Avoid the last-minute rush by pre-booking your Santa photos early this year – if you can. Bookings will be essential at most of the popular venues and we’d hate for you to miss out! Here’s a list below of where you can take the kids for their Santa photos in Adelaide this year.

Santa Photos at Churchill Centre

FREE Photos with Santa at Churchill Centre!
11:30am – 1:30pm from Saturday 16th – Thursday 21st December 2023

No bookings required: it’s a queuing system/first-in-first served basis. 1 x photo with Santa per child/family.
Photos will be supplied via a digital link when email and/or mobile number is supplied. Give-away
items only available for children who are present at the event.

Check churchillcentre.com.au for more and follow on Instagram @churchillcentre and Facebook @churchillshoppingcentre

Did you know that Churchill Centre has over 50 stores under the one roof?!
There’s a fantastic Kmart, ALDI, TK Maxx, Cheap as Chips, Homes Supermarket and many many more.
AND don’t forget to visit Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and FREE indoor Shopping Centre playground! Located in the Food Court. Check churchillcentre.com.au for playground opening hours. Eat, drink, shop and play at Churchill Centre, Churchill Road, Kilburn!

Head to www.churchillcentre.com.au for more.

Santas Wonderland

If you’re visiting Santa’s Wonderland this year, (and if you’re not you should be!) before you go jump onto their website and pre book your Santa photos.

Choose from a range of professional Santa photo packages and if you pre-purchase a photo pack online when you buy your entry ticket you will guarantee an appointment time with Santa. You can upgrade to premium packs or purchase additional photo products on the day of your visit.

Click here for more info about Santa photos at Santa’s Wonderland.

Santa Photos at Newton Central

Santa Claus and his helper will be at Newton Central (by the entry to Target) on the 17th of December 2023 to take photos with children between 1:30PM and 3:30PM. This is a FREE service, how great is that?! 

If you visit Newton Central on December 23rd. between 1:30pm – 3:00pm you will also see Santa & Mrs Claus roving through the Centre, spreading Christmas cheer – head along to say hello!

Come and join in on the Christmas Spirit!

Find Newton Central at 84 Gorge Road, Newton.

Santa Photos at Burnside Village


He’s made his list; he’s checked it twice and now Santa Claus is on his merry way to Burnside Village with some very special friends. Santa arrives on Monday, 20th November and is bringing along his Teddy Bear companions who will be setting up their Christmas Teddy Bear Workshop. The Teddy Bear Workshop is a fully animated display creating hundreds of plush bears ready for Santa to give out to all the good boys and girls that visit him at Burnside Village. 🐻🐻

Every child that has a photo taken with Santa will take home a Burnside Village limited edition 2023 Christmas plush teddy. Photos with Santa aren’t just limited to children either with the jolly man in red welcoming our furry friends to also get involved.

To book your spot with Santa, head to: www.burnsidevillage.com.au/santa/photography-2023

The Teddy Bear Workshop will bring festive cheer to young and old and is just one of the many attractions at Burnside Village this festive season. The Centre is filled with Christmas spirt, laced with stunning, decorative displays that will transport you directly to Santa’s home at the North Pole.

For more festive information visit www.burnsidevillage.com.au

FREE Santa Photos at Northpark Shopping Centre!

Santa is almost here! 

Northpark Shopping Centre is excited to bring you this year’s Photos with Santa. Pop in from Tuesday Dec 19 to Dec 23rd and get your picture taken and emailed to you for FREE! Snap a picture that will last a lifetime.

11am-2pm with the exception of Thursday 21st 5-8pm.

They will also have a Kidzone craft station plus a giveaway which you can enter here https://www.northparkshoppingcentre.com.au/festive-giveaway/

Northpark Shopping Centre look forward to seeing you in centre soon.

Find out more about FREE Santa Photos at Northpark Shopping Centre.

FREE Santa Photos at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market

On Sunday 17th December from 9 am to 11:30 am, Santa Claus himself will be making a special appearance at the market. Capture the magic with a FREE photo in their festive farmers market setting – just bring your device, and the elves will take care of the rest.

To kick off the holiday spirit, the SA Youth Guitar Ensemble will be performing live Christmas carols starting at 9:30 AM. Families can also enjoy a jumping castle, and a talented face painter will be on-site to add some Christmas magic.

Find out more here.

Christmas Portraits at Harbour Town

Looking for great value Christmas photography for the family? Make some Christmas memories at Harbour Town Premium Outlets with a Candid Christmas Portrait photo session 🎄

Style your family or friends in matching outfits, fun Christmas props or accessories to create your own custom Christmas photo! Bookings are $24.95, which includes your photoshoot, 1x printed 6×4 inch photograph, a digital copy of your photo, a Christmas card with a window to display your photo and a Christmas photo bauble!

