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31 Best Places to Get Santa Photos Melbourne

If you like to visit Santa in Melbourne each year for an updated family snap, or portrait of your kids, bookings for your 2023 photo with Santa Melbourne wide are now open.

I’ve sorted out the best places by location so you can find opportunities for Santa photos near you.

Many locations are also offering Christmas pet photography, ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ sessions and ‘Sensitive Santa’ sessions – calm and comfortable photography sessions run before stores open to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

This list will be updated periodically as more Santa Photo sessions are released, and specific details are available.

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1. David Jones Melbourne

Be transported to A World of Wonder and take a seat beside Santa, as you take a photo together to remember the 2023 Christmas season!

For this year’s Christmas photos at David Jones, each guest will receive their photos in a beautiful package plus a custom David Jones 2023 Christmas bauble! 

Bookings open on 4 November and note that pre-paid bookings are essential so make sure to book ahead to avoid missing out.

Additionally, for David Jones Rewards members keep an eye on your emails as they’ll be sending in an early access link.

David Jones, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, 13 33 57

Saturday 4 November and Sunday 24 December

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2. Myer Melbourne

A trip to the Myer Christmas windows and then a photo at Myer Santaland is a favourite annual ritual for many Melbourne families.

Bookings for Santaland Myer Melbourne are always essential and each ten minute Santaland Melbourne booking includes a personal one on one experience for you and your family. Meet Santa and his Elves and get your Myer Santa photos taken.

You can even take a trip on the Santaland Express train on your visit to Santa Myer Melbourne – it’s included with each booking!.

Myer Melbourne, Bourke St Mall, Melbourne

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3. Greensborough Plaza

Experience the magic of the holidays at Santa’s brand-new Christmas Village on Level 1 of Greensborough Plaza.

Inspired by traditional colours red, green & gold, you’ll be wowed by dazzling Christmas trees, baubles and twinkling lights. 

Snap a special moment with Santa and book a Santa Photo session, Sensitive Santa session or Pet Photography.

While you’re there, why not stop take a moment to join in all the fun Christmas activities or the free Christmas events happening at Greensborough Plaza.

Greensbourough Plaza, 25 Main St, Greensborough, +61 3 9435 4000

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 24 December 2023

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4. Santa Paws: A Photo With Santa and Your Furry Friend

It’s that time of year when everyone takes their children for a photo with Santa, but if your dog is your fur baby, or you just want to spice up the festive photo this year, Santa Paws is here to take a cute photo with your furry friend instead.

Included in your Santa Paws photo package ticket is one photo with Santa (one print copy plus a digital copy). They’ll even throw in a little treat for your dog.

Bookings are essential. The space is wheelchair accessible.

Santa Paws: A Photo With Santa and Your Furry Friend, Inside Potion Putt The District Docklands 440 Docklands Dr, hello@explorehidden.com
Tue 5 Dec – Tue 12 Dec, 4pm – 7pm

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5. Westfield Plenty Valley, Mill Park

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s landing his sleigh at Westfield Plenty Valley to take photos with families on his red throne at Westfield Plenty Valley.

This year, Westfield Plenty Valley have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and Friends photography, Sensitive Santa photography, and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a gift to take home. All Santa photo sessions require an online booking.

Book your Santa photo session today.

Santa Photos at Westfield Plenty Valley, Centre Court, near Aldi, 415 McDonalds Road, Mill Park, +61 3 9404 4511

Westfield Plenty Valley

6. Greensborough Plaza

From 18 November 2023 Santa is visiting Greensborough Plaza every day in the lead-up to Christmas! This year, bookings open on 1 November and for each booking, you’ll have 15 minutes to gather with the whole family to snap a photo with the jolly man himself. 

Note that walk-in availability will be limited on weekends and the week before Christmas, so it’s best to book your slot ahead of time to avoid missing out.

You can also book Pet Photos and Sensory Photos.

Greensborough Plaza, 25 Main Street, Greensborough, +61 3 9435 4000

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 24 December 2023

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7. Myer Northland

Santa is due to arrive at Myer Northland very soon and it will be the perfect time to have your photo taken with The Jolly Man himself! In 2023 bookings will be essential as in previous years. 

Myer’s Santaland Santa Photos will be available to book between November 25 and Christmas Eve.

