The best places to see Santa in Auckland

Visit Santa at Snowplanet, and go tubing down the slope after your visit.
Visit Santa at Snowplanet, and go tubing down the slope after your visit. Photo credit: Supplied

Santa's arrived! Here are Newshub's top picks for visiting Santa for that perfect family photo.

Snowplanet

Dates: 17 November - 24 December

Santa's magic castle at Snowplanet - Auckland's indoor snow dome - makes for wonderful wintery photos. Families travel up the travelator to the magic castle to meet Santa. Photos are taken of the whole experience, from when the children meet Santa, in Santa's sleigh, and beside his roaring fire. There is the option to grab a snow tube to whiz down the tree-line tubing track - a fun activity for all.

Prices start at $9 per person, and bookings are essential - phone 09 427 0199 or email santa@snowplanet.co.nz.

Visit Santa at Smith & Caughey's and receive a Christmas tree bauble keepsake, as well as your photo.
Visit Santa at Smith & Caughey's and receive a Christmas tree bauble keepsake, as well as your photo. Photo credit: Supplied

Smith & Caughey's

Dates: 23 November - 24 December

A visit to Santa's Enchanted Forest at Smith & Caughey's is the perfect beginning to the festive season. Children will love the Nutcracker puppet window displays, and seeing the twinkling lights in the enchanted forest. Santa spends time showing children around, and every child receives a Christmas tree bauble, and keepsake photo.

The booked (no queue) experience is $30 per child, and the non-booked experience is $15 per child.

For further information phone 09 377 4770 or email santa@smithandcaugheys.co.nz

The whole family, including the furry members, can get their photo taken with Santa at selected Westfield Shopping Centres.
The whole family, including the furry members, can get their photo taken with Santa at selected Westfield Shopping Centres. Photo credit: Supplied

Westfield Shopping Centres

From 17 November Westfield shopping centres across the country will offer festive experiences including Santa's arrival, photos with Santa, Christmas carols and craft activities.

Pet photos with Santa: Families can get the perfect holiday photo with Santa and the entire family (including the furry members!) at Manukau (from 25 November), St Luke's (from 26 November), and Albany (from 8 December).

Sensory-friendly Santa: Children with sensory challenges can have one-on-one time with Santa in a peaceful and comfortable environment. Available at Manukau (from 24 November), Albany (from 1 December) and St Luke's (from 25 November).

The twinkling lights at MOTAT are a must-see this festive season.
The twinkling lights at MOTAT are a must-see this festive season. Photo credit: Supplied

MOTAT

Dates: 13 December - 24 December

Meet Santa and his elves and share in the magic of Christmas. From 8pm fairy lights twinkle throughout MOTAT, even the trams are beautifully lit up. Live entertainment, outdoor movies, tram rides and, of course, Santa's grotto await.

$2 entry fee (children under five are free).

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