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27 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 2021 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.

Each location has updated its photography arrangements to comply with social distancing and safety, so your photograph will look a bit different this year. At the time of writing, masks are required for anyone over the age of 12, including Santa (although I note that at Chadstone, for instance, their terms state that both Santa and participants can remove their masks temporarily, for the photo).

Many locations are also offering Christmas pet photography 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.

Westfield Southland

Santa Photography Melbourne CBD

1.Christmas Square at Federation Square

Say hello to Santa atChristmas Square! There are lots of tools and machinery in Santa's Workshop and he's making toys and presents for the big day.

He welcomes everyone to come pose for a free photo with him from a COVID-safe distance. No bookings are required, though there may be a wait during peak periods.

Santa's Workshop, Christmas Square, Fed Square

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec, 10am – 12pm, then 1pm – 3pm

Thursdays and Fridays in December, also 4pm to 7pm

Federation Square

2. Myer Melbourne

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

This year Santaland Myer Melbourne is open for photos and bookings are essential this year. Santa Photo Myer sessions are available from Saturday 14 November until Thursday 23 December.

All booking members must be from the same household, with a maximum of 6 family members.

Each 10-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

Sat 14 Nov – Thu 23 Dec 10am-7pm

3. David Jones

Want to take a selfie with Santa? Keep an eye out for Santa instore atDavid Jones this year!

He’s wandering through David Jones‘ stores 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.

Find out when Selfie Santa is popping up to the nearest David Jones near you

David Jones, Adelaide Central Plaza and Elizabeth St, +61 133357

Thu 2 Dec – Fri 24 Dec 11am – 2pm

Santa Photos Melbourne – North

4. Westfield Plenty Valley, Mill Park

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s landing his sleigh atWestfield Plenty Valley on Saturday 13 November with Santa's Arrival!

Santa will still be on his red throne at Westfield Plenty Valley, and families will be provided seating 1.5m away to ensure social distancing. Photographs will be taken as a landscape rather than a portrait to accommodate the updated scene.

All children who visit Santa will also receive a reindeer headband to take home.

Book ahead for Santa Photos at Westfield Plenty Valley. You can also book Sensitive Santa and Pet Photography sessions.

Santa Photos at Westfield Plenty Valley, Centre Court, near Aldi, 415 McDonalds Road
Mill Park VIC 3082, 03 9404 4511

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec, 10 am – 5 pm.

Westfield Plenty Valley

5. Greensborough Plaza

From 13 November 2021 Santa is visiting Greensborough Plaza every day in the lead up to Christmas – but things will be a little different this year: 

  • Online bookings required
  • Limited time slots available
  • Only one family per booking
  • 6 visitors permitted in the set
  • Visitors will NOT be able to high five Santa, sit on the throne next to Santa or sit on Santa’s knee. There will be stools provided in front of the throne for you to sit and pose for your photo. With a few photography tricks you will appear closer than you really are!

You can book Traditional Photos  Pet Photos and Sensory Photos.

Greensborough Plaza, 25 Main Street Greensborough, 03 9435 4000

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 14 Dec

6. Myer Northland

Santa's has arrived at Myer Northland!

Have your photo taken with The big Jolly man himself from Thursday 25 November until Friday 24 December. Bookings are essential again this year and have a maximum number of 6 people during the photoshoot. Additionally, all booking members must be from the same household to ensure everyone's safety during the visit.

Myer Northland, 2-50 Murray Road East, +61 1300 112 460

Thur 25 Nov – Fri 24 Nov

7. LaManna Santa Photos

LaManna Supermarket is bringing the magic of the North Pole to make your Christmas merrier this year!

Give the kids something to remember the holidays by having a photo taken with Santa! Photo sessions are $25 for two digital email copies but by adding $5 more, your kids will also receive their own personal letter from Santa, LaManna gelato and a delicious cookie!

Save your spot by pre-booking your Santa photo online.

LaManna Santa Photos, 10 English Street, Essendon Fields

Wed 17 Nov – Wed 22 Dec

LaManna px

Santa Photo Melbourne – South

7. Chadstone

Capture joyful candid moments with Santa and grab the perfect festive family photo at Chadstone this year! 

Each family will get a tailor-made digital gallery (of up to 5 images taken by a professional photographer) created on the spot to share with family and friends. In the terms it states that both Santa and participants can remove their masks temporarily, for the photo. 

The Chadstone Santa Photography experience is $44 per booking (of up to six attendees, inclusive of children) and can only be booked by Chadstone First members. It's free to join as a member.

