Sensitive Santa event at The Mall at Johnson City

Sensitive Santa event at The Mall at Johnson City (Image 1)

The Mall at Johnson City is proud to present Sensitive Santa®, a program designed to allow children with sensory processing disorders to visit Santa in a safe and calm environment.

The 2014 event at The Mall at Johnson City will be held on Sunday, November 30 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Santa set on the upper level.

The Sensitive Santa program was created to allow families of children affected by autism to enjoy some of the holiday celebrations and traditions most people take for granted, including visiting Santa at the mall.

Because autism affects the nervous system, individuals on the autism spectrum are often very sensitive to bright lights, loud sounds and large crowds.

The Sensitive Santa event is held on a Sunday morning prior to the mall’s opening, with reduced lighting and noise.

“We wanted to create an event that celebrates the spirit of the holiday season and brings a small, but memorable part of the holiday season to families with autism,” said Marsha E. Hammond, Marketing Director, The Mall at Johnson City. “‘Sensitive Santa® will allow these children to experience the same enjoyment with Santa, but in a much calmer, less intimidating environment.”

Sensitive Santa®is part of THE MALL AT JOHNSON CITY’s holiday festivities. Other events include Photos with Santa; Moments of Change from Monday, December 1 – Sunday, December 14; Family Night in the Food Court on Thursday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pet Night with Santa each Monday in December from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Angel Tree.

Families attending are requested to enter the mall at Entrance A, located on the upper level beside Charming Charlie. For more information, contact Marsha Hammond at or 423.282.2830.

The above information was provided by The Mall at Johnson City.

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