COVID-safe Santa photos at Westfield for Christmas 2020

Scentre Group has today confirmed Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance across Australia and New Zealand Westfield Living Centres this Christmas, with a reimagined Santa photography experience.

The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa for a family photo will be available, with some extra steps and precautions in place to ensure the experience is both magical and safe for families and Santa.

Families will be seated at a safe distance from Santa. The traditional portrait image will be replaced with a landscape shot, to allow for physical distancing. Customers are also encouraged to bring festive props or a favourite toy to create a unique and interactive Christmas memory, with all children who visit Santa also receiving a reindeer headband to take home.

Scentre Group, Group General Manager, Customer Experience, Lillian Fadel, said: “We’re thrilled to share that Santa is on his way to Westfield and online bookings are now open.”

“We will continue to follow health and government advice across the different states and territories as we have done throughout the pandemic and we are focused on remaining agile to deliver a COVID-Safe, festive and enjoyable experience for our customers.”

Customers should plan ahead and book online this year as we will have limited amount of walk-in spaces available. Physical distanced waiting bays will be in place for those who have made a booking.

Bookings are now open, with Santa arriving across the country from 7th (AU) / 15th (SA) November. Increased hygiene and safety measures will also be in place, including the availability of hand sanitiser and an additional computer screen for families to view images.

Sensitive Santa will make a return this year, so that families can visit our Christmas wonderland and have their photo taken in a relaxed and sensory-friendly environment, tailored to children with sensory processing challenges.

Pet Photography will also be available, where customers will be able to hold their furry friend and be photographed next to Santa on separate seating. Bookings are open and can be made online via www.westfield.com.au.