Santa Photos at NorthWest

Grab a family photo with the big guy in red!


Santa photos

2021 is a year to capture with Santa! Whether you’re coming in your Christmas sweaters, matching outfits or bringing your new-born for their first photo with Santa, capture the end of the year with a photo in Santa’s NorthWest sleigh.

The health and safety of our customers, Santa himself and his helpers are always top of mind at NorthWest Shopping Centre, meaning precautions have been put in place to reflect Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions:

  • Please scan the QR code upon arrival to the Santa Grotto.
  • Social distancing will be observed, appropriate to the Alert Level.
  • All customers having your photo taken with Santa aged 12+ years and over are required to always wear face masks or coverings, including during your photo.
  • A clear perspex screen may be added to the side of the sleigh, between Santa and customers having their photo taken.
  • When your photo is taken, customers will be grouped together to the side of Santa, instead of on his knee or beside Santa.
  • Any infants, who are unable to sit or stand on their own will be photographed held by an appropriate member of your group.
  • Santa and Santa’s Helpers will be wearing face masks.
  • Enhanced hygiene practices will be in place appropriate to the Alert Level.

Find Santa’s grotto in centre court.

There will be hand sanitiser available to use before and after your photo with Santa. The QR code will be on display and we encourage you to scan this with the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Online bookings are available. Walk-ins may be welcomed depending on how busy Santa’s helpers are on the day you visit. Click the button below to book.

Plus kids, check out our Letters to Santa competition, where you just might win an item on your wishlist!

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Santa photo hours

November 2021
Saturday 20 November
Santa Photos commence
10am – 4pm
Sunday 21 November 10am – 4pm
Monday 22 November 10am – 3pm
Tuesday 23 November 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 24 November 10am – 3pm
Thursday 25 November
Late Night Thursday shopping
10am – 6pm
Friday 26 November 10am – 4pm
Saturday 27 November
Pet photos 7:30am–9:30am (see further down page)
10am – 4pm
Sunday 28 November 10am – 4pm
Monday 29 November
Sensory photos 6pm-7pm (see further down page)
10am – 3pm
Tuesday 30 November 10am – 3pm
December 2021
Wednesday 1 December 10am – 3pm
Thursday 2 December
Late Night Thursday shopping
10am – 6pm
Friday 3 December 10am – 4pm
Saturday 4 December
Pet photos 7:30am–9:30am (see further down page)
10am – 4pm
Sunday 5 December 10am – 4pm
Monday 6 December 10am – 3pm
Tuesday 7 December 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 8 December 10am – 3pm
Thursday 9 December
Late Night Thursday shopping
10am – 6pm
Friday 10 December 10am – 4pm
Saturday 11 December
Pet photos 7:30am–9:30am (see further down page)
10am – 4pm
Sunday 12 December 10am – 4pm
Monday 13 December 10am – 3pm
Tuesday 14 December 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 15 December 10am – 3pm
Thursday 16 December
Late Night Thursday shopping
10am – 6pm
Friday 17 December 10am – 3pm
Saturday 18 December 10am – 4pm
Sunday 19 December 10am – 4pm
Monday 20 December
Late Night shopping until 9pm
10am – 6pm
Tuesday 21 December
Late Night shopping until 9pm
10am – 6pm
Wednesday 22 December
Late Night shopping until 9pm
10am – 6pm
Thursday 23 December
Late Night shopping until 9pm
10am – 6pm
Friday 24 December
Christmas Eve
10am – 4pm
Sensory Session (Reduced lights)
Sensitive to bright lights and noise? We’re dimming the lights and turning off the music for a special hour of photos with Santa in his sleigh. Bookings essential.
Monday 29 November 6pm – 7pm

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Petmas (outside by Maki St Tree)
One for the mantelpiece – grab a professional shot of your pet with Santa! Bookings essential.
Saturday 27 November 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday 4 December 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday 11 December 7:30am – 9:30am

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