Photos With Santa and Other Upcoming December Events

Posted by Billy Francis

Whether your pooch prefers Santa Claus or the mischievous Grinch, there’s a festive “pawty” coming up just for him. It’s time for Fido to get in the holiday spirit at these pet-friendly events in December.

Santa Paws

Portland, OR
"You smell of beef and cheese." Photo by

Santa Claus is known for drinking a dram of whiskey on Christmas Eve, but he’ll be found sipping a pint of seasonal beer at Rogue Eastside Pub & Brewery and mixing with the “pawtrons” earlier in December. Bring your dog along to meet Old Saint Nick and take a memorable photo together at the brewery’s Santa Paws event. Donations from the event will benefit Project Pooch, a nonprofit that helps to rehabilitate incarcerated youths by teaching them how to train dogs.

Santa Paws will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 3 at Rogue Eastside Pub & Brewery.

If you’re spending the night in pet-friendly Portland, book a room at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. Before bedtime, take a walk around Tom McCall Waterfront Park next to the hotel.

Nubby Christmas at Hi-Wire Durham

Durham, NC
“Nobody should be alone on Christmas!” Photo by Hi-Wire Durham

Nubby Christmas at Hi-Wire Durham invites pups to take part in a photoshoot with everybody’s favorite festive anti-hero, The Grinch! Grab a brew from the bar at Hi-Wire Brewing Durham and enjoy the revelry while your furry best friend takes pictures with another furry creature. You’ll be pleased to know that The Grinch failed to steal Christmas when you see the cheer at the pet-friendly Christmas market afterward. Admission benefits Carolina Boxer Rescue, maybe he isn’t so bad after all?

Nubby Christmas at Hi-Wire Durham will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 3.

After the last call, take a walk back to the warmth of Aloft Durham Downtown, where Christmas comes early for Fido with a dog bed, toys and treats waiting at check-in.

Winter Wonderland PAWjama Pup Crawl

St. Petersburg, FL
“Paw-jamas at the ready!” Photo by

Pinellas Ale Works is home to one of the funkiest pet-friendly beer gardens in the world. Its mission is to brew delicious beer while raising money for Pinellas County animal-related charities at weekly and monthly events. Winter Wonderland PAWjama Pup Crawl is the bar’s festive offering. Dress up your dog in his cutest and coziest pajamas and he could win a prize for best dressed as you crawl to a number of pet-friendly establishments in town, finishing up at The Dog Bar.

Winter Wonderland PAWjama Pup Crawl! will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 10.

Don’t miss out on any after “pawties” with a reservation at Hollander Boutique Hotel. This funky property has a variety of rooms with hardwood floors for easy cleanup and access to a grassy relief area outside.

Traci's Paws Annual Unleash the Holiday Cheer

San Diego, CA
“I’ve been a good boy, honest.” Photo by

Traci's Paws Annual Unleash the Holiday Cheer is San Diego's largest pet and military appreciation event of the year. Attendees will be treated to live music, entertainment and an afternoon of fun. Swing by Santa’s Grotto for a photo op and see if your furry best friend made it onto his “Nice List” for a gift. Then, stop by the holiday vendor village to finish off his Christmas shopping and take part in craft activities, a scavenger hunt, pet parade and costume contest.

Traci's Paws Annual Unleash the Holiday Cheer will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 4.

The Original Dog Beach is only a few blocks away from the event. After an afternoon of partying and playing on the sand, relax for the night at Ocean Beach Hotel.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Chicago, IL
“So, this is Christmas?” Photo by BringFido/Madeleine

Dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of Christkindlmarket Chicago, where they can join the one million tourists who visit Chi-town for the festivities every year. Inspired by the 16th-century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, Chicago's version is known for the vendors’ high-quality gifts and food. Fill your stocking with Christmas cheer, commemorative Chicagoan baubles and scrumptious snacks.

Christkindlmarket Chicago will be held from November 18 to December 24.

The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop is next door to the market. Fido doesn’t need to wait until Christmas for his stocking if you sign up for Sonesta’s PAWS program to receive beds, bowls, waterproof mats, and treats at check-in.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Augustine, FL
Bright lights and winter nights. Photo by St. Augustine Nights of Lights

At St. Augustine Nights of Lights, you and your best bud can marvel at the three million lights that decorate the historic district from dusk until dawn. Hop on a dog-friendly Red Train Trolley Tour or The Tasting Tours carriage ride to see the display, or walk with your hound across the Bridge of Lions to take in a spectacular view of the city all aglow.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights will be held nightly from November 19 to January 31.

Switch off the lights in your comfortable room at The Cozy Inn nearby. This comfortable pet-friendly motel is surrounded by grassy areas.

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