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Photowalk: Abandoned Downtown During Christmas

Downtown Houston will be pretty much abandoned on Christmas Day.  Its a great day to get middle-of-the-street shots without (hopefully) getting run over.  If you're looking for something to do Christmas day, join us for Abandoned Downtown!

(Lead image by Gerardo Chirinos)


Christmas day is a great day to get together with friends and fellow photographers.  Its a chance to see Downtown while it's completely (almost) empty.  You will also have a chance to play with any new toys that Santa brought you.  Also, its an excuse to get out of the house for folks that don't want to be at home alone on Christmas day.


We will start near Market Square Park and shoot some of the historic buildings in the area.  Then we'll make our way through downtown passing several historic buildings, new construction, and points of interest.  We will pass many completely empty buildings that are usually full of people.


If you're like me (aka, directionally challenged), check out the official map for this photowalk.  It will help guide you along the way, and find us if you get behind.  The map is interactive can be viewed on smartphones by clicking this link.


I suggest parking near Market Square Park.  Since this is a weekend, it should be pretty easy to find free parking spots.

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  • Lynn P

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas Photowalk!

    December 27

  • Gary W.

    Great shoot as always! Interesting to see that some of the more interesting architectural photographs were done by the ladies in the group. There are a large number of well seen, well executed, impressive photographs. The guys are going to have to up their game.

    December 27

  • Julia S.

    It was really nice to be out there and walk with folks who love photography. Enjoyed the time and thanks to Joe for organizing event.

    December 27

  • Olga

    Wonderful walk! Liked Houston in the sun light and enjoyed the company! Thank you, Joe, for pulling it together.

    1 · December 26

  • Lu A.

    Good times! Love seeing all the different photos from people that were all in the same place.

    December 26

  • Aiping D.

    Thank you all for the wonderful xmas walking & photo, well done Joe! :)

    December 25

  • Shahri T.

    Hi. This was my first time with this group. Thx everyone. I had a great time and would look forward to seeing everyone's work.

    December 25

  • Alyssa M

    Thanks for organizing us, Joe! I really enjoyed it.

    2 · December 25

  • Aiping D.

    I am here, but where I should parking?.....

    December 25

  • Kaaren C.

    Sorry....not going to be able to join the walk this afternoon. Woke up not feeing well AT All. Do not want to get worse or make others ill by exposure.

    December 25

  • Gary S.

    Just a heads up on the shoot- I am going to bring a couple of ukuleles & harmonicas to get a few shots of me playing in some of the places- My friend Jacqueline will be my guest & help me to get the shots (added her to my RSVP as my +1) If anyone wants to take a few photos - not a prob- Would be great if you dont mind sharing them with me- but no worries either way. If anyone else wants some photos of them- dont mind shooting a few & sharing. I thought it was a good idea to try to let folks know in advance. Thanks & looking fwd to the shoot.

    December 25

    • Joe L.

      Hi Gary. If you are ready for some publicity shots, several of our members are photographers and will send you their rates. Today is a fun photowalk, not free portrait session for musicians. :) :) thanks for understanding.

      December 25

  • Dianne C.

    I'll be a little late but I will be there...coming from church.

    December 18

    • Dianne C.

      Would it be better to take my name off the list just in case I block someone who can be there on time?

      December 22

    • Dianne C.

      Ha! Change of plans - I'll be there on time.

      December 22

  • Angel

    If we are really lucky maybe it will rain......then we'll have wet empty streets!!!

    4 · December 2

    • Joe L.

      That would be awesome!

      December 2

    • Saundra S.

      And we can bring colored umbrellas for color in the streets.

      2 · December 19

  • Saundra S.

    This is my favorite meet up and I now consider it a tradition. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · December 2

    • Joe L.

      Cool!! Glad you enjoyed it last year!

      December 2

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