Central Coast Santa 2021

Some Santas are practicing social distancing, but there are still plenty of options for magical Santa photos this year throughout Sydney and nearby. Including many places offering sensitive and pet sessions, as well as quintessentially Aussie ones on the beach. I will update this list as I find more options. Here are the confirmed options so far in alphabetical order:

  1. Broadway, Ultimo, 20/11-24/12, from $23.95. Smile brighter this year with even more Santa photography sessions available at Broadway Sydney plus a brand new Santa Set! Get in early and secure your spot today! Pet and Sensitive sessions also available.
  2. Central Coast Santa, North Avoca Beach, weekends from 20/11-12/12, from $80. Something a little different than the traditional Santa photos, with no waiting in line for hours at stuffy shopping centres. All Central Coast Santa sessions are pre-booked, so just head down to the beach and create some lasting memories with family, friends and pets, in a relaxed and fun environment. Our family photo from here last year pictured above.
  3. David Jones, CBD store only, 2-24/12, their beautiful Santa sets allow for COVID safe family photos. Santa will also be wandering around all DJ stores, taking selfies and offering special inside information on how he travels around the world in one night. He will be practicing physical distancing using a special photo prop to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone he meets this Christmas.
  4. The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria, 19/11-24/12, photo packages from $55. Santa will be visiting The Grounds of Alexandria for fun family photos, so make a booking now and ho-ho-hop on down to join the fun!
  5. J Roberts Photography, Long Reef Beach, selected dates 14/11-21/12, $80. 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, print as you wish. They are able to continue to offer their Aussie Santa Photos at the beach, for the 7th year, as it is a COVID Safe setting outdoor with plenty of space for social distancing.
  6. LC Photo, Glenmore Park, 27/11-19/12, from $79. Check out their amazing immersive photo options! You will arrive at their fully decorated studio and might even be greeted by Mrs Claus herself! Choose from photography sessions with Santa, no Santa and sensitive sessions.
  7. Let’s SEA Santa, Turimetta Beach (near Narrabeen), weekends from 13/11-18/12, $80. Let’s SEA Santa is a relaxed and fun alternative for your Santa photos. If you’re looking for something different to the standard mall photos, it’s a great option. They offer a relaxed 10-minute photoshoot where you get to be as creative as you like.
  8. Macquarie Centre, 20/12-24/12, from $23.95. Pet and Sensitive sessions available. Santa’s Secret Garden brings the outdoors in. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind and unique, living, breathing Christmas set. Made from native and drought-tolerant plants, Santa’s Secret Garden takes visitors on a journey from the beach to the bush, encompassing a lush green set with tropical plants and coastal pathways for visitors to enjoy. Pass through multiple iconic Australian landscapes including a boardwalk and a glow worm cave before finally arriving to meet Santa. Includes FREE Personalised Video from Santa and interactive augmented reality Instagram filters for the kids to play.
  9. Martinette, 18/11-17/12, from $150 there is no santa involved, but there are reindeers!
  10. Max Family Photography, Dural and Vaucluse, 27/11 and 11/12, $175. For all families, looking for an alternative to generic Santa photos you see every year. Includes 30 minutes photo session,15 high resolution edited images of your choice in digital format, and a secured online gallery to view/share with friends and family.
  11. Myer, all locations, 19/11-24/12, prices start at $26.50. Each 10-minute Santaland booking includes a personal one on one experience for you and your family. Meet Santa and his Elves, and get your 2021 Christmas photos taken! The Sydney CBD store also includes a trip on the Santaland Express train.
  12. Naomi Reiter Photography, Roseville, 21/11, $150 plus gst. Travel anywhere you like this Christmas in their special Snow Dome! No border restrictions, no shopping centre madness, no queues and no Santa. Just your beautiful family, even bring your pets if you wish! Choose from four wonderful destinations: 1. Beach holiday 2. Galaxy adventure 3. Christmas lights 4. Mantlepiece elves PS – there is no Santa, unless you take your own!
  13. QVB, CBD, 13/11-24/12, $70. Indulge in a bespoke Christmas-themed Traditional High Tea designed by Head Chef Rob Crichton. Spend time with Santa at your own pace, with the option of capturing your own photo memories or have their professional photographer take your photo with Santa.
