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Five Festive Photo Spots in Champaign County

December 12, 2019

If you’re the type to really embrace every season, then winter is full of opportunities to get into the spirit. If you’re planning to take some holiday photos for cards or to up your seasonal social media game, let’s talk about the five of the best places to visit this time of year in our area!

Places to Take Festive Photos in Champaign County

Photos at the Downtown Champaign Tree

The gorgeous tree centered in Downtown Champaign is a favorite for residents and visitors alike.

With plenty of space to snap a shot, make sure to grab a family photo or festive selfie in front of the tree this season!

Reindeer Selfies and festive memories at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch

Reindeer in Illinois? You bet! These Alaskan reindeer are flown into Hardy’s, where you can get kisses and some Outside of Ordinary quality time with these docile animals.

They’re always up for a selfie as well, or a group shot that’ll definitely win your family’s holiday card competition.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center’s Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

There’s nothing like the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk at Allerton. Surrounded by holiday lights, you can walk along the grounds of Allerton and experience a number of different designs.

With the 5pm to 9pm time range for open walking hours, the lights shine bright in the dark night sky.

Bring the whole family or plan a little date night getaway to snap shots around lit gardens, walking trails, and the historic Allerton Mansion.

Aikman Wildlife’s Pathway of Lights

Aikman Wildlife is unlike any other attraction in our area. Now, imagine the wonderful wildlife taking residence in this amazing space are now surrounded by gorgeous holiday lights.

If you enjoy visiting Aikman’s numerous animals, you’ll love the trip even more when you’re snapping photos with Rudolph, checking out fun holiday photo cutouts, and most of all, enjoying the beauty of holiday lights at the Pathway of Lights.

Riggs German Christmas Market

German Christmas Markets date back to the 15th century. Riggs is now hosting their own German Market for the holiday season, with plenty of opportunities for festive photos in their Beer Garden.

With traditional German market stalls built just for the event and plenty of holiday decorations, you can snap your holiday photos all the while enjoying local beer brewed with ingredients grown less than 100 feet from where you stand.  

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