‘Tis the season for festivals of fun, bustling markets selling delicious eats and handmade wares, and the chance to snap pics of your pooch cuddling up to Saint Nick. Spread holiday cheer with your Chow Chow at these pet-friendly events being held across the country this December.
Posted by Billy Francis
Dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of Christkindlmarket Chicago, where they can join the million tourists who visit Chi-town for the festivities every year. Inspired by the 16th-century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the best pet-friendly Christmas markets around the world it's known for the vendors’ high-quality gifts and food. Fill your stocking with Christmas cheer, commemorative Chicagoan baubles and scrumptious snacks.
Bring Fido to Christkindlmarket Chicago from November 19 through December 24.
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops is known for stocking a variety of useful outdoor goods, but the chain is getting a reputation as the place to be during the festive season, too. Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will be open throughout the season at stores across the country. Bring your dog along to sniff out cool leashes and accessories, then swing by Santa’s Wonderland for a free photo with Kris Kringle. Online reservations are required.
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will be taking place from November 6 at stores across the country.
Holly Dickens Festival
Located at the opposite end of Christmas, MI, Holly is a seriously jolly destination. Starting at the end of November, dress your dog up as Bullseye, Bill Sikes’ dog in “Oliver Twist,” and attend the annual Holly Dickens Festival. The event is the oldest Dickens Festival in the United States. Wrap Tiny Tim up in his warmest sweater and enjoy a light parade, Santa Claus photos, Yule eats and treats, fun activities and reenacted scenes from the greatest Christmas story of them all, “A Christmas Carol.”
Holly Dickens Festival will be held November 27 through December 12.
Experience the Danish charm of Solvang at Christmas. While this California town isn’t likely to see snow or freezing temperatures, the spirit of the holiday season is enough to make you and your canine traveler feel like you’re in Denmark. The Solvang Julefest features lights, Santa’s Village, a tree-lighting ceremony, a parade, and a nativity pageant.
Solvang Julefest will be held from November 27 through January 1.
Nantucket Noel's Christmas Stroll
Paws in the air if you want to go “Dachshund through the snow” at Nantucket Noel's Christmas Stroll. The 47th annual weekend wander through downtown Nantucket will include the arrival of Santa Claus on his nautical “sleigh” plus Victorian-themed carolers, the Magical Talking Tree, Christmas crafts, a market, and judging of the town’s storefront decorating competition.
Nantucket Noel's Christmas Stroll will be held the weekend of December 3.
Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn
Cuddle up with your pup at the Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn. Jetson the King Charles Spaniel invites guests to his 30-acre hilltop estate for a weekend full of fun, including an ugly sweater welcome party contest, fireside sing-alongs and a PJ party. Guest pups will receive organically made goodies, and humans will get discount coupons for holiday shopping at Manchester Designer Outlets. Reserve your spot and extend your stay to enjoy long walks around the grounds and the chance to play in the snow.
Canine Christmas Doggie Slumber Party at Wilburton Inn kicks off on December 5.
Enchant Christmas Paws & Claws
A “world of Christmas wonder” awaits you and your pooch at Enchant Christmas Paws & Claws events in Las Vegas, St. Petersburg, Washington DC, and Dallas. It’s time to make a move with your mutt to a place full of magical light mazes, dazzling displays and nordic-inspired Christmas villages that make Enchant Christmas the embodiment of holiday spirit and the “pawfect” place for a photoshoot with your reindog.
Enchant Christmas Paws & Claws will take place in Las Vegas on December 5, and in St. Petersburg, Washington DC and Dallas on December 16.
HSGS Home For The Howl-idays Christmas Party
HSGS Home For The Howl-idays Christmas Party hopes to give pups the incomparable gift of a forever home for the holidays and raise money to provide quality care for those continuing to stay at the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. Bring your pooch along to take a pic with Santa Paws, explore the Christmas market, bask in the light display, warm up with a hot chocolate, and take part in the hilarious ugly sweater contest. Food trucks and live music will keep the crowds fed and entertained. Don’t forget to buy a Christmas stocking to access Santa’s picture area, crafts, cookie decorating and treats for Fido.
HSGS Home For The Howl-idays Christmas Party will be held on December 18.