Can’t-Miss Dog-Friendly Events in December

Posted by Lauren Barker

December is a busy time of year for everyone, pets included. From the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, holiday pawties and getting fit for the new year, our BringFido event calendar is as stuffed as Fido’s stocking. Check your pup’s schedule and make time for these tail-wagging events. It’s going to be a December to remember!

Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk

Marion, MA
“Time to work off that pumpkin pie!” Photo by

What better way to start off December than with a Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk? After you’ve consumed all the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie you can handle, lace up your shoes, leash up your pup and join other pets and their pawrents for this annual event. It’s the perfect opportunity to burn off those extra calories while enjoying the company of other two- and four-legged friends on 248 acres of protected habitat.

The Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk will be held on December 1 beginning at 1 p.m. at White Eagle, property of the Sippican Lands Trust. Admission is free.

Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic & Holiday Beach Bash

Jupiter, FL
“Surf's up, doodles!” Photo by Furry Friends Adoption

Just because it’s December doesn’t mean the fun in the sun is over. Four-legged surfers in Jupiter, FL are still catching waves at the Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic and Holiday Beach Bash. Your pup can compete, take lessons or just observe the action and cheer on his pals at this event. There will be vendors, live music and a Bark n’ Brunch, so come hungry. Surfin’ Santa will be taking photos with good boys and girls, and the Jupiter Police Department will host a K9 demonstration. If your pup isn’t up for the surfing competition, enter her in the bikini contest, “Paws Got Talent” show or the pet and owner look-alike contest. There will also be a blessing of the animals, dog wash and kid zone for Fido’s two-legged siblings.

The Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic & Holiday Beach Bash will be held on December 1 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carlin Park Civic Center and Beach. Surf dog registration starts at $35, and other contest fees are $20. The event is free for those not participating in contests. Proceeds will benefit Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch.

Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn

Manchester, VT
“Who knew slumber parties could be this fun?” Photo by

Jetson the King Charles Spaniel invites guests to his 30-acre hilltop estate for a Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn. Furry guests will kick off the weekend with an ugly sweater welcome party contest. The holiday bash will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., with a professional photographer on hand to take family photos around the Christmas tree. The evening will end with a fireside sing-along and PJ party for hounds and their humans. Guest pups will receive organically made goodies from Manchester’s own Wagatha’s treats, and humans will get discount coupons for holiday shopping at Manchester Designer Outlets.

Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn will be held from check-in on December 6 to check-out on December 8. Nightly rates start at $225 and breakfast for two is included.

BYOD Houston Ugly Sweater Pawty

Houston, TX
Not even ugly sweaters can steal the cuteness from this crowd. Photo by

Dig to the back of your closet, visit a thrift store, or get crafty. It’s time for the BYOD Houston Ugly Sweater Pawty. Dress Fido in his tackiest Christmas getup and join other festive pups for an afternoon of holiday cheer. Ticketed guests will have the opportunity to meet Santa Paws, take home a doggie bag of yummy treats and raffle prizes, and enjoy a canine fashion show. BYOD members will also receive 10 percent off drinks and a $3 dog beer special.

BYOD Houston Ugly Sweater Pawty will be held December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Nettbar. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

St. George’s Pet Friendly Service

Rumson, NJ
“Take me to church. I'll worship like a dog …” Photo by

We know we’re blessed to have pets in our lives, and St. George’s Pet Friendly Service is a great time to bring your furry friend to church and give thanks for his companionship. A little extra blessing on him couldn’t hurt, either. All faiths, breeds and species are welcome to join you at this service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Visiting pets will be individually blessed by the clergy of St. George.

St. George’s Pet Friendly Service will be held December 7 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church. There is no fee to worship.

