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Sensitive Santa

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department. This is the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix’s 9th Annual Sensitive Santa Experience for those with Special Needs and our 17th event! This event provides a supportive environment eliminating long lines, bright lights and loud noises that can trigger sensory sensitivities for someone on the spectrum. 

Join us on Saturday, December 10th, 2022 at the Surprise Stadium from 9am – 4pm to experience this amazing event. While families wait to visit with the Holiday Icon, they will be able to chat with vendors, experience games and crafts, partake in snacks and goodies, all of which leads up to a photo opportunity during a private one on one visit with Santa.

Cost: $5 per family to guarantee a spot to see Santa. 

Disclaimer: Walk-ins will be welcome to enjoy the event activities but cannot be guaranteed a visit with Santa. 

Important Notes for Registration:
*Registration is done through the City of Surprise.
*To register for the event, please select the tab with the time slot that you are looking for.
*Please ONLY select the parent/guardian who is registering for the event then “add to cart”. There will be individual prompts to provide further information on each family member once you click the “check out” tab.
*Time slots are NOT actual appointment times. These are time blocks; we do not guarantee a time. We will do our best to move visits along, but we ask that you be respectful and give grace for a family that needs a little extra time to acclimate to their environment. 

Volunteer for Sensitive Santa

Interested in volunteering at this festive event? 
We would love to have you help us! You’ll surely make Santa’s good list. We have volunteer spaces available the day before to help decorate and/or during the event. Volunteers MUST be at least 16 years old. Visit the link below to learn more.

Thank you to TEAM 4 Kids Pediatric Therapy for organizing our volunteers!

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Available!

Contact us at for questions about all the exciting opportunities available! We have opportunities to fit all needs – even for families and small businesses!

What is Sensitive Santa?

Our Sensory Inspired Santa Experience for Kids with Autism and with other disabilities provides a supportive environment which eliminates bright lights and loud noises that can trigger sensory sensitivities. Each child taking their picture with Santa receives one on one time with the holiday icon in a private area that is modestly decorated. Parents have expectations about different key events in their lives that they want to share with their children. Just because a child is on the Autism Spectrum doesn’t mean they should be denied this experience. We are hoping to make this a unique and memorable experience for the entire family.




Kids and adults with a disability and their families.


Yes, we encourage you to invite Special Needs families to enjoy this Christmas experience.


Enjoy christmas lights and decorations, activities, gift bag, a Santa letter drop-off, snacks, 
and an in-person photo with Santa himself!