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Pet photography: Santa photos with the whole family

*Upcoming events are subject to change

Make it a very furry Christmas at Westfield Riccarton.

Why should your four-legged friends miss out on all the fun? Bring them along for a Santa photo with the whole family.

Online bookings are essential, and sessions book out quickly. Please note, there will be no walk-ins available (no matter how persuasive those puppy eyes may be). View the variety of photo packages available and book here to secure a time that is convenient for you.

Dress-ups are welcome, so deck them in their best festive outfits and create an extra special merry memory. Don't forget to check out our pet gift guide filled with toys, tech, outfits and treats.

Still with the magic you know and love, we will be offering a Covid-Safe Santa experience this year that reflects local requirements.

Masks will be required indoors for anyone over the age of 12, including Santa, and our photography set will be assessed in line with Christchurch restrictions.

For your wellbeing, a few extra safety measures will be in place. Hand sanitiser will be available and a separate screen for families to view their Santa pictures. Santa’s elves will also support with cleaning throughout the day.

Please also note that when you book a photo online for you and your pet, you are automatically opting in to the below terms and conditions:

  • Owner/s must be responsible for their pet at all times.
  • Owner/s must bring waste disposal bags for their pet's use if required. Please note that waste is prohibited from being placed in bins inside the centre.
  • In the event that any animal exhibits aggressive behaviour, we will ask that they are removed from the centre.
  • Owner/s must wait at the designated entrance, outside of the centre, prior to your allocated booking time. At the time of your booking, a staff member will meet you at the designated entrance and escort you to the Santa photography set. Pets must be brought into the centre on a lead or in a cage.
  • Every endeavour will be made to adhere to your booking time, however in the event that another photography session is being completed, we appreciate your patience while the current pet photography session is finishing up.

Which pets are allowed?

  • Most pets are welcome, including dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals.
  • Centre management may, at its discretion, remove any animals from the centre.

If you have any questions regarding your pet photography session, please contact us on (03) 983 4500.

Westfield Plus members get more

Great news for our Westfield Plus members – Unlock the Santa Magic Photo Package for $53. Purchase this exclusive photo package at your Santa Photography session which includes 1 x Santa Magic exclusive Rare Earth Magnet Frame (Elf size), 1 x Santa Magic exclusive Puzzle Frame and 1 x digital file of the same photo image + a free ‘additional digital file’(different photo). To redeem, simply ask a team member about the offer at the Santa Photography set before your session.

Not a member yet? Download the Westfield Plus App today to unlock member benefits from the palm of your hand. Download the free app >

Find out more about other Westfield Plus member benefits this Christmas >


Check out our other Santa photography options

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Our traditional Santa photography is the perfect way to capture a Christmas memory you’ll cherish for years to come. Pre-book a time that’s convenient for you. Find out more >


Plan your visit

Our Santa Photography set is located: Outside of SONY on Level 2

Best parking: Rooftop Car Park

Please use entry near JB Hi-Fi on Level 2.

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