Best Shopping Centres to Meet Santa 2018

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By: Serina Hajje, ellaslist
Nov 13, 2018

Christmas is nothing without that memorable Santa snap! Meeting the man in red is a highlight for our kids. Across Sydney, shopping centres are inviting you and your little ones to meet Santa Claus for photos and gifts! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to meeting Santa in shopping malls throughout Sydney.

Or if you want to really step up your Santa photos, check out our guide to Where To Get An Awesome Santa Photo. 

City

David Jones Magic Cave
Meet Santa and his elves in a mystical cave to create cherished memories with a photo or DVD! A green screen will transport you to a mystical land. Santa is also available in select David Jones stores across Sydney. Some stores allow you to have a photo with Santa and your beloved feathered, fluffy or furry friend. 
Where: Elizabeth Street Store, 86 -108 Castlereagh St, Sydney
When: From Nov 10, 2018
For more info, go here.

QVB Enchanted Garden
Go under the twinkling lights of Santa’s new enchanted garden where kids can discover flowers, feature birds and characters that will surprise and enchant. Bookings for 2018 are online only. Pet Photography and Sensory Santa photos will be available on select dates and times.
When: Available from now until Saturday 24 December 2018
Where: Level 2, Queen Victoria Building, George St Sydney CBD
For more info and to book, go here.

Santa Photos & Special Experiences at Broadway
Create a memory that captures the magic of Christmas and come and experience Santa at Broadway Sydney with free photos (depending on package). 
When: Tuesday 20 November- Christmas; 10am-5pm
Where: Level 1, near Harvey Norman
Bookings are essential, call 02 8398 5620 or visit the customer service desk on Level 1.

Inner West

Christmas Santa Photos at Westfield Burwood
Bring the kids and the pets along this year for a photo with Santa! He will be at Westfield Burwood right up until his big trip on Christmas Eve.
When: Saturday 10 November to 24 December; times available here
Where: 100 Burwood Rd Burwood 2134, Located on Level 1, Centre Court, near David Jones
For more info on times go here.

Santa Photos at Rhodes Waterside
Santa has made his list, and checked it twice – now he is ready to meet all the little boys and girls at Rhodes Waterside! Here you can get your regular Santa photo OR your Santa photo WITH a pet. Sensory Santa Bookings are open for families with special needs children or adults too. 
When: Saturday 11th November – 24th December 2018; 11am-4pm (Thursday until 6pm)
Where: 1 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes 2138, outside Le Cherie. 
For more info on times and prices go here.

Santa Photos at Marrickville Metro
Have your photo taken with Santa and receive a free special gift from Santa. Plus, $1 from every Santa photo package sold will be donated to the CREATE Foundation.
When: Saturday 24 November- 24 December, 10.00am till 6.00pm
Where: 34 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, 2204
Fore more info on times and prices go here.

Santa Photos at Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre
Have your photo taken with Santa in his magical Wonderland to receive your complimentary gift!
When: Saturday 1 December- 24 December; times available here
Where: 19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne 2047, Ground Floor – opposite Jean Louis Joseph Deli Café
For more information, go here.

Eastern Suburbs

Santa Photography at Westfield, Bondi Junction
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a visit to the WBJ enchanted forest- these memories will last a lifetime. You may have even see Santa arrive in a pair of luxurious Louboutin Boots on November 10. Sensory Santa is available for visits on Sat 24 November and there are pet photos too.
When:  Saturday 10 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: 500 Oxford St. Bondi Junction 2022, Level 6 near Event Cinemas
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos at Westfield Eastgardens
Jump onto Santa’s lap and capture a brilliant family moment on camera. Sensory Santa will be there on Sunday 25 November. Children that meet Santa and have a photo taken with him will receive a wearable gift, either a cute reindeer or elf headband.
When: Saturday 10 November- Saturday 24 December; times available here
Where: 152 Bunnerong Rd Eastgardens 2036, Level 1 outside Myer
For more info, go here.

