Listed in order of cost, price ascending…

  1. Big W, 10-11/11, Rockdale, Hurstville, Miranda, Menai, Campsie, Bankstown, Pagewood, Auburn and Chullora, free. Head into any BIG W store to get your photo taken with Santa this weekend and receive a free 6×4” photo.
  2. Camperdown Commons, 1, 8 and 15/12, Camperdown, free. Come along and take your photos with Santa and his Elf!
  3. Artarmon Home HQ, 10-18/12, Artarmon, free! For 4 days only, visit with your family and furry friends. Have your photo taken and they’ll give you a free 6×8 inch printed photograph, plus they’ll email you a digital copy to share with your family.
  4. Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, 1/12, Randwick, $5. Celebrate the Christmas Season with a close-up experience with Santa himself. Your ticket gives you exclusive access to a yummy breakfast, face painting, balloon bending, Santa meet and greet (with a gift too!), Christmas craft, plus a take-home goody bag.
  5. 2nd Mortdale Scouts, 15/12 only, Mortdale, $10. There will be an opportunity for a family photo with Santa ($10 per family, well-behaved pets welcome), kids’ Christmas craft and a Breakfast BBQ served throughout the morning. They are also selling beautiful, freshly cut 210cm Christmas Trees from $65 each pre-ordered. A limited number of trees will be available on the day from $70.
  6. Roselands, 17/11-24/12, Roselands, photo packages from $20.95. Offering a professional service with friendly staff, great photo packages and a range of photo gifts you’ll have the perfect keepsake and gift for family and friends. Every kid who has their happy snap with Santa will receive a little something from Santa himself on the day.
  7. David Jones, CBD, Magic Cave 9-28/11 and Enchanted Forest from 29/11, photo packages from $23.95.
  8. Southgate Shopping Centre, 3/11-24/12, Sylvannia, photo packages from $26. Sensitive Santa and Pet Photography Sessions available.
  9. Myer, CBD, 15/11-24/12, photo packages from $27.50. As well as photos with Santa, you can also listen to stories with Mrs Claus, discover the amazing window display featuring Alice in Wonderland and ride the Santa Express.
  10. Revesby Worker’s Club, 17/11-24/12, Revesby, photo packages from $29. No Christmas is complete without a photo with Santa, but don’t let the big shopping centres stress you out! Let RWC take the hassle out of your Santa photos in a relaxed and friendly environment. Easily accessible, free parking and dates available from mid-November throughout all of December. Purchase a Deluxe Package and $5 will be donated to the Panania Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
  11. QVB, from 3/11, CBD, photo packages from $35. For the first time, the QVB will be offering two very special Santa experiences. Pet Photography and Sensory Santa photos will be available on select dates and times.
  12. Santa by the Surf, selected dates Watson’s Bay 25/11, 8/12 and 16/12, Manly 9-15/12, Bronte 20-21/12, North Bondi 22-23/12, photo packages from $35. Santa by the Surf is back bigger and better than ever in 2018! Santa family Christmas photos at a selection of Australia’s best beaches. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the shopping mall and have a lasting memory captured at a stunning and iconic Australian location.
  13. The Grounds of Alexandria, 15-24/12, Alexandria, photo packages from $50. This December, Santa will be calling The Grounds home again, right up until Christmas Eve. He’ll be busy working through the nights, but will be inviting you into his home each day from 9:30am- 3:30pm, Saturday 15th – Monday 24th December for photos with the whole family (pets included!). Pre-book your day and time of your choice to guarantee your place.
  14. Santa Spectacular,  7-27/12, Rosehill, $40 in advance or $140 for 4 people, $50 on the door if not sold out earlier, children under 2 are free and do not require a ticket. VIP tickets available for an additional $10. The Magic of Christmas comes alive with plenty of Christmas cheer to be shared around, with an ultimate North Pole experience and Christmas Fairground. They have your Christmas fun covered with 3 hours of non-stop fun for your whole family! Come along to create magic on Australia’s only Double Decker Carousel, decorate your own cookie at Cookie Land, take a twirl on the real ice skate rink and watch the elves frolic in Santa’s Christmas village.
