Picture Perfect

6 Holiday Date-Night Spots That Make the Best Photo-Ops

Take a memorable photo on your next date night at one or all of these locations.

By Geneva Diaz December 20, 2021

Reliant Lights Mayor's Holiday annual gathering for the lighting of City Hall's Christmas Tree.

Image: City Hall

Being with family and friends for the holidays can leave little to no alone time, which also means it leaves little one-on-one time for you and your partner. Scheduling a few date nights out on the town can be a great way to enjoy all of Houston’s festive lights and activities while also giving you cherished moments with a loved one. 

And who doesn’t like a good photo-op? They say a picture lasts longer and if you’re out on the town with your date this season, don’t forget about those pic-worthy destinations. Grab a hot cocoa to-go and head to Discovery Green for ice skating or take your hot cocoa on a walk along Main Street Square to see the lights. Here’s a list of where to take that selfie-worthy photo to ensure a fun and photogenic holiday date night. 

Ice Skating Rink

What’s more romantic than holding hands and skating under twinkling lights? The Downtown Houston ice rink Green Mountain Energy Ice is a great way to relieve the pressure of a first date, or take your loved one out for some silly fun. Snap candid photos of each other falling on the ice, or go in your best holiday outfit and take a romantic holiday photo for next year’s Christmas card.

Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends until Jan. 31.

Check out the Mosaic of Light

Mosaic of Light display at Discovery Green.

 Get creative with your photos with lighting and mosaic shadows at the Mosaic of Light display at Discovery Green. After dinner, take your date on a stroll around the light displays for some unique photos and grab a drink at the Hess Deck while listening to featured DJ's. The exhibit, designed by HYBYCOZO, is inspired by Houston and all of its diverse elements that encompass the city. From architecture and the Texas star, to magnolias and the Mexican art of papel picado, the glowing structures create lights that leave you mesmerized.

You can view the light sculptures every evening after 7 p.m. until February 27.

Kiss Under the Mistletoe

This 150-inch ball of mistletoe makes for one of those “best movie kiss” photos. Hanging by a giant 15-foot candy cane in Market Square Park, Mistletoe on the Go invites passersby to stand under the massive ball and kiss. Share your pictures using #XOmistletoe on Instagram.

The installation will remain until Jan. 2.

Holiday Lights on Bagby

Embark on a festive adventure-date under the stars and one hundred thousand lights at the Winter Wonderland on Bagby Street. Houston’s newest holiday light tunnel and a series of unique illuminated attractions can be seen along Bagby Street from Lamar to Franklin, and will be one for the photo album. Take a photo in front of the giant angel wings on the side of the Central Library or snap a selfie under the constellation arches at Sam Houston Park. Plus the walk under the 80-foot light tunnel across from Hobby Center can count as your “long walks on the beach” interest on your dating profile.

Lights go on everyday at 5 p.m. until Jan. 2.

Stroll Through Main Street Square

Grab a bite to eat downtown and stroll along Main Street Square to take in the twinkling lights, bringing the holiday spirit to Downtown! There are plenty of photo opportunities like standing under the larger-than-life “NOEL” at Main Street Square and strolling through the sparkling trees and banners, guiding you from Dallas St. to Commerce St. through the Historic District.

Lights will be lit until Jan. 2.

View City Hall's Holiday Tree

While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the Holiday Tree at City Hall in Hermann Square. Bring your tripod to get that professional angle and high-exposure lens to snap the perfect shot of you and your date.

The tree will be lit every evening after 5 p.m. until Jan. 2.

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