Opry Mills hosted an event Sunday to help children with special needs ring in the holidays.

They partnered with Autism Speaks for the Caring Santa event.

This allowed children with special needs to have a sensory-friendly photo session with Old Saint Nick.

Parents came from all over the Nashville area to take part in the occasion.

"Once they get over stimulated, they are bouncing from wall to wall and can't sit still," explained Kathi Allmand. "This is something that was totally needed. Otherwise, I would never get pictures. I will travel wherever I can because it's important."

This was a one-time event; however, more will be held in the future.