Sensory friendly photos with Santa

The annual Santa photo is a great way to capture how your children grow and change each year however for those of us with special sensory needs, the busy and noisy Mall environment can be overwhelming.

We have a list of Santa’s who you can meet in a comfortable and calm environment before the hustle and bustle of the busy pre-Christmas shopping begins.

Find your nearest sensory friendly Santa from the list below.

#1:The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Rds, Christchurch

Santa at the PalmsWe are running Sensitive Santa – private Santa photo sessions for children with special needs & sensory processing disorders.

These exclusive sessions are held before most of the stores open and no background music to avoid overpowering senses.

Private bookings are essential and offer no queues and an understanding Santa.|

– Saturday 8th and 15th December,  7am – 9am
– Sunday 9th and 16th December,  8am – 10 am

Phone 03 385 3067 to book.

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2: Queensgate Shopping Centre, Queens Dr & Bunny Street, Lower Hutt

lower huttWe provide a kind and caring Santa, with no queues, no lights, music or photography.

Families are able to book in to a session and come in with their kids to take their Santa photos in an environment that is comfortable for them.

Available 8am to 10am, 8 December 2018

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#3: North City, 2 Titahi Bay Road, Porirua

north city

Our wonderful Sensory Santa events are an opportunity for families with special needs to have a photo with Santa in a sensory friendly environment.

Sunday 9th December, 7.40am – 9.40am.

Spaces are limited – book now

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#4: Bayfair, Mt Maunganui


Private Santa photo sessions for children with special needs & sensory processing disorders. A safe, non judgemental enviornment eliminating factors such as crowds, loud noises, music and bright lights.

Friday 7 December: 8.00am 9.00am
Saturday 8 December: 8.00am 9.00am
Saturday 15 December: 8.00am 9.00am
Sunday 16 December: 8.00am 9.00am

Please book Sensitive Santa with our Customer Service Team on 07 575 9349 or email 

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#5: Centre Place, 501 Victoria Street, Hamilton

hamiltonWe’re hosting sensitive santa sessions this year which are specifically designed for those who struggle with sensory issues.

Sunday 9 December from 7.30am-9.30am.

Bookings are essential so secure your spot.

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