Six holiday card ideas for traveling families

Travel may look a bit different these days, but savvy travelers are apt to adapt to any of life’s inevitable curveballs. Hit the road with a mask, always practice social distancing, and give us your best “say cheese!” 

Here are six unique photoshoot locations for your holiday cards that are sure to inspire a little wanderlust when they arrive in the mail this holiday season.

1. Christmas Tree Farm

It doesn’t get more Christmas-y than a Christmas tree farm. Plus, you can take home a Christmas tree after the shoot. And if you’re more the type to take candid photos rather than the staged variety, ask your photographer to capture a few shots of the family cutting down the tree and loading it onto the roof of your car. There will certainly be some smiles and candid moments to capture.

2. Scenic Mountain Slopes

What’s more scenic than the top of a mountain? To capture the most epic family Christmas card photo ever, bring the whole gang to the closest ski slopes decked out in beanies, earmuffs, and warm scarves. Then, load them on the chair lift and have your photographer sit one chair ahead of you. While this idea may not be ideal for those who have a fear of heights, it’s sure to return some incredible shots that you and your family cherish for years to come.

3. Downtown City Center

Home for Christmas? Head to your city’s downtown area. Colorful building facades, historic places, or an iconic street corner decorated in twinkly Christmas lights and decorations can all set the scene for your big city-inspired family holiday cards. This holiday season, customize your holiday cards online by choosing a color scheme that coordinates with the colors in your photos for the perfect Christmas greeting card.

4. Roadside Attractions Along Route 66

Get your kicks along historic Route 66 — and take some photos along the trip, too. There’s simply no shortage of weird, wild, and wacky roadside stops located along America’s Mother Road that make for playful, and undoubtedly colorful, photo backdrops. Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, Texas; Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico; and The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, are all worth adding to your road trip bucket list.

5. Country Farms and Pumpkin Patches

Colorful fall leaves in hues of red and yellow, cornfields that stretch for miles, rows of plump orange pumpkins, and rustic vintage tractors can make a fabulous, warm seasonal greeting card backdrop. Dress the family in their finest flannel shirts, denim, and boots and hit the nearest farm for a family hayride. There’s plenty of pumpkin patches across the country to pick from for your next family adventure.

6. White Sand Beaches

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Or maybe your dreams are more along the lines of a white sand beach. Indeed, an ocean scene makes for the perfect holiday card backdrop, so have some fun playing in the sand and dipping your toes into the coastal waters. You can even spell your family name with seashells and incorporate it into your favorite shot.

Set the Scene for Your Family Holiday Photos

Wherever your family travel takes you this season, there is undeniably a family photo op just waiting to happen. From mountain tops and white sandy beaches to Christmas tree farms and pumpkin patches, there is simply no shortage of unique sites that can set the scene for your family holiday photos this year.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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