COVID-safe Santa photos in Mandurah

COVID Christmas: Santa is still ready to listen to children's Christmas wishes despite social distancing. Photo: Mandurah Forum.

COVID Christmas: Santa is still ready to listen to children's Christmas wishes despite social distancing. Photo: Mandurah Forum.

It's been described as the year of missed opportunities.

Postponed weddings, cancelled holidays and panic buying toilet paper have been some of the social low lights of 2020.

But now the global pandemic has changed that most popular Christmas tradition - the Santa photo.

Whether you are on the naughty list or the nice list, COVID means there's no sitting on the jolly man's lap.

In a bid to keep our social distancing measures working to stop the spread of the virus, the traditional Santa photo may have changed - but not the magic.

Mandurah Forum is still welcoming Santa back this year and, while the traditional photographs will look a little different, families can still tell Santa what's on their Christmas lists.

"We will follow healthy distancing and hygiene requirements and, importantly, all Santa photos will need to be booked online," centre manager Amanda Betteridge said.

"Staff will be nearby to ensure everyone's doing the right thing and our cleaning team will be helping to keep the Santa set safe.

"We have had to make some changes to the way we celebrate Christmas this year, however, we are doing everything we can to ensure the magic of the season is there for everyone who visits our centre.

"That means that Santa photos are socially-distant, with children seated on a separate chair next to Santa," she said.

With the new protective measures in place, families can experience Santa's Underwater Sea Castle and have their photos taken with Santa until Thursday, December 24.