Myer Northland, 2-50 Murray Road, Preston, 1300 112 460

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8. Waverley Gardens, Mulgrave

Waverley Gardens has prepared some Santa Snaps, pet pics and has so much more Christmas joy to spread!

During December you’ll be able to have your photo taken with the jolly man himself

This year Waverley Gardens also welcome you to have a family photo with your furry friend or dress up your pet for a photo with Santa with their Pet Photo Packs

Sensory Photos are also available to children who have physical or behavioural special needs but note that the spots for these are limited so it would be best to book ahead of time.

Bookings for both Santa Photos and Pet Photos are essential so make sure you book your visit to avoid missing out on the Christmas festivities! Bookings open 9 November 2023.

Waverly Gardens, Corner of Police and Jacksons Roads, Mulgrave

Sat 25 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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9. Westfield Southland, Cheltenham

Santa is arriving at Westfield Southland and he can’t wait to take festive photos with you to remember this Christmas. 

This year, Westfield Southland have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and friends, Sensitive Santa, Auslan Santa, and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a snowflake crown to take home.

Auslan Santa is a pilot program offering children who use Auslan as their primary form of communication, the chance to share their Christmas wishlist directly with an Auslan-fluent Santa. Developed in collaboration with Deaf Australia, the sessions will be longer and will have helpers and an interpreter on hand to facilitate.

In the Sensitive Santa experience families can have a photo taken in a relaxed environment, tailored to children with sensory challenges. These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

Book your Santa photo session today.

Santa Photos at Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, +61 3 9582 5600

Westfield Southland

10. Westfield Fountain Gate

Santa is coming to Westfield Fountain Gate to take photos with guests of all ages! 

Online bookings are essential for Santa photography sessions. View the variety of photo packages available and book here to secure a time that is convenient for you.

This year, Westfield Fountain Gate have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and friends, Sensitive Santa, Auslan Santa, and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a special gift to take home. All Santa photo sessions require an online booking.

Even better, a Sensitive Santa experience is on offer, where families can have a photo taken in a relaxed environment, tailored to children with sensory challenges. These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

Book a November Santa photography session – Family and friends and purchase any photo package valued at $30 or more, for your chance to redeem a bonus $20 Westfield Gift Card.

The first 100 Westfield Members to present their Santa photography receipt valued at $30 or more at the Concierge desk, located near Shoes & Sox, on the same day as their booking, will be eligible to redeem a $20 Westfield Gift Card. This offer excludes Pet Photography, Sensitive Santa and Auslan Santa sessions. Ts&Cs apply*.

Book your Santa photo session today.

Santa Photos at Westfield Fountain Gate, 25-55 Overland Drive, Fountain Gate, +61 3 9704 6666

Westfield Fountain Gate

11. Parkmore Shopping Centre, Keysborough

Parkmore Shopping Centre is a well-loved favourite Santa Photo location for locals in Keysborough in Melbourne’s south-east.

Photos are taken inside the Santa house/set, located next to Best & Less. Online bookings are required so make sure you get in early. 

Book sessions from 11 November to 24 December 2023 for standard Santa photos, Pet Santa photos and Sensitive Santa sessions.

Parkmore Shopping Centre, 317 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough, +61 3 9798 9494

Sat 11 Nov – Sat 24 Dec

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12. Chadstone

Capture joyful candid moments with Santa and grab the perfect festive family photo at Chadstone! Unfortunately all bookings sold out really quickly this year but Chadstone have advised that you should keep checking daily because many people need to cancel their sessions so you might still be able to snap one up.

Santa Photography is $49.00 (inc. GST) per booking. You must be, or become, a Chadstone First member to book Santa Photography. Chadstone First members receive email updates about the latest offers, event details and news of what is happening in-centre.

Online bookings are essential, no walk ups available.

And in keeping up with the tradition, Chadstone will once again pledge a sizable donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Centre’s Christmas Charity.

Santa Photos at Chadstone Lower Ground Level, outside Target

Chadstone, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, +61 3 9563 3355

Mon 13 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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13. Julieanne Perara Photography 

For $75 you can bring all of your tribe, including pets. Within 2 days you will be emailed 3x high-resolution digital files for unlimited prints and sharing.

