By Courtney Allen

The ever-so jolly holiday season sets the stage for one of the most romantic times of the year. But no worries single gals and guys, there is more than enough love to go around. Even in the midst of the frantic, last minute gift shopping and preparations for throwing an unforgettable party to kick off the New Year, love is in the air- and not just for the ones who are taken. The lovely holiday season provides plenty opportunity to meet a honey just in time to snag a kiss under the mistletoe. Anything can happen during the holidays, so keep your eyes and options open for potential love in these places:

1. Christmas party: Holiday parties are an absolute must during Christmas time. Take complete advantage of  the endless party invites this year. Throw on a fancy, red dress or suit and go to a Christmas party or two. Make the extra effort to introduce yourself to the attendees. Sip on eggnog and embrace the holiday spirit with new friends… and maybe even a future date!

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2. Speed dating: Speed dating may be year-round, but the holiday season makes the experience extra special and will bring out twice as many people. Take a chance and explore a new way of meeting potential love interests. You never know who you might meet as you  shuffle from table to table, enjoying the company of other singles. If you’re worried about going alone, bring some adventurous friends along for the ride.

3. The mall: There is no place that is packed with tons of people during the holidays quite like the mall. Slow down your hectic Christmas shopping and truly enjoy others around you as they collect items to mark off their own list. Chat with the tall, handsome guy shopping for a Marc Jacobs watch or the sweet brunette  bagging your tennis shoes. Love can find you anywhere- even in the mall.

Related: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone Special

4. Singles night: Although you may feel like you’re the only one flying solo during the holidays, you’re most definitely not. Classy clubs, snazzy lounges, and even church groups often have specific nights dedicated to those who are single and ready to mingle. Grab a few of your girlfriends or best guy friends and have a fun night out with singles just like you.

How do you plan to find love this holiday season? Share your ideas with us!