Buggybuddys guide to the best Santa pictures in Perth for kids and pets!

Getting your child’s Santa Perth pictures seems like quite a stressful and costly experience, so Buggybuddys has taken to the shopping centres to do a spot of research to help all the families out there have an enjoyable and cost-effective experience.

Due to COVID19 the 2020 Santa Photos will look very different this year to previous years. Most of the shopping centres are holding COVID-safe Santa photography sessions where you will be required to pose 1.5 metres away from Santa instead of sitting on his knee. This may provide to be an added benefit to those children who are reluctant to go anywhere near Santa! For babies that cannot sit unaided if you do not wish to appear the photograph yourself a good idea is to take along your Bumbo or whatever seating aid you usually use.

Another benefit is that a lot of the sessions on offer across Perth are to be booked online in advance with no walk-ins allowed which means no waiting in huge lines for a snap with Santa. It does however mean you need to plan your visit in advance. Also some retailers are restricting how many people can be in the photo at any one time so if you have a large family this could prove to be problematic.

How to get the best Santa Photo of your children:

  • Most of Santa experiences across Perth allow your kids to visit Santa without having to have photographs taken, don’t feel pressured if you don’t want to have pictures done.
  • Go with a budget in mind – use our guide below to give you an indication of what you’ll be paying.  Prices start from $19.95 for one printed photo
  • Think about what to dress your kids/babies in before you go to visit Santa.
  • Talk to your kids about visiting Santa before you go, tell them what the kids do when they get there.  Visit the centre/store with your child/children and have a look at Santa a few times before going to have photos taken to make them feel at ease.
  • Be prepared to sit in on the photo to make your child feel more comfortable.
  • Prepare a letter to Santa to post in the post box – a great experience and all the centres that do this promise to write back if you have a return address on the letter and envelope.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell the photographer if you don’t like the photos, ask for more to be taken or go back later and try again.

Santa Perth - list of the best places to get Santa Pictures Perth


Here is a list of shopping centres across Perth that are offering Santa photography.

We’ll be adding to this list as we receive more information. If you have had your picture taken with Santa this year at any of the locations and you don’t mind us featuring it in this review please email it to contactus@buggybuddys.com.au or message it to us via our Facebook page.

Karrinyup Shopping Centre

7th November – 24th December

Real beard Santa | Online booking | Sensitive Santa sessions | Pet photography sessions | Prices start from $25.95

karrinyup Santa 2020

Lakeside Shopping Centre

7th November – 24th December

Real beard Santa | Online booking only | Max 5 people per session | Pet photography available.

Lakeside Santa 2020

Westfield Innaloo

7th November – 24th December

Online booking | Limited walk-in spots available | Free reindeer headband | Pet photography available.

“Santa’s elves were really helpful and friendly, and it was an easy process. They were fine fitting walk-ins in at the moment”. Holly

Santa Westfield Innaloo

Ocean Keys Shopping Centre

21st November – 24th December

Online booking only | Sensitive Santa sessions | Pet photography sessions

Santa Photos Ocean Keys Shopping Centre


Westfield Whitford City

7th November – 24th December

Online booking | Limited walk-in spots available | Free reindeer headband | Pet photography available.


Myer Santaland, Perth CBD

7th November – 24th December

Online booking only | Max 6 people in a group | Prices start from $26.95

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Photo to be updated for 2020

Myer Santaland, Perth

Westfield Booragoon

7th November – 24th December

Online booking only | Free reindeer headband | Pet photography available.

Secret Harbour Square

3rd – 24th December

Online booking only | Traditional Santa Wednesday – Saturday | Surfy Santa Sunday – Monday | Pet photos available | FREE – bring  your own camera

Secret Harbour


Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre

28th November – 24th December

Online booking only | FREE – bring your own camera | Pet Photography available

Cockburn Gateway Santa

Where to find Sensory Santa Sessions

Have you always wanted to take your children to see Santa but have been worried about how they might react? Do your Kids have sensory challenges and would be fine to see Santa if only they didn’t have to wait in line with the crowds, feel the pressure of time and the noise of lots of people walking around? Well a Sensitive Santa session could be exactly what your child needs in order to visit with Santa this year.

The following shopping centres will be running Sensitive Santa Sessions.

Karrinyup Shopping Centre – 22nd -& 29th November
Westfield Booragoon – 22nd November


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About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in the television industry for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 12 and 10 and loves the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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