Coast, Whangaparaoa (formerly Coast Plaza)
Santa takes up residence at the centre (by Countdown) from December 3–24, 10am-4pm daily. No bookings needed for Santa photos – just turn up. Photos of pets with Santa, December 6, 13 and 20,l 8am-10am. Booking for pet photos is essential, email email@example.com
Orewa town centre
Santa will be in and around Orewa town centre for several days up till Christmas, however if you are wanting set times look out for Santa around the new sculpture on Moana Reserve on December 21, 22 and 23 at 11.45am-12.45pm and 4.30pm-5.30pm.
Santa arrived at Snowplanet in Silverdale on November 28 and is there until Christmas Eve. There are a wide variety of options for visiting him in his cabin in Winter Wonderland for photos. Info: snowplanet.co.nz/visit-santa/
Santa photography begins (outside Farmers) on December 5 and continues to December 24, 10am-4pm each day. There will be free facepainting and balloon artistry on Saturday, December 5, 10am-2pm to celebrate his arrival.
Range of prices for Santa photos
Before you queue up with the kids to see Santa, here is some idea of the pricing options for photos. • Both Coast (formerly Coast Plaza) and Silverdale Mall contract their Santa experience photography to a company called Santa Magic, which also operates at all the Westfield malls. Silverdale Mall has used this company since it opened in 2018 and Coast for the last two years. Prices start at $17 for a small photo, $29 for two and $36 for 3 (fourth one free). There are a myriad of other options and packages that include frames, digital files, snow bubbles and fridge magnets. • At Snowplanet, prices start at $15 for a photo of one person/child with Santa in his snowy cabin – two people cost $28, three $39. There are also other packages and activities such as tubing that can be added. • Photos can be taken yourself with Orewa’s ‘free range’ Santa, free of charge.
Pining for pine?
For some, Christmas isn’t right without the scent of pine needles from a real tree. Locally, Christmas pines are on sale at: Silverdale St John ambulance car park, Silverdale Street, from December 4-21. Standard trees cost $45 and are availalbe weekdays, 10am-6pm and weekends 9am-5pm. Cash and eftpos available. • Coast Youth Community Trust (CYC) sells trees at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church’s lower carpark, cnr Wade River and Whangaparaoa Roads, December 4-21. A standard tree is $45. Available Monday to Sunday, 9am-6pm.