It’s that time again Gold Coasters (unsure how but what can you do). Christmas is here or it may as well be, since there are decorations everywhere and you may now pop down to see the big guy for a snap.
That’s right, it’s time to book in your Santa portraits pals and here’s the lineup of where you can do exactly that around the Coast. This year things are going to look a little bit different, socially distanced snaps mean you’ll sit on a stool a little way away from the big man but it’s a Christmas tradition so it must be done.
Visit Santa in his sparkly pavilion, where all that glitters is gold from now until Friday 24th December, where all that glitters is gold. Santa and his elves have been working hard on a new-look set this year so that you can take a memorable photo at a safe 1.5m distance for regular Santa, pet Santa and sensory Satna. Book in November to receive a FREE coffee and babyccino. Book here.
Where: Santa’s Pavilion, Ground Floor outside Myer, Broadbeach
Stockland Burleigh Heads
Get your portraits taken at Stocklands Burleigh Heads from Saturday November 27th. There’ll be times for Paws & Claus, Sensory Santa and even Mrs Claus, you can book online here.
Where: Santa’s Beach Shack, outside Aldi, West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
From Monday 29th November until Christmas Eve, you can grab a photo with Santa at Australia Fair. Plus every child who visits receives a free gift! Tickets must be booked online in advance here.
Where: 42 Marine Parade, Southport
From 10am-1pm Sunday 6th to Saturday 11th December get into the Christmas spirit with a photo with Santa in his candy wonderland. Jump into Santa’s Sleigh, stand under the huge Christmas Tree or pose next to the giant Christmas Present to capture the perfect festive photos. For those that love a more Australian Christmas shot, the sea backdrop is just a short wander away. Fortunately, the festivities won’t be just for kids – on Saturday 11th December, from 10am to 12pm, pets can also visit Santa to capture a special Christmas memory of their own. No bookings required, but more information available here.
Where: Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove
Visit Santa at Tweed Mall this Christmas and every child will receive a free gift with photo packages purchased. Times are 10am to 2pm (NSW time) Monday 6th December to Christmas Eve. There’s $7 Santa Photos and a free photo* on Santa Sundays for the first 40 customers. More details here.
Where: Cnr Wharf and Bay Streets, Tweed Heads
Robina Town Centre
Meet Santa in his magical Enchanted Forest from Saturday 6th November with lots of spots available until Christmas time. There’s also an option for a Sensitive Santa experience in a low-stress, sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all (from Monday 22nd November) or Pet Photos at The Promenade (from Saturday 13th November). Book here.
Where: Outside Myer and Kookai, Robina Town Centre
If you’re looking for a Santa photo of the unique variety, look no further than the epic photo you’ll score at Hotel Miami. The team have created the perfect winter wonderland with a touch of pink and a fistful of sass. You’ll have to get in quick though, there are only two days available on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December. You are most welcome to bring your screaming kids, untrained dogs or even a pony.
Where: 49 Lemana Lane, Miami
*Please note that images utilised in this story have been taken from previous years’ where social distancing had not been required.