2019 Santa Events for Local Families with Special Needs in Hampton Roads

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Santa Special Needs Hampton Roads VA

There are many children who want to visit with Santa, but who may be easily overwhelmed by the experience, location, or noise that often accompanies large public events. The following events are designed specifically for Hampton Roads families with special needs. 

Additions to this free list can be submitted HERE.

 

  • Dates: November 10, 24 and December 1 and 15, 2019
  • Location: Yankee Candle 2200 Richmond Rd Williamsburg VA
  • Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities! Children and families affected by autism and other developmental differences can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued environment, prior to public hours. Appointment times from 8am-9:30am BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Call 757-258-1002, ext 1070134 to reserve your spot! Bring a camera to take photos!
 
Santa at the Ice Palace at MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
Where: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510 
What: Visit with Santa! Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace. Featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. 
Cost: Free Visit with Santa. Photos available for purchase. 
  • Signing Santa
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 1 - 3pm
    Deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to visit with our Sign Language Santa during this very special day. Interpreters will be on-site during the event. 
 
  • Date: November 24, 2019 from 8:30-10:30am and December 8, 2019 from 8-9:30am. Reservations required.
  • Description: We are pleased to partner with Autism Speaks and other local special needs organizations at select locations to provide the Santa Cares program this year. The program is for children and adults with special needs and abilities who would like additional assistance, extra time, or a quieter, less stressful environment in which to visit with Santa.
MILITARY FAMILIES: Sensory Friendly Santa (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1-3pm
  • Location: Gator Theater (JEB Little Creek), Virginia Beach VA
  • Description: EFMP Families! Come enjoy this free sensory-friendly event in a safe and understanding environment for you and your family and take a picture with Santa.  For more information, call your EFMP Liaisons at Fleet and Family Support Center. Register by calling 757-462-7563 
 
Santa Cares at Pembroke Mall (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Location: Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • Description: Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please.
  • Cost: Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories
 
Santa Cares at Greenbrier Mall (Chesapeake)
  • Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 9-11am
  • Location: Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway South, Chesapeake, VA 23320 
  • Description: People within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa. Please reserve your complimentary time slot. ONE TICKET PER GROUP/FAMILY, please. Families are encouraged to arrive at any time during their scheduled 15-minute time period. Upon arrival, one of Santa's helpers will provide you with a number, so that your family doesn't have to stand in a line until they are ready for you. The event will be held at Santa's Workshop. 
  • Cost: Free to visit with Santa, photo packages available for purchase. RSVP to ensure your free spot at this event.

  • Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 9:30am-12pm 
  • Location: Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Ave. Newport News VA
  • Description: Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please. 
  • Cost: Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies by location.
 
Santa at the Ice Palace at MacArthur Center (Norfolk)
Where: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510 
What: Visit with Santa! Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace. Featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. 
Cost: Free Visit with Santa. Photos available for purchase.
  • Calming Santa
    Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 9 – 11am
    Santa knows some children need extra patience and quiet time when visiting this year. MacArthur Center is pleased to host "Calming Santa" as an opportunity for children with autism and other special needs (and siblings) to visit with Santa in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment during the Holiday Season.  All children who visit Santa will also receive a special gift. Reservations required and space is limited. Click here to register online.

 

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