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Santa Visits with Special Needs Children in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois


When you talk about children with special needs you’ll find that covers a wide range of disabilities that can be mental, physical and so much more. Special needs children have many disorders to deal with. They can include such things as epilepsy, autism, blind and vision impairment, deafness and hearing loss, down syndrome, spina bifida, mitochondrial disorders, ADD/ADHD, and numerous other conditions little ones have to endure.


Kids with special needs not only require lots of physical care but also lots of love. It’s really difficult for parents of these children to have to stand in line and wait to see Santa Claus, so "special events" really fill a need. They serve every child, from those who may be mildly retarded to others with severe physical and mental disabilities. which is why these events give special meaning to Christmas and the Holiday Season.


While many malls don’t have specific Santa events planned for special needs children, if you call the mall management office normally you can make arrangements with them for visits for children or groups of children.

Photo courtesy Special Kids Day Events © 2010



Santa at the Special Needs Holiday Celebration for the
Autism Family Foundation
Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Sponsor: Autism Family Foundation
Event at: Stonebridge Country Club

2705 Stonebridge Blvd Aurora, IL 60502

advance registration is required - click on this link for additional information.


(630) 803-8471
This is a special event for special needs children and their siblings to visit with Santa Claus, enjoy refreshments, make crafts and celebrate the holiday season. The first 100 local special needs children—including siblings that RSVP will receive a confirmation that they have a reserved spot for this event.


Santa at Special Kids Holiday Event
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Time: 3:30 pm - 8 pm
Sponsor: Special Kids Day Events
Event at: Wilder Mansion
211 Prospect   Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
For additional information:
(630) 530-7700
Every year since 1990, on the first Wednesday in December about four hundred special needs children, with physical and developmental disabilities, and families are treated to a delightful afternoon and evening where they get to bond with Santa Claus. The children have their picture taken, receive specially selected and appropriate toys, enjoy cookies and ice cream and activities such as face painting, visits from clowns and other performers and activities. This event that has been growing in size and popularity every year. Santa at the Special Kids Holiday Event is a TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Gurnee Mills

Caring Santa at Gurnee Mills Mall
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Time: 9:30am
Sponsor: Gurnee Mills Mall
6170 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 263-7500
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment at Gurnee Mills for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa.


                                                     Graphic courtesy Simon Malls



Santa at Special Needs Nights at Riverwalk in Naperville
Tuesday, December 6th through Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm

Sponsor: Naperville Park District

Santa House location
Jackson Ave. & Webster St.
Naperville IL 60540

(along the Riverwalk)
Advance reservations must be made: (630) 848-5000
One of the most important events at the Riverwalk Santa House is the Special Needs Nights. This is three evenings set aside for children with special needs and their families where they can visit Santa by appointment, so that there is no long wait. Santa and his helpers go all out to make this a special time for the children and their families. Space is limited and this event is very popular.


                 Santa Claus at the Riverwalk in Naperville Photo courtesy Naperville Park District


Caring Santa at Woodfield Mall
Sunday, November 20th & December 4th, 2016

Time: 8am -10am
Sponsor: Woodfield Mall
Event at: the multi-sensory Ice Palace
Woodfield Mall
Golf Road at Route 53
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-1537
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT - photo packages available for purchase                  Tickets required for this event - Click here for free tickets
Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season isn't the best thing for special-needs children. Woodfield Mall has set aside a special time for families with special needs who want to have a more calm encounter & visit with Santa.


                                                             Graphic courtesy Simon Malls

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