At the time of writing, there is only one more page on the calendar to turn and Christmas is on its way. Decorations adorn the ceilings at local shopping centres and towering Christmas trees are blinking in unison - where did the year go? Starting in November, Santas will be making appearances all across the city, waiting for kids to come and tell him what they want for Christmas. Does your child enjoy getting their photo taken with Santa? Or just likes to watch from afar? Here are just some of the places to find Santa - for photos or just a quick look - this Christmas in Canberra.
Starting from the South of Canberra and heading north...
TUGGERANONG HYPERDOME will have Santa arrive on November 19th and he will be there every day until Christmas Eve - Santa doesn't even get a day off! See Santas timetable and pricing details here. You can also get your photo taken with your pet, with three dates available. Cost: Photo packages.
WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE - WODEN will have Santa on his throne for photos from November 12th at the David Jones Court next to Donut King and Kidstuff, all the way until Christmas Eve. See details and times here. Santa's Parade will also be on November 12th at 12:30pm. If your kids find the whole experience of Santa overwhelming with noise, lights and people, then why not visit at a Sensory Santa time, before the centre opens. Cost: Photo packages.
DAVID JONES - WODEN has a Roaming Santa and Fairy between December 12th and Christmas Eve in the Toy Department, between 11am - 3pm. If you spot him you can grab a Santa selfie with your own camera. See details here.
HARVEY NORMAN FYSHWICK will be having Santa photos starting from November 17th and everyone who goes into the store is eligible for a free photo with Santa. There will also be gift photo packages available to purchase. See details here. Cost: Free and Photo Packages.
DAVID JONES - CANBERRA CENTRE in the CBD has Santa photos starting from the November 26th on the Lower Ground floor. You can turn up on the day and organisers will take your phone number and call you when Santa is ready. Alternatively, you can book a time online for your own personal 10 minute sitting, with no more than 4 children per booking time. See here for the FAQs and here to book. Cost: Photo packages - see pricing here.
MAJURA PARK SHOPPING CENTRE will be having the big man in red outside Big W starting from Saturday, November 26th, then every weekend leading up to Christmas. Every child who meets Santa receives a Majura Park Shopping Centre Christmas Activity pack. See details here. Cost: A gold coin donation to the Canberra Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE - BELCONNEN will have Santa for photos each day between 12th November and Christmas Eve. When it starts to get busy after 10th December, they will have a Virtual Queue system in place so you can register your mobile number and then they will call you when its your turn. See details here. They also have Pet Photography, Sensory Santa, Story time, Christmas Activity Zone and Santa's Breakfast (December 3rd) through the Christmas season. Cost: Photo Packages.
GUNGAHLIN MARKETPLACE - will be having Santa between November 26th and December 24th. On weekdays he will be at the centre between 12pm - 5pm and on weekends 10am - 2pm. Every child receives a free gift. See details here.
The day of Santa photos is a magical time of year for kids, as it means that it isn't long until Christmas Day. In many places the long line of waiting to see him is gone, with virtual queues and online booking sessions in place, so Santa has a personalised moment with your child and vice versa. Although Santa may have embraced technology, the magic of meeting Santa is still beautifully traditional. Enjoy the experience kids of Canberra...and pets!