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Where to go for Santa Photos in Cairns 2022

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!  

 Find out where to go for your Santa photos this year, including SENSITIVE SANTA, DIY PHOTOS, PET PHOTOS AND CHRISTMAS MINIS

christmas Events Around Cairns

Looking for fun Christmas events and things to do with the kids and family. 

Check out our Christmas Event Calendar at the bottom of this guide for fun events happening in and around Cairns including Christmas carols and Christmas markets, as well as places Santa will be visiting.


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Santa Photos

 Sensory Sensitive Santa

For those kids requiring a quiet time, if you have kids with special needs, who might find the regular Santa experience too overwhelming, then many places are offering these sensory sessions.  

Times and days are limited and you definitely need to book.

FEATURED Santa Photos

Santa Photos Mt Sheridan

From November 26th to Dec 24th - See website for exact days

SENSORY SANTA - Sunday Dec 4th 8am - 9am

Santa Photos At the Plaza

Mt Sheridan Plaza

Visit Santa’s Garden this year for a truly magical photo experience in our brand new Santa set!

Santa will be calling Mount Sheridan Plaza home again this year until Christmas Eve in Centre Court, and the elves have built a spectacular new place to take your annual family photos in.

Set in Santa’s Garden, guests are invited to visit Santa for their traditional festive photographs – and this year, for something a little different, guests can have photos taken without Santa in our second set in the garden.  All children booking sessions receive a FREE GIFT and magnet frame from Santa!

While they’re here, children can also write their wishes down in a letter and drop it in Santa’s mailbox for a reply from the jolly man himself!

Cairns Central

From November 19th to 24th December

Santa Claus is coming to Cairns Central!

Delight the littlest members of your family with a visit to Santa’s workshop. Find Santa nestled in his throne ready to add your Christmas wishes to his list, and of course, primed for the cutest photo opportunity.

Complete with twinkling trees, the cheekiest elves and your favourite carols, it’s the perfect place to capture magical moments you’ll cherish for years to come.


From November 19th to 24th December

SENSORY SANTA - Sunday Dec 4th and 11th 8am - 10am

Pet Photos - Sunday Dec 4th and 11th 8am - 10am

Santa Claus is coming to Smithfield Shopping Centre!

Delight the littlest members of your family with a visit to Santa’s workshop. Find Santa nestled in his throne ready to add your Christmas wishes to his list, and of course, primed for the cutest photo opportunity.

Complete with twinkling trees, the cheekiest elves and your favourite carols, it’s the perfect place to capture magical moments you’ll cherish for years to come.

Don’t forget to book your furry friends in for Pet Photography or book into Sensitive Santa so you can enjoy your memorable moment with Santa in a calm and relaxed environment.

Visit DFO Cairns on the 17th or 18th of December to meet and get a photo with one of Santa’s pals!
TIME: 10am – 1pm
DATE: 17th & 18th December



Thursday 1st
 December – Saturday 24th December 2022 

Santa Set, near the food court.


Bookings are highly recommended and can be made via the booking portal here: 


Sessions are limited and available Sunday 11th and 18th December between 9 – 10am.
Please book on the session labelled “Sensitive Santa” via the link:

Fun-e-farm - Bookings Required


Check their FACEBOOK page for times and details – bookings absolutely essential!

Photos with funny Santa, Beautiful Bambi, Dancer Prancer and our wonderful Donkeys.
SANTA will have a lolly drop 💥
$10 per child $5 per adults
Cash only as we don’t have Eftpos.

DIY Photos

 Free DIY Santa / Xmas photo

All it takes is some flare and imagination, plus the help of great Christmas props to take your own Xmas photos.
Here are some venues that have done all of the set up for you.
We will add more as we find them.

Singapore Charlie – Santa and Grinch Photos!
Santa and The Grinch are coming to Singapore Charlie costume shop! The event will be a gold coin donation and all proceeds will be donated to COUCH Wellness Centre. Make sure to BYO camera to capture your 2022 Christmas photo! 🎅🎄
We will see you there!

South Cairns Sports Club

Christmas Photo Booth

Did someone say photo booth?
South Cairns Sports Club has our Christmas photo booth ready to go! With a barrel full of props to help make your family photos extra special. Pop in and take your family Christmas Card photo, get a drink from the bar, grab a bite to eat and enjoy what South Cairns Sports Club has to offer.


Santa At Cazalys


Bring the kids along to meet SANTA and receive a COMPLIMENTARY Santa Photo
in our unique Christmas Display
Merry Christmas from your community club Cazalys!

