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Contest: Win Professional Family Photo Christmas Cards and Photo Shoot!

This contest has ended. Congratulations to Rachael Gerow for being the randomly drawn winner. Thank you to everyone else for participating. If you need professional photography, please be sure to contact Macpherson Family Photography. They do great work!


The holidays are just around the corner, and it's hard to beat having professional photo Christmas cards Win
to send out to everyone on your list. Well, now one lucky winner will win a holiday photo package valued at $350! 

You may recall that not long ago I shared my experience in having our family photos taken with Macpherson Family Photography. You can read that here. They did wonderful work and we are really happy with the photos. Anyway, they are giving away a holiday photo package to one lucky Volusia County Moms reader!

Here's what you get in the photo package:

  • Professional photo shoot
  • An 11x14 wall print
  • A pack of 25 photo Christmas cards 
  • Access to an online gallery of all the photos taken, in case you'd like to purchase others

This is a great opportunity to have professional family photos taken, just in time for the holidays, and the Macpherson's do a wonderful job! To learn more about their work, visit their site here, or find them on Facebook here. Contact them to inquire about any holiday photo specials they may also be offering. Oh, and check out this great shot they took of my kids!

Contest details:
To enter you must leave a comment on the blog, with a word about your favorite local activity to do around the holidays. Have a special place you visit? Share it with others to enter to win!

Contest rules:
The contest will end on at 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2012. One winner will be randomly picked on September 6 2012. The blog comment entry that will win will be randomly drawn using the site. Entries will be numbered one through however many their are that enter, and then a number will be randomly generated to come up with the winner. Only one entry per person, please. The winner's contact information will be given to Macpherson Family Photography so that camp arrangements can be made.

Please note: comments are held until they can be read and approved in order to avoid spam being posted. However, they will still be posted in the order they were received. Only one entry per person, please.



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Tirzah Hochreiter

We love going to the Twilight Motel II in Holly Hill on US1 -- they always have a HUGE lights display and lots of corny (in the best way) Christmas decorations... plus a free "train" ride (some cute train-style box cars attached to a small tractor-like automobile)

Helen Gonzalez

We love going to see the hourly snowfalls in Celebration! It's magical and fun and has become an annual tradition.

michelle phelan

We love going to Stone Mountain in Georgia. There are always gorgeous lights displayed well as a cool train ride around the mountain.

Melissa Siegfried

We love going thru "The Walk Thru Bethlehem" at Cross Roads Church. This is a Free event and something the whole family enjoys. It reminds us of the reason for the season.

Lora Trageser

Our family enjoys the "Walk Through Bethlehem" at Crossroads Church on Clyde Morris Blvd. My kids love the camel and other live animals. We try to go early to beat the crowd - it's worth the wait!

Rachael Gerow

We love going to look at Christmas lights in our neighborhood and in St. Augustine. Also every Christmas Eve my Dad gives the whole family all special pajamas to wear for Christmas Eve.

Crystal Roddy

We love to go to Liesure Villas and walk through with the kiddos. Watching their faces light up seeing all of the homes decorated is truly so magical!

Lyn Peabody

We like to go have a barn party with our horses at TwinGaits Stables, then we go to NYC for 3 nights and see 2 shows and then head north to see family. We put hats on the horses and enjoy time with barn family too.

Michelle Cass

My husband, daughter & I enjoy driving around neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. Our daughter started a tradition last year that whenever she spots some lights, we have to honk the horn. It's made for some fun, memorable moments. ;) My daughter & I also make a new wreaths every December to hang on our front door & on the door to her room.

Melissa Finley

We like going to the Daytona MOAS to look at all of the different Christmas Trees!

Valerie Kuchinskas

My family and I enjoy driving around to look at all the beautiful Christmas lights all the way from Port Orange to St. Augustine. But, my favorite activity is actually making homemade Christmas ornaments with my kids!! Then, we have something to look back and remember doing together from past years.

Annette Paul

My family and I just moved into the area right before Christmas last year. We haven't found a favorite place to visit around the holidays but I do remember from when I lived here 10 yrs ago I loved seeing the light on the Tarronga tower on ISB. My family and I haven't had our pictures professionally taken in about 5 years. I love just driving around the neighborhoods looking at all the decorations.

Kerri Jones

My family enjoys just driving around the local neighborhoods looking at the lights and decorations on people's houses! New Smyrna is just beautiful during Christmas time!!

Kelley Zagers

We love to go to Sea World at Christmas time. Our boys love the Polar Express ride they have and their ice skating show is fantastic! The Magic Kingdom too, is even more magical at Christmas!


We love to check out all the lights in our area. If the weather is nice, we also do a walk down the beach.

Savannah Holmes

We love driving through the neighborhood and seeing all the spectacular displays!

Kim Tarr

Our family loves the river and really enjoys the boat parade in New Smyrna; but my favorite tradition is when the whole family meets at church for the Candle-light service. Just reminds us why we are really celebrating Christmas!

Lindsey Repass

My husband and I enjoy going to Disney's Hollywood Studios for The Spectacle of Lights. The Studios lights up the streets of America and sets a light show to Christmas music. Every hour, the street is sprinkled with a snowfall. With my hot chocolate in hand, our favorite part is trying to find the Hidden Mickey's mixed in with the lights.

Erik Wolf

We love going to that Gaylord Palms Resort to look at their Christmas decorations and listen to their Christmas concerts. They have a polar bear hunt throughout the hotel, a giant Christmas tree and lights that hang from the atrium ceiling. Amazing!

Amanda Pladdys

We love driving around loping at Christmas lights while listening to carols. :)


snowfalls in Celebration, and driving around to look at Christmas decorations :)


We love driving the kids around to see all the lights! And this year we will be starting a new tradition. As my 2 year old brother was recently diagnosed with leukemia, for every present we get for one another, we are donating a present to the Arnold Palmer Hospital or the Ronald McDonald house, both who have made a monumental impact on our lives in this rough time. I can't wait for the holidays to come around, we can all use the cheer!


We love driving around Port Orange looking at Christmas lights.

Sydeana Davis

We love to go to the local pumpkin patch hosted by First United Methodist Church in Deland. Our kids have been going for over five years and they are still just as excited as the first time we took them. We also like to visit the corn maze in Zellwood in the Fall.


Hands down - we love to go ice skating. It makes it feel like Christmas with the chilly air and the excitement. Even if it is indoors!

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