The Santa Sessions go for 5 minutes. This is for ONE GROUP ONLY. Two or three different combinations will be set up and captured. If you have large groups in attendance, require costume changes or multiple combinations please book multiple sessions.

Julieanne Perara Photography, Level 1, Central Mall near Commonwealth Bank, 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, +61 3 9870 8377

Wednesday 1st November at 8pm.

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14. Christmas in the Atrium, Crown Melbourne 

Santa is undoubtedly the most anticipated attraction at Crown over the festive period, and will be on his throne for FREE Santa photos at the Atrium daily from Friday 1 December until Sunday 24 December Christmas Eve: 

Christmas in the Atrium, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, 61392926222
1 December – 24 December
Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm 

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15. Eastland, Ringwood

Santa is arriving at Eastland and will be available for photographs between Saturday 4 November and Sunday 24 December. Eastland Santa Photo bookings are essential.

When you visit Santa during November you will receive a BONUS 6”x 8” photo with any package purchase over $49.95.

Every family deserves the opportunity to capture a special Christmas memory with Santa, so Eastland are delighted to bring the Sensitive Santa sessions back in 2023. Creating a low-stress, sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all, without the crowds, queues and noise.

Baby’s First Christmas Photos are also available so you can capture this special seasonal moment!  

Pet photography sessions are also available from 13 November to December 6.

Santa Photos at Eastland Level 1, Central Mall near Commonwealth Bank, 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, +61 3 9870 8377

Sat 4 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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16. Westfield Knox, Wantirna South

Tis’ the season to be making merry memories Santa is arriving at Westfield Knox.

This year, Westfield Knox have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and friends, Sensitive Santa, and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a Christmas headband to take home. All Santa photo sessions require an online booking.

Book your Santa photo session today

Santa Photos at Westfield Knox, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, +61 3 9814 5000

Westfield Knox

17. Westfield Doncaster, Doncaster

Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Doncaster. There are very limited walk-in slots available, so bookings are strongly recommended.

This year, Westfield Doncaster have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and friends, Sensitive Santa, and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a Christmas headpiece to take home. All Santa photo sessions require an online booking.

Book your Santa photo session today.

Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, +61 3 9848 1699

Westfield Doncaster

18. Chirnside Park

Santa’s coming to Chirnside Park! But first, he’ll be joining in an exciting welcome parade starting outside Westpac and continuing through the centre on Saturday 11 November from 11 am – 2 pm.

Bookings are essential to secure your spot for a photo with the jolly man himself, and time slots for Sensitive Santa photos and Pet Photography are available too. A maximum of one family is allowed per booking to ensure adequate space is available.

Chirnside Park, 239-241 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park, +61 3 9727 9001

Sat 11 Nov – Sat 24 Dec

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19. Kew Junction, Kew

Bring the whole family along with any of your pets to get a Photo with Santa at Kew Court House while helping raise money for a wonderful local charity!

Photos with Santa will cost $25 and include digital files that will be emailed to you a week after the photoshoot. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Inclusion Foundation that advocates for the inclusion of children and young people with Down Syndrome through two innovative programs.

Bookings are not required but it would be best to arrive early to avoid missing out as the only dates available are on the 2nd and 9th of December 2023.

Kew Junction, 186 High Street, Kew

Sat 2 Dec & Sat 9 Dec, 10 am to 2 pm

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20. True Fairies, Fairy house

True fairies original Santa. We still have lots of places in November and a few left in the fairy house for December, if you are looking for the Fairy House location we suggest to book ASAP.

True Fairies, 13-23 Hull road, Croydon

Booking between December 12th – December 23rd

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21. Christmas Photo Art – Virtual Santa

The session includes multiple captures where possible to photoshop together an artwork that shows your child with Santa. This may include photographing your child with a parent/guardian as a stand-in and later replacing the stand-in with Santa.

Pets welcome (and you can have a pet-only photo; this is not just for humans!)

Christmas Photo Art – Virtual Santa, Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
Fri 1 Dec, 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM & Sat 2 Dec, 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM

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22. Pacific Werribee, Werribee

Visit Santa at Pacific Werribee during November and you’ll go in the draw to win a $1,000 Christmas Shopping Spree*. Plus receive a complimentary 6″x8″ photo print with any package purchase over $49.95.

