It’s easy to argue that holiday time is the best time of the year: especially after the year we’ve all had. Between trying out new baked good recipes to spending quality time with family and friends, holiday time never fails to put a smile on everyone’s face. With this being said, there is always that one thing that goes wrong: and for me, that’s getting the perfect Instagram pic. Now I know this may sound a little “millenial” of me, but many people take pride in curating the most amazing Instagram feed, and getting the perfect holiday pic is part of that! So, if you’re looking for new, fresh, and beautiful places to take holiday pictures this season, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best places in New York that fully capture the holiday essence and joy, just in time for Christmas!
1. Bryant Park
Bryant park is one of the most magical places in all of New York: especially at holiday time. Each year, they set up a winter wonderland, composed of individual booths that are rented out by small businesses from all over! The park becomes even more breathtaking than it normally is, with wreaths, ornaments and a Christmas tree on full display. Every year when I go into the city around Christmas time, I am blown away at the awe-inspiring beauty, which means it is the perfect place to take a holiday picture! Whether you capture the moment you are skating on the ice with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, or choose to take a more simple route with maybe a family picture by the Christmas tree, your holiday pictures are sure to stand out from the rest!
2. Rockefeller Center
This one may seem like a no brainer, but Rockefeller Center is one of the most amazing places to take pictures around holiday time. My family and I go every Christmas, and if we leave without a picture, we feel like we did something wrong. Yes, it can get very crowded, and taking a quality family picture may be a little difficult: but it is totally worth it. Take advantage of the enormous, breathtaking Christmas tree they put up in the middle of Rockefeller Center and ask a fellow New Yorker if they would be willing to snap a few flicks! Strike a couple of cute poses and bam: you’ve got your Instagram worthy Christmas post.
3. Radio City Music Hall
The amount of photos I have on my Instagram feed in front of Radio City Music Hall are too numerous to count. This is by far one of my favorite, and most iconic places to take a picture: especially around holiday time! Besides the beautiful decorations the Music Hall is decorated with each November, if you go at the right time, you may be able to catch a rockette or two walking out the stage doors! Snap a quick picture with them, and your Instagram feed will love you forever!
4. The Met Steps
Everyone should have the Blair and Serena moment, and holiday time is no different! Similar to Radio City, the steps of the Met are one of the most sought after photo-op places in all of New York. The decorations they put up each year around holiday time are simply breathtaking, and make for the perfect backdrop. Along with this, posing on the steps is MUCH easier than posing standing up, so if you’re like me and feel a little awkward in front of a camera, you need to check this spot out!
5. The Seaport
I know what you may be thinking, “A picture by the water? In winter? It’s too cold!”. And yes, you’re right, but trust me, this photo-op is totally worth it. My sister just moved to the seaport and is lucky enough to have the water right outside her front door. Every time I visit her we walk by it and my breath is instantly taken away. Although this photo-op may not provide you with the essentials to capture the holiday spirit, if you were a cute beanie and have a cup of coffee in hand, you can make it yourself! You also have the Brooklyn Bridge as your backdrop, so if you take the picture at night with the city lights in your rearview, you’ll have one of the most iconic, breathtaking Instagram pictures ever!
6. Brownstone in Brooklyn
If you’re looking for a more quaint photo-op, I highly recommend making the trek over to Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, especially neighborhoods like Dumbo, you will be graced with simplistic cobblestone streets, lined with subtle, yet breathtaking brownstones. Many New Yorkers take pride in these homes, as they should, and go all out for Christmas and the holidays. If you do make it over there, you should have no difficulty finding a cute brownstone to use as your backdrop. Do this, and these holiday pictures are sure to go down in the history books!
So if you’re like me, and need a little holiday inspiration to get your photos started, I hope this helps! You deserve to take time out of your busy schedules to do things for yourself, so if you live in New York, take a little time off and walk around the place you call home to find these priceless places. And if you’re not, make sure to plan a day to go in and get in the holiday spirit. These breathtaking Instagram-worthy places are waiting for you!
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