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Nothing rounds out the holiday season quite like taking a photo with Santa Claus – it’s a classic tradition that makes for fond memories!

With Christmas just around the corner, Ol Saint Nick is coming to town and he’s looking to spread the holiday cheer. 

If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of Santa, here are 7 places you’ll be sure to find him!

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Mayfair Shopping Centre

From November 25th to December 24th the Mayfair Mall will be offering warm and cozy snaps with Santa and your family is invited! 

  • When:
    • Nov 25 – Dec 8th
      • Tues & Wed 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Thurs & Fri 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / 2:15 p.m. -4:30 p.m. / 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Dec 9th – Dec 23
      • Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. / 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. / 5:15 p. M.  to 8 p.m.
      • Sundays 11 a.m. 2 p.m. / 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • December 24th (Christmas Eve) 
      • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Where: The Mayfair Shopping Centre, 3147 Douglas Street

Hillside Shopping Centre 

At the Hillside Shopping Centre, Santa will be spending some quality time at the Hillside Shopping Centre, except for the evening of Saturday, December 24 as the big man will be en route to the North Pole.

From December 1st to December 24th.

  • Where: Hillside Shopping Centre, 1644 Hillside Avenue
  • When:
    • Daily starting December 1st, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
      • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 4th, 11th, and 18th
      • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Uptown Shopping Centre

If you’re buying a few gifts at Uptown, don’t forget to pay a visit to Uptowns Cottage. 

Santa photos can include a max of six family members. While sold out, make sure to keep checking back for spots that open up or added time slots.  

  • Where: Uptown Shopping Centre
  • When: November 21st to December 23rd, Monday to Saturday 
    • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday 
      • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tillicum Centre

At the Tillicum Centre, you can pre-book your visit with Santa without worrying about lineups and wait times.

  • Where: Tillicum Centre, 3170 Tillicum Road
  • When: December 5th to December 23rd

Esquimalt Recreation Centre 

With such a busy schedule Santa plans on popping into the Esquimalt Recreation Centre to take photos for one day only!

You’re welcome to bring your camera or smartphone to take your photo or have the friendly staff at the Rec Centre take the photo for you.

Registration is not required but donations for the Rainbow Kitchen are encouraged.

  • Where: Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser Street
  • When: December 17th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Westshore Town Centre 

The North Pole is taking over Westshore Town Centre. While slots have been booking up fast, the shopping centre has been adding more spots. You can book your times online

  • Where: Westshore Town Centre, 2945 Jacklin Road
  • When: November 26th until  December 24th

Mayfair Shopping Centre – Paws & Claws (one day only for the pets)

Paws & Claus is back at Mayfair 🐾

For those looking for photos with their precious pet, you’re going to want to reserve your spot for December 1st to have photos taken with Santa and your furry friend!  🐶🎅🎄

  • Where: The Mayfair Shopping Centre, 3147 Douglas Street
  • When: December 1st, 2022
    • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



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