Perth people aren't too fond of standing in queues. We may do it for brunch or possibly to get into the Western Derby, but other than that, if we have to queue, we generally avoid it. So the thought of waiting in the stifling Aussie summer heat to meet Santa, is generally a headache just waiting to happen.
But now, for the second in a row, you can meet Santa on your terms and in your own time - with no waiting. And for the first time, you can also meet Mrs Claus too, and listen to her read some special Christmas stories.
Santaland is a little piece of Christmas magic in the heart of the city. The good people at Myer are bringing Santa's magic to their central city store in Perth and you can book your own exclusive ten-minute meeting with the big man himself.
You can book a session with Santa as an individual or a small group. Santa's Little Helpers recommend that if you have a particularly large family (or lots to discuss) you can book a double session. Santa also has special sensory sessions available for kids with special needs.
The electronic Rudolph amused the kids even more than Santa
If you wish to visit Mrs Claus, you will be able to meet her at Myer in the city, Karrinyup, Garden City and Joondalup, although she won't be arriving in Perth until early December and she is only available Fridays through Sundays for limited times. I guess someone has to get the presents ready while Santa is chatting to all the kids.
Visiting Santa is free, but if you need a permanent reminder of your visit with Santa, his helpers also offer photographic packages starting at $27.50 for two prints. Or you could just use your phone like everyone else.
Santa visits begin on the 18th of November and go right up to Christmas Eve but you can book now. There are up to 45 sessions available a day – from 9.00am to 8.45pm (depending on opening times). Simply choose your preferred day and select your session time.
Enter your name, email address, number of children (assuming of course you're taking the kids, but there is no reason an adult can't go visit the Big Guy) and your mobile number so they can send a reminder text the day before.
It is a brilliant system for busy parents, and the sessions are available during the school holidays before Christmas. Be quick though, as sessions are sure to fill quickly. If you do miss out on your preferred time, Santa will still be seeing walk-ins, so everyone will get to let him know their biggest Christmas desire.
Apparently there is a height limit on the Santa train