Ho Ho Ho! #SensoryFriendlySanta

This past weekend, we were lucky enough to go back to an area Sensory-Friendly Santa event.

We started going to these four years ago, when I stumbled on one event at big outlet mall. It was fun and I knew we found a good thing.

Then, I found Northern Virginia’s Housewives event that is co-sponsored by POAC-Northern Virginia. We’ve been going back the past three years. This event has become so popular among area families – this year, the event sold out in under a day!

For those that have never heard of or are curious about a “Sensory Friendly” Santa event, these are special events geared towards families with an individual either on the spectrum OR may have other special needs (as we all know, autism is not the only diagnosis that can cause sensory overload). Usually the events are before the mall “opens”, as to not have as large of a crowd. The list is quite limited and usually by a time slot – you would need to register prior to the event (hence the “selling out”).  If you are lucky to get a slot, you would just show up at your allotted time, and have a substantially less wait time to see the man in the big ole red suit.

This year, the mall’s theme was “Peanuts”, which was nice since both kids were able to see the movie recently. After checking in, we were able to check out some of the cute things while in line. And while the line is shorter, it may not be SHORT. That’s because staff really try to get the kids to see Santa, no matter how tough it may be?

Remember this last week? Santa lies down on floor for boy with autism

Or this one? Mother shouts out Santa who talked about autism with her son

So – I had to calm B a few times since he as thisexcitedohmygodtoseeSantacouldyoujustdie? LOL But he knows the drill and once it was our turn, they both sidled up to his lap and he had no problem giving Santa his letter. Miss Diva M, surprisingly, had no issue with him either – it’s hit or miss with “larger than life” people. lol

They had a grand time and I hope they heed Santa’s advice to be good!


About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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One Response to Ho Ho Ho! #SensoryFriendlySanta

  1. Kristen says:

    So sweet. We’ve never taken the kids to see Santa in part because we “pretend to believe” in Santa and also because sensory friendly or not, Shelby will not do it. Period. My in-laws were so upset a few years ago because they booked a “breakfast with the Easter bunny” for our kids at the country club where they live and all three kids refused to be with the Easter bunny (I will admit, he is way creepier than Santa!). Finally the boys agreed to be in a pic if they didn’t have to sit on his lap and my in-laws were in the shot with them. What was so remarkable was the EB character was cool with whatever and the photographers were so awesome. They offered to do just a family pic or each child individually with just an Easter egg border and no bunny. The man “running the show” said, “We can accommodate! It’s no problem!” But my in-laws wanted a certain thing…they were lucky to get what they got. (The food was also terrible! When they wanted us to come again the next year, my husband declined.)


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