enhance the bright lights with one more piece that shines. If you know your special someone likes bright-colored gemstones that look just like Christmas ornaments, consider browsing our gemstone collection to find the perfect ring.
5. Ice Skating Proposal
Do you like getting out and about during the holiday season? The perfect Christmas proposal idea for you may be at the ice skating rink. While we don’t recommend this Christmas engagement idea for novice skaters, anyone with experience getting on their knees in skates could melt their partner’s heart with a stunning ring!
6. Tree Farm Proposal
If you want to propose outdoors, but the skating rink doesn’t seem like the right choice, how about at a tree farm while you choose the perfect tree for your home? With this Christmas proposal idea, your engagement isn’t clashing with other holiday events or distracting anyone on Christmas morning.
This is also the ideal choice for a quieter proposal, as you can trek around the farm until you find a secluded spot to pop the question. You can also make sure your photographer has a place to hide between the trees before they need to come out and snag shots of this important moment.
Proposal Dos & Don’ts
As you plan your Christmas proposal idea, there are a few guidelines to help ensure everything goes off without a hitch:
What To Do
Here are a few things you definitely want to make sure you do before proposing:
- Figure out the things your partner likes, including their preferred ring style, favorite gemstones, and ideal stone size, as well as the type of proposal they would like the most. Are they quiet and private, or do they like to be the center of attention?
- Talk to friends and family so you don’t disrupt holiday events or accidentally exclude people who should be there. See if you can get both families together so you can celebrate with everyone.
- Plan ahead. Everything from the weather to the rest of the events that you have planned for the day could affect your Christmas proposal idea. While a proposal in gently falling snow is incredibly romantic, going down on one knee in sleeting rain isn’t as amazing.
What Not To Do
There are a few things you should keep in mind to help things go as smoothly as possible, including:
- Don’t get overwhelmed with everything else going on during the holiday season. Make space for yourself and your partner to breathe.
- Don’t plan your Christmas proposal idea alone! Friends and family could prevent you from getting overwhelmed and offer suggestions for improvement.
- Don’t wait until the last second to plan everything out. There are tons of events and activities around the holiday season, and many things get booked out far in advance.