Christmas at Eastland

Published on 01 November 2018

It wouldn't be Christmas without celebrating with friends, sharing meals with family and choosing the perfect gifts. This year at Eastland we're making it a Christmas to remember with extended hours, support for local charities and a host of activities for the whole family.  With new decorations all throughout the centre, including Santa's new Enchanted Forest on Level 1, Eastland is ready to welcome you this festive season. 

Extended Trading Hours

Christmas is always a busy time of year, so we’re giving you more time to get everything done. We’ve extended our opening hours so you can fit in a day of shopping, a pit stop for a cheeky glass of champagne and our festive activities.


Date Opening Hours 
 Monday 10 December 9:00am - 6:00pm
 Tuesday 11 December 9:00am - 6:00pm
 Wednesday 12 December 9:00am - 6:00pm
 Thursday 13 December 9:00am - 10:00pm
 Friday 14 December 9:00am - 10:00pm
 Saturday 15 December 9:00am - 7:00pm
 Sunday 16 December 9:00am - 7:00pm
 Monday 17 December 9:00am - 10:00pm
 Tuesday 18 December 9:00am - 10:00pm
 Wednesday 19 December 9:00am - 10:00pm
 Thursday 20 December 9:00am - Midnight
 Friday 21 December 9:00am - Midnight
 Saturday 22 December 9:00am - Midnight
 Sunday 23 December 9:00am - 7:00pm 
 Monday 24 December 8:00am - 5:30pm (Fresh Food open from 7am)
 Tuesday 25 December Closed | Merry Christmas!
 Wednesday 26 December 7:00am - 9:00pm | Boxing Day
 Thursday 27 December 9:00am - 9:00pm
 Friday 28 December 9:00am - 9:00pm
 Saturday 29 December 9:00am - 5:00pm
 Sunday 30 December 10:00am - 5:00pm
 Monday 31 December 9:00am - 5:30pm
 Tuesday 1 January 10:00am - 5:00pm
 Wednesday 2 January 9:00am - 5:30pm | Standard trading hours resume

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Christmas Pit Stops

Take a break or relax after a busy day of shopping with our Christmas Pit Stops

Sugar and Spice Bar 

Christmas Champagne Bar

Take a break from your Christmas shopping and enjoy a glass of candy cane champagne while listening to the ambient sounds of The String Sirens. 

Thursday 13 December, 5pm - 9pm
Friday 14 December: 5pm - 9pm
Monday 17 December: 6pm - 10pm
Tuesday 18 December: 6pm - 10pm
Wednesday 19 December: 6pm - 10pm

Location: Level 2, East Mall, near H&M



Roving Cookie Treats

If you're taking advantage of our late night trading you might just catch our Christmas Helpers delivering gingerbread and shortbread cookies. 

Monday 17 December: 6pm - 10pm
Tuesday 18 December: 6pm - 10pm
Wednesday 19 December: 6pm - 10pm
Thursday 20 December: 6pm - Midnight
Friday 21 December: 6pm - Midnight
Saturday 22 December: 6pm - Midnight


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Elf Help Gift Wrapping

Eastland is delighted to be raising funds for Vision Australia throughout the Christmas season. We're offering gift wrapping at our Elf Help station, right up until Christmas Eve, with donations going directly to Vision Australia.

Elf Help is located on Level Two, East Mall, near Portmans.

View Elf Help hours

Vision Australia Logo

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Take a photo with Santa

Meet the man of the hour and capture the moment at Eastland. Visit Santa's new home in the Enchanted Forest under the big oak tree, where Mrs Claus and our friendly elf helpers are ready to entertain youngsters.

Book online and use our Fast Pass to skip the queue, or simply turn up on the day. Don’t forget to bring your wishlist!

Santa's Enchanted Forest is located on Level One, Central Mall, near Commonwealth Bank, until Christmas Eve.



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Sensitive Santa

A visit with Santa is fun and open to every child. Our Sensitive Santa is a sensory friendly opportunity for children with special needs to meet Santa in a low stress and quiet environment.

Sessions take place in Santa's Enchanted Forest every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am - 9am, between 14 November to 12 December.

Book Sensitive Santa Session

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Pet Photography

Capture a festive snap with your furry friend this Christmas! Santa will be popping up to Town Square to give you and your pets a Christmas card worthy portrait - a perfect present for the grand-paw-rents.

Pet Photography takes place in The Atrium in Town Square on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
Sessions are limited so book now!

Please note pets are not allowed within the centre, and remember to clean up after your pets in Town Square!

Book Pet Photography session


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Santa's Arrival Breakfast

Celebrate the arrival of Christmas with a magical experience with Santa. Children will enjoy a beautiful morning with musical instruments to play while singing Christmas carols and enjoying festive entertainment as well as cookie decorating, a yummy breakfast and most importantly an exclusive meet and greet with Santa.

Dates and Times: 
Saturday 10 November, 9.00am
Saturday 10 November, 10.15am
Sunday 11 November, 10.00am
Sunday 11 November, 11:15am
Sessions run for approximately 45 minutes

Location: Level 2, East Mall, Next to H&M

Cost: $10
All ticket proceeds will be donated to Vision Australia 

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Santa's Workshop

Want to keep your little elves busy while you tackle the Christmas shopping? At Santa’s workshop, the kids will be entertained with all kinds of fun and educational Christmas crafts, creating their own mini Christmas wreath, Christmas card and Christmas decorations to hang on your tree at home. There’s a whole craft village for them to explore!

Dates: Saturday 10 November - Sunday 23 December, session times vary.
Location: Level 1, East Mall, near Minimax

View session times

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The Christmas Carnival

Don't miss out on our biggest event of the year - the Eastland Christmas Carnival! We've got a program jam-packed with activities, carnival rides, roving performers, aerial acrobatics, pop up food treats and more! The night wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the lighting of the Eastland Community Christmas Tree. Book a table at one of our Town Square restaurants to enjoy the show!

Date: Saturday 8 December
Time: 12pm - 10pm
Location: Ringwood Town Square and Melbourne Street

Find out more

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Christmas Gift Cards

Give the perfect present - an Eastland Gift Card loaded with value from $20 to $500. Gift cards are available from our Guest Services desks can be purchased online to collect in centre.

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Valet Parking

Simply stop, step out of your car and stroll into the Eastland Christmas experience. Eastland’s Valet provides you with personalised service and more time to shop at your favourite stores. take advantage of complimentary parcel valet and Guest Services will collect your shopping from the store and deliver it to your car.

Valet is only $10 per vehicle. Standard car parking charges also apply.

Free Car Parking

One less thing to worry about. Park your car for free for the first three hours at Eastland.

Spend $300 or more in one shopping trip and enjoy free parking all day. Validate your receipts at Guest Services on Level Two, near H&M or Level B1, near Valet.

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