Santas lap with kids-CTVvideoMalls across Canada are making special arrangements so that kids with autism can take part in a popular holiday tradition: taking a photo with Santa.

While visiting Santa is a rite of passage for many Canadian kids, the location — crowded, noisy malls — can prove to be too overwhelming for kids with autism.

But this year, nine malls across the country owned by Oxford Properties are opening their doors earlier, before the mall opens to the public, so families can avoid the busy crowds.

The lights are turned down and music turned off to provide a calmer environment.

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