Where To Meet Someone During The Holidays This Year If You're Single & Ready To Mingle

Ad failed to load

If you're single, pulling up your favorite dating app can make it easy to find someone to go out with around the holidays. But if you really want to make some holiday love magic happen, why not try getting out of the house? There are tons of places to meet people during the holidays this year, from singles parties to themed pop-up bars to food events.

"The holiday season is one of the best times to find love because singles are out and about more this time of year — more time off and tons of holiday parties and functions," Michal Naisteter, a Philadelphia-based matchmaker with Three Day Rule tells Bustle. "It's the time of year when we reflect on the connections and relationships we have in our lives and think about what we want for the upcoming year."

If you're looking to find love or just looking to have a good time out, Naisteter's best tip for singles during this season is this: Do not hibernate. "This is your golden opportunity to do something that is out of your comfort zone," she says. "Meet with someone you normally wouldn't or ask a friend to invite you to their holiday party at work. You never know what could happen!"

Ad failed to load

So here are some parties and events to check out around the country if you're single and looking to meet someone this holiday season:

Ad failed to load

1Young Involved Philadelphia's Holiday Bash

Elena de Soto/Unsplash

Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP), an organization made for Philadelphians between the ages of 22 to 35-years-old, has been on a mission to get young adults more involved and connected in the community since the early 2000s. On Thursday, December 7, YIP will be throwing a Holiday Bash at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

As a Philadelphia-based matchmaker, Naisteter suggests attending this event if you're single. There's an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to mingle with locals around your age. They're even doing a toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So you can do some good, have fun, and potentially meet a bunch of new people. Tickets are available online right now for $40.

2The Latkepalooza


The Latkepalooza is another Philly event to go to if you're a fan of the potato pancake. It's a popular even that takes place every year, so there's plenty of opportunity to meet people. This year, it takes place on December 10 at The Gershman Y. There'll be a variety of local retaurants there offering up their version of the latke, as well as other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy.

If you're in the Boston-area, there's another Latke-centered event that matchmaker Andrea Leiser highly recommend. The Everyone Loves Latkes Party in Harvard Square takes place on December 20. "It's a huge public event and eating freshly friend potato pancakes is sure to put every single person in a good mood," she says.

3Everyone Loves Latkes Party


If you're in the Boston-area, there's another Latke-centered event that matchmaker Andrea Leiser highly recommend. The Everyone Loves Latkes Party in Harvard Square takes place on December 20. "It's a huge public event and eating freshly friend potato pancakes is sure to put every single person in a good mood," she says.

Ad failed to load

4Sampling Downeast Cider In Boston

If you're in the Boston area and are looking for something a little more chill, Leiser suggests sampling the seasonal Winter Blend at the Downeast Cider in East Boston. "The bar staff and customers are among the friendliest in the city, so starting conversations will be easy."

5The Miracle On 7th Street "Christmas Bar"

For those near the Washington D.C. area, senior matchmaker Callie Harris suggests looking for love or a good time at the Miracle on Seventh Street Christmas Bar pop-up. Everything is holiday themed, so you'll be treated to gingerbread-flavored treats, egg nog shots, and spiked hot cocoa. For you pop culture junkies, there are even fun drinks like "Gretchen, Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen" and the Elf-inspired, "Francisco, That's Fun to Say." Those can make for great conversation-starters if you're looking to meet someone at a bar. Keep in mind, it is a pop-up, so it won't be around for long. Definitely check it out if you're in the area.

6A MatzoBall Party

Courtesy of MatzoBall

MatzoBall events on Christmas Eve have been going on for over 30 years now. It's become one of the go-to events for Jewish singles around the country. If you want to attend, MatzoBall parties will be taking place in the following cities and venues on December 24:

  • New York City, Capitale
  • Miami, Story
  • Ft. Lauderdale, The Vibe-Las Olas
  • Delray Beach, Il Baccio
  • Philadelphia, Rumor
  • Boston, Royale
  • Dallas, Stirr
  • Los Angeles, TBA
  • Washington, DC, Decades

One Cosmopolitan writer said her parents met at the first MatzoBall back in 1987. So there's one success story for you. Who knows? You could be another.

Ad failed to load

7The Elf Party

Ryan Wilson/Vimeo

If beers, bros, and a bit of debauchery are more your thing, Tina Wie, the COO of Three Day Rule suggests to check out The Elf Party in San Francisco. "It's an annual party where guests dress up in their favorite elf and Santa costumes to raise money for local charities," Wie says. "It's usually a 20s and 30s crowd that attends and is always a great time!" The party takes place on December 2 and tickets are on sale now.

8Charmaine's Rooftop Bar

According to Wie, San Francisco's newest rooftop bar at the Proper Hotel is the spot to be if you're in the area. "The fire pits keep will keep you warm as you sip on creative holiday cocktails like 'Christmas and the Beads of Sweat,'" she says. "It's also a great place to mingle with other singles who are there enjoying the view."

9NYC's Largest New Year's Eve Singles Party


On Sunday, December 31, New York City-based dating service, Single and the City, will be hosting a New Year's Eve Singles Party. The event will take place at the Stitch Lounge in the Garment District, and is open to singles between the ages of 21 and 45. If you choose to attend, there's an hour open bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight and a light continental breakfast served in the morning. Tickets are on sale now and go up as the event gets closer.

While these are all really great options, you don't have to attend any major events to find someone special this holiday season. "Gyms are usually full of singles this time around," matchmaker Jaime Bernstein tells Bustle. Matchmaker Alicia Kenworthy also suggests crashing a friend's holiday office party.

