According to a recent survey, Christmas Eve is the most popular time of year to get engaged, with Christmas Day and the rest of the holiday season following close behind.
There can be lots of pressure around proposing in the perfect way. After all, this story will probably be told for years to come. After you’ve chosen the perfect engagement ring, have planned the knee-quivering speech, you need to choose the setting. A romantic backdrop will totally set the scene, and if your partner has dreamed about their engagement since they were a child, chances are you’ll be fulfilling a major fantasy of theirs.
With Christmas just around the corner, Angelic Diamonds take a look at some of the most romantic Christmas settings in the UK to hear the word “yes!”.
- Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Now, unless your partner is like Bambi on ice, this setting is probably one of the most magical scenes to pop the question. With a Christmas tree in the centre, the Natural History Museum’s ice rink is enveloped in trees illuminated by hundreds of fairy lights. A romantic atmosphere is set with the 12th century gothic Natural History Museum as the backdrop to your question. Day or night, your partner is bound to be in awe of the location.
Fortunately, ice rinks provide lots of ways to tailor the engagement if you’re looking for something extra special. Hiring professional flashmob ice skaters is a fun way to surprise the person you’re proposing to, turning fellow ice skaters from strangers on the rink to a unique event dedicated to him or her. And chances are, they won’t be expecting it at all.
- A romantic Christmas break in the Lake District
The Lake District is a magical setting all year round, but it really comes to life as the year comes to an end. If you and your partner love the outdoors, there are plenty of scenic winter walks to embark on together, during which you could pop the question against a backdrop of magnificent mountains and frost-coated trees. Afterwards, nothing beats relaxing in a cosy cottage with a roaring fire to keep you warm and toasty.
There are plenty of Christmas events available all throughout December too. From Carlisle Christmas market, to the Keswick Proms. For a more luxurious proposal experience, Lake District Country Hotels are offering a three-night Christmas package, where you can enjoy mulled wine and gourmet food.
- Christmas Market
The best part about proposing at a Christmas Market is that they’re in almost every city, as well as having most of the work already done for you! To make this engagement extra special, you could plant small, thoughtful gifts at different stalls, commemorating your relationship together — these could be inside jokes, things you know they love. Make your way around the stalls until you get to a Christmas tree where you can drop to one knee and ask those special words, ‘will you marry me?’
There are a variety of Christmas markets to choose from, you could visit your local one if you don’t fancy travelling far.
- Christmas Carol Concert
For ultimate festive romance, take your other half to a Christmas carol concert. If they’re a fan of taking part in traditional Christmas songs, you could check out local events and surprise them during one of their favourite carols.
- Christmas Tree Farm
If the person you’re proposing to prefers to keep a low profile and isn’t a fan of all eyes on them, a festive yet understated location is your local Christmas Tree Farm. This is an excellent way to catch them off guard whilst in the midst of a festive activity.
It’s worth getting in contact with your local Christmas tree farm and asking if there’s a secluded area where you can decorate, and maybe even hire a photographer to hide and snap pics of the unforgettable, private moment.
You could even take the Christmas tree you got engaged next to home!
So, there we have some of the best Christmas settings to pop the question this year, check out Christmas events at cities near you for more inspiration.