No matter if you call him Santa Clause, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, taking your kids to meet Santa is an absolutely magical experience. Watching their little faces light up at meeting their hero in person, is a huge joy in a parent's life. And if they are a bit afraid, and maybe shed a few tears, it makes for a great photo op anyway!
So where can you take your family to meet Santa in Brisbane this year? We have scoped out some of the best spots and most famous Santas as recommended by other Brisbane Mums.
Visiting Santa at Santa Land at a Myer store is a long held tradition. The Santa Land at the Myer Centre in Brisbane City, is an in-store, immersive experience and recreation of a magical winter wonderland. Children can visit Santa’s workshop with various interactive Christmas themed play stations, the Claus’s Residence for photos with Santa and a letter writing station for kids to send Santa their wish list.
Other Myer stores throughout Brisbane have a Santa Land set up as well.
When: Now until 24 December
Where: Level 4 Giftorium
Follow a maze of Christmas trees and lights to find Santa and his elves. Book ahead of time to skip the line, and if your child has special needs, there is a booking slot for that as well. There is also a Letters to Santa station on Level 3 near Minipilly.
When: 17 November to 24 December
Where: Santa World, Level 1 near Coles
Rumour has it, that the Santa at Orion is a VERY realistic Santa. So could be a great option for a visit this year for photos. Especially as Santa will be setting up at his brand new cottage. Every child that has their photo taken will receive a special gift.
Check out the brand new upstairs at Toombul before having your photos with Santa and posting off your Christmas Wish List. Santa can be pre booked and each child will receive a special present with their photo.
On a side note, upstairs at Toombul is awesome! There is giant popcorn ball, arcade games, water play area, dodgem cars, bowling and more.
When: 11 November to 24 December
Where Outside Target
At Brookside you can pre book your place in line to visit Santa's porch on an Ipad at the shops when you get there. So you can do your Christmas shopping and then come back for the photo. Saves tears waiting in line and for those slightly less organised to book online at home. Photos start from $15. They also offer sensitive Santa photos.
Brookside also has a range of Christmas workshops happening over the festive period. Check them out here.
When: 30 November to 24 December
Where: Opposite Stefan
Santa at Strathpine Shopping Centre is always popping up on recommendations for the best Santa on the northside of Brisbane. And if you visit on a weekend, there are free Christmas craft activities at the centre as well. You can find out more here.
When: 21 November to 24 December
Where: Centre Court
Where is your favourite place to meet Santa? Please let us know in the comments below so we can add it to the list!