Christmas is now less than a month away and it is time for kids across Canberra to be making their lists and checking them twice. For some kids who are a little afraid of Santa, the big man in the red suit is a yearly curiosity to watch from afar, however other kids relish the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa in all his Christmassy glory. Whichever camp your child is in, here is a list of where to find the man in red this December in Canberra.
If you are visiting the new IKEA this December (which it appears most of Canberra is!), drive across the road to Majura Park Shopping Centre and say hello to Santa. He will be available each weekend before Christmas and daily between 21st - 24th December between 10am - 2pm. Santa will be located outside "Toys R Us" and you can take your own photo and then make a gold coin donation to the Canberra Hospital Foundation. Every child also receives a Majura Park Shopping Centre Christmas Activity pack. See here for more information or call (02) 6275 2252.
HARVEY NORMAN, FYSHWICK If you are near Fyshwick, get your Santa photos taken at Harvey Norman between 11am - 2pm each weekend before Christmas. Receive your first 6" x 4" photo with Santa free (one photo per family) and if you want more you can then choose from a variety of photo packs with prices ranging between $15 - $50. See here for more information or call 02 6283 1200.
THE MARKETPLACE, GUNGAHLIN Santa and Mrs Claus will be visiting The Marketplace from December 7th in the Kidstruction Clubhouse. Santa will be available for photos between 1pm - 5pm weekdays and 10am - 2pm on weekends. Get your free photo with Santa and also receive a free gift before doing your Christmas shopping. See here for more information or call 02 6123 4900.
CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE, FYSHWICK Canberra Outlet Centre's Santa will be located near Freedom every weekend in December and then daily between 21st - 24th of December between 12pm - 4pm. Take your own photo with Santa and make a donation to SIDS and Kids. See here for more information or call 02 6112 6222.
Source: Canberra Outlet Centre website
WESTFIELD BELCONNEN If you live north of the city, visit Centre Court at Westfield Belconnen for a magical Santa experience. Santa is very busy at this centre, visiting almost every day to get his photo taken. If you visit after December 12th they have the innovative 'Virtual Queue' service so you don't have to line up with your excited kids. Provide your mobile number and they will text you when it is your turn - it is that easy! See here for more information or call Westfield Belconnen Concierge on 02 6251 4333.
WESTFIELD WODEN If you live south of Canberra, Santa will be at Woden's Westfield Shopping Centre located at David Jones Court next to Muffin Break. Package prices range between $19.95 - $59.95. 'Virtual Queue' service not advertised at time of writing. See here for more information or call Westfield Woden Concierge on 02 6283 6000.
Source: Westfield Belconnen website
CANBERRA CENTRE, CIVIC
The Canberra Centre in the Civic has Santa photos available at both David Jones and Target. The David Jones Santa is making daily appearances throughout the Christmas period and photo packages range between $25 - $50. The Target Santa is appearing on Saturdays only for a free polaroid photo. See here for more information or call David Jones on 02 6222 6333 / Target on 02 6245 5600.
The Hyperdome at Tuggeranong has a Santa ready for photos in the Centre Court every day until Christmas Eve. There is an extensive price list on the Hyperdome website, ensure you check the pricing before you go. See here for more information or call 02 6293 1000.
Myer in Belconnen has Santa ready for photos daily up until Christmas with package prices starting from $27.50. See here for more information or call the Myer Belconnen Toy Department on 02 6256 8300.
Domayne Furniture store in Fyshwick are having Santa Photos every weekend in December between 11am - 2pm. There are photo packages available between $15 and $50. See here for more information or call 02 6126 2500.
If you find an extra Santa in Canberra that is not listed here, or you find one that is particularly great with kids, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article. Every family is in search of a friendly and "real" looking Santa -hopefully there will be one on this list who will evoke a photogenic smile from your young ones and create a magical memory this Christmas.