How To Pull Off The Perfect Christmas Proposal

Finding the perfect way to pop the big question can be daunting. At Lily Arkwright, we have seen hundreds of proposals and are perfectly equipped to help YOU pull off the PERFECT Christmas proposal. Whether you are proposing at home or taking your partner somewhere special, here are some top tips for your Christmas proposal.

A Christmas proposal doesn’t have to be on the day itself - with over a month of festivities, proposing in the festive period can make a memorable moment without the chaos of the actual day. Popping the question in the festive period also leaves you open to a wider choice of locations. Here are some of our suggestions.


Location, Location, Location! The location of your proposal is key. Try to think about what your partner’s preference would be. Would they like a big public gesture or an intimate private proposal? Whether it is pizza by the fire or a cliff in Ibiza (we’re looking at you, Molly Mae), the answer to the perfect proposal location can be found by honing into your partner's preferences.
Manchester is full of hidden gems and extravagant opportunities. John Rylands Library is an iconic piece of Manchester's cultural history and the perfect place to propose to a bookworm or an old romantic! Find yourself a quiet reading nook and pop the question in a romantic whisper.

 John Rylands Library Perfect Proposal Spot Lily Arkwright

For those luxury lovers, why not take a trip up into Manchester's iconic skyline and ask for their hand at Cloud 23? With incredible views, fine dining, and drinks, this location makes for a really romantic setting. Why not book yourself a room at the Hilton hotel in the same building and finish your night in style?

In London, ice skating at Somerset House against the backdrop of the giant Christmas tree makes for a picture-perfect proposal. Or stroll under the lights of the Natural History Museum ice rink before getting down on one knee. For Christmas magic, book a trip on the Winter Wonderland Ferris Wheel to propose high above Hyde Park.

If you are planning a proposal on Christmas day itself - think outside the box (or the house). Pull on your hats and scarves and head to some of London's most beautiful parks. Walking off the Christmas dinner is the perfect guise for those planning a surprise proposal. Take your partner for a stroll through Hyde Park or get down on one knee at the top of Primrose Hill.

Christmas Proposal Primrose Hill London Lily Arkwright

Another key factor is timing. Is your partner very family-oriented? If so, the classic Lily Arkwright ring box under the Christmas tree is a beautiful way to share your special moment with the people that mean the most. You could steal a quiet moment before the rest of the house is awake and surprise your loved ones in the morning with your sparkling symbol of love. Or for the ultimate surprise - wait until the evening when all the festivities have died down and revive the celebration with a romantic proposal!


If you do choose to pop the question this festive period, you’ll be in good company. Many celebrities have opted to pop the question in the festive period: Footballer Frank Lampard proposed to TV host Christine Bleakley on Christmas Eve in 2009. McFly's Tom Fletcher also opted for Christmas Eve, proposing to Giovanna Falcone in 2011. Liz Hurley and Shane Warne got engaged on December 30, 2011, during a family holiday in Scotland.

Christine Lampard Oval cut engagement ring Christmas eve proposal Lily Arkwright

Popular Rings

The perfect Christmas proposal calls for the perfect engagement ring. With such a varied collection, Lily Arkwright has ethical engagement rings catering to every taste. Oval and cushion cuts are on-trend this year, with Molly Mae opting for an oval and Grace Bevel sparkling with her elongated cushion-cut solitaire. Take a look at the stunning Macy ring - Available in a wide variety of cuts!

Macy Elongated Cushion Lab Diamond Platinum Petite Shoulder Set 1.50ct I Colour Lily Arkwright

Solitaire styles remain timeless picks. For those ultra-cool timeless spouses-to-be, the solitaire is the perfect match! Understated yet ultra-sophisticated. A gorgeous example of a timeless solitaire is the Lillie ring; this solitaire is sleek and sophisticated with six beautiful claws for the extra flourish!

Lillie 8.5mm Brilliant Round Cut Moissanite Six Claw Solitaire white gold Lily Arkwright

Coloured stones like sapphires and emeralds are popular for those wanting something unique. The Stunning Lily Arkwright Diana ring is the perfect pairing for a coloured gemstone centre stone!

Diana Blue sapphire 9x7mm Oval Cut Two Tone Platinum and Yellow Gold Halo Engagement ring Lily ArkwrightWhen it comes to the perfect proposal, it's all about mixing romance, personalisation, and surprise. Scout the location in advance for the best backdrops. Ask their closest friend for ring inspiration to make sure it fits their personality or take a look at their Pinterest board - thank us later! Most importantly, your sincere and heartfelt proposal will outshine any grand gesture. Keep it authentic to your love story.