Hateya Trail Run

Lake Geneva, WI
“Let’s high-tail it to the finish line!” Photo by Thrillogy

You never know what Mother Nature has in mind, so be prepared for anything at the Hateya Trail Run. Snow, mud or maybe abundant sunshine are all possible for this winter race with Fido. Participants can run or walk 3.5 or 6.5 miles, but the 9.5-mile course is for runners only. Human and dog duos can also participate in a 3.5- or 6.5-mile Canicross race, part of the 2019-2020 Canicross Series. All skill levels are welcome and dogs are not required, although they do add to the fun. After the race, gather around the bonfire and enjoy drinks, food and visiting with other pawticipants.

Hateya Trail Run will begin at 10:15 a.m. on December 7 at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. Admission varies by registration and begins at $36.

PetCon NYC

New York, NY
“I’m perfecting my red carpet look.” Photo by PetCon

One of the most talked about pet events of the year is coming to the Big Apple. Let Fido walk the red carpet, meet celebrity pets and social influencers, enjoy fun activities, listen to insightful panels and more at PetCon NYC. Bring your pup along to shop for new innovative products from his favorite brands or buy Christmas gifts for his pals. He can even make new friends, including pups in the adoption garden ready for their new homes.

PetCon NYC will take place on December 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion. Admission ranges from $45 to $210 for adults. Dogs and children under 5 are free.

Annual Boston Tea Party, Boston Terrier Pet Walk

St. Petersburg, FL
“Everypawdy smile!” Photo by

This year marks the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, and to commemorate the day, Boston Terriers and their owners will gather in St. Petersburg for the Annual Boston Tea Party, Boston Terrier Pet Walk. Bring the whole family and even non-Boston siblings for this short stroll through town to show off your “American Gentleman” Boston Terrier. The course will take walkers around North Straub and South Straub Parks, which will be decorated for the season, and along Tampa Bay. Bottled water for humans and water bowls and treats for pups will be provided.

Boston Tea Party, Boston Terrier Pet Walk will be held December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pioneer Park. Admission is free.

Wags N Wine Holiday Party

Huntington Beach, CA
“We’ve been very good this year, Santa.” Photo by

Dress your pooch (and yourself) in festive attire and come prepared to celebrate in style at Wags N Wine Holiday Party. Hear live music and enjoy delicious fine wine, craft beer, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Cocktails will be available for purchase. Mingle and jingle with new friends or purchase a table for your whole crew. There will be a silent auction and opportunity drawings, so you and your pup can take home amazing prizes just in time for Christmas.

Wags N Wine Holiday Party will be held on December 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Blue Room at Paséa Hotel & Spa. Admission is $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation.

Christmas Workout Party

Chesterfield, MO
“Work out now, eat more treats on Christmas Day!” Photo by

Burn a few extra calories before you overindulge on Christmas cookies and holiday leftovers. This dog-friendly Christmas Workout Party will have you sweating and your pup panting. All fitness levels on two legs and four are welcome to attend. Wall sits, lunges, push-ups … all workouts are designed for you and your dog. Just bring tennis shoes, a yoga mat, water and of course your furry workout pawtner. Dog crafts and a light snack will be provided after the session.

Christmas Workout Party will be held on December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Academy of Pet Careers. Admission is $20 per person. Space is limited, so reserve your spot online.

Ring in 2020 with Live Like Roo

Chicago, IL
“Let’s toast to a new year of travel and adventure!” Photo by Live Like Roo

Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 by kissing your furry soulmate when the clock strikes midnight. Ring in 2020 with Live Like Roo will be a fun-filled, dog-friendly evening with live music, delicious food, drinks, a dog treat bar, dog massages, auctions, raffles and more. Dress up or come casual, just be prepared for a wagging good time. There will be a New Year’s countdown and toasts at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight, just in case Fido is too doggone tired to stay out late.

Ring in 2020 with Live Like Roo will take place on December 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Chicago Party Animal’s Pillar Loft. Admission is $80 per person and $30 per dog. The event will sell out, so get your tickets in advance.

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Of course, what would December be without a portrait of Fido with Santa? Find out when Santa Paws rolls into town for a pet-friendly photo shoot near you!

Are you and your dog attending a pet-friendly event in December? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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