Alexandria, Va Santa Claus can communicate with children all over the world in many different languages, but deaf and hard of hearing children have struggled to understand why they can’t share their holiday wishes with Santa. For kids in the Washington, D.C. area, home to one of the largest populations of deaf and hard of hearing residents, this year offers a joyous experience. The Gaylord National Resort is hosting (deaf) Santa Claus Charles on December 12 from 5-9 p.m. for those who communicate via American Sign Language (ASL). With his authentic beard and jolly red suit, Santa Charles is one of the country’s few deaf Santa’s who exclusively communicates in ASL.
“We feel it’s incredibly important to offer this holiday tradition to children in their own language, without the need for an interpreter,” said Jennifer Cerasani, director of marketing and public relations for the Gaylord National Resort. “With so many children in our area who are deaf or hearing-impaired, this Christmas will be magical, memorable and truly authentic.”
“Too many children are not seen for who they are and aspire to be, and this is the connection I strive to make with every individual I meet. What each of us can do – Santa Claus or not – is make that person feel seen and valued,” said Deaf Santa Charles representative Anthony Mowl.
Guests are encouraged to reserve a December 12 photo session with Santa Charles prior to their visit. Professional photography provided by DEI, and a variety of photo packages and keepsakes are available for purchase. Reservations can be made HERE. Sign up today as space is limited.