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Sensory-Friendly Santa Claus is Coming to Town… This Weekend!

Santa Claus is coming to town… to host inclusive holiday visits on Sunday, December 4, 2022! Thanks to Cherry Hill Programs, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada, “Santa Cares” events, featuring a sensory-friendly Santa Claus, will be held nationwide to allow people of all ages and abilities the chance to enjoy a festive, inclusive environment. This includes the opportunity for memorable Santa Magic photo experiences.

Sensory-Friendly Santa Help All Feel Camera Ready 

As the industry leader in experiential photography, Cherry Hill Programs delivers exceptional Santa Magic photo experiences to millions of families across North America annually. Created together with Autism Speaks, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with autism spectrum disorder through research, advocacy, programs and services, Santa Cares events will offer all families the ability to create unforgettable moments during this holiday season.

Santa Cares events make holiday photo experiences accessible to everyone by providing visits with Santa outside of normal venue operating hours. Therefore, these events reduce sensory triggers by limiting the number of guests to reduce crowds and wait times, as well as ensuring that the lighting and music are at reduced and comfortable levels. Santa and his staff are trained to understand and support those with special needs and their families.

“We are committed to serving our communities and providing opportunities to enhance photo experiences so that everyone can enjoy Santa Magic,” said Chris Landtroop, CHP’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We are humbled to collaborate with Autism Speaks to help families with special needs capture their holiday tradition with beautiful photos.”

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(Autism Speaks)

“At Autism Speaks, we are dedicated to promoting solutions that help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. Our work with Cherry Hill Programs has brought us one step closer to that vision in creating opportunities for every kid to be a kid, and in allowing all families to embrace the magic of the holiday season,” said Jennifer Schell Podoll, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Constituent Engagement.

Cherry Hill Programs is also committed to the Magic of Giving to enhance lives and help build community through philanthropic efforts. Since 2015, CHP’s Santa Cares and Bunny Cares events have collected more than $1 million in support of Autism Speaks. Cherry Hill Programs is now furthering its support by collecting donations at participating locations and online at whereissanta.com.

FYI, Santa Cares is offered as Caring Santa at Simon mall locations, and as SENSITIVE SANTA at Washington Prime Group mall locations. Families can find participating sensory-friendly Santa Cares locations and book their visit with the Big Guy at whereissanta.com. Complimentary registration is required for these inclusive holiday events. Plus, photo packages are available for purchase at the time of the visit.

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