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Sensory-Friendly Santa Is Coming to a Mall Near You

Santa Claus is coming to town thanks to a partnership between Autism Speaks and Noerr Programs Corporation. More than 180 malls across the U.S. will host Santa for a sensory-friendly experience on November 20 and December 4.

As part of the event, malls will open two hours early, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., so children on the autism spectrum can meet Santa and have their photo taken with him. Participating malls include those operated by SIMON Malls and Washington Prime Group Malls.

“Programs like our sensitive Santa experience play an important role in providing families affected by autism with the opportunity to participate in an activity that may be difficult for some to attend,” Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer for Autism Speaks, told The Mighty.

The event is free to attend, and families will be given the option to purchase any photos taken.

To see where Santa will be stopping and sign up for a session, visit the Autism Speaks website.