The holiday season is here and with it a dazzling display of lights, trees, and festive decorations. Many Atlanta residents will want to make sure to capture the memories with their families by taking loads of holiday pictures. Whether you’re an amateur photographer, a smartphone snapper, or someone who is looking for professionals to help in capturing those special moments, Atlanta has plenty of opportunities for holiday snapshots. These five festive locations are sure to make your holiday photos pop.
1000 Cumberland Mall S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30339
For many, it just isn’t Christmas without the kids having their pictures made with Santa. While there are plenty of opportunities throughout Atlanta to get Santa photos, some require appointments and many are already booked through the holiday season. Cumberland Mall has Santa on hand daily at its mall and is still taking reservations for photo appointments so you don’t have to stand in line all day like Ralphie from A Christmas Story. Prices for professional photos with Santa run $39.99, but there are a number of dates and times with $5.00 discounts.
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
For those who want a variety of photos, it’s worth the short drive outside Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park for the Stone Mountain Christmas. You can catch photos of the kids at Rudolph’s Merry Little Meet & Greet, where the little ones will get to interact with the Red-Nosed Reindeer himself, as well as Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Get some action shots on the Singalong Train, with a variety of Christmas carols. At night, the park lights up with the Skylights, a musical walk-through event that is sure to provide plenty of great camera shots. Cap it all off with photos of the nightly Christmas parade, featuring the arrival of Santa.
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
A great light display can ensure even the most amateur photographer gets great shots and nowhere in Atlanta is the light display more impressive than Garden Lights at Atlanta’s Botanical Garden. Running from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily through Jan. 7, Garden Lights Holiday Nights features great photo opportunities like the Walk of Flames, a newly expanded Tunnel of Lights, and Glittering Galaxy. Add in a whole fleet of festive model trains and you have a photo op at every turn. Tickets to Garden Lights Holiday Nights are $26 for adults and $20 for children 3-12.
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15639 Birmingham Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
While artificial plastic trees are a fixture in many homes, the act of finding and selecting a real tree is a holiday tradition that many families don’t want to give up, and one that is ripe for photographic memories. Scottsdale Farms has been the go-to spot for many Atlanta residents since it was opened in 1982 and the forest full of evergreen trees makes a great daytime photo backdrop. Once you’ve selected your trees, you can tour Scottsdale Farms’ timber frame barn, which has been transformed into a holiday wonderland full of decorations and gifts. Scottsdale Farms also offers a selection of photo ready events for the kids, including holiday painting, story time and cookie decorating especially for parents and toddlers, and a chance to make an ornament.
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
A good photo opportunity with the kids doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of a day of learning. At least it doesn’t at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Winter Wonderland exhibit. Kids and adults alike will learn about how the holiday season is celebrated in various cultures around the world, with a variety of cultural objects on display. Alongside these objects, there are plenty of chances for great holiday photos around one of the museum’s more than 30 trees and dazzling lights. Winter Wonderland is included as part of museum admission.