Trinity Beach

Private Property – Santa Selfies

Opposite the Trinity Beach State School on Madang Street

Santa has been seen on his sleigh at this Trinity Beach property most evenings  between 5.30pm – 6.30pm, approx, however there is no guarantee that he is always here.  
Free, however donations kindly accepted.

Check the kids About Cairns Facebook page for updates from Renee.

SANTA Pete – The Real Deal,The Grinch, The Easter Bunny too!

Madang Street, Trinity Beach (Private Residence)

Take photos on your own device for FREE
Donations accepted.
Santa and / Or The Grinch will be here!

Our friend, Resident Reindeer, Will be gracing us with his presence again this year for 1 week only.
Dates to be advised.

Visit their Facebook page for Santa Pete times, Grinch times, and to register your interest

HO, HO, HO 🎅
Cazalys Christmas photo display is up and available for your family snaps 📸
SANTA will be in the club for photos on Friday 9th December from 9am ( he is landing in a chopper in the oval, bring the kids down and cheer him on)📣
And again Monday 19th December from 3-5pm ⏰
Cazalys your community club, spreading some Christmas cheer 🎄

PET Photos

Make Christmas memories with your furry friends too

Smithfield shopping centre: 3rd ,10th & 17th December – 7am to 9.30am 

Why should our furry family members miss out on the joy of Christmas?

From pampered pooches to feline companions and every beloved animal in between, book your Santa Paws Photo and capture the pawfect picture to sit in prime display position on your fridge door!

Book your paw-some photos today 

DFO Cairns

Pet Paw-traits

Celebrate the festive season alongside your favourite furry friend with a heart-warming Christmas keepsake!
Dates & times:
Santa Pet photos will run on the following days at DFO Cairns, near the Info Desk.
Saturday 11 December: 2pm – 5pm
Sunday 12 December: 2pm – 5pm

Smithfield Shopping Centre

Pet Photography

Book your Pet Photos with Santa!

Why should your four-legged friends miss out on a pawsome experience with Santa? Bring them along for a Santa Photo too!

Online bookings are essential and sessions book out quickly. Please note, there will be no walk-ins available.

Saturday 4 December7:00 am – 9:00 am
Saturday 11 December7:00 am – 9:00 am

Christmas minis

Many local photographers offer Christmas Minis. (Small photo pack)
some are traditional Christmas scenes, while others go for a tropical / beach style Christmas theme, which we personally think look fantastic.

Support local this year and book your Christmas photo’s with us
available from the 7th of November till the 23rd of December
We have 3 amazing setups
1 setup $25 (Child ONLY)
3 setups for $59 (Including family photo’s)
Both packages Include all your digital images
15-20 minute sessions
Located inside The Pier Cairns

Tropical Kids Photography

Tropical kids Photography does Australian themed Christmas photos like Beach minis, Christmas arch and cookies and milk shoots.

They are almost booked out, but Miranda is putting on some extra Christmas beach minis. $60 for 5 high resolution images.

Christmas Events

School Choir Competition

Mt Sheradin Plaza

November 26th 9am - 11am

On Saturday 26 November Mount Sheridan Plaza are hosting a Children’s Christmas Choir Competition.

Join us for Sounds like Christmas and one of the most inspiring events in music in the region!

A celebration of Christmas and presentation of the beautiful voices from 200 local primary school students!

Huge prizes to be won! Winning School $1,000, 1st Runner up $500, 2nd Runner up $250.

The Christmas Tree lights will be switched on at 7pm, by the Mayor, Santa and his helpers.
📅 Thursday 1 December
📍 Esplanade Lagoon Plaza
🕠 5.30pm Queensland Youth Orchestras Big Band
🕕 6:00pm DJ Crazy Bron
Santa arrives with his elves and the June Vale Dancers
🕖 7:00pm Christmas Tree Light Switch On, then the St Peters Lutheran College Concert Band

Please note that not all Xmas events happening locally have been included.

september, 2023

Smithfield Shopping Centre: Bauble Decorating Workshops

3 – 18 December

Let your little ones brighten up your Christmas tree with their very own Christmas Bauble!

Get creative using coloured markers, glitter, sequins, pearls, pom poms, gemstones, stickers and other Christmas themed supplies.
Workshops will be held in the Central Mall, opposite Specsavers.
Festive fun for the kids at Cazalys!
Get your photo taken with Santa from 3pm and then boogie to the sounds of DJ CrazyBron from 5!
Heaps of prizes to be won!
Gold coin donation on entry