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2022 Winter Sensory-Friendly Activities in the Denver Metro Area

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year for winter festivities and family fun! Mark your calendars because there are a variety of sensory-friendly activities in Denver and the surrounding areas with inclusive performances and activities for those with ASD or other neurodiverse needs.

What is a sensory-friendly activity?

Sensory-friendly activities allow those with Autism or other special needs to experience popular events with smaller crowds, less noise, and startling sounds as well as decreased lighting effects for those with sensitivities.

Upcoming Denver Metro Area Sensory-Friendly Events

The Nutcracker

A holiday tradition for many, the Elle Caulkins theatre is home in 2022, once again, to “The Nutcracker,” featuring updated scenes and costumes! Purchase tickets for the sensory-friendly performance at 5:50 p.m. on November 27:

Sensory Santa

Many Denver Metro Area malls, including Cherry Creek, Southwest Plaza, and Park Meadows, will have their sensory-friendly Santa meet and greet on December 4. Be sure to reserve your spot soon:

Home for the Holidays

On December 18, The Lone Tree Arts Center will have a sensory-friendly performance of, “Home for the Holidays,” a musical full of cozy cheer and even a visit from the Jolly Man himself, Santa!


Say goodbye to 2022 at the Zoo! This year, Zoolights is hosting a sensory-friendly night on New Year’s Eve and will have sensory kits for check-out, quiet rooms, low strobe effects, and other accommodations. Enjoy strolling through the dazzling lights while saying hi to some of your favorite animals for this special event!

Have a sensory-friendly event to add to the list? We’d love to hear from you! Comment with your favorites below.

From the Spectra family to yours, we hope you have a happy, safe, and festive holiday season!

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