The Chadstone Santa will be live in the centre from Thursday 18 November to Friday 24 December, ready to capture a personalised one on one journey through the ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ set with your family.

Additionally, Chadstone is also offering Sensitive Santa Photography sessions, before the centre opens that are ten minutes in duration from Friday 19 November until Sunday 12 December.

Chadstone will once again pledge a sizeable 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, (03) 9563 3355

Thu 18 Nov to Fri 24 Dec,

Chadstone

8. Westfield Southland, Cheltenham

Westfield Southland is welcoming Santa with Santa's Arrival on Saturday 13 November!

Santa photo sessions are available from Saturday 13 November to Friday 24 December 2021. For your Southland Santa photo it's recommended to make a booking in advance as walk-in spots will be very limited.

Sensitive Santa and Pet Photography sessions are also available.

Santa Photos at Westfield Southland, Level 1 Centre Court, 1239 Nepean Hwy
Cheltenham VIC 3192 03 9582 5600

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

Westfield Southland

9. Westfield Fountain Gate

Santa is coming to Westfield Fountain Gate on Friday 12 November!

Fountain Gate Santa photos are available between Saturday 13 November and Friday 24 December 2021 with bookings strongly recommended. Following your session collect a complimentary Subway® voucher for one of Santa's favourite cookies. 

Don't forget any wonderful or wacky outfits, props and toys you'd like included in your Santa photo!

If you would like a Sensitive Santa or Pet Photography session, those are also available.

Santa Photos at Westfield Fountain Gate, 25-55 Overland Drive, Fountain Gate VIC 3805
03 9704 6666

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

Westfield Fountain Gate

10. 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. 

Due to social distancing, there is a maximum of 18 people are permitted per booking from 8 November. Feel free to bring along your own costumes and props to create your own unique and special moment with Santa.

Book for sessions Saturday 20 November to Friday 24 December 2021 for standard Santa photos, Pet Santa photos and Sensitive Santa sessions.

Santa will also be touring Keysborough on the back of a Fire Truck from 4pm – 6pm on Friday 19 November! Santa will commence his tour from Parkmore Shopping Centre (Pizza Hut entry) and make the following 10 minute stops to wave to the community along this route (note Santa remains on the truck at all times).

Parkmore Shopping Centre, 317 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough VIC 3173, 03 9798 9494

Sat 20 Nov – Fri 24 Dec,

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11. Santa Paws Pet Photography with Santa

Have a very furry festive Christmas at Prahran Square! Bring your whole family including your furry friends and pose for a fun Christmas family paw-trait to keep and remember this special Christmas for years to come!

Paws Pet Photography with Santa is available on Sat 18 Dec – Sun 19 Dec from 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM. Photos are free but make sure to register beforehand.

Santa Paws Pet Photography with Santa Prahran Square Library, Cato Street, Prahran

Sat 18 Dec – Sun 19 Dec

Santa Paws Pet Photography with Santa

12. Waverly Gardens

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

From Sat 20 Nov until Fri 24 Dec have your photo taken with the jolly man himself and after, enjoy the FREE Christmas craft activities where kids can make and decorate their own Christmas ornaments, create elf frames and more!

Waverly Gardens is also welcoming you to have a family photo with your furry friend or dress up your pet for a photo with Santa to remember this year's Christmas by. Pet photos are also available but with limited slots.

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!

Waverly Gardens, Corner of Police and Jacksons Roads Mulgrave

Sat 20 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

Waverley Gardens Pet Pics

Santa Christmas Photography Melbourne – East

13. Eastland, Ringwood

Santa is arriving at Eastland and will be available for photographs between Saturday 13 November and Friday 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.

Sensitive Santa time slots are available in the morning before the store opens on Saturday 20 November, Saturday 27 November and Saturday 4 December.

Pet photography sessions are also available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays starting Tuesday 16 November until Wednesday 8 December.

Santa Photos at Eastland Level 1, Central Mall near Commonwealth Bank, 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134, 03 9870 8377

Sat 13 Nov and Fri 24 Dec

14. Westfield Knox, Wantirna South

Santa is arriving at Westfield Knox this Saturday 13 November!

Book now to see Santa at Knox this Christmas. He'll be there for photographs between Saturday 13 November and Friday 24 December 2021, and bookings are strongly recommended.

If you would like a Sensitive Santa session or Pet Photography, there are special bookings available.

