Where to find Santa for a photo in Newcastle in 2018

The annual Santa photo is a tradition for many local families. Here’s details on where to find the Man in the Red Suit around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.

Charlestown Square (from 3 November to 24 December) – Santa Photo, Sensitive Santa and Pet Santa

Santa’s on his way to the Hunters’ largest shopping destination – Charlestown Square! Be among the first to visit Santa this year at his exciting new Santa Set in Centre Court daily from Saturday 3 November, daily until Christmas Eve. Plus all children will receive a small gift from Santa when they have their photo taken.

Sensitive Santa – Charlestown Square is once again delighted to offer children with special needs the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa this Christmas at the Sensitive Santa sessions. The sensory friendly environment provides a low stress, quiet surrounding creating an ideal setting for your child to meet Santa. Available on Wednesday and Friday mornings before the centre opens at 7.30am to 8.30am, starting from Wednesday 28 November for three weeks, plus Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December at 7.30am to 8.30am.

Pet Santa Photography –  If you’re keen to have all of your family in this year’s Santa photo, you can bring your favourite four legged friend, or whatever shape and size your furry or scaly friend may be, to Santa’s pet photos! Due to popular demand, Charlestown Square has added in more dates for this fun activity. Santa pet photos start on Saturday 10 November and will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the centre opens from 7am for four weeks, yet please note bookings are a must!

For more information, visit Charlestown Square Santa Photography website page.

Natural Lights Christmas Photos

Nestled in the heart of Catherine Hill Bay is this stunning location, perfectly stylised to look like an Australian winter wonderland. It is a unique backdrop for this year’s family photos. Are you sick of the generic shopping centre photos with Santa and are after quality print images good enough to hang on the wall? Natural Lights Christmas Photos want to capture real and honest moments in a non-intrusive way. We present to you treasured images, unlike anything you have seen before.

Dates available: Saturday 24 November,  Monday the 26 of November and Sunday 2 December. For more information, visit Natural Lights Christmas Photos

Hunter Valley Gardens  (from 2 November to 24 December)

Visit the light and music extravaganza and get your photos taken with Santa. Santa photos will be available at the North Pole inside Santa’s Cave marquee from 6pm – 10pm every night until Christmas.

For more information, visit Hunter Valley Gardens website.

Lake Macquarie Fair, Mount Hutton  (from 24 November to 24 December)

Santa will be arriving at the centre will be arriving soon and will have a brand new setting to enjoy!

For more information, visit Lake Macquarie Fair website.

The Levee, Central Maitland (from Friday 16 November to Saturday 22 December)

This Christmas, Santa’s backyard will be at The Riverlink at The Levee. Bring the family to The Levee and join Santa for a free photo on the newly decorated Santa stage. A digital photo will be emailed to your nominated email address for your keepsake collection.

Santa’s backyard will open:

– Friday from 4pm to 7pm
– Saturday from 10am to 2pm
– Sunday from 10am to 2pm

Santa’s backyard is in an outdoor environment, so if there’s inclement weather, Santa photo sessions may be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Make sure you check The Levee Central Maitland on Facebook for updates. For more information, visit The Levee.

MarketPlace Raymond Terrace (from Sunday November 11 to Monday 24 December)

Get your photos taken with Santa at MarketPlace Raymond Terrace. Purchase a Photo with Santa and receive a free colouring in book.

For more information, visit MarketPlace Raymond Terrace website

Pender Place, Maitland (from 17 December to 23 December)

Come and get a free photo* with Santa! * One FREE photo per child (additional photos have a fee). Photos only available on certain days

For more information, visit Pender Place website.

Salamander Bay Square (Saturday November 24 – Monday 24 December)

Get a photo with Santa at Salamander Bay Square. You’ll find Santa near Kmart from 24 November to 24 December 2018.

For more information, visit Salamander Bay Square

Stockland Green Hills (Saturday November 17 – Monday 24 December)

Bring the family along for a photo with Santa at his beautiful home at Green Hills on the Ground Floor near Best & Less.  Beat the lines by pre-booking with the Fast Pass Booking System, available via their website from Monday 12 November. Multiple time slots are available per session, and you can arrive at any time within your allocated timeframe to beat the queue. Walk ins are still accepted throughout the day, bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Sensitive Santa sessions will be available for families on Monday 19 November, Tuesday 19 November, Monday 10 December and Tuesday 11 December from 7am – 9am. Booking information will also be available on this page from Monday 12 November. For more information, visit the Stockland Green Hills website.

Stockland Jesmond (Monday November 26 – Monday 24 December)

Visit Stockland Jesmond in the lead up to the Christmas and have your photo taken with Santa in Centre Court. Sensitive Santa sessions will be available for families on Tuesday 27 November, Thursday 29 November, Monday and Sunday 9 December.  For more information, visit the Stockland Jesmond website.

Wallsend Village (Tuesday 11 December – Monday 24 December)

So not your traditional Christmas Santa photo. Visit Wallsend Village for Selfies with Santa between 10am to 2pm. Meet Santa, take a selfie and receive a free Christmas gift.

Westfield Kotara (from Saturday 10 November to Monday 24 December)

Visit Westfield Kotara in the lead up to the Christmas and have your photo taken with Santa! Sensitive Santa and Pet photos also available. For more information, visit the Westfield Kotara website

If you know of other Santa Photos that haven’t been listed, please email reena@newywithkids.com.au


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