Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience Comes To Sierra Vista Mall

Sierra Vista Mall is hosting their annual Santa Cares Event for children with special needs on December 8, 2019. (File photo)

Children with special needs will get the chance to take a photo with Santa Claus Dec. 8 at the Sierra Vista Mall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

The experience, known as the Santa Cares program, is held in partnership with Autism Speaks.

Santa Cares events are held in malls across the United States to give children on the spectrum a safe and calm environment to get their photo taken with Santa. This is accomplished by making simple adjustments to lights and music to reduce sensory stimuli.

Children can visit with Santa for free. Keepsake photo packages will also be available for purchase at the event. 

Families are encouraged to reserve a time slot for the experience online.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan. 

The organization accomplishes this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. 

Ron Camacho
Ron Camacho was born and raised in Clovis. He attended Clovis High School and graduated from CSU Fresno in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. Before joining the Roundup, Ron wrote for Pollstar Magazine and the Sanger Herald. He has a deep appreciation for the arts and is a lover of music, cinema and storytelling. When he’s not busy looking for his next story, Ron enjoys taking weekend expeditions to the beach or mountains to practice landscape photography.