Santa's arrival


Santa's arrival

  • Hosted by nbn's Georgia Maher, Level 3 The Rooftop. View Map

Santa arrives on Saturday 9 November on The Rooftop.

Join us at The Rooftop stage from 8am for free pace painting, giveaways and entertainment hosted by nbn's Georgia Maher. Entertainment includes:

Plus, the first 200 children to attend will receive a Christmas goodie bag.

From 9am follow the parade with Santa through the centre ending at our beautiful Santa Set on Level 1 outside David Jones.

Santa photos will start at 10am.

Urban Hum workshops

After the parade kids can join an Urban Hum workshop - bookings are essential.

Bee Education workshop (FREE)
Kids can learn more about the amazing work of bees from a real beekeeper!
Look at bees at work in an observation hive, taste different types of honey and learn the Waggle Dance. Take home your own artmaking inspired by bees.

Kelly from Urban Hum is passionate about educating as many people as she can about the joys and wonders of honeybees and how much we need them to pollinate the food we eat.

Ages 5 - 12, max 16 children per session, 45mins in length.
Start times 10am, 11am, 12pm.

Beeswax Candle-making ($10 per student)
Kids can learn about bees and beeswax from a real beekeeper and then make their very own wax rolled candle to take home, using wax foundation, a pre-made wick, and a hairdryer to warm the wax for rolling.

This event is hosted by Urban Hum who produces honey in the heart of Newcastle. They are dedicated to bringing vitality and diversity into the suburban environment, reducing food miles and connecting you to your food source.

Ages 7 - 14, max 12 per session
Start times 2 pm
Book here.

Book your Santa photo online

Book your Santa photo time slot online and skip the queue from Sunday 10 November. Walk ins are welcome at any time but bookings are encouraged.

Santa Photography sessions are available from Saturday 9 November - Tuesday 24 December. Tis’ the season to be making merry memories! Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Kotara.
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Sensitive Santa sessions are available 23 - 29 November. Sensitive Santa provides children with special needs an opportunity to meet Santa in a private and comfortable and sensory-friendly environment. Bookings are essential.
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Pet Photo sessions are available 16 - 17 November. Bring your furry friend in for a photo that will last a lifetime. Bookings are essential.
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David Jones Pet Pawtraits are available 23 - 24 November. Bookings are essential. Contact David Jones on 02 4923 2555.

Santa roster

View the Santa roster here.

Please note: Santa Dennis has limited availability this Christmas season, make sure you book your photo time slot online to avoid missing out, walk-ins will be available however we expect these times to be busy.

Santa photography packages

A variety of Santa photography packages are avaliable. The photo packages will be available soon.