TAMPA, Fla. - Nearly 200 malls across America, including Florida and the Tampa Bay area, are offering "sensory-friendly" Santa programs for children with autism and special needs.
On Dec. 4, two hours before the mall opens, the program will include a visit with Santa in a controlled and welcoming environment.
Anyone wishing to take part just needs to register to schedule an appointment.
Several other organizations are also offering sensory-friendly Santa experiences:
-Tues. Nov. 29: Sensory-friendly Sweets and Treats with Santa
-Sun. Dec. 4 Westfield Citrus Park
-Sun. Dec. 4: Sarasota Square Mall 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
-Sat. Dec. 17: Chester H. Ferguson Law Center (RSVP for the wait list)
AMC is also holding sensory-friendly movie screenings the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of the month. Click for more information.