Santa Claus visits for special needs children in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan for 2020. Sensory Friendly Santa opportunities for children with ASD symptoms, mental or physical impairments. These events include Santa visits that make the holiday season easier for parents of children with mental or physical impairments or special needs.
Santa Claus Visits for Special Needs Children – Metro Detroit Michigan 2020
Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 9a-11a
Sensory Santa at Oakland Mall
Oakland Mall (412 W 14 Mile Road, Troy, MI 48083, 248-585-6000, website)
Individuals with all spectrums of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs to make this a magical holiday experience. There is no admission charge. Photo packages will be available for purchase for the event. Pre-registration is required and can be booked HERE.
2019 EVENTS – Likely unscheduled, cancelled, TBA, or TBD for 2020 Due to Covid. In the likely event the following will be rescheduled for the 2020 Holiday Season, I will put them in the current listings above.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 4p-8p
Special Needs Santa Visits at the Village of Rochester Hills
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Walton Rd and Adams Rd in Rochester Hills, MI)
The Village of Rochester Hills has a special Santa who has experience in working with children with special needs come in for these visits. No appointment is necessary. This is a FREE event. Bring your cameras!
Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 9a-10:30a
Sensory Santa Claus Visits at Twelve Oaks Mall
Twelve Oaks Mall (27500 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377)
Families with special needs can experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa during an event created just for them. Must pre-register. For more info, visit shoptwelveoaks.com.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 6p-8p
White Lake Special Needs Santa Claus Visit – Jingle Bell Ball
White Lakes Banquet Center (991 N Williams Lake Rd, White Lake, MI 48386)
Hosted by Oakland County Parks Adaptive Recreation. For individuals 18 & older with developmental disabilities. Pasta and salad, music, dancing and a visit from Santa. Gift for participants only.. Pre-registration is required as walk-in registration will not be available. For more information, contact 248-424-7081 or Adaptive@oakgov.com. Deadline to register is NOV 28. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com to register.
Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4p-6p
Milford Sensory Friendly Santa Visits – Huron Valley Recreation and Community Education
Apollo Early Childhood Center (2029 North Milford Rd)
Hosted by Huron Valley Recreation & Community Education. Watch Polar Express, enjoy holiday crafts, and a visit with Santa. Parents are welcome to take pics. Events are all self-directed to allow children to move at their own pace. For cost info and to register, visit www.hvs.org/activities/hvrce/register-now/
Sunday, December 8, from 9:30a-10:45a. By reservation only.
Great Lakes Crossing Sensory Santa
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets at Santa’s Flight Academy
Sensitive Santa has dimmer lights and softer music, creating a welcoming, sensory-friendly environment for children with special needs. Plus, reserve online for your time slot and avoid long lines. Visit GreatLakesCrossingOutlets.com to find the reservation links.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 2p-5p
Troy Special Needs Santa Visits – Santa Visits for Special Needs Children
Oxford Recovery Center (165 Kirts Blvd Ste 500, Troy, MI 48116)
Children with autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs and their siblings are welcome to register. There is no charge for this event and you will receive a digital copy of your photo. This is a FREE event. For more info, OxfordRecoveryCenter.com.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 2p-5p
Brighton Special Needs Santa Visits – Santa Visits for Special Needs Children
Oxford Recovery Center (7030 Whitmore Lake Rd, Brighton, MI 48116)
Children with autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs and their siblings are welcome to register. There is no charge for this event and you will receive a digital copy of your photo. This is a FREE event. For more info, 248-486-3636, OxfordRecoveryCenter.com
Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5:30p-7:30p
Detroit Zoo Sensory Dinner with Santa
Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, detroitzoo.org)
“Buffet-style dinner in the warmth of the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. This event includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa. This seating is exclusive to families of children with sensory sensitivities and has been created to promote a safe, accessible and welcoming environment. Wild Lights WILL NOT be available for this event, but a small portion will be lit to illuminate a magical experience.” To purchase tickets, visit detroitzoo.org.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 from noon-2p
Rochester Hills Sensory Friendly Santa Claus – RARA Sensory Friendly Holiday Party
RARA (500 E Second Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307)
Hosted by Rochester Avon Recreation Authority. A fun and safe holiday environment for peoples of all ages with special sensory needs, without having to go to mall. At this event, hosts provide opportunities for sensory-friendly pictures with Santa, holiday coloring, along with refreshments and other holiday activities. Free of charge, but please register. Register here.
This Santa Claus Visits for Special Needs Children page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.
Stay tuned for more Santa Claus Visits for Special Needs Children 2020 Events.