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Westfield Belconnen beats the Bah Humbugs

Amanda Whitley

Is there a better way to celebrate the end of a big year than making personalised Christmas tees for your team and bringing them together for a Santa photo?

I certainly couldn’t think of one. And so it came to pass that we all assembled at Westfield Belconnen’s stunning new Santa set for a team photo that will be gracing our Christmas cards.

It had been a few years since I’d done the Santa photo thing—my two girls now having moved past their ‘man in the big red suit’ phase and on to nagging their parents for their Christmas list items—and in that time it seems things have got fancy.

Westfield Belconnen’s set, presented in partnership with Mattel, is a charming self-contained village complete with perfect pine trees, a gilt-edged plush red throne, and even moving robotic reindeer heads and puppies!


But I think I speak for most parents when I say that it’s Santa himself that makes or breaks a great Christmas photo experience. I’m pleased to say that our Santa was not only friendly and welcoming—and fantastic with the littles ahead of us—but was lovely to chat with (we had a great conversation about the current Citizenship debacle in Australian Parliament).

You’ll find Santa in Centre Court every day until Sunday 24 December (check the website for hours). All children enjoy a free gift from Santa.

More Christmassy Goodness

Santa Pet Photography


Don’t have kids (or a team you can drag along for a compulsory Santa photo)? No matter!  Alongside photography for the kids and parents, dogs, cats, rabbits (and even alpacas) can get their own moment with Santa as a lasting Christmas gift for their humans at Westfield’s Santa Pet Photography.

ACT ambassador, Mr Teddy Bunny has taken his best snap with the big man in red, and now I think I need a rabbit. But I digress—you can find more information on booking times here.

For best access, use either Benjamin Way Level 1 entrance or the entrance near Fit N Fast.

Westfield Belconnen’s Christmas Wonderland

If you’re in need of some time out from the frenetic pace of Christmas shopping, pop by Westfield Belconnen’s Christmas Wonderland on the Target Mezzanine near the Lathlain Street entry. This beautifully-styled Christmas oasis is filled with activities that kids will love—it’s a non-supervised area so you and your littles can pop by and enjoy at your leisure.

Christmas Craft Activities

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Every weekend in the lead up to Christmas, Santa’s little helpers will be visiting the Christmas Wonderland to complete some free take-home craft activities.

The helpers will be on site between 10am and 4pm Saturdays and 11am to 3pm Sundays. This is a free event, no bookings are required, but parents must supervise their children at all times.

Elf Hunt!

Give any kid a treasure hunt and you’re guaranteed to make pretty much any activity more fun. Collect your clue sheet from Concierge and appoint the kids Official Elf Hunters. While they’re keeping their eyes peeled for Santa’s elves, you’ll be free to find the perfect gift.

Once the elves have been rounded up, fill in the form to enter the draw to win a HOYTS Family Movie Pass. Find out more here.

Mattel Colouring In Competition


If the kids are into Mattel (of course they are), here’s a chance to win one of their favourites: Hot Wheels, Barbie, Fisher Price or Thomas & Friends. Until 24 December, kids have the opportunity to win a Mattel product by entering into the Mattel Colouring In Competition, play with Mattel toys, plus get stickers to take home too! Visit the Concierge to find out more.


To win a Santa’s Gift Pack photography session and prints at Westfield Belconnen valued at $49.99, post your funniest Christmas photo on Instagram or Facebook, making sure to tag @hercanberra. Tell us about how the photo played out and why it’s your favourite and remember to make sure your profile is set to public!

Included in the set is over 25 photo items including various sized prints, digital copies, bookmarks, gift tags, a calendar and more! See the full package here.

Terms and Conditions: To enter, you must post a Christmas related photo and tag @hercanberra on Instagram or Facebook by COB AEST 24/11/17. Your profile must be set to public. The winner will be drawn on 27/11/17 and notified by DM on Instagram or Facebook that day. Only the winner will be notified. Winner must redeem their prize at Westfield Belconnen within the agreed time period (before Sunday 24 December 2017) and must collect their prize from Westfield Belconnen in person. 

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author