Did you know that most historians agree that Valentine’s Day’s original origins can be traced back to a pre-Roman pastoral festival? Called the Lupercalia, this ancient festival included animal sacrifices in order to turn away evil spirits and release health and fertility among the citizens. While today no one’s sacrificing any goats (that we know of), during Valentine’s Day couples do often make financial and time sacrifices for their crushes and significant others. They don’t have to be big, just something to show each other we care. The following is a quick look at some small but exciting events and activities you can do with your partner this holiday:
3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in College Station
- Date Night Skate at Spirit Arena. Situated across from Wolf Pen Creek, Spirit Ice Arena is a close and convenient place to escape to when you want to expend some extra energy on the ice. This ice arena offers a long list of activities, including local league ice hockey and figure skating sessions, but what’s important this month is its Date Night. Every Thursday (including this year’s Valentine’s Day), Spirit Ice offers special 2-for-1 admission between 8 to 10 pm. So grab the mittens and hold on tight as the two of you cruise around the ice!
- Trail of Lights: Date Night. You can also go double the event by combining ice skating with Wolf Pen Creek Park’s special Trail of Lights: Date Night. The lights themselves will be put up the first of February and will string along the Holleman Drive entrance and along the path to end at the gazebo. The city will keep them up and lit between 6 to 10 pm all month long. On Valentine’s Day, the City of College Station will add to this lit pathway a bit of a block party complete with food trucks, gift vendors, and musicians.
- Dinner under the stars. Just kidding! It’s not likely to get higher than 65 degrees this Valentine’s Day, so instead think up some cozy dinner night ideas. If you want to go out, Luigi’s Patio Ristorante and Cafe and
EccelKitchen + Spirits are some great locations boasting some romantic ambiance.
Go Big But Don’t Go BIG
Whether this is your first true romance or you’re asking a crush for a first-time date, we know how tempting going big can be. Or how frustrating it can be not being able to go big. It’s important to remember that people often care more about the time sacrifices made than the big investments of bouquets and bracelets. Being present is the best present you can give.