Where To Go For An Awesome (Socially Distanced) Santa Photo 2020

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Like most things in 2020, the impact of COVID-19 will be felt throughout the festive season—but it's no reason to forgo a traditional Santa photo (albeit with a twist!) that you can treasure for years to come. Here are our recommendations for the best place to get a (socially distanced) Santa photo this year. 

1. High Tea at The QVB

Santa photos at the QVB
A festive photo with Santa AND a high tea? Sign us up!


To keep the magic alive in 2020, whilst considering social distancing, the QVB is launching High Tea with Santa in lieu of its ever-popular Santa Photos. Set in the spectacular Tea Room, guests are invited to enjoy a delectable High Tea, with Santa available for a traditional festive photograph. Guests are welcome to take as many photos as they wish but for those who prefer the more sophisticated touch, a professional photographer will be on-hand to capture the memorable (socially distanced!) experience with images available to download at the end of the session direct to your device.

To ensure that all children have a welcoming experience, Sensory Santa will also be available on select mornings as part of High Tea with Santa. These sessions are designed for those who may find the festive hustle and bustle a little overwhelming. Sensory Santa is available to book from 6 November.

When:  Available 2nd November - 24th December 2020
Where: Queen Victoria Building, George St Sydney CBD

2. Santa Photos At The Grounds of Alexandria

Santa photos at the Grounds of Alexandria
Expect big things from this year's Winter Wonderland photo installation at The Grounds of Alexandria.


Santa will be calling The Grounds home again this year until Christmas Eve, and his workshop will be open every day for photos with the whole family (including pets!). Due to social distancing, Santa will be requiring that all visitors keep a 1.5metre distance at all times, alongside other COVID-safe measures that will be put in place. If you're struggling to find a suitable time to get your family together for a photo, Santa will also be visiting for a range of evening sessions, too. 

The elves have been hard at work creating a new Winter Wonderland photo installation with a surprise twist, plus there are lots planned to keep everyone entertained with a touch of Grounds magic. So don your elf ears and pull out your Christmas hats - Santa is coming to The Grounds! Book your Santa Photos at the Grounds now.

When:  12th November - 24th December 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A/2 Huntley Street Alexandria

3. Santa at the Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Gardens Santa photos
It doesn't get much more festive than a Santa photo at Hunter Valley Gardens this Christmas!


Get lost in an illuminated fairy tale wonderland created with over three million Christmas lights this festive season, and while you're there, snap up the opportunity to have your photos taken by a professional photographer with Santa. With a fantastically festive atmosphere, there is no spot more spectacular to take Santa photos than the magical Hunter Valley Gardens this Christmas. 

Santa photos are available in the event area from 6:30 pm – 10 pm every night until Christmas, however, due to COVID-19 photos will be emailed to a designated email address. 

When: 5th November 2020 - 24th December 2020. Gardens open daily 9 am-5 pm
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

4. Santaland, Myer Stores Across Sydney

Santaland Myer Santa photos
Meet Santa and his elves at Myer's festive Santaland!


Sometimes fancy locations can’t trump easy to travel places. At Myer's festive Santaland, Santa is waiting for you and the family and he’s brought a slice of the North Pole with him! 

Each 10-minute Santaland booking includes a personal one-on-one experience for you and your family. You'll get to meet Santa and his elves, and get your 2020 Christmas photos taken. You can also take a trip on the Santaland Express train on your visit to Santa - included with each City store booking (available in Melbourne City, Brisbane City, Perth City, Adelaide City, Sydney City stores only).

When: 20th November to 24th December 2020
Where: Myer Stores

5. Santa’s Magic Cave, David Jones

Santa photos David Jones
A popular choice every year with families, David Jones are open for some socially-distanced Santa photo fun!


Santa’s permit application to move around in all states in Australia has been approved and he will be appearing with his trusty elves in our Magic Caves for a meet and greet and a photo. With the help of a special and one-of-a-kind installation, Santa will be practising physical distancing to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone who visits him this Christmas.

