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The Cutest Locations for a Holiday Photoshoot in the DMV


In the words of Mariah Carey, "It's TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!!" December is in full swing, and I know you're looking for some cute spots for your ugly sweater holiday photoshoot! This is one of my favorite times of year, especially because all the Christmas lights, snow-dusted evergreens, and glittery decorations make the most beautiful photos. Not sure where to go? Don't worry, I've listed my favorites for you here:


Ticketed Locations

Looking to have an extravagant holiday photoshoot filled with dazzling lights and branded cups of hot cocoa? Check out these ticketed light displays around the DMV! They all have their own merits, and all of them will definitely give you magical holiday photos.

Brookside Garden of Lights

Silver Spring, MD

  • Family friendly

  • Inexpensive - $10/ticket

  • Easy to get tickets

  • Easy parking

  • Hot drinks and light concessions available

Winter City Lights

Olney, MD

  • Inexpensive tickets - starting at $31/car

  • Easy to get tickets

  • Always snowy

  • Carnival style concessions

  • Other activities available - snow tubing, axe throwing

Enchant Christmas

Washington, DC

  • Extremely popular event

  • More expensive event - $32/ticket for adults, $23/child

  • Activities available - light maze, ice skating, artisan village, meet Santa, concessions, and more

  • VIP upgrade (skip the lines)

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Vienna, VA

  • Low cost tickets - $18/adults

  • Light snacks and beverages available

  • Limited parking, carpooling is encouraged

  • Light up toys available for the kids


Free, Public Locations

Washington, DC is very spirited when it comes to Christmas time. All over the city, you'll find unique and exciting light installations for your outdoor holiday photoshoot. These spots can get crowded, so make sure you or your photographer are either 1) ok with having a few strangers in your photos or 2) skilled at removing people in photo editing apps. Otherwise, get out there and have fun! And don't forget to support a local business while you're in the area!


City Center DC

Washington, DC

  • Public plaza, no tickets required

  • Accessible via train - Red Line, Metro Center stop

  • Seasonal decorations

  • Popular location for photos

Georgetown GLOW

Washington, DC

  • Free outdoor light art experience

  • Shopping and dining available

  • Tickets for walking tours available

Preserve the Magic with Bovia & Co.

We know how much you love this season, it's special for a lot of us. But between planning travel, coordinating family, finding gifts, and everything else, it can be hard to find time to enjoy the moment. Don't let another season slip by without taking the time to commemorate the moment. Let us help you plan a holiday photoshoot filled with all the joy and magic that made you fall in love with this season. Whether it's the whole family, or just an intimate moment with yourself, we're ready to help you cherish it for a lifetime. Start by booking your creative consultation today.

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