  14. The Real Virtual Santa, from $15 plus GST. Meet Santa on your phone, tablet, laptop or even your Smart TV – The Real Virtual Santa can magically appear on any smart device! Live Streaming videos with Santa, Live Phone call from Santa or Pre-Recorded Santa video messages from Santa. You can make it personal, make it a surprise even, for individuals up to large groups.
  15. Revesby Worker’s Club, Revesby, 4-24/12. They know that no Christmas is complete without a photo with Santa, and they won’t let the current climate change this. Therefore, they have made some changes to their ‘Photos with Santa’ to ensure this tradition continues. The set will showcase a sleigh, rather than a Santa chair, to maintain some distance between Santa and families.
  16. Rouse Hill Town Centre, 6/11-24/12, from $23.95. They’re preparing themselves for an unusual Christmas season this year and this includes Santa and Mrs Claus. Although very healthy, the Claus’s are in the high-risk group.  Hence this year they have put in place stringent COVID-19 protocols to make this Christmas Season a safe and happy one for their favourite Christmas characters and your family. This does not mean that the joy of Christmas Santa photos will be bypassed this year. It simply means that with a bit of creativity they will deliver a creative Santa photo with your family that will become special keepsake for years to come.
  17. Santa at the Summit, Sydney Harbour Bridge, 7/11-19/12, from $248 for adults and $139 for children. Santa will be visiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge every Sunday morning, to greet climbers at the Summit for a Santa photo like no other, at the top of the Harbour Bridge, 134m above sea level with the iconic Sydney Opera House as your backdrop.
  18. Santa by the Surf, Bronte and North Bondi 16-19/12, $49. Santa family Christmas photos at two of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Pet friendly – furry family members welcome. Support your community and local surf clubs. Come and enjoy the sun, sand, surf and Santa!
  19. Santa Haus, Tuggerah, from 18/11-22/12, from $100 plus gst. They offer new Christmas themes for their photos every year, whilst keeping their very special Santa, Roy. Watch your family grow up with the same Santa year after year and create memories that will last a lifetime. They have rebranded and expanded to bring you more Santa magic with personalised Santa letters, decorations, keepsakes and gifts, and making your photo sessions a magical experience.
  20. Santa in the Gardens, Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives, selected dates from 13/11-12/12, $80. Santa is coming back to the Wildflower Garden this year for a unique outdoor photo opportunity. Package includes 5-minute session and 3 high res digital images.
  21. Santa on the Beach, North Avoca and North Shelly beaches, selected dates from 13/11-12/12, $79. Celebrate getting through 2021 with a fun, memorable Christmas photo that you’ll actually want to keep. Santa on the Beach provides family and dog-friendly Christmas photos on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and this year, they’re offering photos on the Central Coast too! Limited sessions are available at all locations, so book early to lock in your spot. Aussie themed photos on the beach with Santa (with the option to remove Santa as well).
  22. Top Ryde Centre, 18/11-24/12, from $25. Visit Santa, have a photo and capture a special memento of Christmas 2021. The health and wellbeing of Santa, his elves and all the families who visit is their highest priority. They have introduced several initiatives to keep everyone safe.
  23. Westfield, all locations, 13/11-24/12, photo packages from $23.95. Tis’ the season to be making merry memories. Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Hurstville. The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa will be balanced this year with ensuring the health and safety of their customers - and of course, Santa and his elves.  Online bookings are essential for Santa photography sessions. Sensitive and pet sessions also available. Great news for Westfield Plus members – purchase the Santa’s Gift Pack and you’ll receive a second free digital photo, valued at $8.95.
  24. Winston Hills Mall, 6/11-24/12, from $27. Unlike many other centres their photos are still in portrait orientation like previous years (with the magic of photography they are able to make the kids look closer to Santa while maintaining 1.5m distance) and they’re not taking pre-bookings. You just turn up at a time and date that is convenient for you. If you do come during a busy period, they will activate a virtual queue to ensure the area does not get too crowded and still adheres to COVID regulations.

All options are subject to availability and many dates are sold out already. Bookings are highly recommended. Please check each venue for any covid-safe requirements.