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8 Most Popular Holiday Marriage Proposals

December is the most popular time of the year to get engaged, thanks to festive decorations, champagne and sparkly lights everywhere—plus plenty of gatherings with family and friends. These are the holiday marriage proposals we've seen a time or two (or three) before, and with good reason.
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by Jamie Miles
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Jamie Miles
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Jamie Miles is the Editorial Director of and an E-Commerce Director for Penske Media Corporation.
  • Jamie is a Brooklyn-based editor and content strategist.
  • Jamie previously worked for, The Knot, and New York Magazine.
Holiday proposal at Rockefeller Center in New York City
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At the Top of the Rock

With an unbeatable panoramic view of Manhattan, Rockefeller Center's famed three-level observation deck has been the site of countless New York City proposals. Even better is that Top of the Rock is open 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, so you can plan that romantic evening proposal or a sunny daytime surprise.

At the Stroke of Midnight on New Year's Eve

Want to start the New Year with a new relationship status? Proposing when the clock strikes 12 is a sweet and unexpected surprise—just make sure they'll be able to hear you if you're at a noisy party!

Underneath the Mistletoe

Kissing under mistletoe is a long-standing holiday tradition, so put a proposal spin on it and hang the ring alongside or within the mistletoe to give your significant other the most memorable kiss of their life.

On Ice

For those who are brave (or coordinated) enough to publicly propose at an ice skating rink, our woolen hats go off to you. If you're more of a holding-the-rail person, consider a few lessons before your knee hits the ice.

At a Christmas or Hanukkah Dinner

If your significant other wants their entire family there when you pop the question, a holiday dinner is one of the best setups, since most, if not all, of their family is present. Everyone's also likely to be in a festive mood, and will love this memory for years to come.

As the Present Under the Tree

If you're wrapping up an engagement ring as the grand finale Christmas present, have some fun with it and place the ring box inside a gigantic box so your partner has no idea what it is. You could also fill it with heavy items or put the ring in stacking boxes to create some suspense. It could also make for a fun, "Whoops, there's something still in here!" stocking stuffer too.

On a Sleigh Ride

If you're looking for a proposal with an old-fashioned feel, getting engaged in a sleigh or horse and buggy decorated with holly and bells adds a little throwback charm. Don't forget to throw in a few heavy blankets too!

In Dessert on Valentine's Day

Chocolate-covered strawberries are one thing, but a chocolate-covered engagement ring could get a little messy. Instead, perch the sparkler atop a dessert or in its own wrapper in the chocolate box for a more creative way to present it.

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