The best-of-the-best Central Coast Santa photographers have released their dates for their 2019 festive photo sessions.
We realise it’s still three months until Santa’s arrival, but many of these photographers hold their sessions in October and November to ensure they get the prints to you well before Christmas. This is perfect as it means you can send a cute photo with your Christmas card to your Great Aunty in Yorkshire and Grand Poppy in Texas.
This year you’re spoilt for choice of where to get your Central Coast Santa photo. You can visit Santa in his lounge room, at the beach or in the bush. Plus, we’ve found spaces where you can bring your furry babies along for a snap too.
So, without further ado, here are the best places to get Santa photos on the Central Coast in 2019.
We have some very exciting news to share! Kat Carr and Santa Roy are back for their 11th year of festive Santa sessions, but this year they’ve launched with a brand new name and a brand new look. Say hello to “Santa Haus” – a magic space that includes Santa’s living room, a Christmas shop and a letterbox where you can post letters to the North Pole (and later receive a reply).
Why the change of name? Kat says, “After 11 amazing years photographing wonderful families with ‘Santa on the Beach’ it was time for something new!” Three years ago Kat moved her sessions indoors – away from the traditional beach setting and into a more controlled environment. Kat says, “We have created a whole new experience for families to visit Santa, and with this we really needed to update our name to be more fitting with the new environment and feel of our amazing little business. The name ‘Santa Haus’ was perfect for us.”
This year all photo sessions will take place in Santa’s very own living room. Kat and her elves have been busy building this special setting for families young and old, and they promise it’ll have Kat’s signature rustic aesthetic – think natural timbers, white detailing and lots of raw materials.
Roy, the Santa of children’s storybooks (pictured), will be back again for his 11th year. If you have a child who’s questioning the likelihood of flying sleighs and elves, a sitting with Santa Roy will have them believing again – “his eyes how they twinkle, his dimples how merry…And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.” The beard is real, the tummy is real – this surely is the REAL Santa. We’re definitely convinced.
To round out the experience of visiting “Santa Haus”, there will also be a Christmas shop on site where you can purchase ornaments, festive boxes and My First Christmas gifts. Plus, For the first time ever, your children can post and receive a personal letter from Santa!
Who: Santa Haus
Cost: There are 4 Session types to suit different family’s needs.
Original Santa Session (for families with children aged 3+): 4 high-resolution images (5-minute session) – $80.
Baby/Toddler Santa Session (more time for young tots): 4 high-resolution images (10-minute session) – $120.
Premium Santa Session (for children under 3): 4 high-resolution images (10-minute session) – $140.
Ultimate Santa Session (perfect for extended families): 6 high-resolution images (15-minute session) – $180.
Santa letters: $15 for 1 letter (discounts for multiple letters). These can be purchased when you book your Santa photo session or ordered at your Santa session. Letters will arrive via Australia Post at the beginning of December.
When: Early-Bird sessions begin in October and run until 15 December.
Location: 5/5 Joule Place Tuggerah.
Contact: Email [email protected] or PM via their Facebook page.
Santa on the Central Coast
Mel and Simone, the team from Magnolia Tree Photography and “Santa on the Central Coast” are back for their ninth year of festive snaps. Their North Avoca Beach “Santa and Surf” setting (shown above) has long been a popular session. The photos take place on the sand in Santa’s sleigh – with his surfboard proudly propped nearby. The photos you get from this session are sure to make your northern hemisphere friends jealous.
This year “Santa on the Central Coast” has added two new venues to their offerings: “Santa in the Outback” and “Santa in the Secret Garden”.
“Santa in the Outback” (below) delivers a unique Aussie Santa encounter we haven’t seen anywhere else. At the end of a red-dirt track in the bush of Brisbane Water National Park you’ll find Santa sitting among the gums, grass trees and native flowering shrubs. It’s a stunning native landscape that’s secluded and hidden – perfect for a secret Aussie-Santa encounter.
Mel and Simone’s garden sessions are another regular favourite, but this year they’ve moved to a new Picketts Valley location. Located on a newly planted private property, you’ll find Santa sat in a white suspended swing chair surrounded by lavender, jasmine, cherry blossoms and Japanese maples (pictured below).
If you have a child with special needs, please let the team know and they’ll happily help make things easier on the day. Your fur babies can be included in the Beach and Garden sessions (please ensure they’re on a lead).
Who: Santa on the Central Coast
Price: $70 for 3 high-resolution digital images.
When: Sessions run from 26th October to 15th December.
Location: The beach photos are taken at North Avoca; the garden sessions are at Picketts Valley; outback sessions at Warrah Trig (between Pearl Beach and Patonga).
Contact: Simone 0423 854 558; Mel 0412 463 946; email [email protected]
Santa on the Sand, Terrigal
Christmas is a time for giving, and that’s exactly what Santa on the Sand is all about.
Michelle has been taking Santa photos for local families for nine years and each year she donates 50% of the monies raised to St Vincent de Paul. Over the past nine years Santa on the Sand has given more than $20,000 to St Vincent de Paul to support, Michelle says, “local families in crisis at a time of year when many families can end up at breaking point.”
“Many of our Santa on the Sand families have been with us since day one,” says Michelle, “and they really care about the fact that they are donating towards such an important charity in our community at Christmas.”
Santa on the Sand has had the same delightful Santa with them every single year. “He’s Santa age – in his eighties,” says Michelle, “He’s softly spoken and the children just love him.”
Santa on the Sand bookings will open on Monday 30 September. Visit their Facebook page (below) to get the new booking link.
Who: Santa on the Sand
Price: $50 ($25 goes to St Vinnies). You will receive a minimum of 2 high-resolution digital images of the same family group. You can get additional images for an additional $10 (please see booking site for more details).
When: One-day only: 30 November.
Location: Terrigal Beach.
Contact: Michelle Weisbaum, 0439449929; [email protected]
Scene to Believe Santa at Lake Haven Centre
Life can get hectic – we totally get it. Sometimes trying to find a day free of kids sport, birthday parties and silly season festivities is too difficult to manage. This is where you’re in luck: Scene to Believe are taking snaps at Lake Haven Centre and there’s no need to book. You just rock up and get snapped whenever you like – easy peasy.
And the good news is the line is pretty quick: we’ve been assured that last year the longest people waited was 10 minutes, so that’s definitely doable.
They also offer a few special sessions that can be pre-booked. These are their Pet Santa Photos and Sensitive Santa photo sessions.
Pet Santa Photos are held Monday-Friday from 25 November – 13 December (3:30pm-5pm) – by advanced booking only. Call 02 4392 7800 to book.
Sensitive Santa sessions are held Sunday 1 December (8am-10am) and Monday 2 December (5:45pm-7:45pm) – by advanced booking only. Call 02 4392 7800 to book.
Who: Scene to Believe at Lake Haven Centre
Price: Photos start at $19.95.
When: Traditional Santa photo sessions are daily from 21 November 2019 – 24 December 2019. See above for Pet photos and Sensitive Santa photos.
Location: Lake Haven Centre.
Contact: Lake Haven Centre 4392 7800.
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