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Santa's Place on the Peninsula

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published October 25th 2013
Is this the best Christmas shop in Australia?

There's nothing quite as magical as seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. No words are needed, it's clear to see the amazement, intrigue, hope, joy and sheer delight on their faces at the thought of Santa coming down the chimney the night before Christmas.

Santa's Place

A great place to get into the Christmas spirit is Santa's Place. I have to say even as a adult I was in sheer amazement at the amount of Christmas decorations, ornaments, trees, Santas, and anything that you could possibly find that's Christmas related, which was overwhelming yet fantastic.

On the outside Santa's Place looks cute, and well, small but step inside and it still feels small until you realise one room is connected to the next which keep on going until you come to a little hidden cafe. It turns to be quite deceiving in size and the sheer volume that's contained within the building is extraordinary.

At the front of the building is two doors, the entry is on the right with the exit being on the left. It's definitely one way traffic with small isles but they're big enough to fit a stroller through if need be. Wheelchair access is available through the side gate which leads to the cafe.

Christmas candles

Inside, be prepared to look at every nook and cranny as you will find the most delightful things hiding around a corner or at the back of a shelf or hanging from the roof, there really is thousands of pieces to look at.

Aussie Santa

Whilst one room is dedicated to artificial trees and hanging ornaments another is filled with different varieties of lights, another with books, cards and Aussie Santas with cork hats.

Christmas books

Another room is filled with Christmas scenes, toys, Santa hats, sacks, reindeer, tinsel, tree ornaments and so much more.

I really like that there are colour coordinated areas with whites, blues and silvers together, the traditional red green and gold, the more playful children's colours of mauve, pink and blue and so on.

If choosing your perfect Christmas decorations becomes overwhelming then head to the cafe for a simple but hearty meal or some coffee and cake.

The cafe

The great thing about Santa's Place is that if the children become too excited and the temptation of touching delicate items becomes too much, you can always take them out to the playground where they can run around and explore the great play equipment.

A part of the playground

More of the outside area

From the playground you can look over the real Christmas trees so when you want the kids to move on from the playground it shouldn't be too hard when they know it's time to choose a tree to take home and decorate.

Can you pick the best tree?

Fresh Christmas trees vary in price from $50 for a 1.5 metre tree and go up in gradients to $120 for a 3.3 metre tree.

Christmas scenes

Santa's place is well worth a visit with the kids, whether you're going for a tree, a few ornaments or a coffee and a play. Whatever you go there for, it will certainly get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Santa's place is open from July to December. Opening times for November and December are 10am - 5pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Sun and 10am - 9pm Friday and Saturdays. For more times, click here.

Although the lovely girls in the shop said if somebody comes in just before closing they generally always stay on. I thought this could be annoying as everyone usually likes to get home after a days work but the girls said it's Christmas and often children are waiting for their dad's to get home from work to take them to collect a tree.

You can get just about any decoration imaginable

Santa's place is located on the corner of the Moorooduc Highway and Bentons Rd, Moorooduc ( entry is from Bentons Rd). Although it sounds like it's in the middle of nowhere it could also be classified as Mornington (which I am sure you're more familiar with) if it was on the opposite side of the road. When approaching from Frankston, it's just after the Shell petrol station on the left side of the road.

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Why? For everything Christmas
When: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Sun 10am - 5pm, Fri and Sat 10am - 9pm
Phone: 59 788500
Where: 320 Bentons Rd (at the corner of Moorooduc Hwy)
Cost: Fresh trees are between $50 - $120
Your Comment
Some amazing looking decorations. I never would have associated a parrot with Christmas, but it does look festive.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12622) 2561 days ago
Excellent, had no idea it was there, thank you !
by Buggy (score: 1|31) 2561 days ago
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