Santa snaps an order while Canberra families circle liberties

Santa family photos at the Canberra Center 2021. Photo: Ben Calvert.

Canberra dares to have their photo with Santa this year, now the enclosures are done, with higher than usual numbers reserving their annual happy photos.

The annual Juliet trip to the mall to have a photo with the gay red man is a beloved ritual for families around the world.

However, the treasury tradition looked in doubt in the ACT this year as the blockade continued.

But as a beacon in the dark, Saint Nick has returned and Canberra is on the edge of his seats to tell him his Christmas wish list (at a COVID safe distance).


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Canberra Center general manager Gary Stewart says the reserve numbers have increased.

“As constraints diminish, we are so excited to see our community as excited to meet Santa as we are, with reserve requests more than last year’s numbers,” he says.

“We encourage our community to come in quickly and set aside their time with Santa, as places are quickly running out.”

The center introduced COVID safety measures in 2020, including replacing rows with reserves, a healer and elves to clean the workplace after each guest.

The photos are even taken in landscape instead of the usual portrait, to suit everyone at a safe distance.

“[We’re] to ensure that local families can still enjoy a magical moment with Santa, while protecting the health and well-being of our community, ”says Mr Stewart.

You can book your Sacred Photo at the Canberra Center online until December 24th.

Santa at Westfield

Santa is safely socially distancing himself. Photo: Westfield.

Busy as always, Santa is also returning for family photos to Westfield Shopping Centers in Woden and Belconnen.

They also take extra steps to make sure the experience is both magical and safe.

“We’re excited to welcome Christmas back,” says Lillian Fadel of the Scentre Group.

“This year, we’re working to make sure there will be more Christmas festivities than ever before.”

Both centers offer a sensible friendly Christmas environment for those who can struggle with the tumultuous crowds, loud noises and flashing lights.

You can book your Christmas photo at Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen online until December 24th.

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