Santa Photos at Westfield Knox, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152, 03 9814 5000

Sat 13 Nov and Fri 24 Dec

Westfield Knox

15. Westfield Doncaster

Get ready for Santa's arrival at Westfield Doncaster on the 13th of November 2021! There'll be lots of music, dancing, and just all-around fun to welcome him and get you into that good old jolly Christmas spirit!

Westfield Doncaster Santa photos bookings are available for photographs between 13 November and 24 December 2021. There are very limited walk-in slots available, so bookings are strongly recommended.

You are able to book a Sensitive Santa or Pet Photography session.

Westfield Doncaster 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, 03 9848 1699

Sat 13 Nov and Fri 24 Dec

Westfield Doncaster

16. Chirnside Park

Santa's coming to Chirnside Park! But first, he'll be doing Santa's Local Tour around the neighbourhood on Saturday 20 November from 9 – 11 am. Check out where Santa will be passing by here

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 6 family members is allowed per booking to ensure adequate space is available.

Chirnside Park, 239-241 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park, 03 9727 9001

Sat 20 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

Chirnside Park

17. The Pines Shopping Centre, Doncaster

Santa will be in The Pines Shopping Centre and available for photography bookings from Saturday 27 November. 

Santa photography will be available daily through till Christmas Eve. Bookings are essential for all Santa photography sessions, including Paws & Claws and Sensitive Santa.

They encourage you to bring your own props. Some fun ideas include Santa hats, reindeer ears and Rudolph noses. Also, every child who has their photo taken will receive a small gift from Santa!

The Pines Shopping Centre, 181 Reynolds Road Doncaster East, (03) 9842 9000

Sat 27 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

18. Forest Hill Chase

Meet Santa and his elves on Level 2 of Forest Hill Chase and make sure to bring your wishlist! Sessions will be running from Saturday 20th November until Christmas Eve.

Sensory Santa photos are available for families with children who have special needs. These sessions are run outside of busy trading times so you can meet Santa in a calm and comfortable environment this Christmas. 

For families with pets, Forest Hill Chase also has Pet photography sessions available so you and your furry friends can get into the Christmas spirit together with Santa.

To monitor the number of people at the Santa Set you will need to make an online booking to visit Santa. There are limited-time slots available and only one family per booking. 

Forest Hill Chase, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill, (03) 9878 7111

Sat 29 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

19. Kew Junction

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 $20 and includes 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 aviod missing out as the only dates available are on the 4th and 11th of December 2021.

Kew Junction, 186 High Street, Kew

Sat 4 Dec & Sat 11 Dec

Santa Christmas Photography Melbourne – West

20. Highpoint, Maribyrnong

Save the date cause Santa's arriving with his reindeers, elves, and helpers at Highpoint on Saturday the 13th of November and you can be sure it's going to be a jolly time. Enjoy the fun Christmas themed virtual colouring activity, festive giveaways, and be entertained by the Christmas Jazz band and DJ while you keep your eyes peeled for Santa's grand arrival throughout the morning!

Santa will then be in his Christmas Village on Level 1, Centre Court at Highpoint, where you'll be able to book a time for Highpoint Santa Photos until 24 December. Sensitive Santa and Pet Photos are also available on select dates.

Highpoint, 120-200 Rosamond Road Maribyrnong, 03 9318 1699

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

21. Moonee Ponds Central, Moonee Ponds

Santa is in-centre ready at Moonee Ponds Central for your annual family Santa photo From Friday 26 November – Friday 24 December 2021 at 9am – 4:45pm!

Sensitive Santa and Pet photography options are also available with schedules to be announced soon. So stay posted for further updates!

Moonee Ponds Central, 14 – 16 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds, 03 9695 9860

Fri 26 Nov – Fri 24 Dec 2021, 9am – 4:45pm

22. Pacific Werribee, Werribee

The Pacific Werribee Santa is here and kids (and parents) will be given their own seats this year to ensure social distancing.

You'll need to book your slot online, with bookings available from Thursday 11 November to Friday 24 December, 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

Thu 11 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

23. Woodgrove, Melton

Visit Santa at Woodgrove this Christmas, with photo sessions available between 13 November and 24 December.

Bookings are essential, and sensory-friendly Santa sessions are available before the Centre opens on Selected Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until 20 December.

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.

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 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

24. Watergardens, Taylors Lakes

Visit Santa at Watergardens from Saturday 13th November – Friday 24th December for a unique photo this year. Book online ahead of time to secure your spot. Bookings for Sensitive Santa and Pet Fur-tography with your furry bestie are also available.

