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Santa’s mall visit for special needs children

Santa will make a special visit to meet children with special needs next week.

The Santa Cares program, which caters to children who have sensory, physical or developmental needs, will visit Walden Galleria Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hosted before regular mall hours, the event is designed to provide a calmer environment for children with sensory issues and other behavioral triggers. Lighting is toned down, music and fountains are turned off, and families sit in a waiting room instead of standing in line.

Families can register for a time slot online at www.AbilityPath.org. Registration is free. Photo packages are sold at the event.