Where to go for an Awesome Santa Photo 2021
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Like most things in 2021, the impact of COVID-19 will be felt throughout the festive season—but it's no reason to forgo a traditional Santa photo (albeit with a twist!) that you can treasure for years to come. Here are our recommendations for the best place to get a (socially distanced) Santa photo this year.
Where to Book Your Santa Photos 2021
1. Santa Photos At Broadway Sydney
Santa Clause is coming to town and he is bringing the festive spirit to Broadway Sydney for a memorable photo experience! Bring all the family members - including your fur babies on select dates - and capture your magical moment. Sensitive Santa Experiences are also on offer on 28 November and 5 December.
This year, Broadway Sydney is making up for lost time with their theme, Merry Christmas and a Half, so expect extra big displays and an abundance of cheer throughout the centre, culminating in a supersized Santa Set overflowing with ginormous presents and a real-bearded Santa ready to welcome you.
For everyone's safety, Broadway Sydney Santa Photography will be a contactless experience and families will be photographed 1.5m from Santa. Bookings are essential.
When: Saturday 20 November - Friday 24 December 2021
Where: Broadway Sydney
2. Marrickville Metro's Santa Set
Santa has decided to take a break from the North Pole and will set up residence at Marrickville Metro’s Santa Set – crowned to be the best in the Inner West. This year's sustainable Santa Set is upcycled from the previous year's Santa Set and uses reclaimed wood along with other recycled materials.
Furry friends are welcome and highly encouraged to join in on the family fun too. Dress them up in their Christmas best as they pose for their very own photoshoot. During the Christmas period, tag Marrickville Metro in your best pet photos and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher from Paws and Palms every week!
When: 20 November to 24 December 2021
Where: Marrickville Metro, 20 Smidmore St, Marrickville
3. High Tea at The QVB
To keep the magic alive in 2021, the QVB is bringing back its much-loved High Tea with Santa event in lieu of its ever-popular Santa Photos. Set in the spectacular Tea Room, guests are invited to enjoy a delectable High Tea, with Santa available for a traditional festive photograph. Guests are welcome to take as many photos as they wish but for those who prefer the more sophisticated touch, a professional photographer will be on-hand to capture the memorable (socially distanced!) experience with images available to download at the end of the session direct to your device.
To ensure that all children have a welcoming experience, Sensory Santa will also be available on select mornings as part of High Tea with Santa. These sessions are designed for those who may find the festive hustle and bustle a little overwhelming. Sessions are available to book from 13 November!
When: Saturday, 13 November - Friday, 24 December
Where: Queen Victoria Building, George St Sydney CBD
4. Santa Photos at The Grounds of Alexandria
Santa will be calling The Grounds home again this year until Christmas Eve, and his workshop will be open every day for 5-minute photo sessions with the whole family!
The elves have been hard at work creating a new Winter Wonderland photo installation with a surprise twist, plus there are lots planned to keep everyone entertained with a touch of Grounds magic. So don your elf ears and pull out your Christmas hats - Santa is coming to The Grounds! Book your Santa Photos at the Grounds now.
When: 10th November - 24th December 2021
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A/2 Huntley Street Alexandria
5. Santaland, Myer Stores Across Sydney
Sometimes fancy locations can’t trump easy to travel places. At Myer's festive Santaland, Santa is waiting for you and the family and he’s brought a slice of the North Pole with him!
Each 10-minute Santaland booking includes a personal one-on-one experience for you and your family. You'll get to meet Santa and his elves, and get your 2021 Christmas photos taken.
When: 19th November to 24th December 2021
Where: Myer Stores
6. Santa’s Magic Cave, David Jones
Santa’s permit application to move around in all states in Australia has been approved and he will be appearing with his trusty elves in the David Jones Magic Caves for a meet and greet and a photo at the Sydney Elizabeth St store. With the help of a special and one-of-a-kind Santa set, Santa will be practising physical distancing to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone who visits him this Christmas.
And if you're not game for traditional Santa photos—keep your eyes peeled for Selfie Santa instore, as he wanders around using a socially-distanced photo prop and taking selfies and offering special inside information on how he travels all the way around the world in one night. Alternatively, you can catch up with Santa via the North Pole Hotline on Zoom (how very 2021...). He'll be available for video calls to hear all about what’s on top of your Christmas wish list! Video Calls with Santa are complimentary, plus you’ll receive a video recording of the chat to keep as a memento of this unique opportunity.
When: 2nd - 24th December 2021
Where: Level 6, Toy Department, David Jones on Elizabeth Street, Sydney
7. Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale
Get a Santa photo with a twist - outdoors, and with pets! Photography studio AZUELO Designs are offering gorgeous enchanted forest Santa sessions with a touch of vintage styling and a professional, kid-friendly (patient!) photographer. A 15-minute session for a family is $170 and includes eight high-resolution, professionally-edited digital images via email - perfect for Christmas card printing. See all the details here!
When: 13th November up until Christmas
Where: Lennox Reserve, Canley Vale
8. Santa in the Garden, St Ives
Santa is coming to the Wildflower Garden in St Ives this year for an ultra-unique outdoor photo opp. Visitors will be able to meet Santa in a beautiful outdoor setting, where the flexible set can be used to create the perfect shot for every family. The package includes a 5-minute session and 3 high-res digital images for $80. Bookings are essential.
Where: Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
When: Select dates from Saturday 13th November to Sunday 12th December
9. Santa at Top Ryde City
An ever-popular face around Top Ryde during the festive season, Santa is back for some socially-distanced fun in 2021!
Sensitive Santa photos are also on offer this year for families with children with special needs. These sensory-friendly visits invite families to meet Santa one-on-one with considered sensory conditions. Bookings are essential for all Santa visits, book here.
When: 14th November - 24th December
Where: Top Ryde City, Ground Floor, Cnr Devlin St & Blaxland Road, Ryde
10. Sydney Christmas Fair
This family-friendly extravaganza at the Entertainment Quarter will feature a huge line-up of entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including all your favourite carnival rides and games, water activities, interactive Elf workshops, gingerbread house party, outdoor cinema, letters to Santa and so much more! Santa will be available for socially-distanced photos (and he loves it when you bring pets along too!).
When: 4th December - 19th December 2021
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
11. Santa at the Summit
Santa will be visiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge every Sunday morning from 7 November – 19 December 2021, to greet climbers at the Summit for a Santa photo like no other, 134 metres above sea level with the iconic Sydney Opera House as your backdrop!
As well as experiencing the best views of Sydney whilst scaling the iconic arches, Christmas cheer add-ons include a Santa hat to take home and the chance to sing along to your favourite Christmas carols whilst you soak in the unforgettable sights of the Sydney Harbour.
When: 7th November to 19th December 2021
Where: Sydney Bridge Climb, 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks
12. Santa by the Surf, Bondi and Bronte Beach
Image: Newcastle Herald
Ditch the shopping malls and bring your family and pets down to Bondi or Bronte Beach for a summer Christmas photo with Santa. With two amazing locations to choose from, this is the perfect activity to get into the festive spirit. Book now for Santa By The Surf at iconic Bondi Beach and Bronte Surf Club. Strict social distancing measures will be in place and bookings are essential.
When: Sunday 19th December 8 am to 2 pm at North Bondi Surf Club. Thursday 16th December 8 am to 12 pm, Friday 17th December 8 am to 12 pm, Saturday 18th December 7.30 am to 11.30 am at Bronte Surf Club.
Where: North Bondi Surf Club and Bronte Surf Club
Hero image: The Daily Telegraph
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