Santa is gear­ing up for a spe­cial visit

West Lothian Courier - - The Weekend Ticket - Deb­bie Hall

Santa’s farm­yard cot­tage will be­come a serene haven for chil­dren with autism and their fam­i­lies this week­end.

Al­mond Val­ley have teamed up with Loth­ian Autis­tic So­ci­ety to of­fer ex­clu­sive vis­its to Santa for chil­dren who may get dis­tressed with loud mu­sic, flash­ing lights and long queues.

In­stead of a bright, noisy en­vi­ron­ment, on Sat­ur­day (De­cem­ber 1) Santa will be greet­ing his vis­i­tors in a more tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment with lights dimmed and mu­sic turned off.

Time slots with be of­fered to fam­i­lies to avoid any queues and par­ents will be pro­vided with pho­tos of the ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­vance to pre­pare chil­dren on what’s to come.

An­drea Wood from Loth­ian Autis­tic So­ci­ety said: “We were de­lighted to be in­volved with the new autism-friendly ex­pe­ri­ences for Christ­mas.

“There are so many fam­i­lies across Scot­land who are un­able to take their chil­dren to see Santa so it’s fan­tas­tic that Al­mond Val­ley is help­ing them to have a mag­i­cal visit to see Santa.”

In or­der to make sure that the ex­pe­ri­ence for spe­cial for ev­ery­one, the team at Al­mond Val­ley con­tacted par­ents of chil­dren with autism to find out ex­actly what they wanted.

As well as vis­it­ing Santa, fam­i­lies com­ing on Sat­ur­day will have full ac­cess to the site and the farm team are of­fer­ing smaller, pri­vate an­i­mal en­counter ses­sions so chil­dren can meet the an­i­mals of the farm with­out deal­ing with crowds and noise.

Santa will take up res­i­dency in his farm­yard cot­tage through­out De­cem­ber at Al­mond Val­ley and fam­i­lies can book sup­pers, teas and break­fast with him as well as in­di­vid­ual cot­tage vis­its.

The price of a visit in­cludes full ac­cess to the site as well as a spe­cial gift.

The spe­cial vis­its will run from 10am un­til 5pm on Sat­ur­day (De­cem­ber 1) and fam­i­lies must book.

For in­for­ma­tion visit, http://al­mond­val­ley.co.uk/ SPX­mas.html.

Fes­tive vis­i­tor Santa will ar­rive at Al­mond Val­ley this week­end

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