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'They know that they're heard': The gift of the ‘Signing Santa’ returns to Cherry Creek

Posted at 3:46 PM, Nov 20, 2019

DENVER — The line to see the big man in the red and white suit stretched long at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, as kids from various schools came to see Santa. The only difference here is how they asked for what they wanted, and how Mr. Claus responded.

This Santa communicated with the kids via sign language.

“The signing Santa program has been a part of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center for more than 25 years,” Anna Davis of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, which sponsors the program, told Denver7.

Brett Butrick brought his two kids, who both have bilateral hearing loss, to see Santa.

“They know that they’re heard with this, and get to have that experience with other kids with hearing loss,” he said. “The joy that they have is awesome.”

The "signing Santa" is one of only three or four in the country who knows and communicates using American Sign Language. He was flown into Denver specifically to visit with nearly a hundred kids from several area schools.

“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Davis said.

The ‘signing Santa’ will be at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Tuesday and Wednesday November 20th and 21st from 10am-3pm. For more information, head to