  15. Christmas Wonderland, 15-24/12, Olympic Park, photo packages $19.95-49.95 plus entry to the Wonderland ($40 on the door, $24 for early bird bookings and children under 3 go free). Ticket includes: Christmas Wonderland Fairground, Unlimited ice skating, Unlimited Winter Tube slide, Enchanted Christmas Village, Candy Cane Land, Gingerbread Land, Jolly Elve’s Workshop, Toy Land, Santa’s Alpine Forest, Santa’s Workshop, Write a letter or Christmas list for Santa, Free Christmas gift for kids, Christmas Jumping Castles, Sing and dance along with Christmas Wonderland’s magical stage show and penguin parades.
  16. Let’s SEA Santa, 17/11-16/12, Warriewood Beach, $65. Let’s SEA Santa happened as a result of 2 friends discussing how trying to replicate a North American style Christmas scene in our shopping malls just didn’t seem right. This is Australia and Christmas is in the summer not winter, we have sand not snow and Santa would most likely be more comfortable riding on a surfboard than in his sleigh! After searching for Santa photos taken on the beach anywhere in Sydney they came up with nothing and they knew there would be a market for it.
  17. J Roberts Photography, selected dates 18/11-22/12, Long Reef Beach, $75. Have your kids’ photos with Santa with an Aussie feel. Their Santa will be set up at Long Reef Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for your family to come down and capture the essence of Christmas in Sydney. No need to wait in queues for your time with Santa, their bookings are 5 mins per family, made in advance, and you’ll receive 3 high-resolution images to post, email, to print as you wish.
  18. Santa on the Sand, 8-9/12, Clontarf Beach, $80. Santa on the Sand want each & every family to experience an exciting & fresh approach this year when meeting the famous Mr. Claus…So why not indulge in the spirit that is a true Australian Christmas, by kicking off the sandals, soaking up some sun & being snapped with the jolly man himself on the sands of the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.
  19. My Family Photo, 18 or 25/11 only, Woolwich, $110. The theme is “Camping Out for Santa” and they’ll have a teepee set up so kids can camp out, write their wish list to Santa and taste check Santa’s cookies before Christmas Eve! All you need to do is book online and turn up to the park at your pre-selected time. For kids who don’t like having their photo taken with Santa, it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit without any tears.
  20. Bushtail Photography, selected dates 15/11-23/12, Hazelbrook, photo packages from $120. Includes sets and props, such as Armchair with Santa, Sleigh with Santa (Snow Globe), Tea Party, Candy Cane Shop, Touching Decorations on natural outdoor Christmas/Pine Trees, Rocking Horses and Wrought Iron Swing.
  21. Westfield, 10/11-24/12, CBD, Miranda, Hurstville, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Chatswood, Hornsby, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Eastgardens and Hurstville, photo packages from $29.95.
  22. Karen Allamby Photography, 17-18/11, Kurnell, $175. She is offering Family Portraits with Santa on the Beach once again and Pets are welcome.
  23. Sydney Tower Eye, 23/11-23/12, CBD, free photo with entry (from $20.30 for adults & $14 for children, under 4’s are free). Discover Santa’s Aussie Summerland at Sydney Tower Eye. This Christmas, say G’Day to Santa, and snap a FREE Santa photo under the palm trees at Sydney Tower Eye. Santa’s getting down-under at his first ever Aussie Christmas at Sydney Tower Eye. From 23 November to 23 December, you’ll find Aussie Santa slipped, slopped and slapped atop Sydney Tower Eye, chilling on his beach chair with his boardies, thongs and sunnies on! Equipped with his surfboard and even an esky in tow, experience an Aussie Christmas like no other – 250 metres above street level! Whether it’s a family tradition, a gift or just for fun, Santa’s Aussie Summerland at Sydney Tower Eye has something for everyone to enjoy this festive season.
  24. Luna Park, 1-24/12, Milsons Point, details of this year’s event to be announced.