Autism-friendly Santa’s grotto based at charity Autism Together’s own garden centre at Bromborough Pool village in Wirral.
With the mince pies and tinsel season almost upon us, Wirral-based charity Autism Together is announcing a jam-packed calendar of seasonal events.

December sees the return of Autism Together’s ever-popular Santa’s Grotto, along with a Christmas Market at Thornton Hough and a Christmas Concert at Inglewood Manor.

Kids and adults alike are invited to come along and meet Father Christmas and his elves at the autism-friendly grotto on Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th of December.

Located within Autism Together’s Garden Centre at Bromborough Pool Village, Father Christmas and all his elves have received training in autism-awareness and each booking to the grotto allows a 15-minute slot to meet Santa, helping to reduce queueing and ease anxiety.

Pre-booking via the Autism Together website is essential, with accompanying parents or carers able to attend for free, and each paying guest receiving a gift from Santa.

The Christmas Market takes place on Sunday, December 1st at Thornton Hough Village Hall. The event offers free entry to all with over 25 local artisan sellers inside, along with children’s Christmas crafts, donkey rides and festive face painting.

Items for sale include pies and baked goods; gins; soaps; candles; knitwear and books, plus a range of items from Autism Together’s Garden Centre, including Christmas trees, festive wreaths and more.

The Christmas Concert promises a refined evening of seasonal sounds, with something for everyone, including mince pies and a warming glass of mulled wine.

Headlining the concert on Wednesday, December 11th at the elegant Edwardian country house near Ellesmere Port are The Luminelles, a choir featuring singers from Birkenhead High School Academy who have performed recently for BBC Worldwide and at a sell-out gig at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

They will be supported by The Riversign Choir, a non-profit group of deaf and hearing people, expressing songs through a mixture of British Sign Language, dance and drama; country music duo, Tenessee Waltz; and The Two ATs – a musical double act performing Christmas classics.

Chloe Jones from Autism Together’s Fundraising Team said:

“Christmas is always a special time for Autism Together when we like to share some wonderful events with the community.

“We can’t wait to hear the enchanting sounds of The Luminelles at elegant Inglewood Manor, and meet Father Christmas himself when he visits our Garden Centre.

“Plus, the Christmas Market is the perfect chance to pick up gifts, sample seasonal fayre and grab a treat for yourself.

“We really appreciate your support this Christmas. Every penny raised at our events will be used to fund projects to help us support people with autism in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.”

Tickets for the Concert and the Grotto are available now from the Autism Together website. Visit www.autismtogether.co.uk and click the banner to book.

For further information about these events, contact Chloe or Rick at Autism Together on 0151 334 7510 (ex 832), or via Facebook: @autismtogetherUK