5 Instagram Destinations For The Holidays

By Holly Smith

The phrase “merry and bright” takes on all new meaning when you add Instagram to the mix. The season of festivities is quickly approaching and we’ve got the best places to capture the moment. From traditional tree lighting to rockin’ shows, when it comes to the holidays, these five photo-worthy vacation destinations will definitely have your followers full of cheer.

1. New York City, New York

Make your spirits (and your photos) bright in New York City. This famed holiday destination tops the list for must-snap selfies. Head to the magical window displays along 5th Avenue or grab a hot chocolate and stroll through the wonder of Bryant Park. The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a tradition you won’t regret capturing. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a pair of skates and hit record at The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

2. Aspen, Colorado

This is where dreaming of a White Christmas becomes a pinch-worthy reality. Celebrate the holiday season in this majestic world-class ski town set among the Rocky Mountains. Known for its high-end restaurants and picturesque scenery, there’s no shortage of holiday sights to snap in Aspen. Explore the outdoors by taking an actual sleigh ride or snow tube through the snow-capped hills. No filter is needed when you head out for a moonlit stroll to see the lights from the many groomed trails.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Bonfires on the levee, need we say more? This annual tradition dates back centuries. The most wonderful time of year in the historic French Quarter is nothing short of stunning. Many of the area mansions decorate to the nines and open their doors to visitors. For the foodies, a local bignet captured in portrait-mode is always a winning shot. Whatever you fancy, the holiday season is always merrier in New Orleans.

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4. Las Vegas, Nevada

It may not be traditional but it sure is delightful. The famous Bellagio Fountains are synced with a show that puts the holidays on full display. But fair warning: they just might just take center stage in your photos. The Strip is full of glittering lights, festive carolers, ice rinks, and perhaps even a spiked eggnog or two. What happens in Vegas, ends up on Instagram.

5. St. Augustine, Florida 

Nothing says the holidays are upon us quite like posing in front of a palm tree-lined coast.  Or you can stage your season’s greeting aboard a twinkling pontoon in the annual holiday parade. For a worldwide favorite, Nights of Lights in downtown St. Augustine features millions of lights that sets the Nation’s Oldest City aglow. It’s free of charge and full of snap-worthy memories.

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