Well, it’s out with the Halloween pumpkins and in with the stockings, snowflakes and yuletide cheer. Christmas is only 7.5 weeks away!
And right on cue, the Inner West Mums’ inbox is starting to ding with news of the different Santa photos on offer this year.
Find our round-up below.
And if we’ve missed your favourite give us a heads-up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This one booked out early last year, so get in quick! The theme for this year’s set is ‘a traditional white Christmas’ just like in the movies. Sounds magical!
When: Until December 24
Where: 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
Details/to book: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2022-santa-photos-at-the-grounds-of-alexandria-tickets-425577713397
Santa in the Garden
Santa set amongst the gum trees in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. This one is truly unique but also a bit of a trek for us inner westies – about 45 minutes drive. A member of the IWM team had her family’s Santa photos taken here last year and despite the torrential rain was happy with both the experience and the end-result. Could be a good spot for a picnic and explore either side of the photos, weather depending.
When: November 12 – December 17, Saturday and Sunday sessions only.
Where: Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420, St Ives.
Cost: $80 for three high resolution images
Details/to book: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Whats-on/Santa-in-the-Garden
QVB High Tea with Santa
A Christmas themed high tea in the beautiful surrounds of the QVB Tearooms is a memory making experience the kids are unlikely to forget. The preschooler daughter of a member of the Inner West Mums team went last year and still talks about it. It’s so special.
When: November 20 to December 24. Sensory sessions are running November 11-19, plus some dates in December.
Where: The Tea Room at the Queen Victoria Building
Cost: $65 per person. Take your own photos or use the services of the on-site photographer. Two digital images are included in the price.
Details/to book: https://www.qvb.com.au/christmas/qvb-santa-experiences
Santa at the Summit … of the Harbour Bridge!
This is a truly unique Santa photo experience. Book in for a Bridge Climb and get a photo with Santa at the top. If you’ve got older kids, this might be a way to convince them to pose for a Santa photo one last time! Sounds like an amazing family experience too.
When: Every Sunday morning from November 6 to December 18
Where: 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks
Cost: Climb prices start at $308 for adults and $139 for children.
Details/to book: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/climbs-prices/whats-on/santa-photos-at-the-summit
Broadway Shopping Centre
‘Santa’s starry night’ is the theme for this year’s set – and the centre’s festive decorations – with Santa seated in a hot air balloon, with ‘cloud seats’ for the kids either side. Sensory sessions are being held too.
When: November 19 – Dec 24
Where: Bay Street, Ultimo. Santa will be set up on L1 outside Harvey Norman
Cost: Packages range from $24.95 – $49.95
Details/to book: https://www.broadwaysydney.com.au/whats-on/events/bestmas-santa-photos
Santa will be seated on a throne outside Panetta Mercato on the ground floor of the new building. Sensitive Santa sessions are running from December 3-17.
When: November 19 to December 24
Where: Smidmore Street, Marrickville.
Cost: $24.95 – 49.95
Details/to book: https://www.marrickvillemetro.com.au/what-s-happening/christmas-at-marrickville-metro
As well as their usual family sessions – which have been popular with Inner West Mums members in the past – Leichhardt Marketplace is hosting sensory Santa sessions for the first time this year. These are currently available Dec 2 – 4.
When: November 26 – December 24
Where: Corner Marion and Flood Streets, Leichhardt
Cost: $20.95 – $54
Details/to book: https://www.marketplaceleichhardt.com.au/santa-family-and-pet-photos/
Christmas sessions in a studio
Inner West Mums’ member Noemie Vonthron is holding Christmas portrait sessions in her Gladesville studio. The family (fur kids are welcome to attend on certain days) pose for the photos in her festively decorated studio, with Santa creatively added by Noemie later in post-production. See photo at top of page for an example.
When: The only date still available is Friday November 11, various times
Where: Boronia Park, Gladesville
Cost: Packages cost $200 or $265
Details/to book: https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=24155048
Santa by the beach
Another Inner West Mums’ member El Earl is holding beach/surf themed photography sessions with Santa.
When: Various dates in November and December. Contact El for availability
Where: Yarra Bay Beach
Cost: $200 for five photos with Santa and 10 family photos (non-Christmas, usually $500)
Details/to book: Elearlphotography@yahoo.com
Breakfast with Santa at David Jones
A breakfast with Santa will be held every Saturday at the David Jones Elizabeth Street store. Includes a welcome from Santa, activities for the kids, breakfast and a goodie bag.
When: Saturday mornings at 9am, from November 12 to December 24
Where: 86-108 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Details/to book: Bookings open on November 4, check this link for details: https://www.davidjones.com/stores/whats-on-and-events/christmas#
Revesby Workers Club
This has come highly recommended by IWM members in previous years. Quieter, sensory sessions can be booked too. Plus an outdoor Santa set will be located outside the Brett Street Foyer for fur-kid photos.
When: November 26 – December 24
Where: 2B Brett Street, Revesby. Santa will be set up in the Brett Street foyer.
Cost: Packages start at $35
Details/to book: https://rwc.org.au/whats-on-event/photos-with-santa/
Top Ryde City
This is another popular one with IWM members, with one parent sharing last year that Santa even remembered her child’s name from the year before. How lovely is that! Sensory Santa sessions can be booked too.
When: From November 12
Where: Corner Devlin St & Blaxland Rd, Ryde.
Cost: Packages start at $25
Details/to book: https://www.christmasmemories.com.au/trc/?fbclid=IwAR0LdCWM9enXZ7VkawDMnwLJ5pDs04WXw4rVKB8pMMkAEXYWMPyoi2uz0oU