And if you're not game for traditional Santa photos—keep your eyes peeled for Santa instore, as he wanders around using a socially-distanced photo prop and taking selfies and offering special inside information on how he travels all the way around the world in one night. Alternatively, you can catch up with Santa via the North Pole Hotline on Zoom (how very 2020...). He'll be available for video calls to hear all about what’s on top of your Christmas wish list! Video Calls with Santa are complimentary, plus you’ll receive a video recording of the chat to keep as a memento of this unique opportunity.

When: 12th November to 24th December 2020
Where: Level 6, Toy Department, David Jones on Elizabeth Street, Sydney

6. Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale

Canley Vale Santa photos
These enchanted forest Santa sessions will make memorable festive souvenirs.


Get a Santa photo with a twist - outdoors, and with pets! Photography studio AZUELO Designs are offering gorgeous enchanted forest Santa sessions with a touch of vintage styling and a professional, kid-friendly (patient!) photographer. A 10-minute session is $98 and includes eight high-resolution, professionally-edited digital images via email - perfect for Christmas card printing. See all the details and COVID-safe measures here

When: Weekends remaining are 28th - 29th November and 12th - 13th December 
Where: Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale

7. Santa by the Surf, Bondi and Bronte Beach

Santa by the Surf
Don't miss your chance to get an iconic Aussie Santa photo this year!
Image: Newcastle Herald

Ditch the shopping malls and bring your family and pets down to Bondi Beach for a summer Christmas photo with Santa. With two amazing locations to choose from, this is the perfect activity to get into the festive spirit. Book now for Santa By The Surf at iconic Bondi Beach. Strict social distancing measures will be in place and bookings are essential. 

When:  Sun 6th Dec, Sat 19th Dec, Sun 20th Dec 8.30am to 1.30pm at North Bondi Surf Club. Sat 12th Dec 10am to 3pm, Thurs 17th  Dec 8am to 1pm and Fri 18th Dec 8am to 1pm at Bronte Surf Club
Where: North Bondi Surf Club and Bronte Surf Club

8. Santa In The Garden, St Ives

Santa photos at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Such a gorgeous, outdoorsy location for a Santa photo!


Santa is coming to the Wildflower Garden in St Ives this year for an ultra-unique outdoor photo opp. Visitors will be able to meet Santa in a beautiful outdoor setting, where the flexible set can be used to create the perfect shot for every family. The package includes a 5-minute session and 3 high-res digital images for $80. Bookings are essential.

Where: Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
When: 14th November - 2nd December

9. Santa at Top Ryde City 

Santa Photos Top Ryde City
Sensitive Santa photos are also available for those with sensory needs at Top Ryde City.


An ever-popular face around Top Ryde during the festive season, Santa is back for some socially-distanced fun in 2020! A throne will be set up for families next to Santa himself, and each stool will be cleaned and sanitised after each sitting. 

Sensitive Santa photos are also on offer this year for families with children with special needs. These sensory-friendly visits invite families to meet Santa one-on-one with considered sensory conditions. Bookings are essential for all Santa visits, book here.

When: 14th November - 24th December
Where: Top Ryde City, Ground Floor, Cnr Devlin St & Blaxland Road, Ryde

10. Santa Photos at Luna Park

Santa Photos at Luna Park
Snap a picture with Santa this year at Sydney's favourite amusement park!


Offering socially distanced Santa photos—Luna Park will become a go-to spot for a socially distanced Santa photo this year! Alongside a whole heap of other Christmas fun waiting to be had, Christmas at Luna Park is chock-full of special seasonal treats including rides, entertainment and a whole lot more.

When:      Open Saturdays and Sundays until 19th December, then open daily until 24th December. 
Where:    1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

11. Sydney Christmas Fair

Sydney Christmas Fair Santa photos
Ready for a whole lot of merriment! Sydney Christmas Fair is the perfect spot for a Santa photo this year.


This family-friendly extravaganza at the Entertainment Quarter will feature a huge line-up of entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including all your favourite carnival rides and games, water activities, interactive Elf workshops, gingerbread house party, outdoor cinema, letters to Santa and so much more! Santa will be available for socially-distanced photos (and he loves it when you bring pets along too!). 

When:        4 -6 Dec and 11-13 Dec.
Where:       Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park

Hero image: The Daily Telegraph

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