You’ll need to book your slot online, with bookings available from Sun 12 November to Sun 24 December 2023 and you can also prepay your preferred package to ensure a seamless session on the day. Sensitive Santa sessions and Pet Fur-Tography are also open for bookings.

Pacific Werribee, Corner Derrimut & Heaths Roads, Werribee, +61 3 9749 5111

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23. Watergardens, Taylors Lakes

Visit Santa at Watergardens from Saturday 11th November – Sunday 24th December for a unique photo this year. Book online ahead of time to secure your spot. Bookings for Baby’s First Christmas, Sensitive Santa and Pet Fur-tography with your furry bestie are also available.

Watergardens, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, +61 3 9361 5511

Sat 11 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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24. Woodgrove, Melton

Visit Santa at Woodgrove this Christmas, with photo sessions available between 11 November and 24 December.

Is it your baby’s first Christmas? Be sure to snap their pic with Santa during the Baby’s First Christmas Photos at Woodgrove which is crafted to encapsulate the perfect seasonal snap of your little bub. On top of this, parents are given extra time during the ten-minute session so they can prepare your mini-me for the perfect shot.

Let your furry friends join in on the family Christmas photo with Woodgrove’s Santa Pet Fur-tography every Sunday starting 28 November until 19 December.

Though bookings aren’t essential it would still be best to book your slot ahead of time as the slots quickly sold out in previous years. Photographs will be in landscape, rather than portrait format and will be a unique memento.

Woodgrove, 533 – ­555 High Street, Melton, +61 3 9971 0700

Sat 11 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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25. Highpoint, Maribyrnong

Highpoint Shopping Centre will be the first Melbourne centre to launch Santa Photography, kicking off Saturday 4 November.

With more time to capture those special moments, Santa Photos at Highpoint will host the longest photography hours in Melbourne this season, operating 12 to 13 hours daily until Christmas Eve. Pet Photography and Sensitive Santa will also be running with increased availability and comfortability, offering an easier and more inclusive experience for the whole family (even your furry friends!).

Highpoint, 120-200 Rosamond Road Maribyrnong, +61 3 9318 1699

Sat 4 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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26. Westfield Airport West

Celebrate Santa’s arrival at Westfield Airport West.

With a variety of photo packages available, make your booking today to secure a time that is convenient for you.

This year, Westfield Airport West have a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, with your choice of Family and friends, Sensitive Santa and Pet photography.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a crown to take home. All Santa photo sessions require an online booking.

Book your Santa photo session today.

Westfield Airport West, 29 – 35 Louis St, Airport West, +61 3 8311 2831

Westfield Airport West

27. Stockland Point Cook

Santa will be back at Stockland Point Cook this year in 2023. Stockland Members will receive early access to book their Santa photography session before the general public.

Bookings are essential for all Santa photography sessions, including Sensitive Santa.

Stockland Point Cook, Murnong St, Point Cook, +61 3 9395 4722 / +61 3 9394 6200

Sat 25 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

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28. Get Your Santa Photo taken by a Melbourne Family Photographer

If a Santa/Christmas backdrop doesn’t suit your taste, many Melbourne family photographers are offering Christmas mini shoots so that you have a beautiful shot for your annual Christmas card or as a Christmas gift.

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29. Free Photos with Santa Burwood One Shopping Centre

Join Burwood One Shopping Centre for an unforgettable experience with Santa Claus himself. They’re offering free photos with Santa, and guess what? They’ll email them directly to you!


Free Photos with Santa Burwood One Shopping Centre , Sat 16th Dec – Sun 17th Dec 10am – 4pm

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30. Santa Photos Williams Landing

Bring along your camera (or use your phone) to take your own pics of your family with Santa during these times! This is completely free and self serve, there are no expensive photography costs here.

Outside of these times, please feel free to use our beautiful Santa setting to take your own photographs – would make a great backdrop for your family Christmas card or for a group of work colleagues.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 December

Santa Photos Williams Landing, 100 Overton Road , Williams Landing, 03 8842 3600, info@williamslanding.com.au

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31. Santa & Pet Photography at Highpoint

Visit Santa in Highpoint’s Magical Christmas Village! With Pet Photos and Sensitive Santa. (Sat 4 Nov – Sun 24 Dec)


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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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