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6 places to take your date for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming, which means it's time to start thinking about how you and your date are going to celebrate.

Dinner and a movie is great. But maybe V-Day is a time to get a little bit more creative.

Here are six different ways to spend the holiday in York.

Watch a classic

Okay, so I know I suggested getting a little more creative than the typical dinner and a movie date. But if you don’t want to stray too far from your comfort zone try this instead. Rather than seeing the latest cheesy rom-com to hit theaters, stick to the classics as part of the Capitol Theatre’s new film series. Snuggle up with your sweetheart in this historic theater as you watch the classic 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier. Snacks, beer and wine will be available.

Details: 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased online or at the box office one hour before the film starts. Visit for more information.

Go ice skating

January’s record snowfall probably already has you sick of winter. But don’t let the season pass you by without having some good old-fashioned winter fun. Ice skating is a great way to embrace the season, and you can hold hands while doing it. It’s a win-win.

Details: Some of the area’s outdoor skating spots include Silver Lake, Cousler Park, Lake Redman, Gifford Pinchot State Park and Codorus State Park.


Get creative

Get crafty with your date at Creative York’s painting and pottery classes. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill art workshops. They’re designed specifically for couples to create together.  At the painting workshop, you and your date will receive step-by-step instructions to create related works that, when put together, make one complete canvas.  Rather work on your own design? Take turns at the wheel or work on a hand-building project at the pottery class instead. Instructors will be available to teach you the concepts, but you’ll have free reign to make whatever you want – maybe even something engraved with your anniversary date. Supplies, glazing and firing are included, but don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Details: Painting classes are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 4 and March 18 at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., York. Tickets are $25 per person. Pottery classes are offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Feb. 19, March 4 and March 18 at Creative York. Tickets are $30 per person. You must be 18 or older to register.  Visit for more information.

See a show

With popular hits like “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life,” you know pianist Jim Brickman’s concert at Penn State York’s Pullo Center will be a romantic one.  Bring your sweetheart and let Brickman’s musical intimacy and compelling storytelling take your imaginations wherever they want to go.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Penn State York’s Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York. Tickets are $49 or $75 for VIP (includes meet-and-greet). Visit for details.

Go for a Sweetheart Hike

Are you and your date the outdoorsy type? Then, this idea is for you. Join Program Coordinator Jeri Jones on a 2-mile stroll along the Heritage Rail Trail. You’ll observe creatures of the night, spot deer and call in an owl. Plus, there might be a few romantic games to keep things fun. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!

Details: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Brillhart Station Parking Area of the Heritage Rail Trail. Cost is free.  Visit for more information.

Go dancing

Pull your flapper dresses and bowler hats out of the closet and travel back in time to the 1920s at York Social Dance Studio’s Prohibition Dance. You and your date will dance through the evening to music by jazz band The Gin Canaries. Food will also be provided.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at York Social Dance Studio, 324 W. Market St., York. Tickets are $15. Visit