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Where to go for Santa Photos in Cairns 2021

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!  

Looking for the best place to go for Christmas Photos this year, we’ve made a list all the best places.

Similar to last year COVID safe policies will be in place and online bookings will be required. Many places are encouraging kids to bring their own props for the photos.

We’ve also included DIY photo ideas, Christmas minis and pet photo’s.

Thank you to Clark Rubber: Everything pools, foam and rubber – open 7 days a week

for kindly sponsoring Santa Photos and Christmas Events.

Check out their website for great xmas gift ideas for the kids and family: pool toys and games, pet accessories, kids mattresses, crash mats, inflatable pools, boats and kayaks + heaps more

christmas Events Around Cairns

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

Check out our Event Calendar at the bottom of this guide for fun events happening, including Christmas carols and Christmas markets, as well as places Santa will be visiting. Or visit our What’s On page.

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.

Mt sheradin Plaza


After the huge success of Santa’s sleigh set last year, we’re bringing it back for Santa photos!

Get interactive with Santa in our amazing Christmas-Night themed photo set where you can become part of the scene as you ride in Santa’s sleigh and enjoy your photos with the cute printed backdrop & props.   As a bonus, kids who visit Santa for photos will take home a FREE gift!

You’ll find Santa in
Centre Court from 
November 27 until Christmas Eve from
10 AM – 2 PM daily.

Sensory Santa 
Sun Dec 12th
9am – 10am

DFO Cairns

Share the joy with a special visit to Santa at DFO Cairns!
The Jolly Man in Red will touch down at DFO Cairns in his brand new Santa Sleigh from Saturday 4 December and we are pleased to announce that Santa Photos will be available, helping you make very merry festive memories!
Santa Photo Hours:
Saturday 4 December – Sunday 19 December: 10am – 2pm
Monday 20 December – Friday 24 December: 9am – 3pm

smithfield Shopping Centre

The Joy of Meeting Santa

Santa is coming to town!

All the way from the North Pole, Santa’s visit will delight kids, big and small. Be sure to book your photo session.

From Wed 24th Nov to Fri 24th Dec

Sensitive Santa
Sun 28th Nov  and
Sun 5th Dec

Stocklands Earlville

Snap the Christmas Cheer

From Saturday 27th November, until Christmas Eve, get your photo with Santa, located in the Food Court.
Visiting Santa will be a fun and safe experience this year with additional health and safety measures for our customers and of course, Santa and his elves.

Sensitive Santa
Sunday 5th and 12th

Additional activities
Toy Testing workshops on 
Sat 20th and 27th
Bookings Essential 

Cairns Central

He’s feeling merry and bright! All the way from the North Pole, Santa’s visit will delight kids, big and small.
Santa photos start on Wednesday 17th November from 9am. Be sure to book your photo session as bookings are essential.

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.

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.

PET Photos

Make Christmas memories with your furry friends too

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.

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

Unfortunately for a second year in a row, the Cairns Regional Council has confirmed that there will be no Carols by Candlelight, with it again going virtual. However, we’ve found some local events that may help get you into the Christmas spirit.

Please check organisers’ website and Facebook pages for details.  While we do our best to provide accurate information, Kids About Cairns cannot be held responsible for cancelled or changed events.  

New events being added daily!
Click on the arrow to change month

september, 2022

Thank you to Clark Rubber: Everything pools, foam and rubber – open 7 days a week

for kindly sponsoring Santa Photos and Christmas Events.