Holiday Parties & Community Events
Jake’s House hosts fun and interactive events, designed to bring the community together and to empower families affected by autism to celebrate in safe and entertaining environments. Our signature event, the annual Holiday Party, has been welcoming GTA children and their loved ones for over a decade. In 2018, determined to include even more families, we grew our Toronto celebration and introduced one to Ottawa!
In 2018, we welcomed families to celebrate with us in both Toronto and Ottawa!
After realizing that all too many children with autism weren’t receiving invitations to holiday events, we committed to creating a warm and welcoming place for them and their families to celebrate the season together—and so the annual Jake’s House Holiday Party was born.
Built on a foundation of understanding, inclusivity and support, we aimed for the celebration to create a sense of belonging and community, and to spread faith and joy during the holidays. In 2004, we hosted our first party, an intimate affair with approximately 100 guests. Since, our Holiday Party has grown in size, support and spirit.
In 2018, we welcomed over 2000 happy guests in Toronto and introduced our celebration to the families in Ottawa!
Ensuring accessibility and comfort, these parties are complementary and are well-staffed with helpful volunteers. They feature fun, interactive elements, such as an arts & crafts station, bouncy castles and a photo booth; and they offer lunch and treats, like popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy, all made to order. Finally, the highlight is always the visit from Santa, who delivers hand-picked gifts to every child in the room—and plenty of good cheer. We hope to ring in the next festive season with you!