Quiet Santa Returns to University Place for the 2018 Holiday Season

  • After a Successful Debut in 2017, Quiet Santa will Return to Spend One-on-one Time with Children with Sensory Sensitivities
  • University Place Partnered with the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism to Create this Experience for Children with Autism and Their Families

OREM, Utah (November 12, 2018) – University Place, a 120-acre mixed-use development project formerly known as University Mall, today announced that this holiday season it will once again be hosting a Quiet Santa experience designed specifically for children with sensory sensitivities. One in five Utah children have some degree of sensory sensitivity, and Quiet Santa makes it possible for them to spend one-on-one time with Santa without being overwhelmed by the typical crowds and noise.

Quiet Santa made his debut at University Place last year, and was so popular additional sessions had to be added. Due to this overwhelming interest, registration for the free event is required. Registration opens Thursday, November 15 at 12:00pm (noon) and can be completed online at www.universityplaceorem.com/events/quiet-santa-3/. Quiet Santa and will be available during the following dates and times:

  • Monday, November 26 – Friday, November 30
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“We want all of the families in our community to be able to join us for the fun holiday activities we have planned this season,” said Jeff Woodbury, senior vice president of development and acquisitions at Woodbury Corporation. “With Quiet Santa, families who might have been reluctant to expose their sensitive children to the hustle and bustle of the holidays can participate in a fun holiday tradition in a safe space.”

Quiet Santa will be set up in the east side of the shopping center near RC Willey, and will be thoughtfully decorated to account for sensory sensitivities by event sponsor Tai Pan Trading. Additionally, to ensure that the unique needs of attendees are considered, Quiet Santa has undergone specialized training by representatives at the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, who previously partnered with University Place to host the Autism Sports Camp earlier this year.

“Our entire community is improved when organizations like University Place lead out on developing and establishing substantial inclusive focused events for children and families in our area,” said Laurie Bowen, Associate Director at the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism. “Santa is a symbol of childhood and generosity, we are thankful kids with exceptional needs get to have this experience in a way that works best for them.”

For additional information on Quiet Santa, or for a complete list of holiday activities happening at University Place, visit https://www.universityplaceorem.com/events/.


About University Place
Opening in the early 1970s in Orem, Utah, University Place (formerly University Mall) is a 120-acre development that initially only included retail-uses. Now, having completed the initial phases of a $500 million revitalization project, University Place is home to upscale residential, Class-A office and high-quality green space. University Place was first developed and is still owned and operated by Woodbury Corporation, a 4th generation family-run business, and one of the oldest and most respected full-service real estate development and management companies in the Intermountain West. For more information about University Place and updates on the project, visit http://www.universityplaceorem.com/. For more information about Woodbury Corporation, visit http://www.woodburycorp.com.

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