By Bryan Carey

Holiday season is here and besides the great cheer, abundant food, and time for giving, the holidays are about keeping track of cherished memories. Snapping a few pictures is all that is necessary to save these memorable moments and many will be taking picture after picture at the dinner table, in the family room, or by tree as they capture these important memories. Outdoor settings are often even better for holiday memories and the Houston area has several places for photographic moments this holiday season. Here are the best places to take your holiday photos in Houston:

The Galleria
5085 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 966-3500

A visit to Houston’s famous Galleria Mall is a holiday family tradition and one of the signature attractions at the Galleria this time of year is the giant Christmas tree. Measuring over 50 feet in height and decorated with over 450,000 lights, the tree is a great place to gather the family for a group photo, perfect for sharing with friends. If you have young children, photo opportunities with Santa Claus are many, with jolly old St. Nick making hs lap ready for children and his smiling face ready for photographs all the way up to Christmas Eve. The Galleria presents some of the Houston area’s finest shopping and the added photo opportunities make this popular shopping mall one of the best places for holiday photography.

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500

The Houston Zoo may not seem at first like a place for holiday photos, but anyone who has attended the Houston Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights will quickly tell you otherwise. With more than 2 million lights, this is easily the largest holiday light display in the area and as a result, it is one of the very best places for holiday photos. The light displays include the traditional strings of lights, more unique light projections, and moving lights that that sync to music. Walking through the Houston zoo with so many lights twinkling around you is certain to put anyone in the holiday spirit and the photo opportunities are limitless.

Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
(800) 582-4673

Moody Gardens is an excellent location for photo opportunities any time of year, but this tourist attraction on Galveston Island comes to life in new and often amazing way over the holidays when the annual Festival of Lights takes over. Visitors can follow a lighted path in their car, stopping to take pictures as desired. Those who want family photos can walk along another path and stop to take photos with Santa and the kids. The large ice sculpture is another top attraction and the perfect place to grab the camera and create lasting memories. All of this and more await at Moody Gardens and its Festival of Lights.

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Typhoon Texas
555 Katy Fort Bend Road
Katy, TX 77494
(832) 426-7071

The largest waterpark in the west Houston area is also home to the Winterfest Light Festival. This will be the first year for this event, which will feature a holiday train ride, a petting zoo, hay ride, and other attractions. Winterfest Light Festival will keep the family fun going during these cooler times of the year and kids will have so much fun they won’t even mind that the water slides and other aquatic activities are closed for the season. Best of all, you and your spouse will have countless opportunities to take pictures in this winter wonderland, located right next to Katy Mills Mall.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-7336

Downtown Houston gets in on the holiday action with Enchanted Promenade, a display of 10 giant peony bouquets just waiting for the flash from your camera. The ice skating rink will return for another year as well, featuring holiday decorations, giant snowflakes, and holiday trees. Children can rent skates and glide across the ice while mom and dad take pictures and send them to friends and family. Discovery Green Park always seems to have something fun in store, and the winter season and holiday displays are among its finest, great for photos and family entertainment during this festive and celebratory time of year.

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