The Devonshire Mall wants to bring the wonder of Christmas to children with autism, who might otherwise not feel comfortable in a busy festive setting.

The mall will be opening its doors after hours for the next two Sundays so autistic children can meet Santa.

Chris Savard's son is autistic, and he's also a manager at the mall. He understands the challenges of visiting a mall during Christmas. He says even lining up to wait can be uncomfortable for autistic kids.

"If the line is a challenge, they'll be able to kind of disappear so we'll be able to know who's next," he said. "We'll also provide some different kind of seating, in case the set itself is a bit intimidating. So we'll provide a couch and some stuff on the outside of the set in case it's easier for Santa to come out and meet a particular child on the outside."

Livia Congi, a project consultant with Autism Ontario, said just going to the mall is too over stimulating.

"They wont even come to a mall, never mind to come and see Santa," Congi said."I think every child should experience seeing Santa, what it means, sit on his lap, ask for what you want."

The Santa visits are a national initiative, but the first time it will be done here in Windsor.

Santa's available between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the next two Sundays.

There is no need to register. People can enter through the TD Canada Trust doors.