SEMC invites the community to join visitors from the North Pole, for an evening of fun, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Sleepy Eye Medical Center once again invites the community to join visitors from the North Pole, for an evening of fun, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Santa’s Workshop is a magical night when children and families create holiday crafts, meet Santa and live reindeer, and enjoy other festive activities at SEMC.

This year’s activities include cookie decorating, card making for SEMC patients, holiday crafts and meet ‘n greets with Santa Claus, his elves, and live reindeer.

According to SEMC Community Relations Coordinator Mikayla Bruggeman, sensory-friendly Santa visits are new to Santa’s Workshop this year.

“While the rest of our event is open to the public, this experience will take place in a private area for children with sensory-processing disorders,” explained Bruggeman. “Light crowds, minimal wait time and softer sounds will create a less stimulating environment for those sensitive to large events.”

To learn more or schedule a sensory-friendly Santa visit, parents should call Bruggeman at 507-794-8475. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required.

While the event is free, SEMC welcomes monetary donations to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery.

The nursery, located in New Ulm, is a 24-hour home that provides a temporary, safe and loving environment for children whose families’ are experiencing a stressful situation.