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Santa Making Sensory-Friendly Stops Statewide

November 23rd, 2021

Santa with his bag and blowing magic snow out of his hand

Free Santa visits for children with autism and other special needs

Are you ready for some Santa magic?

Autism Speaks has partnered with Cherry Hill Programs to provide sensory-friendly Santa experiences nationwide.

In Illinois, Santa will be spreading joy and holiday cheer on Dec. 5 and 12.

Join Santa in a calmer, more subdued environment. He is planning stops in communities that include:

  • Aurora
  • Champaign
  • Chicago
  • Gurnee
  • Moline
  • Northbrook
  • Orland Park
  • Peoria
  • Rockford
  • Rosemont
  • Schaumburg
  • Springfield
  • Vernon Hills

These sensory-friendly Santa experiences are free. Keepsake photo packages are available to buy.

You can reserve your spot for the Santa experience online. (The organizers strongly encourage reservations.)

For more upcoming holiday events for children with special healthcare needs in Illinois, be sure to check our Special Events page often.