Watergardens Watergardens, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes, (03) 9361 5511

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

25. Westfield Airport West

Westfield Airport West is holding Santa photography sessions from Saturday 13 November 2021 as well as pet photography and Sensitive Santa sessions.

They have some tips on how to dress in your perfect Christmas outfit for your Santa photo!

Westfield Airport West 29 – 35 Louis St, Airport West VIC 3042, 03 8311 2831

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

26. Stockland Point Cook

Santa will be in Stockland The Pines and available for photography bookings from Saturday 27 November. Santa photography will be available daily through till Christmas Eve. 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 27 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

27. Portable North Pole

Make your Santa photo experience even more magical and interactive with the addition of FREE personalised call and video message from Portable North Pole.

Participating Shopping Centres in your local neighbourhood are welcoming Santa with Santa's Arrival on Saturday 13 November, through to Friday 24 December 2021 – and offering families a bonus gift for booking, courtesy of Portable North Pole, the no. 1 Global Santa App, delivering personalised calls and videos from any device in minutes.

It's easy! Select a location of your choice here and book ahead with your preferred centre as walk-in spots will be very limited to unlock a VIP code.  Then, simply go to the Portable North Pole site or mobile app and enter your special code to schedule a call with Santa – before the photo call. Santa will address their children by name and invite them to visit him at the local shopping centre for their photos.  Plus families can relive the magic of their Santa photo experience with a unique personalised video from Santa, direct from the North Pole, addressing them by name may even have a special photo of them hanging on his wall!

Both the Portable North Pole video and phone call are included in all shopping centre packages and completely shareable, so parents can easily spread the Christmas joy with relatives near and far.

Portable North Pole, State-wide locations with bonus Portable North Pole exclusive call and video

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec

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.

Christmas outfits & tips for your santa photos

So you've got your Santa Photos booked…now it's time to plan your Christmas outfits and ensure this year's photo is one to remember.

Here are my top tips for how to dress to impress when you're meeting Santa with your family and pets. 

1. Choose Christmas outfits for the whole family

Best&Less is the one stop shop for buying an affordable new Christmas outfit for the whole family. 

Whether you love dressing up in themed Christmas clothes, or dressing to the nines – you’re sure to score a quality bargain!

2. Christmas Twinning

Boden makes gorgeous, high-quality Christmas outfits for all the family.

You can select from matching family Christmas outfits for women, mens, kids and babies as well as Christmas pyjamas for women and festive pyjamas for men.

They even have a range of stylish Christmas gifts to make your Christmas shopping easier.

**Until 18 November 2021 you can get 30% off everything with the code M3C4.

3. Dress for comfort first

Frilly lace dresses and tiny tuxedos are super-cute, but they seldom work for Santa photo visit. Choose an outfit that will keep your little ones comfortable (especially when they're waiting in the queue) to avoid meltdowns.

For babies and infants, consider a Christmas-themed onesie and for the older kids, go for elastic pants and a soft button-up or a loose-fitting dress.

4. Let your kids wear your favourite costume

For little kids it can be daunting to have to meet Santa for the first time, let alone having to get used to wearing new clothes for the first time (that they have to keep clean!).

To keep the Santa photo experience fun and exciting, why not let your little ones wear their favourite costume instead? Costume Box is an online costume shop with all the themed costumes you could dream of, as well as a whole Christmas range of decorations, costumes and party supplies.

5. Prepare for accidents and have a Plan B

Be prepared with any last-minute accidents or spills by dressing your kids just before it’s time to leave for the Santa photo – or better yet, have a Plan B outfit ready in your bag in case things go wrong.

Bring some baby wipes, a hairbrush for a quick tidy up, a spare nappy and bib for bubs and you'll be right to go when it's time to take your snap.

Remember that any treats and snacks are best given after your photo!

6. Shop for a cute pet christmas outfit

Pets in Christmas outfit are seriously cute! For Christmas hats, Christmas jumpers and pet Christmas costumes check out the range from My Pet Warehouse and Lucky Pet Supplies.

If your pet hates the idea of dressing up, then try a simple prop such as a Christmas-themed pet toy instead.


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  1. Hi Joyce, thanks for this list, I notice in some of the photos people aren’t wearing masks. Are some of the centres allowing people not to wear masks as I would prefer not to wear one in the Santa photos?

    1. I think in Victoria all adults over 12 years must wear a mask, and the pictures of adults without a mask are for other states. However, restrictions seem to change all the time and it may be that you can take a photo without the mask (but still socially distant) now!

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