Not only is it the time of year when you’re counting down the days till you can let your hair down, overindulge on food, and spend hours napping in the shade at the beach, but it’s also the time that you can take your furry/scaly/feathered friends along to get festive and get some Santa photos with pets printed for the whole fam.

So instead of you turning up to your local mall only to be told that Santa isn’t seeing puppies that day, we thought it’d be a good idea to jot down all the places where your animal children can meet the big man in red and get some nice photos taken for the grandparents.

Where To Get Santa Photos With Pets

1. Get Snapped At Westfield

Westfield Shopping Centres across the state are each doing their own Santa photos – I know, how can that guy be everywhere at once?

In select centres across Australia, you and your bestie can go and have a big cheesy snap with the man in red. Sessions are running from now until Christmas Eve so check in with the list below and get those co-ordinated Christmas costumes ready.

All that they ask is that you don’t bring along your lizard or spider and that all pets coming in are friendly and social, and are under 50kgs.

NSW
Bondi Junction
Burwood
Chatswood
Hornsby
Liverpool
Miranda
Mt. Druitt
Parramatta
Penrith
Tuggerah
Warringah Mall

SA
West Lakes
Marion

WA
Carousel
Innaloo
Whitford City

VIC
Airport West
Knox
Plenty Valley
Geelong

QLD
Coomera
Helensvale
North Lakes

ACT
Woden

2. Meet Santa Paws At The RSPCA

The one and only big man in red is back at the RSPCA this year, and select shelters across New South Wales are doing Santa photos with pets right up until Christmas Eve. Head over to the RSPCA NSW site to find where Saint Nick will be jingling into a centre for some happy snaps (and maybe a bag of schmackos for well-behaved pups.)

3. Sniff Out Saint Nick At Stockland

Santa’s going to be popping up to dole out pats and photos for friendly fluffers in a bunch of Stockland malls across the country, so trot along to spots like Baulkham HillsBalgowlahShellharbour, and Wetherill Park in NSW, Point Cook, and Wendouree, in VIC, and Sovereign Pocket and Burleigh Heads in QLD.

4. Pop Down To The Local Vet

Take the nerves out of a visit to the vet and instead of getting the cone of shame, your pet can meet and have a cuddle with Santa instead.

A few choice independent veterinaries are decking the halls this year for some very special photos with four-legged friends, and they’re probably a bit more of a vibe for pups and kitties who spook easily in high-stress situations.

Check out the dates for Kellyville PetsSugarloaf Animal Hospital in West Wallsend, Southern Cross Vets in St PetersNepean Animal Hospital here, or hit up your local vet to see if Santa’s paying a visit this year.

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5. Get Festive At PetO Stores

Across all PetO stores in NSW (except for Annandale), Santa will be visiting on December 8 and 9 from 10am. There’s no booking list, you just have to RSVP to their Facebook event and bring along $10 on the day – which gets donated to the Sydney Cats & Dogs Home, helping furry friends in need this holiday season.

If you’re still on the hunt for the big jolly dude from the North Pole, then Santas VIP is a handy little site where you can plug in your postcode and find the closest Santa photos with pets to you.

Image: Getty Images / Yui Mok