South West

Santa Time at Roselands
Join Santa's parade at Roselands! On Saturday 17 November be there for the arrival of the big man along with Mrs Calus, their festive marching band and friends. You will get to be apart of a very magical story of 'The Nutcracker' show. 
When: Saturday 17 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: Roselands Drive, Roselands, 2196, level 2 near Sportsgirl
For more info on prices go here.

North West

My Photo with Santa at Castle Towers
Be there on Sunday 25 November 8.30am for Santa's breakfast followed by a special screening of The Grinch at Event Cinemas, Castle Towers. Also Sensory Santa will be there on selected days.
When: Saturday 3 November to 24 December; times available here
Where: 6 -14 Castle Street, Castle Hill 2154
Fore more info on priced go here.

Santa Photos at Top Ryde City
Meet Santa on Ground Level to top off your Christmas preparations!
When: Saturday 17 November to 24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Devlin St & Blaxland Rd Ryde 2112
For more info, go here.

Santa Pics at Macquarie Centre
Have your photo taken with Santa on his throne outside of Target. There’s also sessions every Monday with Sensory Santa in a comfortable environment.
When: Friday 10 November-24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Herring and Waterloo Rds, North Ryde, 2113
For more info, go here.

Christmas Santa Photos at Carlingford
We hope you’ve been good, because we have a very special guest, Santa! And he has a free gift waiting for you!
So write a list, check it twice and come and tell him what would add a little sparkle to your Christmas. Sensitive Santa available on 17 December.
When: Saturday December 1 – December 24; times available here
Where: Cnr Carlingford and Pennant Hills Rds, Carlingford 2118, Level 1 outside Connor & Forcast
For more info, go here.

Santa Pics at Stockland Baulkham Hills
Capture a delightful smile on your child’s face with Santa and join in on the Christmas workshops. Or bring your furry friends for Paws and Claus photos. 
When: on various days from 1-24 December, dates available here
Where: 375-383 Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills 2153, opposite Coles
For more info, go here.

Greater West

Santa Photos at Rouse Hill Town Centre
You’re never too old for a Santa photo! Beat the queue and book your spot online now. The brand new Santa set is located in the Food Terrace (opposite McDonalds).
When: 3 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Windsor Road and White Hart Drive, Rouse Hill 2155, the food terrace
For more info, go here.

Christmas Photos with Santa at Westpoint Blacktown
Visit Santa at his throne for your memento of Christmas 2018 and receive your FREE gift. Sensory Santa will be in a special sensory environment on various dates too.
When: 10 November to Thursday 24 November; times available here
Where: 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown 2148, Level 1 Centre Court
For more info, go here.

Santa Photography at Macarthur Square
Get your special photos here this year at the specially designed Santa Set. You'll also receive a $50 Flight Centre Voucher for your next holiday when you purchase your Santa photos! 
When: 10 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: 200 Gilchrist Drive, Campbelltown 2560, Level 1
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos at Stockland Merrylands
Capture some Christmas magic and create memories to cherish forever. This year there's a Fast Pass so you can skip the queue by pre-booking your time slot online. 
When: Saturday 12 November-24 December; times available here
Where: McFarlane St, Merrylands 2160, Level 1, outside Big W
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos at Westfield Liverpool
Santa and his helpers have been busy building the new Santa Set- don’t miss out on the interactive singing reindeers.
When: 10 November-24 December; times available here
Where: Macquarie Street Liverpool 2170
For more info, go here.

