Santas legsA trip to the mall to sit on Santa’s knee is a special event for families, but the holiday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming for kids with autism and other special needs. That’s why a group of volunteers are pleased to offer Quiet Santa.

This controlled, low-stimulus event offers children and their families an opportunity to visit with Santa in a quiet setting, away from the mall, lights and loud noises. 2013 marks our second-annual event and we will be held over two days this December to better accommodate schedules.

We rely solely on donations and volunteers to make this event possible.  There is no charge to the families attending.  Donations helps us supply each attending child with a small gift from Santa, a keepsake photo opportunity, and provide a quiet area for waiting families.  Additional expenses include supplies, costumes, snacks and materials.

To make a donation, please visit

Location:  McConnell Hall Education Center, Madison, WI.

Dates: Saturday, December 14th – 1:00pm to 4pm & Sunday, December 15th – 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  Update as of 12.13.13: Event is FULL. 

If you have questions, please contact Julie Sheldon at  This event is strictly for children with Autism or other special needs and their families.

12.12.13: The Today Show included our event in a recent article!  Read it here:

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Quiet Santa hosts: Jim Sheldon, Julie Sheldon, and Dave Farwell



Sponsored by:

Applied Tech Color Large


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Promotional Partner: Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin


In-Kind sponsors:

Root to Wings

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