Taking festive photos is no longer just about sending greeting cards. These days it’s all about getting the perfect job.
âWe truly are ‘content heaven’ for social media,â says Catherine Ovejas of PopUp Speakeasy, Selfie Studio in Ronkonkoma, where she is currently Creative Director. “We love to be tagged, whether guests send us their files or create TikToks and reels.”
Here are some of the best places on Long Island to take vacation photos, whether it’s creating a poster card or hoping to rack up likes:
Popup Speakeasy, Selfie Studio
This interactive photo experience features themes, scenes and backgrounds, as well as lighting and props. Book a session online in advance (general admission is $ 25 per person, children 5 to 11 are $ 15, children four and under are free) and get up to an hour to take unlimited photos and videos; you will need to bring your own camera. For the holidays, expect pop culture-inspired decors, including a theme nod to the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” that includes an authentic 1940s kitchen set and the legendary “Lamp. walk “from the film. Ovejas says another current popular frame is the vintage VW pickup truck, currently dressed in seasonal decor and available for photos inside and out.
INFO 1860 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma; 631-743-5530, popupspeakeasy.com
First and foremost a boutique for women’s clothing and accessories, this boutique has also made a name for itself by being instantly Instagrammable. Customers arrive to find scenes meant to serve as social media backdrops, which often change to reflect the seasons, the holidays, or whatever may be currently in fashion – and they’re completely free to use. There’s a glam pink lift-inspired space and a gift station that makes the person in the photo look like the present. The gift station is outside and the owner, Lexi Zanghi, says she attracts people to the streets throughout the day.
INFO 27 Wall Street, Huntington; 631-944-3027, toujoursraison.com
Huntington Holiday Show
Wall Street is having an even bigger festive photoshoot, as the entire block (between Gerard and Main streets) will remain closed to traffic until January 6 for an exhibit showcasing what is billed as “the biggest Christmas tree in Long Island “. The stage remains standing 24 hours a day and is free to approach and take photos: a colorful setting by day, a scintillating and illuminated landscape at night, with light shows held daily every 30 minutes between 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. The tree is flanked by four depictions of reindeer, and there’s a snack shack attached to a fake snow machine that, for $ 10, will provide two minutes of flakes; check the screen’s social media pages for updates on current events.
Long Island Christmas House
With 12 rooms, guests can wander between festive scenes thoroughly, each loaded with decor and attendees are encouraged to take photos and videos. Creator Justin Schwartz says the biggest hits among spaces to look out for on a visit are the “Snow Room,” the “Indoor Lightshow,” “Xmas in NYC” and the “Blockbuster Christmas Room,” the latter being a flashing back to the days when video stores were the primary vehicle for renting a vacation movie. For an added bonus, the attraction is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, until January 9.
INFO 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury; 516-745-6065, Christmashouselongisland.com. Admission during the week is $ 25, $ 20 for ages 3 to 10, free for two and under; Friday to Sunday $ 30, $ 25. Buy your tickets in advance through the website.
Milleridge Holiday Village
This small town is enveloped in cheerful lighting and holiday decor, creating options suitable for photos from multiple angles. Shops, trees and kiosks are covered with garlands of incandescent light bulbs that hang above them. Wreaths, garlands and ribbons were hung with great frequency. In one corner is a statue of Santa Claus where guests can take selfies and family photos, and in the center of the village is a large Christmas tree also ready for camera time. It’s free to walk around and take photos, but for an additional fee, kids can also take part in attractions like an Escape Room and Spooky Tour (starting at 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 11 h Saturdays and Sundays) which cost $ 5- $ 15 each, or all can be enjoyed for a $ 25 POP wristband that includes unlimited rides on the Milleridge Express train ride, inflatables and games; buy tickets on site, in cash only.
INFO 585 North Broadway, Jericho; 516-931-2201, milleridgeinn.com
A timed-entry outdoor experience taking place at Whitney Pond Park, participants can stroll through landscapes enhanced with bright and colorful Christmas pieces as well as similar creations inspired by the classic “Alice in Wonderland” story and of an exhibition “Mysterious Forest”. With sculptures and interactive scenes among the things to see, there is a great opportunity to get some quirky and cheerful photos here until the event closes on January 9.
INFO 7 Community Drive E., Manhasset; luminocityfestival.com. Tickets start at $ 27 and are available on the website.
‘Winter Wonderland’ at Waterdrinker Family Farm and Garden
The large grounds here offer family fun. There is an Airstream Caravan Village surrounded by fireplaces and decorations that mark the season. Guests can also ice skate on a synthetic surface, roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate, or try mini-golf or let the kids climb on the wooden playground or bounce on the jumping mat. When it comes to photos and selfies, quaint things to look out for include a “house of lights,” a giant crown, and a huge sleigh; you can even buy a Christmas tree if you still need it.
INFO 663 Wading River Road, Manorville; 631-878-8653, water-drinker.com. Admission is $ 15 per person; 2 years and under free. Closed on December 23.