Santa Photography at Westfield Mount Druitt
Don’t miss the opportunity to snap a picture with the magical man himself. There’s festive pet photography available too!
When: 10 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Carlisle Avenue & Luxford Rd Mt Druitt 2770, Centre Court
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos At Seven Hills Plaza

See Santa arrive in style at Centre Court, Seven Hills Plaza on 1 December, and make sure to grab a mandatory holiday snap while you're at it! Photo packages start from $22, are digitally printed on the spot, and include a small gift from Santa. More information here. 
When: 1 December - 24 December, 2018 
Where: Seven Hills Plaza, Cnr Prospect Highway & Federal Road, Seven Hills

Santa Photos! at Westfield Parramatta
The best way to kick off the festive month is to see the man himself. Children that meet Santa and have a photo taken with him will receive adorable reindeer ears to wear.
When: 10 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: 159-175 Church St Parramatta 2150, Centre Court
For more info, go here.

Santa Photography at Westfield Penrith
Snap a few photos and immortalise your child’s encounter with Santa.
When: 140Nov- 24 Dec, daily 9am to 5pm, Thursdays 9am to 8pm
Where: 585 High St Penrith 2750, Level 2 near Big W
For more info, go here.

Sutherland Shire

Santa Photos at Southgate
It’s that time of year again! Southgate is offering a diverse range of Santa photo packages (including Santa’s pet photography) that are perfect for your Christmas cards or for just a fun simple picture.
When: 3 November- 24 December;
Where: Corner Princes Highway and Port Hacking Road, Sylvania 2224
For more info, go here.

Northern Beaches

Santa’s Photography at Warriewood Square
We hope you’ve been good, because we have a very special guest, Santa! And he has a free gift waiting for you! So write a list, check it twice and come and tell him what would add a little sparkle to your Christmas.
When: 17 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: 12 Jacksons Rd, Warriewood, 2102
For more info, go here.

Santa Photography at Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale
Bring the kids in to capture that special moment with Santa! Santa will be here right up until his big trip on Christmas Eve and every child that has their photo taken with him will receive a wearable gift, either a cute reindeer or elf headband. On the 18 November there will be a special appearance at the Surf Lifesaving Northern Beaches Regional Carnival, with Santa arriving in a spectacular way – via the ocean! – to greet the Nippers, deliver presents and delight local families.
When: 10 November- 24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Condamine St & Old Pittwater Road Brookvale 2100, Ground Floor, outside Myer
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos at Stockland Balgowlah
Santa is in town and his first stop is always Stockland Balgowlah. So bring the kids down for a special family photo, incuding pets (various days). Sensory Santa will be there too.
When: 6 November to 24 December; 10am-2pm, times available here.
Where: 197-215 Condamine St, Balgowlah 2540

North Shore

Santa Photos at Westfield Hornsby
Santa is waiting at Hornsby! Festive pet photography is available too. Children that meet Santa and have a photo taken with him will receive a wearable gift, either a cute reindeer or elf headband.
When: Saturday 10 November- Saturday 24 December; times available here
Where: 236 Pacific Highway Hornsby 2077, Level 3, near the food court
For more info, go here.

Photos with Santa at Chatswood Chase
All the way from the North Pole, Santa photos! Flying in daily to Chatswood Chase Sydney, you’ll find the jolly man himself at his magical new home.
When: Daily 17 November – 24 December, 10am to 4pm, 10am – 6pm Thursdays
Where: 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood 2067, Centre Court, Lower Ground Level
For more info, go here

South Sydney/St George

Santa Photos at Westfield Miranda
Bring your family for a beautiful photo for Christmas! Festive pet photography and Sensory Santa available too. Also gift wrapping for a gold coin donation. 
When: 16 November- Friday 23 December; times available here
Where: 600 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228, Level 3, outside Uniqlo
For more info, go here.

Santa Photos Westfield Hurstville
Whether it’s smiles, tears or tantrums, the moment will still be about joy! Use the Virtual Queuing System to book your time today!
When: Saturday 16 November-24 December; times available here
Where: Cnr Cross St and Park Rd Hurstville 2220
For more info, go here.

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Jen

Dec 17 2016

Good suggestions, but I have to give a shout out to Santa at Glenmore Park town centre. My 9 month old didn't even cry with him! Plus he does 3 shots - classic, funny and reading with the child