Where To Go For An Awesome Santa Photo 2017

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

We know Sydney is the world’s most picture-perfect city. While we may not fit the Northern hemisphere’s overrated white Christmas setting, our amazing summer blue skies frames the red Santa costume beautifully. From Sydney’s picture perfect Harbour to a luxurious Swarovski garden, we have no doubt that these are the best spots for Santa photos!

Parramatta Park

Get a Santa photo with a twist- outdoors, and with pets! Azuelo Designs are offering a gorgeous outdoor photography session with Santa with a touch of vintage styling. You’ll find the photographer friendly and patient and you won’t have to wait in any long shopping centre queues. Packages are $70 and include some great prints you’ll have forever.
When: Saturday 16 December and 23 December, from 9am
Where: Parramatta Park Cafe (enter via main entrance – Cnr Pitt & Macquarie Sts)



SantaLand, Moore Park

At this magical Christmas extravaganza you can get a spectacular photo set in the magical alpine forest with Santa himself. At SantaLand, there is a plethora of festive activities from activities in Santa’s workshop, to carnival rides to incredibly decked out sets. A feast for your eyes this Christmas!
When: 7-24 December 2017
Where: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park, Sydney
For more information, visit the website.


Santa at a Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley

It’s a fairy tale land in display with over 2 million Christmas lights! Where else would be a more spectacular spot to take Santa photos than this magical gardens this Christmas? Head on to the Hunter Valley Gardens and have your Santa photos taken by a commissioned photographer at Santa’s Cave, or get the kids to simply sit on Santa’s knee to make their Christmas wish list.
When: Until 27th January 2017 (closed 25th December); 6.30-10pm
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin




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. What’s also brilliant is QVB’s SMS queue system where you can shop to your heart’s content until you’re notified. The kids will also get to take home a special Santa treat compliments of Haigh’s Chocolates. Visit the QVB’s website for detailed Santa photo times here.
When:  Available from now until Saturday 24 December 2017
Where: Level 2 Queen Victoria Building, George St Sydney CBD




Santaland, Myer Stores Across Sydney

Sometimes fancy locations can’t trump easy to travel places. In almost every central city store in Australia, Santa is waiting for you and the family- and he’s brought a slice of the North Pole with him! Mrs Claus will also be giving a very special story time to well-behaved children. Book online to beat the queues. If you want a professional photographer you can pay $27.50 for two prints, otherwise you’re allowed to use your phone and snap a few pics.
When: Until 24 December


Santa’s Magic Cave, David Jones

Discover the enchanted Magic Cave world and create memories you will cherish forever. Meet Santa and transport yourself into one of our Christmas scenes using our Green Screen and even have your Santa photo experience on DVD. Simply book a time online or come in store and leave your name and number and Santa’s helper will send you a text when he’s ready.
When: Times available online
Where: Level 6, Toy Department, David Jones on Seven Elizabeth Street, Sydney



Santa at Shopping Malls, Throughout Sydney

Your local shopping mall is always a good spot to get a memorable snapshot of your kids and the bearded man in red. Most of the Westfields are hosting elaborate Santa exhibitions. We made a list of all the shopping centres you can get a Santa photos across Sydney, for your convenience. 
Most centres offer photos right until Christmas Eve! There’s even sensory Santa visits for special needs kids available, as well as the latest craze: festive pet photography- so your furry friend can join in the fun!


FREE Santa Photos at HomeHQ Artarmon

Furry friends are never forgotten at HomeHQ Artarmon, as the north shore’s favourite homemaker centre brings back its ever popular FREE Santa photos for families and their pets this December.
A highlight on every pet owner’s calendar, the annual photo sessions return on select weekends in December with all visitors receiving a complimentary 6”x8” print as well as a digital copy sent via email. More information here.
When: Sat 9 & Sun 10; Sat 16 &  Sun 17 December 2017; 10am-3pm
Where: HomeHQ Artarmon; Cnr of Frederick St and Reserve Rd, Artarmon (next to Bunnings)


Santa By The Surf, Bondi Beach

Ditch the stuffy shopping centres and have your family Christmas Santa photo taken at Australia’s most iconic beach! Proudly partnering with North Bondi Surf Club, your Santa photo will also support the local community. More information here.
When: Friday 1 December - Sunday 17 December 2017 
Where: North Bondi Surf Club




Santa Photos At Royal Randwick

Royal Randwick Shopping Centre has undergone renovations recently and is a prime spot for families this Christmas period! Come in for a Santa photo on the ground floor near Harris Farm. More information here. 
When: Monday-Friday; 10am-2pm & Saturday-Sunday; 10am-4pm right up till Christmas
Where: Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, 73 Belmore Rd, Randwick


Christmas in the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

Take Santa photos from the top of Australia! Sydney’s gorgeous Harbour views from the Sydney Tower Eye is a spectacular vantage point for some awesome Santa photos that could be the envy of all who receive your festive greetings this year. Head up to Santa’s 250m above street level grotto for free gifts and photographs. Santa’s Grotto at the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck is open from 4pm to 7pm during the week, and 11am to 6pm on weekends Santa will be greeting guests, so get a photo!
When: Saturday 1 December to Friday 23 December 2017; weekdays 4-7pm & weekends 11am-6pm
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney CBD



 Santa with Harbour Views, Luna Park

Luna Park has the most superb vantage views of Sydney’s Harbour which will make it a brilliant Santa photo with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge landmarks. We reckon nothing beats an Aussie Christmas greeting with this backdrop! Prices starts from just $9.95. Get more details of Luna Park’s Santa Experience.
When: Daily from 1-24 December; 11am-12.30pm & 1-2pm
Where: Luna Park, Olympic Dive Milsons Point NSW



Santa at Dee Why Beach

It looks like Santa is making a few appearances throughout the Northern Beaches… He’s coming to Dee Why beach for a photo with your child with a stunning blue and sandy backdrop, as well as popping into the carols at Lakeside Park on the 16th, the Balgowlah Christmas carnival on the 3rd, the carols at Collaroy on the 3rd, and the carols in the park at Mona Vale on the 10th.
When: Friday 15 December 2017; 4-9pm
Where: James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why Beach






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