Santa Visits For Children With Autism & Special Needs

Santa Vists For Children With Special Needs
5 December 2015

Going to visit Santa plays a big part in the build up to Christmas for many families and is perhaps something that many of us take for granted. For families with children who have special needs however this may not always be the case and we've had a look around to try and find some events across the UK that might make things a little easier for you.

The links below show a selection of events across the UK but please read each one carefully, some start tomorrow, many have limited dates and all will places will fill up quickly. If there aren't any events near you that doesn't mean there aren't any, these are just a selection to show you what is out there.

Charlton House (London)

This year Santa will be assisted by his jolly elves with extra fun from Charlie the Elf - there are timed visits, so no long queues. This is FREE EVENT for children with special needs and their siblings. This one is on TOMORROW (December 6th) so not much time we know.

For more information click HERE

Santa at Jingle Bell Square (Tyne & Wear)

This is a relaxed session especially for children who may find a trip to see Santa a little overwhelming.

Santa's elves will be around to help children with craft activities and Santa will be in our Victorian Streets so children can choose how and when to approach him to collect their gift.

More information and to book tickets HERE

Silent Santa Buttercrane (Northern Ireland)

Will be offering silent Santa opening hours in their Grotto for the next 3 Sundays - starting this week - 6th December

Children can visit Santa in this magical Ice Grotto in a calmer, quieter environment without the busier queues. Enjoy the traditional visit to Santa in a relaxed and less stressful setting!

More information and tickets HERE

Silent Santa (Bangor)

Along the same lines as Buttercrane you can contact Shirelle on 028 9068 7066 or email for more information on this one.

Calm Christmas at autism-friendly grotto (Kent)

Book tickets HERE

Eden Project (Cornwall)

This year the Eden Project have worked with the Sensory Trust to stage relaxed performances that are designed to welcome children who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.

Book tickets HERE

St James' Football Park (Newcastle)

On the day, the children will not only meet Santa Claus but also enjoy a festive three course lunch with their families and a special mini tour of the stadium.

Book tickets HERE

Winter Wonderland Relaxed Santa Sessions BA Country Store(Aberdeenshire)

Thursday 17th December 2015

Email to book tickets or for more information.

Hopefully this will give you an idea of the type of events that are out there and if you know of any more that we've not included please get in touch and let us know and we'll add it.

If there isn't an event near you, the event at St James' park in Newcastle was set up by Samantha Doyle, after realising that her six year old son Freddie was missing out on something that other children take for granted. It may be too late for this Christmas but it could be something to consider for next year.

Image Credit : Autism Speaks

TOPICS:   Christmas

1 comment

  • Emma Kelly EDITOR

    My sister got a place in the Buttercrane in Northern Ireland - they only had 6 slots on Sunday - very few!

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