Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 12, 2020

10 am- 4 pm

Grapeview Public School

The holiday shopping scene with its crowds, background music, long lines, and colourful, shiny displays can take its toll on any holiday shopper.  But for many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the simple experience of buying gifts for their loved ones can overwhelm their sensory systems and pose significant safety concerns for their families.  Many children with ASD are not able to participate in what is, for most of us, this integral part of the holiday experience.

The Holiday Shopping Day provides a safe and sensory-controlled environment where these children can share in the joy of selecting holiday gifts for their loved ones and their families can experience the joy of receiving gifts selected for them by their child. Each year, over 100 families from across the Niagara Region get the opportunity to have this “normal” holiday experience through this event. It is wonderful to see the excitement on their children’s faces as they emerge from their shopping experience with gifts ready to be taken home and placed under their tree.

For more information please visit the Holiday Shopping Facebook Page.

How can I Support Holiday Shopping Day?

Financial and volunteer support are always welcome!

You can make a donation in support of Holiday Shopping Day.    All funds raised will be allocated to this event and all donors will receive a charitable receipt.


Donations of [new or unused] gifts and gift wrappings are always welcome.  Please email Stephanie Reid at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

This event needs lots of volunteers throughout the year.  If you can spare some time to help out please email Stephanie Reid at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


  • Way better [than the mall].  One, its not too crowded … less noisy.  You don’t have to wait
    7 year-old shopper
  • He likes the independence of knowing mommy isn’t there.  He gets to choose for himself
    Parent of 9 year-old shopper
  • Thank you so much for today. [My son] came home with the biggest smile on his face.  It was so awesome to see!
    Parent of shopper