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Where to see Santa in the city

Old Saint Nick is here, there and everywhere around Melbourne, spreading good cheer, listening to Christmas gift wishes and posing for pics.

Santa’s House at Melbourne Town Hall

Before he hurries away to bring joy to the world, Santa is welcoming visitors to his new house outside Melbourne Town Hall. Kids can whisper what they want him to leave under the tree, and everyone gets a free photo with this merry gentleman. He’s a popular guy so queues at Santa’s House may be long, but his roaming elves will keep one and all entertained.

Santa at Queen Victoria Market

A highlight of the Merry Market Christmas celebrations is Saint Nick’s visit on 22 and 23 December. Say hello before enjoying the market’s other Yuletide pleasures, from shopping for Christmas food and gifts to Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice-skating rink.

Santa Claus sitting on a throne outside, surrounded by Christmas decorations

Santa at the Queen Vic Market

ArtVo at Crown

Melbourne’s ‘trick-art’ gallery and Crown have joined forces so you and your mates can be immersed in all sorts of festive scenes. There are a dozen ArtVo at Crown 3D paintings to discover, including several Santa scenarios. Have cameras at the ready so you can capture the moment you went surfing with Santa, or saw him dash across the sky in his sleigh, while you lounged on the moon.

Santa’s Christmas Spectacular

Take a peek inside that magical North Pole workshop during Santa’s Christmas Spectacular. This circus show at Wonderland Junior fun park is packed with acrobatics, singing, dancing and hilarious antics. Santa himself will be checking in, plus there are rides and games to enjoy after the show.

Elf performers on stage with a colourful stage set behind them

Santa’s Christmas spectacular

Photos with Santa at The District Docklands

Santa photography can be pricey, but spend $20 at The District and you get a two-photo portrait pack for free. Plus, every child who visits the man in red receives a gift! If you like the pics you can buy more, and print your photo on everything from calendars to keyrings. Families with special needs can book Sensory Santa, and your four legged friends won’t miss out either with Santa pet photos.

Crown Christmas Spectacular

Australia’s only 24-hour, fully-lit Christmas tree is at Crown. Every 30 minutes, seven giant baubles will create a Christmas song compilation. Festive dancers will pop up on the Atrium staircase and there’ll be candy-cane giveaways. There’s so much to like about the Crown Christmas Spectacular. But best of all is that Santa is on his golden throne every day until 24 December, awaiting whispered wishes and photos.

Santa Claus linking arms with two women dressed in red Christmas dresses

Santa at Crown’s Christmas atrium

Santa at the Magic Cave

Saint Nick is making regular appearances at David Jones’ all-new Magic Cave before jumping in his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Bookings are essential, so get clicking to ensure it’s all smiles for your family’s photo. When the day comes for that special meeting with Santa and his elves, visit David the Talking Tree on your way.

Santa at Myer Melbourne

Saint Nick is waiting for you and your little ones at Myer Melbourne. Book online to avoid the queues, and allow time for other festive fun including story time with Mrs Claus. Be sure to see the famous animated Christmas windows too!

Photos with Santa at Collins Square

A pic with Father Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean kids and pets – he says ho ho ho to office workers too! Christmas at Collins Square gives you the chance to create corporate Christmas memories for a $5 donation to the Property Industry Foundation. Get a 10-minute professional shoot with the big guy, four prints and a digital copy of your photo, and the good feeling of helping homeless youth.

Santa’s Puppet Adventure – 100% Puppets

Santa and Mrs Claus take puppet form for a show at Speakeasy HQ that children will love. You will too because adult tickets are at kids prices! Santa’s Puppet Adventure – 100% Puppets is a magical miniature adventure to the North Pole, where songs, games and Christmas cracker-worthy jokes abound.