Where to Get Santa Photos in Melbourne in 2022

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So, you are thinking about sussing options on where to get your Santa photos in Melbourne?  There are a few things to think about before heading out.  Each venue has something different to offer.  There are free Santa photos, package deals, pet Santa photos, indoor or outdoor Santa photos, the list goes on. Doing a bit of research can make the whole process a lot smoother and you can find just what you are looking for with this annual Melbourne Christmas tradition.

We suggest getting in as early as possible in the season to avoid the big crowds and lines.  As there is often some waiting involved, either bring snacks or make sure the kids are fed and watered before you go.  It is a good idea to talk to the children about what you are doing and even give Santa a wave each time you see him so the children become more familiar.  To see a man in a big red suit and be expected to sit on his lap can be a bit confronting, so be prepared to be in the photo as well if needed!

We have put together a list of venues where you can get your best Santa photos in Melbourne.  Remember to check if you need to book in or you can just rock up.

Westfield Santa photos

Westfield Santa photos are one of the most popular places to get cute photos with Santa each year! While you are out shopping for Christmas earrings to match your new Christmas dress, why not stop in and get your Santa photos taken with the kids?

In Melbourne you can find Santa being snapped happily for Santa pics at the following Westfield locations:

Westfield Doncaster

TBC for 2022: ‘Tis’ the season to be making merry memories. Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Doncaster. The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa will be balanced this year with ensuring the health and safety of the customers - and of course, Santa and his elves.

Book now for Santa Photography and following your session collect a complimentary Subway® voucher for one of Santa’s favourite cookies. Just like Santa this deal won’t be in town for long – so dash into your nearest participating restaurant to avoid missing out on your sweet treat! Subway® is located level 1, in the food court.

When: Saturday 13 November – Thursday 24 December

Cost:  See website for cost details.

There is more information on getting your Santa pics at Westfield Doncaster here.

Westfield Airport West

TBC for 2022: Get in early for your Santa Photos! Avoid the last minute rush and pre-plan your Santa Photos and visit to Westfield Airport West. The online booking system lets you select a time and jump the queue on the day! All children who visit Santa will also receive a reindeer headband to take home.

When: Saturday 13th November – Friday 24th December

Cost:  See website for cost details.

Find more information on getting your Santa Claus photos at Westfield Airport West here.

Westfield Knox

TBC for 2022: They are making Christmas merrier this year and bringing the magic of the North Pole to Westfield Knox with a visit from Santa! Santa will be there ready to meet the children and hear their wish lists before getting a photo. You can book in online.

When: Saturday 13th November – Friday 24th December

Cost:  See website for cost details.

There is more information on getting your Santa pictures at Westfield Knox here.

Westfield Southland

TBC for 2022: Santa is coming to Westfield Southland. He will be ready to welcome the children and families and is looking forward to hearing if you have been naughty or nice. You can book ahead online to avoid the long lines.

When: Saturday 13th November – Friday 24th December

Cost:  See website for cost details.

You can find more details on getting your Santa pics at Westfield Southland here.

Westfield Fountain Gate

TBC for 2022: Westfield Fountain Gate is looking forward to welcoming the big man in the red suit! Create your annual memories and let Santa know what is on everyone’s wishlist. You can book online ahead of time. Book now for Santa Photography and following your session collect a complimentary Subway® voucher for one of Santa’s favourite cookies. Just like Santa this deal won’t be in town for long – so dash into your nearest participating restaurant to avoid missing out on your sweet treat! Subway® is located level 1 near the food court.

When: Saturday 13th November – Friday 24th December

Cost:  See website for cost details.

There are more details on getting your best Santa photos at Westfield Fountain Gate here.

Myer Santa photos

TBC for 2022: A trip to the Myer Christmas windows and then a photo at Myer Santaland is a favourite ritual for many Melbourne families. Myer SantaLand is a fun interactive playground including a steam locomotive train ride through a tunnel with snow, flashing crossway and illuminated rail signals. Santa will be there, and you can book the children in for a 10 minute session with him. There is time for a chat with the big man to let him know the Christmas list as well as capturing some beautiful Santa snaps.

When: Monday 15th November – Friday 24th December

Cost: See website for cost details.

You can find more details on getting some lovely Myer Santa photos here.

David Jones Selfie Santa

TBC for 2022: Keep an eye out for Santa instore this year, you never know where you might find him! We’ve heard he’s wandering David Jones across Australia, taking selfies and offering up his secret way of travelling around the world in one night – even during COVID!

Please note, Santa will be practicing physical distancing using a special photo prop to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone he meets this Christmas. David Jones invite their customers to go and have a complimentary selfie with the man of the season in stores this Christmas.

When: Thursday 2 December – Friday 24 December 11am – 2pm

There is more information about getting your David Jones Santa photos here.

Chadstone Santa photos

TBC for 2022: Discover an exclusive Santa Photography experience that gives you and your family more time, more photos, and more memories. With a professional photographer to capture every moment from start to finish,you’ll receive a digital gallery straight to your phone with printing options to take home. Each ticket is valid for one family.

When: 18 November and 24 December

Cost: See website for cost details

You can find more information on Chadstone Santa photos here.

Queen Victoria Markets Santa photos

TBC for 2022: A highlight of the Merry Market Christmas celebrations is Saint Nick’s visit on 6, 13 and 20 December. Say hello before enjoying the market’s other Yuletide pleasures, from shopping for Christmas food and gifts.

You can find more details on Queen Victoria Markets Santa photos here.

Where to get free Santa photos in Melbourne

We know the costs can really add up at this time of year, so we have found where you can get free Santa photos in Melbourne in 2022 this year.

Harvey Norman Santa photos

TBC for 2022: Who doesn’t love a FREE Santa Claus photo? Head to your local Harvey Norman where everyone receives a free 6×4 Santa photo. There are other sizes and packages available to purchase as well. Santa said he would bring his special “magical key” to show children, so they know how he gets in if they don’t have a fire place.

When: Check each store for days and times

Cost: Free 6×4 photo

Find more details on getting your Santa photo at your local Harvey Norman soon.

Pet Santa photos in Melbourne

The jolly big man’s lap isn’t restricted to just children. Your dogs and cats are also welcome. If you’ve ever wanted a photo with Santa holding your pup or kitty, here’s your chance.  We have put together a list of places to go to get your pet Santa photos in Melbourne here.

You have all the information you need to plan your best Santa photos ever!  Go with the flow, as you know when you put children, pets and Santa together for a photo – you never quite know how it will go! 

If facing the shopping malls doesn’t thrill you, check out our special Xmas presents gift guide for family and friends to fit your budget.

Check out our Christmas events in Melbourne here and if you are hoping to help someone in need this Christmas, check out our volunteering at Christmas article.

All the very best and a very Merry Christmas!

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