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The best places to get Santa Photos in Sydney


Wondering where to get a Santa photo on Sydney’s North Shore this Christmas? Santa is popping up all over Sydney’s North Shore – from our trusty shopping centres right through to the bush or Sydney Harbour! Discover the best places to get your Santa photos.

Be sure to book your session online to secure your spot and avoid the queues! Merry Christmas…

Check out our quicklinks to find where to get a Santa photo on Sydney’s North Shore.

Santa photos at local Shopping Centres

Santa photos with a twist!

Guide: Special Christmas Photos with North Shore Photographers

    North Ryde

    Macquarie Centre

    Santa’s Secret Garden at Macquarie Centre

    Santa’s Secret Garden, the award-winning Christmas photography set is returning to Macquarie Centre! Get ready for a magical journey to meet Santa as you cross the board walk, explore the glow worm cave, pass by iconic Australian landscapes and more!

    This one-of-a-kind living, breathing Christmas set, features 260+ native and drought-tolerant plants which transports you from the beach to the bush, encompassing lush greenery with tropical plants and coastal pathways. Due to popular demand, our Pet Photography and Sensitive Santa sessions have also made a return and are available to book now.

    • When: Saturday 18 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
    • Location: Centre Court (outside Kmart), Level 1, Macquarie Centre, Cnr Herring & Waterloo Roads, North Ryde
    • Tickets: Book now.
    • Special Offer: Book your Santa Photos before Friday 1 December for photography sessions between 18 Nov – 24 Nov and 27 Nov – 1 December to enjoy $10 off. Use PROMO CODE: P223138 at the checkout. T&Cs apply.


    St Ives

    Santa photos at The Village

    Visit the beautiful, nordic Santa Set at St Ives Village (located on Level 1, outside Nextra) for your Santa photos in 2023. They’re doing pet photos every Tuesday and Thursday nights too!

    • When: Thursday 30 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
    • Location: St Ives Shopping Village, Level 1 (near Nextra)
    • Packages: $24.95 – $49.95. Book now.


    Lane Cove, Chatswood & Hornsby

    PetO Santa Paws

    Spoil your furry friend this festive season and capture Christmas 2023 with a photo in the PetO Christmas Photobooth!

    Sessions will be happening at all PetO Stores across Sydney – and right here on the North Shore in Lane Cove, Chatswood and Hornsby – on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, from 9am-5pm.

    No bookings needed, just turn up with your pet!

    Photos are just $9.95, with all proceeds going to Animal Welfare League.

    Local PetO Stores


      Westfield Chatswood

      Westfield Chatswood have everything you need to create incredible Christmas memories! All children who visit Santa will also receive a Christmas headband to take home. They will again be offering Sensory Santa (for kids with special sensory needs) and Pet Photography.

      • When: Sunday 12 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
      • Where: Level 3, Centre Court, Westfield Chatswood,  1 Anderson Street Chatswood
      • Book now


            Westfield Hornsby

            What will you ask Santa for this year? Create a memory that captures the magic of Christmas and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Hornsby. All children who visit Santa will also receive a Christmas headband to take home. There will also be options for Sensitive Santa photos and pet photos with the whole family.

            • When: Sunday 12 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
            • Where: Westfield Hornsby, Centre Court, Level 3 near Cotton on Kids, Pacific Highway, Hornsby
            • Book now.

              Top Ryde

              Top Ryde City

              The Santa you know and love lands at Top Ryde City from Sunday 12 November. Sensitive Santa photos will be offered this year. Families with children with special needs are invited to a sensory-friendly visit with Top Ryde City’s famous Santa. This inclusive program invites families to meet Santa one-on-one with low background noise, sensory considerations and without the queues.

              • When: Sunday 12 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
              • Location: Top Ryde City, Ground Level near Timezone & Zone Bowling, Cnr Devlin St & Blaxland Road, Ryde
              • Book now

                Santa photos with a twist!

                Santa in the Garden, St Ives

                Santa in the Garden, St Ives

                Santa in the Garden, St Ives

                Santa in the Garden is back in 2023, offering a unique bush-styled outdoor photo opportunity at the picturesque Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

                • Where: Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
                • When: 8am-12pm on Saturday & Sundays, from 11 November until 17 December 2023
                • Cost: $80. Package includes 5-minute session and 3 high-res digital images. Book here.

                Santa on Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bridgeclimb

                Santa will be returning to the Sydney Harbour Bridge every Sunday morning from 5 November to Christmas Eve 2023 for the ultimate Christmas photo, 134 metres above sea level and with the iconic Sydney Opera House as the backdrop.

                As well as experiencing the best views of Sydney whilst scaling the iconic arches, Christmas cheer add-ons include a complimentary printed Santa photo with every purchased photo package, optional festive photo border on all photos, Santa hat to take home, and the chance to sing-along to your favourite Christmas carols on a stage like no other.

                • Where: BridgeClimb, The Rocks
                • When: Any Sunday climb departing before 11am every Sunday from 5 November to 24 December on all Climb routes – Summit, Summit Express and Ultimate.
                • Cost: $149 per Child | $344 per Adult. Book now.

                High Tea with Santa, Queen Victoria Building

                Under the glistening chandeliers of the iconic Tea Room QVB, book your table for a magical, memorable and intimate Santa Experience. Indulge in a bespoke Christmas-themed Traditional High Tea designed by the Tea Room QVB Executive Chef Rob Crichton and have your memories captured with our professional photography of your special moment with Santa himself.

                • When: Saturday 11 November 2023 – Christmas Eve
                • Session Times: 8:00am – 10:00am | 8:30am – 10:30am | 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
                • Where: Tea Room QVB, Level 3, 455 George Street, Sydney (Town Hall is the closest train station)
                • Cost: $95 Adult (over 13 years) | $75 Child (1-12 years)
                • Book now.

                    Santa Selfies at Taronga Zoo

                    Snap a selfie with Santa at the iconic Taronga Zoo Sydney. From 1 – 3 December, get into the festive sprit at the Zoo, with special Santa photos in the palm of their Giant Gorilla Statue, ‘King Nyani’ between 11 – 2 pm daily.

                    • Where: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
                    • When: 1-3 December
                    • Suited for: All ages
                    • Cost: Free with Zoo Entry – Tickets from $27.00 – 45.90, includes a great day out at Taronga Zoo.
                    • Website: taronga.org.au

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