Santa has announced he will make a special trip to the Indiana Welcome Center on Tuesday, December 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for children with autism or other special needs. The Indiana Welcome Center will be sensory friendly and Santa will be positioned at the bottom of "Santa's Mountain" to easily accommodate special needs children.

Families and children are invited to write letters to Santa, make crafts, gaze at the lighted Christmas trees and enjoy the exhibit, "A Christmas Story" Comes Home. Children can visit with Santa and get a 4X6 photo for $6.

"We're excited to bring this experience to families with children with special needs. We understand visiting during a busy weekend can be overwhelming," said Danielle Sparavalo, Special Events Manager. "We want to give special meaning to the holidays for every family that visits," she continued.

For more information about the exhibit, "A Christmas Story" Comes Home, special events and Santa Hours visit online at The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, Ind.