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Sensory-Friendly Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Opya’s 2022 Sensory Friendly Santa List

Sensory-Friendly Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

Have you ever noticed that some children struggle when visiting Santa Claus? You might have witnessed both tears and terror in some children. For many children, visiting Santa and his North Pole helpers can be an overwhelming experience for children and contribute to sensory overload.

Children living with autism may especially have difficulty in environments when it is busy, noisy, and bright – no matter how cheery and exciting it may appear. Again, this can be due to the loud noises, bright lights, big crowds, waiting in long lines, and even the smells. For some parents, this may sound very familiar and it’s challenging to bring their child or children to a local Santa event.

To help you create a common and cherished Christmas memory, we have compiled a list of “Sensory-Friendly Santas” across Northern and Southern California for you to visit.

Northern California

Bay Area

Great Mall                                         Milpitas, CA

Southland Mall (CA)                       Hayward, CA

Stanford Shopping Center             Palo Alto, CA
Stoneridge Shopping Center         Pleasanton, CA
Stonestown Galleria                       San Francisco, CA

NewPark Mall                                   Newark, CA

Northridge Fashion Center            Northridge, CA

Solano                                                Fairfield, CA

Stonewood Center                          Downey, CA

Sunvalley                                          Concord, CA

Westfield Valley Fair                      Santa Clara, CA
Westgate Center                             San Jose, CA

The Village at Corte Madera         Corte Madera, CA

Central Valley
Mt. Shasta Mall                                Redding, CA
The Mall of Victor Valley                Victorville, CA
Valley Plaza Mall                             Bakersfield, CA

Vintage Faire Mall                           Modesto, CA
Visalia Mall                                       Visalia, CA
Weberstown Mall                           Stockton, CA
Westfield Galleria at Roseville     Roseville, CA

Westfield Valencia Town Center Valencia, CA

Bayshore Mall                                  Eureka, CA

Central Coast

Santa Maria Town Center              Santa Maria, CA

The Oaks (CA)                                  Thousand Oaks, CA

Fresno Fashion Fair                         Fresno, CA

Southern California

Orange County

MainPlace                                         Santa Ana, CA
Brea Mall                                           Brea, CA
The Shops at Mission Viejo            Mission Viejo

Los Angeles Area
Del Amo Fashion Center                Torrance, CA
Glendale Galleria                             Glendale, CA

Inland Center                                    San Bernadino, CA

Lakewood Center                            Lakewood, CA
Los Cerritos Center                         Cerritos, CA

Ontario Mills                                     Ontario, CA
Pacific View                                      Ventura, CA
Promenade Temecula                     Temecula, CA

Galleria at Tyler                               Riverside, CA
South Bay Galleria                          Redondo Beach, CA

Westfield Topanga                         Canoga Park, CA
The Shops at Santa Anita              Arcadia, CA
Victoria Gardens                              Rancho Cucamonga, CA

San Diego
Westfield Mission Valley               San Diego, CA
Westfield UTC                                 San Diego, CA
Fashion Valley                                  San Diego, CA

Otay Ranch Town Center               Chula Vista, CA

The Shoppes at Carlsbad               Carlsbad, CA

Chula Vista Center                          Chula Vista, CA