By Karen Ulvestad

Whether looking for something holiday oriented or traditional Seattle, the area offers many fantastic locations for family photos for the Holiday season. The natural beauty is preserved in many local parks, and historical sites are many. The Seattle skyline is visible from many locations, and makes an excellent background for a family photo. These locations offer a variety of places for photos, and opportunities creating the perfect photograph.

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Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

The Seattle Center is a great place for family photos any time of the year, and sits at the base of Queen Anne Hill. It is home to the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and other landmarks from the 1962 World Fair. During the Holidays, the Seattle Center is decorated for the season, and is the site for the annual Winterfest. Several buildings would make great backgrounds, especially the EMP. The monorail begins at the Seattle Center, and travels to the Westlake Center. This is another landmark from the World Fair, and a great opportunity for family photos, while traveling through downtown above street level. Parking is available on street or in the adjacent parking garage.

Westlake Park
401 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 684-4075

Westlake Park sits in downtown Seattle on the south side of the Westlake Center. During the holidays, all the major department stores and the shopping center decorate for the holidays. The park is the location for the winter carousel, The park is paved with a beautiful brick design with plenty of park benches through-out. There are plenty of places to stage a family photo, including using the carousel in the background. On the second floor of the Westlake Center on the south end, there is a wonderful round window that looks out over the park, and usually decorated for the holidays. Parking is available on the street or local parking lots and garages.

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Alki Beach
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075

Alki Beach is located in West Seattle, and offers incredible views of the Seattle skyline looking across Elliott Bay. The Seattle area is known for its beautiful beaches along Puget Sound, and Alki is one of the best beaches to visit. The park is the location of a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Historically, this is the location the founders of Seattle first landed, and built the first log cabin with help of the local Native Americans. There are plenty of locations for family photos, including beach areas, grassy park spaces, and docks. Most of these include the Seattle skyline in the background, including the Space Needle. Parking is available in parking lots.

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Kerry Park
211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 684-4075

Kerry Park is located on Queen Anne Hill, and over-looks downtown Seattle. In the foreground sits the Seattle Center. On clear days, visitors can see Mount Rainier raising above the Seattle skyline. This is an amazing spot for family photos from Seattle, due to the view of the city skyline, the Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains. The park is home to a great sculpture that would make a great place to stage a family photograph with the city in the background. Parking in the area is on the street.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 N.W. 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-7059

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The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known locally as the Ballard Locks, is located in Ballard. The locks connect Puget Sound with Lake Union, and was built in the early 1900’s. The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens sit next to the locks, making this a great area to take family photos. The established trees and gardens are maintained year-round. The visitor’s center is an original building, and the locks are amazing to view. Crossing the locks to the southside brings visitors to the wave sculptures and the salmon fish ladders. The park and locks are accessible from Magnolia Bluff or Ballard sides of the locks. Parking is available on both sides of the locks in parking lots.

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