From Saturday 28 November, Santa will be stopping over at Northlands, before he returns back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

He’ll be located at Centre Court, near Vodafone and BNZ and every child that visits him will receive a FREE* book, ‘Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers’ by New Zealand author, Lynley Dodd. If you would like to have a photo with Santa, the team from Santa Magic will be able to help you. Photos start from just $17.

At Northlands, keeping our shoppers, community and staff safe is our priority. In line with health and government advice, a visit to Santa will be a little different this year.


What a visit with Santa at Northlands is like

Each visit with Santa at Northlands is tailored to suit you and your family. Sign in when you arrive at our centre via our virtual queue, then when it’s your turn to visit with Santa, you choose the experience you would like to have. Our Santa team are here to guide you through your visit. Read more below.

  • Sign in with our “virtual” queue

This year our queue for Santa is “virtual”, so you can hold your place in line whilst you continue to shop. When you arrive to see Santa, scan the QR code at the entrance to the set and register with your contact details. Your place in the queue will be confirmed. We will then text you when it is your turn to visit with Santa. No problem if you do not have a mobile device or are unable to scan the QR code; our Santa team on-site will be able to book a place in the queue for you.

  •  Choose how your family interacts with Santa

For your visit with Santa there will be lots of places where you and your family can sit. If you and your family would like to sit beside Santa, you can, or you can make use of some of the seating positioned around Santa. You are welcome to give Santa a high-five… or a wave.


You’ll see extra elves ensuring that everything is clean and ready-to-go between each family.


If COVID-19 alert levels change at any time whilst Santa is in residence, we have further plans in place, prioritising the safety of our community.

Santa needs to take breaks throughout the day to feed his reindeer, so if you visit during the hours he is in residence and he’s not there, he won’t be too far away.

*Available while stocks last. One book per child.

Santa’s hours of residence are:

  • Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 November: 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 30 November – Sunday 13 December: weekdays 10am – 1pm & weekends 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 14  – Wednesday 16 December: 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 17 –  Wednesday 23 December: 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 24 December: 10am – 4pm

Santa Terms & Conditions here.

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