Jingle bells

Santa with new friend 3-year-old newfoundland Jazzi. Photo by (Damjan Janevski) 259034_02

Tara Murray

Santa is already in town and sharing joy with shoppers at Watergardens Shopping Centre.

The centre’s annual Christmas photos are already in process, with many people already stepping up to see the big man.

This year, Watergardens is sprinkling a little extra festive magic over its Enchanted Forest in preparation for Santa touching down and a bumper Christmas season.

“After debuting our socially-distanced Santa experience in 2020, Watergardens’ Covid-safe Santa Snaps are back again until 24th December, ensuring local families can still enjoy a magical moment with Santa while safeguarding our community’s health and wellbeing,” said centre manager Trish Gardiner.

The forest is designed with social distancing in mind with merrymakers encouraged to bring their favourite festive costumes and props to make these moments extra memorable.

Sensitive Santa is also back, delivering a sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all without the other pressures that can be associated with shopping centres.

Pet photos for dogs, cats and small animals are also returning this year.

Bookings: www.watergardens.com.au