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Sensory-Friendly Santa Experiences

Quiet and calm environments for a meet-up with Kris Kringle.


These metro Denver spots offer a sensory-friendly environment, so kids with special needs can have a jolly experience with Santa.

Autism Community Store

On December 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the store for a free sensory-friendly Santa visit. Kids will make a holiday-themed craft and take pictures with Santa. The store is sensory-friendly with soft lighting and quiet music. Santa will take pictures with guests however they feel most comfortable.


Autism Home Support Services

On December 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., AHSS’ Centennial center will host a holiday celebration filled with games, treats, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa, all in an environment that is welcoming to every kid. Register online.

Colorado Mills

Colorado Mills hosts a Caring Santa event on December 8, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. near the Target store. Staff provide necessary adjustments to the environment so kids with sensory, physical, and developmental needs can take pictures with Santa in a comfortable setting. The event is free; register online.

Outlets at Castle Rock

On December 1 and 8 from 10 to 11 a.m., Santa will visit the Outlets at Castle Rock to provide kids with special needs a quiet environment to take pictures. Sensory coloring books and sensory books from the Douglas County Library will be available for kiddos at the free event. Register online.

Park Meadows

In partnership with Autism Speaks, Park Meadows will host Santa Cares Day on November 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event is sensory-friendly and provides families with children with autism and other special needs early access and extra time to visit and take photos with Santa. Tickets are going fast, sign up online.


Attend a free sensory-friendly Santa visit on December 7 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The event will be free from bright lights, loud music, and crowds to ensure a relaxing visit with Santa. RSVP for sensory-friendly Santa by Friday, December 6 to sfranks@wilkow.com.


Southwest Plaza

Kids within all spectrums of special needs are invited to visit and take photos with Santa during Santa Cares Day on November 24. The free event takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in a calm and quiet environment, so every kid feels comfortable. Register online.

Town Center at Aurora

Attend Aurora’s Sensitive Santa event on December 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is located near the Center Court on the lower level, where Santa will meet and take pictures with kids before regular mall hours, for a relaxed visit. RSVP online.

WOW! Children’s Museum

Lafayette’s children’s museum will hold a sensory-friendly Santa play time on December 1 from 8 to 10 a.m. Mrs. Claus will join in the fun that takes place in a quiet and less crowded environment. Admission is $1 per person, admission to the museum is not required. Register online.

READ MORE: Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Metro Denver



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