Where To Go For An Awesome Santa Photo 2018

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By: the ellaslist team
Nov 15, 2018

We know Sydney is the world’s most picture-perfect city. While we may not fit the Northern hemisphere’s overrated white Christmas setting, our amazing summer blue skies frame the red Santa costume beautifully. From Sydney’s picture perfect Harbour to a luxurious Swarovski garden, we have no doubt that these are the best spots for Santa photos this year.

A Fairtytale Christmas at the QVB

On Thursday 1st November, Sydney’s home of Christmas, the Queen Victoria Building will open it’s doors to A Fairy Tale Christmas. The 2018 Festive season introduces the magical Christmas Cast, who join Santa Claus, chorusing trumpets and an enchanting choir under the glittering sight of the city's iconic QVB Christmas tree. 

Amongst the blooming wildflowers, woodland creatures and spellbinding lights, festive fairies will greet families arriving for precious photographs with loved ones, and in a first for the QVB, much-loved pets are also invited to sit for a portrait with Santa. As an extra offering, for a special time between 5th - 11th November, Sensory Santa sessions will be available, where those who find the music and hustle and bustle overwhelming will be able to have a quieter festive experience to cherish. Book yours here!

When:  Available from 1st November 
Where: Level 2 Queen Victoria Building, George St Sydney CBD

Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale

Get a Santa photo with a twist—outdoors, and with pets! Azuelo Designs are offering a gorgeous outdoor photography session with Santa with a touch of vintage styling. You’ll find the photographer friendly and patient and you won’t have to wait in any long shopping centre queues. Packages are $80 and you'll receive 5, high-res, downloadable, professionally-edited digital images via email —perfect for high-quality Christmas card printing! 

When: November 3rd - Sunday 16th December
Where: Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale

Santa at the Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley

It’s a fairy tale land in a display, with over 2 million Christmas lights for a fantastically festive atmosphere. Where else would be a more spectacular spot to take Santa photos than these magical gardens this Christmas? Head on to the Hunter Valley Gardens and have your Santa photos taken by a commissioned photographer at Santa’s Cave, or get the kids to simply sit on Santa’s knee to make their Christmas wish list.

When: 2nd November 2018 until 26th January 2019 closed 25th December); 5.30-10pm
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Santa's Aussie Summerland At Sydney Tower Eye

Say G’Day to a summery Santa up high in the sky, and grab your FREE Santa snap (with any ticket) at his first-ever Chrissy at Sydney Tower Eye. He'll be donning his boardies, thongs and sunnies, and chilling on a beach chair under the palm trees! Book here. 

When: 23 November to 23 December 2018
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, 100 Market St, Sydney

Santaland, Myer Stores Across Sydney

Image: Courier Mail

Sometimes fancy locations can’t trump easy to travel places. In almost every central city store in Australia, Santa is waiting for you and the family- and he’s brought a slice of the North Pole with him! Mrs Claus will also be giving a very special story time to well-behaved children. If you want a professional photographer you can pay $27.50 for two prints, otherwise, you’re allowed to use your phone and snap a few pics. Santa will arrive in the Sydney City and Miranda stores on November 9, and all other stores by December 1. Bookings can be made here.

When: Until 24 December
Where: Myer Stores

Santa’s Magic Cave, David Jones

Discover the Magic Cave or the Enchanted Forest and create memories you will cherish forever. Meet Santa and transport yourself into one of our Christmas scenes using our Green Screen and even have your Santa photo experience on DVD. You can also create special moments this Christmas and have a photo with Santa and your beloved feathered, fluffy or furry friend from the 18th November. Bookings can be made here.

When: From the 18th November, times available online
Where: Level 6, Toy Department, David Jones on Seven Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Santa Photos With A Harbour View At Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel 

Sit back and enjoy a day out after getting your annual Santa snap taken in front of one of the most iconic Australian views. Photo packages start at $35. Details here. 

Where:     Watsons Bay Boutiuqe Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When:      Saturday 25 November and 16 December; Saturday 1 and 8 December, 2018

Santa Photos At Royal Randwick

Royal Randwick Shopping Centre has undergone renovations recently and is a prime spot for families this Christmas period! Come in for a Santa photo on the ground floor near Harris Farm at Santa's Breakfast. Your Santa’s Breakfast ticket gives you access to meet Sant and grab your gift, some food and snacks, face painting and balloon bending, Christmas craft and a take-home goodie bag!
More information here.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 8:00am 
Where: Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, 73 Belmore Rd, Randwick

Santa On The Sand - Northern Beaches

Image: www.santaonthesandnb.com.au

It looks like Santa is making an appearance on the Northern Beaches, this year at Clontarf Beach. A festive family photo against the stunning backdrop of clear blue water and sandy stretches will last a lifetime, available on the 8th and 9th December. Make your booking here.

When: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 
Where: Clontarf Beach

Santa by the Surf - North Bondi

Image: Newcastle Herald

Ditch the shopping malls and bring your family and pets down to Bondi Beach for a summer Christmas photo with Santa with Bondi Beach in the backdrop. North Bondi Surf Club is hosting the event again this year on the weekend before Christmas; making it the perfect activity to get in the festive spirit. 

When: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December 2018
Where: North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Santa's Arrival At Chatswood Chase

Santa is making a magical and dramatic entrance into his new home at Chatswood Chase shopping mall on 17th November 2018. Be there with bells on at 10am to see real life reindeer, carollers, ballerinas, elves on stilts, craft workshops and more. All children who sit for a photo with Santa will receive a sweet treat from Haigh's Chocolates AND a special workshop pass courtesy of NUBO (first 50 photo sessions only). Don't worry if you miss this day, Santa will be at Chatswood Chase Sydney every day until 24th December, photo packages from $29.95.

Book a time (including a fast-pass to Santa) right here. 

When: 17 Nov - 24 Dec, 2018
Where: Lower Ground Level, Centre Court, Chatswood Chase

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds is transforming into Disney's the Nutcracker to celebrate the upcoming film. There will be falling snow, a candy land and festive treats to be devoured. Santa will be there for 9 days in December so don't miss out on an awesome photo here.

Book a time right here. 

When: 15-24 Dec, 2018
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria 

Looking for something a little more low-key? Check out our guide to Shopping Centre Santa Photos.

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