The holidays are just a really great time to be single, whether you're looking for someone special or not. So take advantage of the season.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

What I Learned About Work-Life Balance After Relapsing From Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Almost two years ago, I woke up in a hotel room, groggy and dehydrated, with my clothes all over the room and my nightstand filled with mini bottles of liquor. I had spent the previous two days drinking all the alcohol in my mini bar. I'm not sure wh…
By Irina Gonzalez

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In March, So You Can Plan Your Next Marathon Now

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow — forecasting six more weeks of winter — a nice spring thaw is already on everyone's minds. Fortunately, Netflix has things squared away for March. Whether you're ready to cozy up in front of a fire or get you…
By Sophy Ziss

11 Thoughts That Mean You’re Not As Happy With Your Partner As You Might Think

Even if your current dating situation seems to be going well — you're hanging out, having fun, having sex, etc. — it's still possible that you might not be happy with your partner, and thus not truly happy in your relationship. This can be a gut feel…
By Carolyn Steber

25 Book Recommendations From Your Favorite TV Characters

Although the two may seem like natural enemies, the truth is, television and reading are a match made in bibliophile heaven. Not only are some of the best shows based on or inspired by literature, but whenever you turn on the tube you can be sure to …
By Sadie Trombetta

Bustle Editors On CPAC + 'Making A Murderer'

Adulthood is, essentially, just waiting until the weekend hits — which is why I know we're all glad it's finally Friday. Whether your plans are to catch up on all the Netflix content that'll be leaving the platform at the end of February, a weekend g…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

7 Signs Your Energy Is Closed Off To Love, According To A Psychic

Finding love requires more than just the actions of going on dates or setting up an online dating profile. It also requires opening yourself up to love and giving off the vibe that you're open. You may not even realize it if you're energetically bloc…
By Suzannah Weiss

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Target Just Launched A Gorgeous New Home Brand — And Most Pieces Are Under $30

Design lovers rejoice! Everyone's favorite store for pretty much everything is about to make all your daring decorating dreams come true. Today, Target's corporate blog issued a press release that provides a peek into Target's new homeware line, Opal…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

17 Brilliant Ways To Support Parkland Survivors Wherever You Are

Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors are demanding Congress take action. A large group of students who survived the shooting are opposing politicians' "thoughts and prayers," arguing that inst…
By Sarah Beauchamp

Here's Where Your Next Trip Should Be, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you've been craving a vacation, now is a good time to take the plunge. According to data collected by travel site Expedia, late winters and early spring are pretty much the best times of the year to go on vacation. Based on average airfare ticket …
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

How This Quadriplegic Beauty Lover Beat Cancer & Became A Professional Makeup Artist

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the…
By Sara Tan

7 Common Marriage Rules That Aren't Good For Relationships

When it comes to marriage, everyone loves to give their two cents, and with all the warnings and advice floating around out there, no wonder people find marriage intimidating. Luckily, you don't always have to play by the rules, and there's some bad …
By Carina Wolff

The Infuriating Way Hollywood Movie Sets Are Designed To Make Life Harder For Women

Whitney Cummings is fed up — with the way Hollywood treats women, and in particular, the way the it treats female directors who have children. While the entertainment industry may be working hard to get more women behind the camera, Cummings wants to…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Uggs Are Never Going Away, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Uggs. The word alone can conjure up memories of teenage years, regrettable outfits, and undeniable comfort. But if, like me, you thought that you've already said goodbye to those fleece-lined tan boots, you can think again. It seems fashion has adopt…
By Lauren Sharkey

Netflix's New Romantic Movie Will Have You Crying Like It's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Cancer movies are a heartbreaking staple of Hollywood and have been for decades. It's almost a law of nature: new year, new cancer movie. This year, it's Netflix's Irreplaceable You, a heartbreaking original about a longtime couple who get thrown for…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

I Got A Breast Reduction & It Was About So Much More Than The Size Of My Boobs

As a young teenager, I pretty much reached peak physical maturity overnight. One day I was wearing my first training bra a la Lizzie McGuire, and the next I was sweatily fumbling around a Victoria’s Secret with 32DD boobs, trying to summon up the cou…
By Sierra Taylor Horton

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Have Matching Tattoos & The Story Is So Cute

Olympic season gives people the feels. From those shipping Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Shaun White's gold medal win on Tuesday, the feels are real. Now, there's another reason to get all up in your emotions. Adam Rippon a…
By Shea Simmons

A New Study Says Being In A Relationship Could Change Your Taste In Wine — Here's How

I’d be willing to bet that for many of you, a nice bottle of wine is awaiting you in your near future — and if you’re planning on sharing that bottle with a partner, there might be more to your choice than meets the eye: According to recent research,…
By Lucia Peters

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

Here’s What The Upcoming Year Of The Dog Means For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zo…
By Brittany Bennett

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Into A Relationship, According To Experts

It can be difficult to tell when you're ready to start dating again. Maybe you're coming off of a bad breakup, maybe you've just been focused on other things. And, ironically, one of the signs that you're ready to be in a relationship is that you're …
By Lea Rose Emery

The 15 Best Fiction Books Of February Feature Tons Of Extraordinary Women

When the cold winds of February blow in, there's nothing I want more than to hide under my covers with a good book. Luckily, there's more than a few fantastic new fiction books coming out this month, so the only tough decision you'll have to make is …
By Melissa Ragsdale