From spectacular outdoor backdrops to charming small towns and adorable Christmas tree farms, you’re sure to capture your ultimate holiday shot in Tennessee. Discover some of our top picks all across the state for the best locations to grab your festive pictures.
With some of the most stunning mountain views in the whole country, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an ideal spot for taking your family picture. With numerous scenic overlooks scattered throughout the park, as well as a variety of hiking trails, you’ll have quite a few breathtaking views to use behind your shot. No matter the season, there will be plenty of beautiful photo ops throughout the park which will surely stand out on your holiday card.
Rising over 2,000 feet above sea level and overlooking Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain is home to some of the best views in the “Scenic City”. Several fantastic attractions like Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway provide some great spots and opportunities to take photos, whether that is high above on Lookout Mountain or deep within the underground caves.
Full of fun places you can incorporate into your photos, World’s Fair Park in Downtown Knoxville is an ideal spot to capture your holiday card snapshot. Featuring the iconic Sunsphere and over 15 acres of green space, you will find the perfect mix of nature and city all in one shot.
Located in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee, Tennessee Mountain View Winery is home to a family-owned and operated winery where you can find tasty farm-to-table wine and beautiful country scenery. Offering tastings and a menu of over 20 wines alongside gorgeous views, visitors are free to roam the vineyards year-round where there’s sure to be many photo opportunities.
Home to over 2,000 acres of preserved forest and the crystal-clear Doe River winding its way through the park, Roan Mountain State Park is an outdoor setting perfect for holiday photos. Well-known for the abundance of wildflowers which inhabit the hollows and ridges of the foothills, this state park will provide some truly striking backdrops no matter the season, though the magnificent natural gardens of rhododendron are in their peak bloom during late June.
Christmas Card Locations in Nashville & Surrounding Areas
A true hidden gem of Tennessee, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is an outdoor oasis located under 30 minutes from Downtown Nashville. Teeming with wonderful floral and shrubbery displays and various art exhibits, this property was once the home of the Cheek family but now stands as an exquisite botanic garden, arboretum, and museum ready to serve as a striking backdrop for your photos. Read their photo guidelines here.
Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm - Murfreesboro
Find a truly magical setting for your Christmas card photos by visiting Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm in Murfreesboro. With numerous spots like the shady tree hallway with café lights strung throughout, stacked wood piles, wood barns, tall grass, props, and acres of farm meadows, the property is bursting with delightful opportunities to snap holiday pics. All photography is by appointment only during September, October, and part of November for Christmas sessions. Though booking for 2023 has ended, you can book your appointment for 2024. For more information, visit their website.
Said to be one of Fall Creek Falls State Park’s most picturesque overlooks, Millikan’s Overlook is part of a 2.9-mile out-and-back trail, though you can access the overlook via the road as well. One of Tennessee’s most visited state parks, Fall Creek Falls not only features magnificent overlooks as well as a number of cascading waterfalls, including the highest one in the eastern United States.
Having been growing and selling Christmas trees since 1997, Rhonda and Chris’ Treeland is located in Watertown about 30 minutes east of Nashville. Over 1,000 trees are currently growing on the 90-acre farm nestled between two streams and a great view of the hills. A perfect setting for holiday photos, whether your family wants to gather around the giant decorated tree, use the barn wood sided outbuildings as props, or wander around the 90-acre farm in search of the perfect spot, you are guaranteed plenty of scenic places for your pictures. Email ChrisTrees@aol.com to set up an appointment.
Sitting just outside Downtown Franklin lies the small but ever-charming village of Leiper’s Fork. Filled with some marvelous rural photo backdrops, you will have a hard time narrowing down spots to use in your photographs. With historic buildings nestled amongst the beautiful countryside, during you time at Leiper’s Fork you’ll also find a plethora of local culture, live music, antiques, home décor, crafts, wares, food, and so much more.
Countless unique photo opportunities await at Big Sky Farm, a Christmas tree farm located on 40 beautiful acres in Middle Tennessee. In addition to offering a wide variety of fresh-cut trees, choose-and-cut trees, or even living trees (use as an inside Christmas tree then plant in your yard!) as well as hand-made fresh fir wreaths, the farm has wonderful opportunities for holiday photos. You can book a session from October 13 to November 22; email email@example.com to reserve a session or visit their website to learn more.
Bring the family together to walk through Winter Wonderland in Springfield, Tennessee. Make your festive photos shine with captivating displays of thousands of lights and more than a dozen holiday scenes. Walk through J. Travis Price Park 5:30-9 p.m. CST Dec. 2, 9 ,16 and 23, 2023. Every Saturday you can follow the candy cane trail, visit with Santa and enjoy family-friendly activities as well as purchase food from various vendors. The drive-thru dates are Dec. 2-23, 2023.
Franklin's Dickens of a Christmas event on the historic Main Street is a great backdrop for any holiday card photos. In addition to the numerous Christmas decorations downtown, you can have classic characters from Charles Dickens' novels in your photos including Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley. Give the classic Santa photos a twist by meeting and smiling with a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas. After you've taken your photos, enjoy the dancing, music, shopping and endless holiday treats.
Located on the NunaVeda Farm in Franklin, visit the NunaVeda Greenhouse for a rustic modern photo location. Featuring a variety of perennial and tropical plants in the greenhouse as well as stained glass windows, antique elements, and rustic natural décor, you will certainly capture some stunning shots. The Greenhouse and surrounding property including a field and creek, are available to rent for photo shoots. See their website for booking information.
Holiday Card Locations in Memphis and Surrounding Areas
Home to 4,500 acres filled with over 40 miles of expansive trails, sprawling lawns, over 20 bodies of water, and a herd of buffalo, Shelby Farms Park located in Memphis is one of the largest urban parks in the country. With such a variety of offerings, the park is the perfect spot to grab some pictures and make some memories with your family.
When the King of Rock n' Roll's halls are decked, it's the perfect time to snap a few photos of your loved ones to use for holiday cards. Christmas at Graceland transforms Elvis Presley's Graceland with holiday cheer - with decorations that Elvis himself used every year. Book a tour to see the home and grounds transformed into a holiday wonderland from Christmas trees to the outdoor nativity scene and the famous red velvet curtains.
Your cards will be the talk of the town when you share photos from Collierville. Step into Collierville's town square and you'll think you're on the set of a Hallmark movie. Gather the family for glamor shots with the town's beautiful lights and towering Christmas tree. You'll find magical holiday scenes at every corner, so find your favorites and snap some photos.