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About Us

Still Spreading the Special Santa Magic

Seventeen years ago, Special Santa was created by a group of families with children with disabilities who struggled with the traditional “Santa Mall” visit. Kids couldn’t stand in those long lines, the experience was rushed and overwhelming, and, in the end, it was all so very disappointing and upsetting. Special Santa was crafted to eliminate all the worries and anxieties these families face in the hopes of a magical moment with Santa. Thanks to the support of dedicated sponsors and passionate volunteers, Special Santa is still spreading the Santa magic to over 120 families each year.


As the event grew, we looked for ways to expand Special Santa to reach children who cannot visit Santa, even in the special circumstances that our event provides. As things turned out, the Covid years were a “gift,” in that the challenges we faced inspired us to pivot and get especially creative.


This year, we continue to be sensitive to current health and safety guidelines, and families can opt for an In Person Visit (masks optional), a Virtual Santa Visit, or a Santa Drive-By Visit with a decorated Santa-Mobile. Each option will have an experienced Santa who is comfortable working with children with disabilities, and Mrs. Claus and a merry band of Elves will be on hand, all to provide that warm, understanding experience families come to expect from Special Santa.


Let’s make the 2022 holiday season full of happiness and wonderment for some amazing children and their amazing families. With full hearts, we thank you for your sponsorship of Special Santa.


Michelle Shaw

Santa Elf of Sponsorship

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