Santa Claus is back in town

Ho, ho, ho! Look who's back in town! Pictures: WESTFIELD

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why… because yes, that’s right, Santa Claus is back in town!

On Saturday 13 November, Santa Claus made his debut appearance for 2021 at Westfield Living Centres across Australia, including at our local shopping centre, Fountain Gate.

After putting up with a lot this year, local kids were thrilled to see the jolly old man make the trip from the North Pole to Melbourne on the weekend and they eagerly lined up to share their Christmas wishes with him.

Having settled in to his comfy Christmas chair, Santa has set up shop for a while and families are able to experience the magic of Christmas through a range of activities at Fountain Gate.

Santa photography, surprise and delight moments, community gifting opportunities and festive events will all be a part of the Christmas cheer at Westfield, and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

The much-loved tradition of visiting Santa for a family photo is available to bring the fun and festivity once again with some extra steps in place to ensure the experience is both magical and Covid safe.

Bookings are now open for the full suite of Santa photography, including ‘sensitive Santa’ – giving families the option for a relaxed, sensory-friendly experience and pet photography, for those furry or feathered members of the family.

Customers will need to book in online in advance to avoid disappointment and secure their Santa photography session.

Lillian Fadel, a spokesperson from Scentre group, said that the team were over the moon to welcome Santa back to Westfield once again.

“We’re delighted to welcome Santa back to our living centres to meet families this festive season and bring the magic of Christmas,” Ms Fadel said.

“Santa’s arrival marks the beginning of the most magical time of the year at Westfield and this year we are working to ensure there will be more Christmas cheer than ever before.”

Westfield Living Centres continue to operate in line with government and health advice and will offer a safe Santa experience for 2021 reflective of local requirements.

Customers are encouraged to plan their journey and visit their local centre website for the most up to date information.

Santa bookings are now open and can be made online via