Are your kids eager to tell the big guy in red all about the long wishlist that’s been steadily building throughout the year?
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy COVID-safe Santa photoshoot near home or a magical Santa experience a little further afield, we’ve rounded up a list of the best places in the Sutherland Shire and Greater Sydney to have a sit down with Santa.
Shire Santa Photos
Let your kids experience the joy of meeting Santa at Menai Marketplace. Booking online is essential for your visit to Santa, where all visitors will sit/stand a safe 1.5m distance from Santa and his helpers, who are still very happy to take down orders for Christmas!
Sensitive Santa photos and pet photos are also available.
Tis’ the season to be making merry memories. Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Miranda. The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa will be balanced this year with ensuring the health and safety of customers - and of course, Santa and his elves.
Still with the magic you know and love, Miranda Westfield will be offering a COVID-Safe Santa experience in line with safety requirements. The traditional portrait image will be replaced with a landscape shot, to allow for physical distancing. You’re encouraged to bring festive props or a favourite toy to create a unique and interactive Christmas memory.
All children who visit Santa will also receive a reindeer headband to take home. There are also additional benefits for Westfield Plus members, and sensitive and pet photography sessions on offer too.
At Kareela Village, you can create a truly unique Santa Photo at a fraction of the price of other locations- because it’s free!
Simply book your time slot online, and arrive with your phone ready to go as you will be your own photographer here. All photos will be socially-distanced and giving children a heads up that they will not be allowed to hug Santa this year is probably a good idea.
You even have the option of creating a Digital Santa Photo from the comfort of your home by combining a photo of your own on your choice of background with Santa, which you can print or post to social media yourself! Perfect for little kids who aren’t so keen on sitting down with Santa.
Where: Kareela Village
When: 11th November – 24th December
This year Santa will be roaming around David Jones Miranda- you never know where you might find him! He’ll be taking selfies and offering up his secret way of travelling around the world in one night – even during COVID!
Please note, Santa will be practising physical distancing using a special photo prop to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone he meets this Christmas. Customers are invited to come and have a complimentary selfie with the man of the season in stores this Christmas.
Where: David Jones Miranda
Meet and greet Santa at Myer Miranda! Each 10-minute Santaland booking includes a personal one on one experience for you and your family. Meet Santa and his Helpers, and have your 2021 COVID-safe, socially distanced Christmas photos taken.
Where: Myer Miranda, level 4
When: 25th November – 24th December
Santa and his beachy backdrop will be returning to Cronulla Plaza this year! Santa’s beach-themed setting at Cronulla Plaza has the traditions of Christmas with a little touch of the seaside, which makes for a unique and relaxed photo for your family. Pets are welcome to join your family photos too. Please note, bookings are required.
Where: Cronulla Plaza, stage along Kingsway
When: 20th November – 24th December
Sydney-wide Santa Photos
Make your santa photo something special this year by heading to Revesby Workers Club where your children can have a COVID-safe Santa photo experience with Santa’s sleigh as the magical backdrop.
Catering for children, families, plus sensory sessions and pet photos also. Book online or find more details at rwc.org.au. Booking essential.
When: 4th – 24th December
Indulge in a bespoke Christmas-themed Traditional High Tea designed by Head Chef Rob Crichton. Spend time with Santa at your own pace, with the option of capturing your own photo memories or have the on-hand professional photographer take your photo with Santa.
There are also sensory high teas on offer, which are held before the Centre opens, to ensure a quieter experience.
When: 13th November – 24 December (see website for available times and sensory sessions)
Know of another Santa photo opportunity we’ve missed? Leave a comment and let us know!
And if you’re seeking another exciting Christmas adventure with family or friends check out our guide to Christmas events in the Shire this year.