Mall plans Sensitive Santa event

Sensitive Santa9-11 a.m., Lima Mall, 2400 Elida Road, Lima. Register at

LIMA — Sensitive Santa will be available for children with special needs from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Lima Mall, 2400 Elida Road.

The visits will include photos but in a more sensory-friendly experience. The Welcome Waggers Therapy Dogs from Mercy Health will be available to calm children. Snacks and a craft will be provided.

The event is free. Photos are available at a charge. To attend, make reservations at


Lima Mall to Host “Sensitive Santa” Event on Sunday, December 2, 2018,

A Sensory-Friendly Experience for Children with Special Needs

LIMA, OHIO (November 20, 2018) – Lima Mall welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs and their families to attend a sensory-friendly experience on Sunday, December 2, 2018, to partake in the time-honored tradition of a magical visit and photos with Santa. The event will take place from 9am to 11am, prior to the center’s opening, to create a more subdued and sensory-friendly experience.

Betsy Billingsley, Marketing Director at Lima Mall said: “Visiting Santa Claus is one of the most joyous holiday experiences of the season for young children and their families. It’s important to Lima Mall that children of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to meet Santa. Our ‘Sensitive Santa’ event minimizes traffic and wait times, while subduing music and lights, assuring a sensory-friendly, calming experience for Lima-area children.”

Sensitive Santa is an event for families with children with all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Simple adjustments are made to reduce sensory stimuli, including muted lights, music and wait times for Santa and activity tables. The Welcome Waggers Therapy Dogs from Mercy Health will also be available for children to relax with before visiting Santa. Snacks and a craft will be provided.

The event is free to attend. Santa photo packages will be available for purchase. Each family or group is asked to RSVP in advance by reserving one ticket. To learn more or to reserve a time, visit

Sensitive Santa is held in partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure for autism.

For more information on Sensitive Santa, holiday events this season or visiting Santa at Lima Mall, visit

About Lima Mall

Lima Mall is Allen County’s premier shopping destination. The town center is home to more

than 60 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events

and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy,

keeps guests engaged and returning often. Lima Mall is open seven days a week; Monday to

Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (419)

331-6255 or visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on

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About Washington Prime Group

Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership,

management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a

national real estate portfolio with an investment grade balance sheet, leveraging its expertise

across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of

assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S.

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Sensitive Santa9-11 a.m., Lima Mall, 2400 Elida Road, Lima. Register at

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