Are you looking for somewhere to take the kids for a good Santa photo - with a jolly-looking Santa complete with round belly, realistic beard and a twinkle in his eye?
Around Canberra, there will be a number of magical Santa photo locations to visit, complete with life-size reindeer statues, huge Santa thrones and even falling snow. If you have a child who gets upset at the noise and crowds at Christmas-time, there will also be Sensitive Santa times outside of the busy hours. These Santa photo locations aren't just for kids either - you can even take your pets for a cute Christmas photo! Keep reading to find a location near you...
Marketplace Gungahlin will have FREE Santa photos between 30th November and Christmas Eve! Just take your own camera or phone to Santa's throne outside Big W and take your own photo with the big man in red himself - see here for dates and times. They will also have FREE pet photos on 30th November - bookings are essential. There will also be Sensitive Santa times on the weekend of 14th - 15th December, at the earlier time of 7:30am - 8:30am. See here for full details. You can't get much better than free!
Westfield Belconnen will have a happy, jolly Santa who will be arriving on Saturday, 9th November and sitting for photos until Christmas Eve - see here for online bookings. Photo packages will be available, or buy a single photo or digital package. They will also have Sensitive Santa and Pet Photography in November, as well as falling snow over Centre Court between 9th and 24th November! Get caught up in the magic of Christmas at Westfield Belconnen. See here for full details.
See below for Claire's moving story on her visit to Sensitive Santa.
Westfield Woden has Santa arriving on Saturday, 9th November and he will be available for photographs all the way until 22nd December. You can find him on Level 1 in the David Jones Court. Online bookings are recommended for a 10 minute visit (see here for details), however walk-ins are also acceptable. Discuss the variety of pricing options with the staff and each child receives a gift to take home. This location also has Sensory Santa times (14th November to 24th November) and Pet Photography times (15th November to 29th November - bookings essential). See here for full details.
Take your pets to meet Santa! Image: Westfield Woden website
The Canberra Centre will have Santa arrive in town on 16th November - with a Santas Arrival event for the whole family! Starting from 9am there will be a performance by the National Capital Ballet, gingerbread decorating and giveaways from the National Museum of Australia's Dreamworks Exhibition. Santa will then be available for photos until Christmas Eve, with a Sensitive Santa session on Sunday, 1st December, between 8am and 9am. You can find him in his Enchanted Garden outside RM Williams on the Ground Level. See here for full details.