By Tere Scott

Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s greetings is a great time to share family photos with friends and family members. Set up the most beautiful photographs using popular local hot spots. Create the picture perfect back drop for those holiday photos by taking pictures at these landmarks, parks, and open spaces in the area. Pick out your matching outfits, grab your camera or schedule a photo session with your favorite photographer, and visit these best places to take your holiday photos in St. Louis.

Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 367-7275

From the beautiful array of flowers at the Jewel Box to breathtaking cascading waterfall near the Soldier’s Memorial, Forest Park has a vast expanse of options that make the perfect background for holiday photos. Get your bunch together, and get silly in front of your favorite animals at the zoo. Get classy by posing in front of your favorite artist’s painting or outside sculptures at the Art Museum. Explore and share your family history with a picture taken in front of the Missouri History Museum, or go with some classic poses with the Boathouse on the water as a back drop. Maybe you’ll get lucky with some snow to capture some action shots of your family sledding down Art Hill.

Botanical Gardens
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100

Come anytime of year to get some spectacular settings inside the Climatron or along the paths throughout the flower-paved landscaping. Wait until just before Thanksgiving, and capture the spirit of the season when you arrive during showcase events. Use the natural scenery of poinsettias, a large holiday train displays, or the light from the Garden Glow to set the tone for your photograph. While the Botanical Gardens display gorgeous color year-round, part way into November, the Gardens come alive with light and Christmas beauty.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
St. Louis, MO 63127
(314) 615-5278

Mix it up a bit, and capture your family holiday pictures with some interesting accents of sculpture art in the background. While only a handful of sculptures, located in the children’s section, are intended to be touched or climbed on like a jungle gym or to pose for a photo; there are plenty of opportunities to show off some clever photo settings. Position your family in front of your favorite sculpture, or take an art class and spotlight your finished work in the picture or as a frame. Laumeier Sculpture Park is not just bustling during special art events, but is open year-round with indoor and outdoor exhibits.

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St. Charles Main Street
230 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-3217

Schedule a time year-round for amazing photos set in a historic atmosphere filled with no-longer-active train tracks, riverfront views, and streets lined with boutique shops. During the holidays,the Historic Main Street area turns into a setting that reflects Norman Rockwell settings. Watch for Christmas traditions photo stops along the way, and set up picture taking moments during the Christmas Traditions celebration. Take a carriage ride, warm up by a fire, visit Santa’s Cottage and Trainland, stand by the Kissing Ball, or walk through Gingerbread Village, and top off the picture-taking session by sampling some roasted chestnuts.

Winter Wonderland – Tilles Park
9551 Litzsinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 615-8822

Light up your holiday pictures with a winter wonderland of lights and festive scenery. Bundle up for some outdoor photos, and choose a night that is set aside for foot traffic only. Keep it classy, or make your pictures look romantic, by reserving a carriage ride through the park. Various carriages hold up to two, six, nine, and 24 people. Check the schedule to book your carriage during special hours set aside for carriage only.

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