In a blink of an eye, Christmas will be here in the Hudson Valley.

The Poughkeepsie Galleria will be hosting a special event with Santa Claus on December 8th called Santa Cares.

Santa Cares is a sensory-friendly Santa Claus experience. Children with Autism and sensory issues can enjoy meeting Santa and taking a picture with the man in red in a comfortable environment before the mall opens to the public.

The Santa Cares event is a free event, but you're asked to register at their Eventbrite website. Pictures will be available for purchase at the event.  Santa Cares kicks off at 8am and goes until 10am.

Those attending are asked to enter through the "mall entrance closest to Macy's on the lower level near 110 Grill."

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