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10 Ways to Meet Someone New in Des Moines This Holiday Season

03 Sep 2018

It’s hard to believe we are in the second half of the year already and that signals the beginning of holiday celebrations, seasonal gatherings and places where, frankly, you’d rather not show up as your best friend and his date’s third wheel or even worse, alone.

Now is the time to let Midwest Matchmaking provide the relationship advice and online dating support that could lead to you enjoying the holiday events with a partner by your side.

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to find someone to share them

We don’t have to tell you how hard it is to meet someone new in Des Moines current singles environment. Chances are, you’ve already frequented the usual places where singles mingle to make new connections: the bar scene, a trendy supermarket, a coffee bar; or, you’ve tried one of those swipe-left (or right) online dating websites or dating phone apps. While these work for some, they definitely aren’t the answer for many of us seeking to find our “other halves.”

If being a “barfly” isn’t your thing or if the thought of using an online dating services makes your head throb, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the hope of meeting that special someone. It just means you’ll have to look outside of the typical and be willing to try some unconventional ways to meet others and build relationships. For example:

1. Join a Book Club

As the days turn colder, there are several good reasons to sign up for evenings by the fire reading a great novel.

For the meetings, you will need to bring a good attitude and a willingness to participate in discussions. You’ll get to know others’ perspectives in a new way and even broaden your literary prowess at the same time!

2. Find a Sports Club or Running Group

If reading is too tame for your tastes, look into local intramural sports teams or join a running club. You’ll not only meet all sorts of new people who enjoy an active lifestyle, but you’ll keep your Fitbit happy at the same time and look good and smashing in your holiday best.

3. Volunteer

Explore something you’re passionate about and give away your time to support a great cause. In doing so, you can’t help but meet others who share similar interests.

During the holiday season, you’ll find numerous organizations requesting help, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet a lot of great people in the process.

4. Visit the theatre (or the museum, or a gallery!)

In Des Moines, there are so many places you could go to meet others you might not find hanging with the typical bar crowd.

If you have an affection for art, stop by the museum and spend time perusing. Do you love live performances? Buy yourself a ticket and enjoy a show.

If you are doing something you love, chances are there are others there doing exactly the same thing. There are many holiday activities to select from this time of the year.

5. Have a neighborhood gathering

How well do you know your neighbors? Invite them over for an ugly sweater party or meet to decorate a neighborhood tree for the holidays. Provide hot chocolate and conversation. You never know who has a single family member who is a great catch looking for their life partner.

6. Change up your routine

If you have visited the same coffee shop every morning for the past year, maybe it’s time to try another coffee shop? Always eat lunch at the same bistro?

Get out of your comfort zone and try something different to maximize your chances of meeting someone new. With everyone out holiday shopping, who knows who you might accidentally bump into you while you’re changing aisles!

7. Attend seasonal community events

Get out there and enjoy the many community events in Des Moines. From large-scale events to small-town festivals and more, it’s fun, and there are new faces everywhere you look. View the current possibilities with a simple Google search at your convenience.

8. Expand your work network

As dating matchmaker professionals, we realize you may not want to connect on a personal level with an actual coworker, but have you considered the many professional organizations in your line of work you might explore?

Find a local chapter meeting and stop by. During the holidays, the recruitment of new members is typically on the agenda so making small talk might be easier than you ever imagined.

9. Get out and see the lights

This can be difficult to do alone, but what better way to enjoy the season and expand your horizons. Take a tour on one of the buses that offer holiday lighting display routes in a nearby town. They often stop for refreshments at local establishments, and the whole trip becomes a close-niched group. You never know who might be single and feels like making a connection with a great catch like you.

10. Contact a Professional

This one is perhaps the most obvious, but for some the hardest step to take. Sometimes you need to reach out to a professional matchmaking service to help find the focus you need to identify exactly what you are looking for in a partner.

Armed with coaching and professional assistance, you’ll improve your odds of making that special match, all while loving the entire process and journey of being single to happily ever after.

Ready to find your perfect match before the holiday dating scene leaves you behind? Contact Midwest Matchmaking today at (833) 4MW-LOVE.