Caring Santa Visits

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Sunday, December 1, 2019South Hills Village

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Monroeville & Westmoreland Malls
(Photos By Cherry Hill)

Autism Connection of PA has teamed up with local malls to provide Autism Family Photo Time with Santa.  The mall will be closed to the public so that our children with autism may have the opportunity to meet Santa in a less stimulating environment.

Sensory Sensitive Polar PJ Party

Children and families can enjoy holiday fun with a classic film in their pajamas! Before seeing the film, guests will enjoy a hot chocolate bar with liquid nitrogen frozen marshmallows and a light breakfast snack, make-and-take activities, Buhl Planetarium’s Stars Over the North Pole show, all four floors of Science Center exhibits, and the chance to take photos with Santa. This event takes place on Saturday, November 30 and Saturday, December 14 both from 8:30 am – 12 pm.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Carnegie Science Center at 412.237.3400 or purchasing online at This event is made possible with support from the Jack Buncher Foundation.

Free Polar Express Event

Friends and family are invited to kick off the holiday season at a FREE, private showing of the holiday classic The Polar Express. Little ones are encouraged to wear their pajamas and all guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus!

Saturday, December 7 at The Strand Theater, Zelienople. Choose from two showing times, 11:00 am or 2:00 pm.

While there is no admission fee, a donation of a gift card or toy for a Glade Run child or family in need is requested. Items should be unwrapped and will be collected at the door. Visit for more information and a list of needed items.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. This event fills quickly. Reserve seats by calling Cheryl Martin at 724-452-4453 x1277 or by email at This year’s event is sponsored in part by McKamish.