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10+ 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 Inclusive Santa Claus events in the Bay Area that will accommodate your sensitive or autistic child with kindness and care. There are only a few sittings being offered this year, so reserve your spot soon so your child can enjoy the magic of visiting Santa without all the craziness and hullabaloo.

Reservations are strongly recommended where possible.

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

Cypress Primary School, Petaluma

This Santa sighting is an inclusive event for children of all ages and abilities. It includes a parade, therapy dogs, photo opportunities, and a horse-drawn sleigh.
When: December 2; 2 pm – 5 pm
Location: 3880 Cypress Drive, Suite A, Petaluma
Tickets: FREE, Reserve tickets here>>

Stoneridge Shopping Center, Pleasanton

When: December 3, 8:30 – 10 am
Location: One Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Sunvalley Mall, Concord

When: December 3, 10 – 11:30 am
Location: One Sunvalley Mall Drive, Concord, CA
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco

When: December 3, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Location: 3251 20th Avenue, #Suite 390, San Francisco
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Find many more places to visit Jolly Old Saint Nick >>

The Village at Corte Madera

When: December 3, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Location: 1618 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera at Macy’s Court
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

When: December 3, 9 am – 10:30 am
Location: 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
Tickets: FREE Reserve them here>>

Black Santa, Brentwood

The We Get It Foundation is hosting the only official Black sensory-sensitive Santa Claus in the Bay Area at this small boutique. Donations are accepted but not required. Professional photographer will be on site.
When: Sunday, December 10 from 11 am to 1 pm, Santa will be at the visiting and taking photos with children.
Location: Little & Brave Boutique, 2535 Sand Creek Rd Suite 136, Brentwood
Find out more about the event >

Filoli, Woodside

This wide-open beautiful garden setting offers sensory-friendly early hours for Santa Claus visits. Email in advance to secure your spot.
When: December 10, 16, 17, and 22, 10 am
Location: One Southland Mall Drive, Hayward, CA 94545
Tickets: Santa is included with Filoli admission, currently $39 adults and $29 children, free under age 5. Details here>>

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