Christmas Proposal Ideas from Zales

No matter the weather, the holidays bring sentimental family memories and feelings of closeness for many. Why not combine the excitement of opening gifts with the magic of a romantic proposal?

Before you do try getting engaged at Christmas, you should consider all of the options available to you.

Do you keep it simple or involve everyone? It could be a trip to your partner’s favorite quiet spot in the forest. You could share the moment over a cup of cocoa by the fireplace. You could shout it from a snowy rooftop, and you might even get the whole family in on the secret beforehand.

The holidays can be a hectic time full of planning, travel itineraries, and last minute gift ideas. It’s a sensitive and emotional time for everyone. That’s why having a plan for your Christmas proposal ideas is almost as important as the ring you choose for your significant other.

Before you pop the big question, let us ask you one. Which of these five Christmas engagement ideas gets a “Yes” from you?

Christmas Proposal Idea #1: Secret Santa

If you’re looking at getting engaged at Christmas, the Secret Santa option is a reliable and more low-key method. It might initially come off as cheesy, but it is a great way to get your partner’s family involved in your proposal too.

All you have to do is pick out the ideal Zales diamond cut and setting. Then, you’ll need to arrange to be your partner’s Secret Santa.

Think of it: the look of total surprise on their face when they realize what their Christmas gift is and exactly who picked it out. Afterward, you can celebrate with the whole family, enjoying more holiday festivities, time-honored games, and delicious food.

Christmas Proposal Idea #2: Winter Wonderland Surprise

Snow carries with it the magic of Christmas in fables like The Nutcracker and musical tales like Frosty the Snowman. Snow can instantly transform even a grassy plain into a winter wonderland.

If you're fortunate enough to live in an area with lots of fresh, white snow, use it to your Christmas engagement advantage!

  • Build a snowman together. When you are done, place the ring box into the snowman's tree branch arm. Make sure to guide her to the snowman's outstretched arm as you boldly declare your love!
  • Take a walk in the snow together. When you find a pretty patch of clean snow, grab a stick and write "Will you marry me?" in it. Get ready to make snow angels once she says yes!
  • For the true romantic, create an outdoor winter picnic in the softly falling snow. Some well-placed candles, a bottle of wine or champagne and YOU with your engagement ring will make a picture-perfect snow-posal!

This, along with other Christmas engagement ideas you might have heard about, don’t quite work in warmer climate zones. Take a couples trip to the slopes! Or, consider a Christmas-themed carriage ride in the city.

Christmas Proposal Idea #3: Cozy Fireside Proposal

Everybody loves being curled up by a warm fire with their favorite person in the world.

As far as Christmas proposal ideas go, this one is, by far, the most intimate and private. You can still ask for their family’s blessing, but it will be just you and your future spouse sharing the big moment. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t be just as romantic as a big, grand gesture in front of others.

You could propose after watching your favorite Christmas movie, have your partner find the words “marry me?” at the bottom of their cocoa cup, or even pop the question cozied up on the couch.

Before planning one of these Christmas proposal ideas, all you have to ask yourself is, “What would my partner want most?” Still not sure? Consider involving the family and working to secure a “yes” before the event to take the stress off of everyone.

Christmas Engagement Idea #4: Light up the Night

Christmas lights are one of the most iconic parts of Christmas next to Kris Kringle (Santa Claus) himself. In fact, many neighborhoods and cities have Christmas light walks you can go on to see all the fantastic light displays for the holidays.

Some of our favorite Christmas proposal ideas include a trip to an event like this. It makes for a romantic setting with plenty of Christmas spirit built into it.

Whether you raid the Christmas light section and make your own, or you work with a professional, seeing their name in the lights will surely make your partner’s heart flutter.

You can even use this idea with light-up letters, candles in the snow, or projecting it across buildings in a city center. No matter the setting, the proposal will feel intimate and full of holiday cheer.

Christmas Proposal Idea #5: After a Day of Christmas Activities

You’ve opened presents, enjoyed some hot chocolate, and are off for a fun-filled day of Christmas-themed activities. No matter what the plan is, all activities have the potential to be Christmas engagement ideas.

Why not try trimming the tree? This is a classic Christmas proposal trick that never fails to delight. As you trim the tree, you might:
  • Have ornaments created that say "Will You Marry Me" and arrange them so she can read them in order.
  • Place her ring in a keepsake ornament box that you give her to hang.
  • String a garland of gingerbread people cookies that carry the message "Will You Marry Me" in their ginger hands.
  • Hang her ring on the tree in a strategically placed spot.
If you are listening to carolers, you could plan a special proposal as sung by them. If you are going ice skating, show off your moves and then show your partner how they move you.

You might even be going to a Christmas market of some kind. Make a plan with one of the vendors to see the “special stock.” Your partner won’t have any idea that this is part of your Christmas proposal ideas until they say “I do.”

First Perfect Christmas Proposal Ideas, Now the Perfect Ring

Now, for the star atop your Christmas proposal tree: the ideal engagement ring as breathtaking as your special someone. Whether proposing on a mountain trail or at a candlelit dinner, you need to have the right ring to express your love. Will it be a brilliant round-cut or perhaps an exquisite princess-cut diamond?

Will the setting be eye-catching rose gold, a traditional band, or something more modern?

Visiting our Visiting our engagement store can help you answer these questions before your big Christmas proposal ideas go into full effect. can help you answer these questions before your big Christmas proposal ideas go into full effect.

To ensure this proposal goes smoothly, involve your partner’s family and friends to ensure that the occasion is absolutely perfect. Given how magical Christmas can be, this is also a good time to ask your loved one’s family about getting engaged!