Click here to learn more & book your spot now.

The Wrap Bar at Unley Shopping Centre

Unley Shopping Centre is excited to bring you “The Wrap Bar” for 2023’s festive season. In collaboration with The Salvation Army they will be providing gift wrapping services with the request of a gold coin donation. Make Christmas easy this year!

Stop by after completing your Christmas shopping. There will be a “Giving Tree” to spread the Christmas cheer.

Plus, they will have a Roaming Santa for the kids from Dec 21. Your kids can get a photo with Santa whilst you get your gifts wrapped.

The Gift-Wrapping Station will be at the Centre from 10am – 4pm, Monday 11th December – Friday 22nd December!

Click here for more info about The Wrap Bar Unley Shopping Centre.

Father Christmas and more at Hallett Cove Shopping Centre

Get ready for a magical Christmas at Hallett Cove Shopping Centre!

The wait is over! Father Christmas is coming to town and he will be at Hallett Cove Shopping Centre from December 18th to December 24th, between 10am-12pm. Don’t miss this chance to meet him for yourself, take adorable photos and share in the Christmas spirit.

Indulge in the irresistible and classic Lions Club fruit cakes! The wonderful Lions Club volunteers will be selling the delicious cakes from December 11th to December 24th (or until sold out!), between 10am-4pm. Treat your taste buds to the perfect holiday indulgence and make your celebrations extra special.

We know that gift giving can be stressful, so let Hallett Cove Shopping Centre take care of the Gift Wrapping for you! The Lions Club gift wrapping experts will be available from December 18th to December 24th, between 10am-4pm. PLUS on Christmas Eve, they will be wrapping until 2pm so you don’t have to worry about a thing. All they ask for in return, is a gold coin donation per item.

Come and immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of Christmas at Hallett Cove Shopping Centre. Share in the festive spirit with Father Christmas, savour delectable Christmas cakes, and make your gift-giving moments hassle-free with the wonderful Lions Club volunteers.

Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience!

Father Christmas
Dec 18-24

Christmas Cakes
Dec 11-24

Gift Wrapping
Dec 18-24
Christmas Eve until 2pm

Find out more by clicking here.

Melba’s Chocolates

Visit Melba’s Chocolates in Woodside from the 15th of December to the 23rd of December, they’ll be open from 9am to 10pm daily where you can join in their family fun festivities, including FREE Family Fun Entertainment, Food Trucks, and of course, you can visit Santa and have a photo with him for FREE!

Explore their deliciously great range of Christmas Treats, watch them in action making all your favourites and indulge in one of their many Hot Chocolates available, including their Christmas favourite, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. You can even help decorate their 15-foot Christmas Tree, by simply donating just $2, you’ll receive a Christmas bauble to personalise, place it in their letterbox and they’ll hang it on their tree! All money raised goes to Variety SA, which help South Australian kids that are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs!

Click here for all the info.

David Jones Magic Cave

Santa returns to the Magic Cave for 2023!

From Saturday 4 November until Christmas Eve the 2nd floor of David Jones at Adelaide Central Plaza will be home to this beloved SA icon, The Magic Cave. The funhouse mirrors have been polished and the fairy lights are twinkling, ready for excited visitors who will descend on David Jones for this cherished South Australian tradition. The Magic Cave will feature the enchantment of years gone by with old favourites such as the vintage carousel, fairies, and displays to delight everyone.

Roving carollers, the Toy Soldier Troupe and a DJ for in-store entertainment will add to the excitement of the festive season.

Each guest will receive their photos in a beautiful package plus a set of houndstooth reindeer antlers. 

On Friday 10th and 17th November, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, Santa PAWtraits sessions make a return as one of the multiple package options available for the ultimate festive experience, which also includes Sensitive Santa, and standard sessions.

Pre-paid bookings essential
Find out more about the Magic Cave. 

Westfield Santa Photography

Santa and his elves work hard to make sure the Westfield photography sets are always magical and 2023 will be no different.  Bookings are essential.

Westfield are also offering Sensitive Santa and Auslan photography sessions.

Marion  Click here
Tea Tree Plaza  Click here
West Lakes   Click here

Santaland at Myer Adelaide

Now in 3 locations – Myer Adelaide, Marion and Tea Tree Plaza.

Please note: The Santaland Express train is only available at the Adelaide CDB store. 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 2023 Christmas photos taken.

click here for more info

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