Where can I find a Sensory Santa in/near Brisbane?
Parents and children delight in the magic of Christmas, and a visit to Santa is a time-honoured tradition that many families enjoy, but visits to Santa usually involve bright lights, jangly music, and noisy crowds. If your child has special sensory needs this sensory overload can be very distressing, but a visit to a Sensory Santa (also known as Sensitive Santa and Caring Santa) means you can get that special family Santa photo after all.
What is Sensory Santa?
Sensory/Sensitive Santas are a wonderfully inclusive idea for children with sensory challenges who might struggle with the usual noisy Christmas crowds. Visits to Sensory Santas occur before the shopping centre is open, or at less busy times, and the whole experience is patient, relaxed, and understanding. Your child’s visit to this special Santa will be:
- Quiet – no crowds and no music
- Calm – no bright spotlights or waiting in lines
- Accessible – plenty of room for wheelchairs
- Accommodating – Autism Assistance dogs are welcome in some places
- Understanding – Sensory Santa and his photographer can work with your child’s needs and have a Santa sack full of strategies to get a perfect photo.
Where can we see a Sensory/Sensitive Santa?
Sensory Santas will be visiting these shopping centres on the dates shown below, but keep checking back as more dates and venues may become available over the coming weeks.
Sensory Santa photos Brisbane Northside
Strathpine Centre | Strathpine
Visit Santa for a calm and sensory-friendly photo at Strathpine Centre with dimmed lights and the sound off. Bookings are essential and places are limited! Reserve your booking by contacting the Concierge Desk on (07) 3817 9600. Bookings are in 15-minute sessions on the following dates:
- Sun 29 Nov, 6 Dec & 13 Dec | 8am – 9.30am
- Tues 8 Dec | 5.30pm – 7.30pm
- Saturday 12 Dec | 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Centre Court, Strathpine Centre, 295 Gympie Road, Brisbane.
Sensory Santa photos Brisbane Southside
Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre | Carindale
- Sun 15 Nov, Sun 22 Nov, Sun 29 Nov | 7:30am – 9:30am
- Book your spot here.
Where: Westfield Carindale, Cnr Creek Road and Old Cleveland Road, Carindale.
Westfield Garden City | Upper Mt Gravatt
- Sun 29 Nov | 8am – 9:30am
- Book your photo here.
Where: Westfield Garden City, Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt
Hyperdome Shopping Centre | Loganholme
- Sun 15 Nov, Sun 22 Nov, Sun 29 Nov, Sun 6 Dec, Sun 13 Dec, Sun 20 Dec | 8am-10am
- Thurs 19 Nov, Thurs 26 Nov, Thurs 3 Dec, Thurs 10 Dec, Thurs 17 Dec | 8am-9am
- Mon 7 Dec, Mon 14 Dec | 8am-9am
- Book your time with Santa here.
Where: Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Pacific Motorway & Bryants Road, Loganholme
Sensory Santa Photos Gold Coast
Robina Town Centre | Robina
Children can meet Santa within his Enchanted Forest, with plenty of time to chat and run through their Christmas wish lists in calm and comfortable surrounds.
- Mon 16 Nov, Mon 23 Nov | 7:30am-9:30am
- Tues 17 Nov, Tues 24 Nov | 7:30am-9:30am
- Wed 18 Nov, Wed 25 Nov | 7:30am-9:30am
- Book at this link.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Gold Coast.
Westfield Helensvale | Helensvale
Santa is setting aside some time to create a sensory-friendly environment, so you can visit Christmas wonderland and have your photo with Santa in a relaxed environment.
- Sat 14 Nov & Sat 21 Nov | 7am-9am
- Find out more here.
Where: Westfield Helensvale, 1-29 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale
Westfield Coomera | Coomera
While things will be a little different with Sensitive Santa photography sessions this year, the Westfield Coomera team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.
- Sun 8 Nov, Sun 15 Nov & Sun 22 Nov | 7:30am-9:30am
- Book your photo here.
Where: Westfield Coomera, 103 Foxwell Road, Coomera
Sensory Santa Photos West of Brisbane
Grand Central Shopping Centre | Toowoomba
You can take a seat near Santa within a safe 1.5 metre distance and have this special moment photographed by Santa’s team of special helpers, who will also be available to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Sun 29 Nov, Sun 6 & Sun 13 Dec | 7:30am – 9:30am
- Find out more here.
Where: Grand Central Shopping Centre, Dent Street, Toowoomba City
Visits to Sensory Santa are by appointment only so you can be assured that any waiting time will be minimal. Appointments fill up fast – we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact the concierge desk at your local centre to secure your booking asap.
What else is on for Christmas in Brisbane 2020?
If you’re wondering what other events are on for Christmas in Brisbane read our article here.