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Sensory-Friendly Santa Claus Sittings

Waiting in a noisy line for a huge booming stranger to put his arms around you is not for every child. Happily, there are Sensory-Friendly Caring Santa Clause events in the Bay Area that will accommodate your sensitive or autistic child with kindness and care. In partnership with Autism Speaks, participating malls around the country are opening early on two Sunday mornings in December so your child can enjoy the magic of visiting Santa without all the craziness and hullabaloo. Tickets are FREE (photos cost extra, though proceeds go to Autism Speaks), so reserve yours soon as spots will likely fill up soon!

Caring Santa via Autism Speaks
Caring Santa provides a gentle, sensitive Santa Claus experience without all the crowds for special needs families | Photo via Autism Speaks

Southland Mall, Hayward

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: One Southland Mall Drive, Hayward, CA 94545
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

NewPark Mall, Newark

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: 2086 NewPark Mall, Newark, CA 94560
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: 3251 20th Avenue, #Suite 390, San Francisco, CA 94132
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite 2178, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

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Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Eastridge Mall, San Jose

When: Dec. 5 & 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Eastridge Center, 2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite 2062, San Jose, CA 95122
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

All Children Academics, San Rafael

This event is being put on by a private school in San Rafael.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Location: All Children’s Academics, 1665 Grand Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
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