Santa has arrived in Melbourne at Eastland

Santa has arrived in Melbourne at Eastland

You better watch out Melbourne, because Santa Claus officially touched down his sleigh this morning and has launched the festive season at Eastland.

My son Jack and I were very excited to be invited along to join Santa for a special breakfast, and experience the gorgeous new Santa set which will play host to the 2018 Santa Photos at Eastland.

The celebrations included playing musical instruments, singing along to some of our favourite Christmas carols and of course, an exclusive meet and greet with jolly old Mr Claus.


Santa and Mrs Claus arrive in Melbourne

Santa's Breakfast 2018

Mrs Claus at Eastland

Jack at Santas Breakfast - Eastland

Kids enjoying the Santa Breakfast at Eastland


The gorgeous new set provides more than a just photo with Santa. This year it features animated decorations, a range of craft activities, sensory and light decorations, and lots of entertainment (including Mrs Claus and some of Santa’s Elves) to ensure the experience is a sleigh-load of fun for all kids, big and small.

BREAKING NEWS! Eastland will also be introducing Fast Pass, an online booking system for Santa photos to reduce wait times.

AND! Sensitive Santa sessions will also be available before trade on Wednesdays and Saturday for those who require a more peaceful experience prior to the crowds commencing. The centre will reduce sound, lighting and entertainment elements.

Santa Photo’s are running daily from this weekend, all the way up to Christmas Eve.


Santa Photos
Until December 24, 2018
Eastland Central Mall
Level 1, outside the Commonwealth Bank


Eastland Santa Photos 2018

Santas Mail Box - Melbourne

Looking into the Santa set at Eastland

Santa set at Eastland


OH YEAH! This Christmas, Eastland will also be offering Pet Photography! HELLS YEAH! Bring your pooch or fluffy friend along to The Atrium (on Level 3, next to Abacus All Day and Robinsons Bookshop) to join in on the fun.

The Atrium will be perfectly styled for a great animal experience with Santa, festive props, and a magical set for photography and sessions will run on Wednesday and Sundays.


Festive Season at Eastland Shopping Centre

Christmas Gift Wrapping at Eastland

Festive Pet Photos


Also launching this weekend is Santa’s Workshop (located on Level 1, East Mall opposite Minimax) and Elf Help Gift Wrapping (located on Level 2, outside Jeanswest and Sheike).

Be sure to check out my Eastland Christmas post, which rounds up all the amazing Festive activations happening throughout November and December! It is HUGE (and shares how to get your hands on #free bubbles 🥂 – woooop!)


Eastland is the place to be this festive season for endless family fun and the best Christmas shopping!

Address: 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

Opening Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Keep an eye out for extended trading as we get closer to Christmas.
For more information, please call 03 8820 8027 to speak with one of the team’s friendly Valet attendants.


If it’s your first time visiting Eastland, you can have confidence knowing that the centre has heaps of under cover parking (parking is free for up to 3 hours), as well as being accessible by train – just jump onto the Belgrave/Lilydale line and exit at Ringwood Station.

Insider Tip: I always park near the Coles entrance (Entry 8). It’s my go-to for fast entry and exit.

There’s also a Valet Parking service located in the South carpark (Entry 5 or Entry 6) off Warrandyte Road. If you have a baby, their recently upgraded Parents rooms are wonderful for feeding and changing facilities.





This post is brought to you by Kate & Co and Eastland.







Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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