Where to Get Your Santa Photos on the Gold Coast

Where to Get Your Santa Photos on the Gold Coast

23 Nov 2023

It's an annual tradition that little people (and their parents!) love. Santa has arrived early this year to sprinkle his own signature brand of magical merriment throughout Gold Coast shopping centres. Get in quick - he needs to get back to the North Pole to prep for his big delivery day. Here’s where you can get a Christmas keepsake for 2023.

Robina Town Centre

Make some merry memories with a special Santa photo at Robina Town Centre. Enter the enchanted forest for a meet and greet with the North Pole’s VIP. There are Pet Portraits available for your furry friends and Robina Town Centre has made sure it’s an accessible Christmas for neurodiverse kids and those with hearing impairment.  The Sensitive Santa sessions happen before the centre opens so kids can enjoy the experience in a low-stress, sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all, without the crowds, queues and noise. And Santa can also speak sign language to communicate with kids who use AUSLAN. That’s our kind of Christmas. Bookings are essential so get in quick.

Pacific Fair

Santa’s glittering Golden Palace has opened its sparkling doors outside Myer inviting families and fur babies to sit with Santa for their photos between November 4th - December 24th. Sensitive Santa returns too with lights dimmed and a calm environment inviting kids for a soothing, sensory-friendly visit with the big man. Your puppy can come for their own festive paw-trait too. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

Harbour Town Premium Outlets

If you’re doing some Christmas shopping at Harbour Town Premium Outlets between December 1st - 24th keep an eye for the big guy with the white beard dressed in red. Santa will be roving the shopping centre, spreading cheer and taking Santa selfies with his friends and fans. There’s also gift wrapping for a gold coin donation with proceeds going to charity.

Sanctuary Cove

Visit Sanctuary Cove and get into the festive spirit with celebrations, events and activities.  Strike a pose beside a Christmas Tree or the gigantic Christmas present, snap a selfie in Santa’s sleigh, or capture the magic moment with Santa Claus himself. From December 8th - 11th from 11am - 2pm you can snap a pic with Santa himself - dress ups are welcome and there are special sessions for Santa photos with your pets!

The Pines at Elanora

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be visiting The Pines at Elanora every day until Christmas! The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa for a family photo will be available with no bookings required, and the elves have stuffed some sacks with gifts so that every kid who gets photo will take home a little treat too!

Australia Fair

Spend $20 or more at Australia Fair in December and you can score a free photo with Santa! Find Santa in his pretty woodland setting - there are photo packages available if you want more memories with Christmas’s main character. No bookings are required and every kid who visits gets a free gift. Sweet! 

Are you all about the silly season? Check out our blog on Christmas markets, carols and festive fun!
Narelle Bouveng
Narelle Bouveng

A local Gold Coast mum and well-travelled Australian travel writer, Narelle has over 21 years’ experience wandering and chooses to call Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast home. A sunrise and sunset regular, you will often find her juggling a coffee and her camera, snapping for her blog and family travel inspired Instagram @alittleatlarge while youngest daughter Tiah frolics alongside.


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