HENRICO, Va. – Local families searching for a Sensitive Santa have one opportunity left this holiday season.
Sensitive Santa is a conscious twist on the classic tradition of visiting with the bespectacled, red-cheeked Father Christmas.
The mellower event is hosted for children with autism, who can sometimes have a heightened interaction with an environment full of sensory overload.
Traditionally, the mall turns down or turns off overhead music, dims the lighting, and kids can have more time with Santa.
On December 11, Sensitive Santa will visit from 6 to 8 p.m. at Regency Mall, at Parham and Quioccasin Roads.
Kids and adults can visit with Santa one-on-one or with a friend in a safe, quiet environment with dimmed lights. The Santa visit is free, and photo packages will be available for purchase.
Sensitive Legendary Santa has already visited at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and next year the organization hopes to have more days sponsored. And Sensitive Santa stopped by Virginia Center Commons on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Short Pump Town Center doesn’t have a Sensitive Santa, but mall representatives said that the best time to visit would be first thing in the morning when it is usually quieter and less busy.