Sensory Santas making dreams come true
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Christmas is such a joyous time, with all the fairy lights, bright colours and jolly Christmas music… but for children with a sensory disorder, those things make it anything but. The sensory overload makes mall visits impossible, and most of these families would rule out the tradition of photos with Santa.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to special Sensory Santa’s.

These specialised Santa’s have been making the rounds in the news recently. First there was a US family that posted a photo of their son, Braydon visiting a Caring Santa in North Carolina.

Santa got down on the floor to play with Braydon after he was too shy to approach Santa on his huge chair.

Then a young girl in Middlesborough was overwhelmed with excitement after she was able to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, in sign language!

We have our own Sensory Santa’s here in New Zealand too. Sensory Santa offers private family bookings before the centre has opened for children with special needs and sensory processing disorders. There’s no background music, no queues and an understanding Santa. But make sure you book!

There are some locations and dates below, or you can head to their Facebook page to find out more.

Sensory Santa at The Palms shopping centre:

Saturday 12 December - 7.30am - 9.30am
Sunday 13 December - 8am - 10am

Call 03 385 3067 to book 

Sensory Santa at Botany shopping centre:

Saturday 12 December 8am to 9am
Sunday 13 December 8am to 10am

Call 09 272 3888 to book


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