Tuesday, June 18, 2024

‘Sensitive Santa’ is coming to Virginia Beach

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s that time of year again, and Sensitive Santa is coming to town.

The Autism Society of Tidewater has partnered with World Wide Photography and Lynnhaven Mall to provide families with autistic children with a private experience before the mall opens to the public.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

No purchase is required for the child to visit with Santa, but photography packages are available for purchase and visitors.

The mall will be a quieter environment for the kids as they do not open to the public until 10 a.m. World Wide Photography will have visitors provide information about their child with autism, such as age and some things they may want for Christmas so that they can personalize the experience with Santa.

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RSVP is required for this event, and no walk-ins are allowed, according to the website. Attendees will be assigned a time slot once they register, and only one RSVP is needed per family.

Space is limited.

The event will be open to siblings of children with autism as well; however because of time restrictions, the sibling and the child with autism may have to visit Santa and take their photo together.

For more information, email Nicole Miller of the Autism Society of Tidewater.

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