Coastal Grand Mall, owned and managed by CBL Properties, is teaming up with Autism Speaks, Champion Autism Network, Cherry Hill Programs, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host an exclusive sensory–friendly shopping and Santa event for families with special needs and family members on the autism spectrum. On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Coastal Grand Mall will open to families impacted by autism so that they may enjoy shopping in a calm, low-sensory atmosphere. This is an opportunity for families to visit and capture keepsake photo memories with Santa as well as experience the fun of Christmas shopping!
Sensory triggers such as music and lights will be muted, and mall traffic will be greatly reduced. Upon arrival, families that wish to visit with Santa will be given a number and can enjoy family-oriented activities, or shop, until it is time for their individual visit with Santa. While visits with Santa are always free, a variety of photo packages are available for purchase.
“We hope this event will bring smiles and holiday magic for many families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to shop and visit with Santa this season,” said Tori Dean, Marketing Director at Coastal Grand Mall. “We have more than 40 Coastal Grand retailers participating in this event, and we hope to add more in the next few weeks.”