Where to get a photo with Santa in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Christmas festivities have kicked off at shopping centres across Newcastle and the Hunter, once again launching the annual tradition of Santa photos with the kids, adults and even pets.

The jolly man in the red suit has taken to his throne at both Westfield Kotara and Charlestown Square offering a variety of options for all creatures great and small.

On November 16 - 17, Santa will take time to hear the Christmas wishes of the furry members of the family with sessions dedicated to pet photography while from November 24 to 28 he'll aside some time to create a sensory-friendly environment, so that families can have their photo with Santa in a relaxed setting.

Bookings are limited and can be made online at www.westfield.com.au/kotara

Meanwhile at Charlestown Square, pet and Santa photo sessions are available on November 16 - 17, November 23 - 24 and November 30 and December 1 as well as some weekends in December.

Sensitive Santa sessions are available on November 27 and 29 and December 4, 6, 11,13,18 and 20.

Marketown in Newcastle is also offering Santa Paws photography in addition to its traditional sessions.

Bookings can be made by calling the Centre Management office on 49294448 or in person, Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.

And if visiting a shopping centre doesn't appeal, www.jadybug.com.au is once again offering the quintessentially Australian Santa photo shoot on Redhead Beach.