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A guide to finding Santa in the city

Whether you call him Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, nothing says Christmas like the man in the red suit. Due to his magical ways, Santa will be appearing in many locations across the city every day up to and including Christmas Eve. Here’s where you can find him.

Christmas Square

Santa has taken some time out of his busy schedule to take up residence in Christmas Square. He’ll be available for free photo opportunities and Christmas wishes every day of the week up until Christmas Eve. Drop by during your city shopping adventure and tell Santa what you want for Christmas.
While you’re there you can also ensure Santa has your official Christmas wish list, by posting a letter to him at the Santa Mail Box in City Square. Address your letter to North Pole, 9999, to get a reply from Santa himself!
Monday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. Fridays 10am to noon, 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 7pm.
Santa's House at Christmas (City) Square

Santa’s Christmas Spectacular

Wonderland Fun Park hosts Santa’s Christmas Spectacular, a fantastic family event that runs daily in the theatre. Santa’s magical workshop comes to life in a fun-filled circus adventure, starring an amazing cast of acrobatic characters performing astounding feats. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa and friends who will be making special appearances throughout the day.
Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas. Daily Saturday 19 December to 24 December.

Harbour Town

Santa will be appearing daily at Harbour Town Melbourne in the Christmas Enchanted Forest and every child that visits for a Christmas photo will receive a special gift to take home. Our furry friends are family too, so bring them along to join in the Christmas cheer at the special pet photography sessions with Santa.
Pet photography sessions 5, 6, 12 and 13 December 4pm to 6pm. 17 and 18 December 6pm to 8pm. Bookings essential. General photography 10am to 4pm daily up to and including Christmas Eve.

Myer Christmas Windows


What’s a more Melbourne Christmas experience than visiting the Myer Christmas Windows? This year’s theme is set on Christmas Eve in 1956 and includes many of Melbourne’s most iconic sites such as Flinders Street Station, Block Arcade, Hopetoun Tea Rooms and the Skipping Girl Vinegar neon sign in Richmond. After checking out the display, head inside to Santaland and  have your photo taken with the jolly Mr Claus.
Daily up until 6 January.

Awkward Christmas Photos

Looking to add a little humour to your Christmas photo album? A visit to Melbourne Central’s Awkward Christmas Portraits is a sure-fire way to add some laughter to your mantelpiece. Bring your friends, family and partner down and strike your best pose with hilarious props, daggy Christmas jumpers and old-fashioned backdrops.
Thursday to Sunday until 20 December.
Awkward Christmas photos at Melbourne Central

David Jones

Visit the David Jones Christmas window and follow the Christmas elves from James Gulliver Hancock’s ‘Colour Me In Christmas’ book as they collect gifts from all around the world. You can also bring your pets in for a Santa PAWtrait or have your face painted by a Christmas Fairy.
Daily until Christmas Eve.

The Carlton

Too old to sit on Santa’s knee? Get your (alternative) annual Christmas photo taken at The Carlton. Wally the Ostrich is playing Santa this season. As an added bonus, you get to play dress-ups!
Daily until Christmas Eve.
Looking for more Christmas ideas? Check out the 2015 Christmas Festival.