Garland to host a sensory-friendly Christmas celebration, with a visit from Santa

Garland is hosting a sensory-friendly tree-lighting ceremony for families and individuals looking to celebrate the holiday season in a quieter setting.

This tree-lighting won’t have fireworks, crowds or loud music — just a quiet countdown. The event is catered toward children but is open to people of all ages. It will also feature a hot chocolate bar, photo ops with Santa, face painting and more.

Sensory issues are common among people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism and sensory-processing disorders.

The event is scheduled to take place inside City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8.

CORRECTION, 1:15 p.m., Nov. 30, 2021: This story initially stated that the sensory-friendly tree lighting would take place on Dec. 7. The event is on Dec. 8.

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