Santa Events for Kids with Special Needs

Check out these sensory-friendly events with the big guy in Chicagoland.

Every child looks forward to whispering their special wishes in the jolly old elf’s ear this time of year, but many of Santa’s appearances can be noisy, crowded and include really long waits in line.

So we rounded up a few great places with special Santas eager to hear those wishes just from kids with special needs and their families. But these events are always popular and spots fill up quickly so sign up as soon as you can.

Santa’s Naperville Workshop Special Needs Night

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2022

Kids and family members can enjoy a fun visit with Santa inside his magical Naperville workshop. Reservations are required; walk-ups will not be accommodated. One family at a time will be inside to experience a brief, socially distanced conversation with Santa. Families are welcome to take their own photos/videos.

Holiday Express – Special Needs Night 

Dec. 2, 2022

Enjoy all the fun of Holiday Express in a low-sensory environment at Blackberry Farm. Pre-registration is required.

Caring Santa

Dec. 4, 11, 2022

Kids with special needs, particularly with those with autism, can enjoy meeting a Caring Santa at Woodfield Mall. Advance registration required for private photo experience.

Santa Cares Day

Dec. 4, 2022

Kids with special needs can visit and take photos with Santa. Registrations are required.

Santa Cares Day

Dec. 4, 2022

Kids with special needs can visit and take photos with Santa. Registrations are required.

Sensory-Friendly Holiday Party with Santa and the Special Needs Mom Squad

Dec. 4, 2022

All abilities are welcome to enjoy a lunch buffet, sensory activities and take pictures with Santa in their private room.

Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience

Dec. 4, 2022

Fashion Outlets of Chicago invites children with special needs and their families to enjoy a Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience.

Sensory Santa

Dec. 4, 2022

This sensory-friendly Santa event is for children and families with autism and special needs. Reservations required.

All is Calm 

Dec. 13, 2022

Enjoy a sensory-friendly exhibit and visits with Santa. This event is only for children and adults with special needs. Includes one photo and additional prints can be purchased.

Rockin The Spectrum’s Christmas Party

Dec. 17, 2022

Enjoy dinner and time with other families while playing games. Santa will make an appearance. Mommy’s Creative World be there, with cotton candy and facepainting extra.

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