12 Best Places To Take Family Christmas Photos
Featured locations: Chicago, IL | Milwaukee, WI | Madison, WI | Miami, FL
Are you also one of those families that waits until the last minute to take family Christmas pictures? I get that taking Christmas photos mid-summer is efficient and probably makes for better photos, but I cannot be bothered to think of cold months during the glorious summer heat. And on top of that, nothing beats the authentic “I’m freezing! I can’t wait until this photoshoot is done” face that annually makes it onto my Christmas card.
Anyways, back to our jolly point! We’ve compiled a list of the 12 best places to take family Christmas photos in our ParqEx community. So to all last-minute families, put on your matching Christmas sweaters and get on your merry way to your photoshoot!
Best Places to take family Christmas Photos in Chicago
1) Art Institute of Chicago
Talk about an iconic family Christmas photo! If you live in Chicago, there are hundreds of gorgeous corners to take family photos in front of. Yet, in my opinion, nothing tops the Art Institute of Chicago. You can’t go wrong; take a picture inside or take one outside in front of the lions. Either way, you will create a picture-perfect backdrop to your family photo. Plus, any last-minute Christmas shoppers reading this? Take your pictures and then immediately go shopping! The Art Institute of Chicago is in the heart of the city, with shopping all around. So book your art institute parking ahead of time and don’t have to worry about it the day of!
2) Lincoln Park Zoo
Taking family photos at the zoo never gets old! I promise you, even as an adult, my favorite photo outings are to the zoo! If you live in Chicago, you are very spoiled with the Lincoln Park Zoo. So gather the family, take them on a fun zoo excursion and squeeze in a few family photos while you are there. Not a fan of having penguins in your photos? Visit Lincoln Parks Nature Boardwalk and take a picture in front of Chicago’s skyline. So book your Lincoln Park Zoo parking today with ParqEx!
3) Skydeck Chicago
Before committing to this Christmas photo backdrop, make sure that nobody in your family has a fear of heights. If they all give the thumbs up, an enjoyable location for a family photo would be Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago. So take a trip up to the 103rd floor and enjoy perhaps one of the best views of Chicago! And don’t forget to commemorate the trip by snapping a quick family photo! Book your Skydeck parking before even leaving your house!
Best Places to take family Christmas Photos in Milwaukee
4) View MKE
Are you still putting off taking those Christmas photos? If you need further encouragement, even if the rapidly approaching deadline is just around the corner, how about you check out View MKE with the family this season? Go there for the food & beverages but stay for the atmosphere and stunning views of downtown Milwaukee. And while you are there, why not snag a quick fam-photo! Book your View MKE parking today!
5) Black Cat Alley
Do you want this year’s family photo to be trendy and perfect for a witty or whimsical Instagram caption? Then there’s no better spot than Black Cat Alley! Quickly snag a coffee from Colectivo and then stroll up and down the outdoor art gallery. Check out the 21 murals that beautifully decorate this alley in Milwaukee. Found a favorite mural? Take your family Christmas picture there. I’m sure Black Cat Alley would love to be featured in your Christmas photos. So book your Black Cat Alley parking ahead of time.
6) The Pfister Hotel
Now, if you live in Milwaukee and are scrambling to find a more classic Christmas photo, don’t worry! The Pfister Hotel is the ideal photo spot for you. This historic hotel screams elegance and knows how to dress up around the holiday season. So visit the Pfister Hotel to get into that Christmas spirit and take some beautiful family photos. Book your Pfister Hotel parking downtown Milwaukee today!
Best Places to take family Christmas Photos in Madison
7) AC Hotel & Eno Vino
If you are lucky enough to live in Madison, Wisconsin, then you know just how gorgeous your State Capitol Building is. Every corner of the square has lovely views of this magnificent building. However, one of the most fun and unique views of the capitol building is at the AC Hotel inside the Eno Vino restaurant. Take in the rooftop view of the capitol building with the family, and ask the waiter for a quick family photo with this classic backdrop. Book your Madison square parking today!
8) Capitol Building
As previously mentioned, this building doesn’t have an unappealing angle. Are you and the family looking for a quick in & out for this year’s family photo but still want a good picture? The State Capitol Building never disappoints. So put on that Badger red and take a cute family pic. Book your Capitol parking now with ParqEx, so you don’t have to worry about finding parking on the square.
9) State Street
Any UW Badger Alumni in your family? Any of your kids enrolled at UW currently? A great homage to the university you are so proud of is a Christmas photo on State Street. So go and quickly take a nice family photo and then enjoy a lovely Saturday afternoon stroll up and down State Street. Don’t forget to book your State Street parking with ParqEx.
Best Places to take family Christmas Photos in Miami
10) Freedom Tower
Do you love the history of your tropical paradise of a city in Miami, Florida? Then, take the family on a visit to Miami’s Freedom Tower, learn a little about the history of the building, and learn a bit about the cultural history of Miami and the part the Freedom Tower played. On top of it all, the Freedom Tower is a beautiful backdrop to any photo, indeed a family photo. So book your Freedom Tower parking today!
11) Miami Beach
Miami Beach is an absolute no-brainer. There’s no stretch of Miami Beach that isn’t perfect for a family photo! Want to have the sand between your toes and have the ocean as a picturesque background? Want to take a goofy family photo in front of one of the many lifeguard towers? How about a picture in front of Ocean Drive? Awesome! This one spot has it all. So avoid the headache of looking for Miami Beach parking and book your Miami Beach parking with ParqEx.
12) Bayside Marketplace
Want a fun day filled with shopping, dining options, and family photos? Visit Bayside Marketplace. Want a little different picture but still want Bayside Marketplace vibes? Take a boat tour and get this angle of Bayside in your photo. So, book your Bayside Marketplace parking with ParqEx.
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