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Best Places To Take Your Holiday Photos In Orange County

It's not difficult to find picture perfect places to act as background for you and your kin. But, holiday time means putting some extra thought in the perfect place that will show your family in their most festive way.
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Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Rd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3407

Reveling in nature that doesn't include mounds of snow is a simple assignment for picture taking in Orange County. Plenty of options are afoot here, with the 26-acre Fullerton Arboretum at the top of the list. Scenic settings can be found throughout this beautiful Arboretum, the largest botanical garden in this part of the Golden State, including a plethora of flora and fauna as well as ponds and streams galore. The woodland collection gives happy holiday vibes as the perfect background for holiday photos in this particular outdoor wonderland.

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The Red Horse Barn
18381 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 848-6565

As a perfect and popular wedding venue, The Red Horse Barn is also ideal for country style setting for taking photos at holiday time thanks all the accoutrements of this pretty place. There's a lovely gazebo surrounded by a rocky stream that handily accommodates most sized families for the image of togetherness and there are horses for hire if you'd like to add one more to your gang who depends on four hoofs to get around.

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1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565

The decked out Christmas Tree on Main Street at Disneyland is meant to play the part of backdrop for holiday photos. There are also plenty of other decorated trees that beckon throughout this famous theme park to use as a great backdrop for your photos. This is especially so at night when the lights give everyone's skin a warm glow. The Sleeping Beauty Castle is also another great option, especially when you prefer a wide shot for your official photo and particularly when you have princesses of your own in your tribe.

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Newport Beach Pier
70 Newport Pier
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 644-3309

This 1000-foot long pier, deemed a California Historic Landmark, is action central for everything from fishing to strolling to dining. Anywhere along the way to the end of the Pier would make for a lively and innovative holiday photo, but the best spot is as close to the water. In fact, the Pacific is the perfect way to illustrate where you live and what you live for in this part of Southern California.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1300

This ruins of this old Spanish mission which dates back to 1776 and which is the subject of desire for those famous swallows who visit every year is certainly a captivating place to make your holiday photos memorable. Getting a group shot among the Moorish arches is an outstanding choice as is the Great Stone Church, the largest of all the Spanish missions in the Golden State and a living California legend if ever there was one.

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By Jane Lasky
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