Parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities have been treated, along with their families, to a visit to a special Santa's Grotto in Galway.

For children with autism and other developmental disabilities it can be difficult to visit Santa, and have a family photo taken with him in busy shopping centres and other venues because of the loud noises and long queues.

The sensory-friendly Santa's Grotto in Galway aims to give these children and their families an opportunity to visit Santa Claus without the pressure of long queues, short visits, and a lot of noise, lights, and busy-ness!

It is the third year the event has been organised by the School of Psychology at NUI Galway and the sensory-friendly Santa’s Grotto has lots of friendly elves (students from the university).

The children will receive sensory-friendly toys such as flashing ducks, squeezy teddies, musical animals, and there is also a selection of toys for the children’s siblings too.

This year's event is full with 21 families attending the event.