Say Cheese! 10 Best Christmas Picture Places in Cincinnati for Families and Couples

Whether you hire a professional photographer or want a fabulous selfie, there are so many Christmas picture places in Cincinnati. Once you select a destination, create a few photos for your holiday cards or frame them as gifts. From events that make fabulous family photo backdrops to romantic places to take a photo for two, here are ten ideas of unique Christmas picture locations in Cincinnati for families and couples.

Lumaze Christmas Light Festival & Market

Two young women grabbing the hanging picture frame and posing for a photo.

Beyond wonderful visits with Santa and winter characters roaming around, Lumaze affords several photo ops. Snap images among the many interactive displays, such as hanging picture frames and the thousands of twinkling lights. Another unique opportunity this year is the multiple displays depicting countries.

Take photos of an illuminated Taj Mahal, a Chinese dragon, or the light tulips of the Netherlands. No matter where you wander inside, there are multiple photo opportunities. It’s one of the best Christmas picture places in Cincinnati.

Christmas Tree Farm

Family taking selfie in tree farm

The outskirts of Cincinnati are filled with fabulous Christmas tree farms. If you bring a photographer, check and get permission ahead of time as some locations charge a small fee for photo sessions. However, a tree farm offers privacy and a beautiful landscape for both couples and families alike. 

Zapf’s Christmas Display

A tradition since 1970, the family carried on this display after its originator passed away in 2008. Although it’s a private home, folks can drive by and see the outdoor exhibit, or pop out and snap a few pictures. The many bulbs of Zapf’s Christmas Display will start your holiday light tours in the best possible way. It is a great memory to have a roadside selfie (although make it a quick one!).

Krohn Conservatory

Exit of Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati

Located in Eden Park, Krohn Conservatory is an indoor delight filled with gorgeous plants all year round. Take advantage of the beauty of the Bonsai Gallery, Orchid Park, and Seasonal Floral Showroom for your photos. Just be aware that there is an entrance fee, and you need to fill out a photo permit if you’re hiring a pro for a session.

The Purple People Bridge

Purple Bridge of Cincinnati

Yes, it has a strange name, but rest assured that it’s just a nickname. It’s a pedestrian bridge lit up at night in the color — you guessed it — purple.

The Purple People Bridge is located on the river between Cincinnati and Kentucky, and the Ohio side is currently closed. However, you can still have lovely photos on the bridge or the riverside with the bridge in the background. It’s definitely one of the more colorful Christmas picture locations in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Zoo

The annual PNC Festival of Lights is a gorgeous display of 4 million lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Whether you ride the train or walk through the festival, there are plenty of opportunities to snap a few selfies.

This event is perfect for families, but it’s also a romantic time for couples to enjoy. Get permission if you hire a photographer, and everyone will need a ticket. Arrive at the zoo early and get photographs before you savor the nighttime lights.

Christkindlmarkt

photo of Christkindlmarkt

The name is German, which describes what this holiday festival is all about. Christkindlmarkt takes place outdoors under heated tents and offers several photo ops. Snap photos among traditional nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and lights.

Take pictures during a carriage ride or while at the petting zoo. With options both for casual and posed family photos, this is a wonderful event for all.

Smale Riverfront Park

For those who want to include the city’s beauty in their photos, head to Smale Riverfront Park. There are several opportunities for unique images against the backdrop of the river with the skyline in the background.

Hire a pro, take a few selfies, or set up a tripod to take self-timed pics. No matter what, this well-lit area offers a bit of intimacy as it’s not a high-traffic area. Think of it as one of the secret Christmas picture places in Cincinnati.

Newport Aquarium’s Scuba Santa

Santa Claus scuba diving

For a truly unique photo, consider taking one with Santa while he’s scuba diving. You can remain dry while Santa swims inside the Newport Aquarium. Special previews of Scuba Santa are available to members. Plus, while you’re at the aquarium, snap winter selfies near the penguins and other water exhibits. How fun!

American Sign Museum

Although you may not want to take professional images at the American Sign Museum, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun with selfies. The museum is filled with signs — think retro, neon, and more — unique to document. Snap photos of each other by your favorite display.

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