Sensory Santa Locations Across Brisbane

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Parents and children delight in the magic of Christmas, and a visit to Santa is a time-honoured tradition that many families enjoy, but visits to Santa usually involve bright lights, jangly music, and noisy crowds. If your child has special sensory needs this sensory overload can be very distressing, but a visit to a Sensory Santa (also known as Sensitive Santa and Caring Santa) means you can get that special family Santa photo after all.

What is Sensory Santa?

Sensory/Sensitive Santas are a wonderfully inclusive idea for children with sensory challenges who might struggle with the usual noisy Christmas crowds. Visits to Sensory Santas occur before the shopping centre is open, or at less busy times, and the whole experience is patient, relaxed, and understanding. Your child’s visit to this special Santa will be:

  • Quiet – no crowds and no music
  • Calm – no bright spotlights or waiting in lines
  • Accessible – plenty of room for wheelchairs
  • Accommodating – Autism Assistance dogs are welcome in some places
  • Understanding – Sensory Santa and his photographer can work with your child’s needs and have a Santa sack full of strategies to get a perfect photo.

Where can we see a Sensory/Sensitive Santa?

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Sensory Santas will be visiting these shopping centres on the dates shown below, but keep checking back as more dates and venues may become available over the coming weeks. 

The following locations are yet to be confirmed for 2022

Sensory Santa photos Brisbane Northside

Strathpine Centre | Strathpine

TBC for 2022: Visit Santa for a calm and sensory-friendly photo at Strathpine Centre with dimmed lights and the sound off. Bookings are essential and places are limited! Photos run between 22 November – 24 December.

Head to the website to book.

Where: Centre Court, Strathpine Centre, 295 Gympie Road, Brisbane.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre | Indooroopilly 

TBC for 2022: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre understands that every child’s needs are different, so the option to be photographed with Santa without the bright lights, crowds and loud sounds is available if you wish. 

  • Sun 21 Nov | 9am – 10am
  •  Sat 27 Nov, Sat 4 Dec, Sun 12 Dec, Tue 14 Dec | 8am – 9am

Where: Santa World, Level 1 (near Coles)

Bookings are essential

Brookside Shopping Centre | Mitchelton 

TBC for 2022: Brookside is again proud to offer our Sensory Santa sessions. These sessions provide a safe and friendly opportunity for children with sensory needs to meet Santa in a low stress and quiet environment and capture that special moment.

  • Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 10am, with each booking a total of 10 minutes.

Westfield North Lakes | North Lakes 

TBC for 2022: The Sensitive Santa experience at Westfield North Lakes allows families to have a photo taken in a relaxed environment, tailored to children with sensory challenges. These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

  • Sat 27 Nov, Sat 4 Dec | 7am-9am

Where: Westfield North Lakes, Cnr Anzac Ave & North Lakes Dr., North Lakes

Bookings are essential 

Sensory Santa photos Brisbane Southside

Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre | Carindale 

TBC for 2022: The Sensitive Santa experience at Westfield Carindale allows families to have a photo taken in a relaxed environment, tailored to children with sensory challenges. These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

  • Sun 21 Nov, Sun 28 Nov, Sun 5 Dec | 7:30am – 9:30am

Where: Westfield Carindale, Cnr Creek Road and Old Cleveland Road, Carindale.

Bookings are essential 

Westfield Garden City | Upper Mt Gravatt

TBC for 2022: The Sensitive Santa experience at Westfield Garden City allows families to have a photo taken in a relaxed environment, tailored to children with sensory challenges. These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience.

  • Sun 28 Nov, Sat 4 Dec | 8am – 10am

Where: Westfield Garden City, Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt.

Bookings are essential 

Hyperdome Shopping Centre | Loganholme

TBC for 2022: Hyperdome Shopping Centre are creating a low-stress, sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all, without the crowds, queues and noise. Children can meet Santa within his magical Enchanted Forest before the Centre opens, with plenty of time to chat and run through their Christmas wish lists in calm and comfortable surrounds.

  • Sat 20 Nov, Sat 4 Dec, Sat 11 Dec, Sat 18 Dec | 8am-9am
  • Thurs 9 Dec, Thurs 16 Dec | 8am-9am
  • Mon 22 Nov, Mon 29 Nov, Mon 6 Dec, Mon 13 Dec, Mon 20 Dec | 8am-9am

Where: Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Pacific Motorway & Bryants Road, Loganholme.

Bookings are essential 

Sensory Santa Photos Gold Coast

Robina Town Centre | Robina

TBC for 2022: Children can meet Santa within his Enchanted Forest, with plenty of time to chat and run through their Christmas wish lists in calm and comfortable surrounds.

  • Mon 22 Nov, Mon 29 Nov | 7:30am-10am
  • Tues 23 Nov, Tues 30 Nov | 7:30am-10am
  • Wed 24 Nov, Wed 1 Dec | 7:30am- 10am
  • Sun 28 Nov, Sun 5 Dec | 7:30am – 10am 

Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Gold Coast.

Bookings are essential 

Westfield Helensvale | Helensvale 

TBC for 2022: Santa is setting aside some time to create a sensory-friendly environment, so you can visit Christmas wonderland and have your photo with Santa in a relaxed environment. 

  • Sat 20 Nov & Sat 27 Nov | 7:30am-9am

Where: Westfield Helensvale, 1-29 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale.

Bookings are essential 

Westfield Coomera | Coomera 

TBC for 2022: While things will be a little different with Sensitive Santa photography sessions this year, the Westfield Coomera team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.

  • Sun 21 Nov, Sun 28 Nov & Sun 5 Dec | 8am-9:45am

Where: Westfield Coomera, 103 Foxwell Road, Coomera.

Bookings are essential 

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre | Broadbeach Waters 

TBC for 2022: Enjoy a special visit to Santa this year in his sparkly pavilion, where all that glitters is gold!

  • Sat 13, 20, 27 Nov & Sat 4, 11, 18 Dec | 7:30am-9:30am
  • Tues 16 Nov & Tues 7 Dec | 5pm-7pm

Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Bookings are essential 

Sensory Santa Photos West of Brisbane

Riverlink Shopping Centre | Ipswich 

TBC for 2022: Sensory Santa Photos are once again on at Riverlink Shopping Centre on Sunday 28 of November from 8am – 10am.

Grand Central Shopping Centre | Toowoomba 

TBC for 2022: You can take a seat near Santa within a safe 1.5 metre distance and have this special moment photographed by Santa’s team of special helpers, who will also be available to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. 

  • Sun 28 Nov, Sun 5 & Sun 12 Dec | 7:30am – 9:30am

Where: Grand Central Shopping Centre, Dent Street, Toowoomba City

Bookings are essential 

Bookings Essential!

Visits to Sensory Santa are by appointment only so you can be assured that any waiting time will be minimal. Appointments fill up fast – we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact the concierge desk at your local centre to secure your booking asap.

What else is on for Christmas in Brisbane 2022?

If you’re wondering what other events are on for Christmas in Brisbane read our article here.

You may also like to do a self-guided tour of local Christmas lights using our maps for Brisbane, the Gold Coast, or Ipswich.

One response to “Sensory Santa Locations Across Brisbane”

  1. Fiona McNamara says:

    Love that Sensory Santa accommodates children with sensory needs! We need more of these!

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