Santa time for all
NO CHILD will be robbed of a special moment with Santa this year at St Marys Village.
The team has enlisted the help of a sensory Santa to help children with special needs and sensory disorders such as autism capture the perfect holiday happy snap.
A chat and photo with a sensory Santa is being hosted by St Marys Village in partnership with Chanelle Avison, which runs Sensory Movie Day, a not-for-profit organisation for families with special needs children.
“The event is so wonderful because it provides these families with the oppor- tunity to enjoy the one Christmas experience that is otherwise impossible,” Ms Avison said.
“Because of their child’s sensory needs, many of these families have never been able to have a family Santa photo.”
Sensory Santa provides a sensory friendly environment for families to have their child or children photographed with Santa.
Families can book their preferred time, which means no queuing, and the setting is quiet, providing a low-stress environment.
The sensory Santa experience includes a free Santa photo and gift for each child.
The shopping centre has also updated the setting for Santa this year, opting for a large comfy lounge to accommodate families.
St Marys Village marketing manager Lisa Curtin said: “This year, we’re celebrating with and providing the special needs families in our community the simple joy of having their family Santa photo taken.”
The sensory Santa Claus at St Marys meets Rylee Abric, 3.