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Special opening of Santa's grotto for children with autism and sensory issues

The opening was a calmer experience than usual Credit: ITV News Central

A relaxed experience of a Santa's grotto, for children with disabilities and additional needs such as autism or other sensory issues, has been praised by parents for what it offers.

The grotto at Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester opened especially early this morning so parents could bring their children for a calmer opportunity to meet Santa, away from the hustle and bustle of usual opening times.

The grotto opened outside of usual opening times so it was less busy Credit: ITV News Central

Some parents got emotional seeing their child enjoy seeing Father Christmas without music on, less queuing and with no other distractions so the senses weren't overloaded.