Variety Tasmania is proud to partner with Vicinity Centres and volunteers from the Department of Education’s Disability Program in running the Quiet Santa Program. These sensory friendly Santa sessions offer children with sensory challenges the chance to have some special one-on-one time with Santa in a peaceful and comfortable environment. Sessions are held outside of key trading hours, with the mall lights dimmed, and music lowered, to ensure a calm environment.
“Making some small modifications to the experience helps tone down some challenges and remove barriers that make it difficult for children to take part. Having sensory friendly sessions can be a huge help for families. It means they don’t have to miss out – they can still take part in the festive fun and have a much greater chance of enjoying the experience.”
Due to COVID, Quiet Santa Sessions will be run slightly differently this year. Some children may need a little additional help in understanding the changes, such as they won’t be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap but will need to remain 1.5m away. Please click here to view a Social Story that may help children understand some of the changes.
Bookings for the Quiet Santa photos open in November. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page closer to the time for the dates and booking link.