Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early. 

Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park

  • Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper Level, Carson’s Court, 288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park
  • Private photo session with Santa in an environment designed to support sensory, physical, and developmental needs of children of all abilities. Open to children with special needs and their families.
  • Cost: FREE, registration required.
  • Hosted by AbilityPath. Click here for more information and to register.

Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-11:00 am – Caring Santa in Gurnee

  • Location: Gurnee Mills – Grange Hall, 6170 W. Grand Avenue, Gurnee
  • Private photo session with Santa in an environment designed to support sensory, physical, and developmental needs of children of all abilities. Open to children with special needs and their families.
  • Cost: FREE, registration required.
  • Hosted by AbilityPath. Click here for more information and to register.

Sunday, December 2 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Caring Santa in Springfield

  • Location: White Oaks Mall – Macy’s Lower Level, 2501 Wabash Avenue, Springfield
  • Private photo session with Santa in an environment designed to support sensory, physical, and developmental needs of children of all abilities. Open to children with special needs and their families.
  • Cost: FREE, registration required.
  • Hosted by AbilityPath. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, December 5 from 3:30 pm-8:00 pm – Santa at Special Kids Holiday Event in Elmhurst
  • Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
  • An event for children with physical and developmental special needs and their families to allow them to visit Santa, make a craft, receive a goodie bag, and take a family photo.
  • Cost: FREE, no registration required.
  • Hosted by Special Kids Day Events. Click here for more information, or call 630-530-7700, or email info@specialkidsday.org
Thursday, December 6 from 1:00 pm-9:00 pm – Signing Santa Day in Schaumburg
  • Location: Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
  • Signing Santa will be available for all shoppers – deaf and hard-of-hearing and hearing.
  • Cost: FREE, no registration required. Photo packages available for purchase.
  • Hosted by Woodfield Mall. Click here for more information.
Monday-Wednesday, December 10-12 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm – Special Needs Night at Santa House in Naperville

If you know of any other Santa visits or events specifically intended for children with special needs please let me know at toddlingchicago@yahoo.com so I can add them to the list.

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