Step Aside, Rudolph: 11 Joyful Reindog and Pet Parades to Attend This Season

Posted by Scott Tunstall

‘Tis the season to dress your precious pooch in a festive outfit and let him sashay his way through the holidays. Throughout December, big cities and small towns will open up the streets to four-legged marchers for reindog parades and pet processions. Grab the fake antlers, silly Santa hat and ugly sweater, and get Fido into the Christmas spirit at these 11 canine cavalcades.

1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Reindog Parade

Atlanta, GA
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Dasher, Dancer and Fido are all welcome to attend the Atlanta Botanical Garden Reindog Parade. The first 100 canines to check in will receive a tasty treat, and holiday attire gains pups entrance in the costume contest. Prizes are handed out for Best Puppy, Best Adult Dog, Best Dog Pack and Best Dog/Owner Dress-A-Like. If you creatively cover your pooch in mistletoe, poinsettias or other plant-themed garb, you might take home the coveted award for Best Botanical. You and your furry elf can also get a photo with the clad-in-green Botanical Saint Nick or browse for pet supplies at the on-site Doggie Expo. Pets must remain leashed at all times and are only permitted on pathways and grassy areas.

The Reindog Parade takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. All marchers must be registered, and admission is $15 per dog in advance and $18 per dog on the day of the event. Piedmont Dog Park is within walking distance of the Botanical Garden, and the nearby pet-friendly Artmore Hotel provides boutique luxury and a cozy courtyard fire pit.

2. Breckenridge Holiday Dog Parade

Breckenridge, CO
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Break out Fido’s sleigh bells and head to the Breckenridge Holiday Dog Parade. All well-behaved owners and canines can attend, but those decked in colors and decorations befitting the season are encouraged. No ensemble is too silly for this cheerful celebration at the base of the Rocky Mountains. After the promenade, pups can chill in the designated viewing area to watch a gaggle of men, women and teens squeeze into ill-fitting suits for the ever-popular Race of the Santas. Round out the day by sticking around for the lighting of the town tree.

The Holiday Dog Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Admission is free. The Lodge at Breckenridge welcomes visiting pooches with a tasty treat and is less than 1 mile from the parade route.

3. Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade

Leipers Fork, TN
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For pet-friendly Christmas fun in the country, come on down to Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade. Besides a steady flow of wacky floats, classic cars and trucks, and horse-drawn buggies, this holiday hootenanny is also a showcase for four-legged frivolity. In addition to reindogs sporting fake antlers, you’ll see reinpigs wrapped in red ribbons, reincows donning striped elf socks, reinmules topped with fuzzy Santa hats and reinsheep adorned in shiny garlands.

The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Admission is free. You and Fido can kick off your marching boots and relax at the pet-friendly Cottage at Harlinsdale Farm, located 100 yards from a fenced 4-acre dog park.

4. Mount Adams Reindog Parade

Cincinnati, OH
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Jingle all the way to Cincinnati's charming Mount Adams neighborhood for the Mount Adams Reindog Parade. This merry march will be led by jolly old Saint Nick himself, and creative costumes are encouraged. A panel of local celebs will judge jubilant Jack Russells and cheery Chihuahuas in the categories of Dogs Under 25 lbs and Over 25 lbs, Multiple Dogs and Best Dog/Owner Look-A-Like. The more you deck Fido’s paws with boughs of holly, the better. Food vendors will be available prior to the parade.

Registration for the Mount Adams Reindog Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, and the event will commence at 2 p.m. If you prefer accommodations outside of the city, the Hampton Inn Cincinnati Eastgate welcomes pups of any size for no additional fee and is 12 miles from Mount Adams.

5. 36th Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk

Williamstown, MA
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Fido can rock around the Christmas tree all day long at the 36th Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk in the quaint New England hamlet of Williamstown. Dressed in their most elegant smock or ridiculous holiday duds, pups will be judged for Best In Show prior to taking center stage for the highly anticipated Reindog Parade. In addition, pooches are welcome to attend caroling and the ceremonial tree lighting on Williams Inn Lawn after the procession.

The Reindog Parade kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 on Chapin Lawn, and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Soak in the regional charm by staying at the pet-friendly 1896 House Country Inn Brookside & Pondside, located only 2 miles from downtown.

6. 12th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego, CA
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All creatures great and small are welcome to share the joy at the 12th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. You can score a sweet swag bag packed with toys and treats at the free Holiday Pet Market before registering your jolly four-legged elf for the pooch promenade and costume contest. Pups, cats, birds and even fish are eligible to compete for cool prizes and animal kingdom bragging rights.

The Pet Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 beneath the Gaslamp Quarter Archway. Admission is $15 per dog in advance and $20 per dog on the day of the event. For accommodations near the parade route, book a stay at Staypineapple at Hotel Z, where guest pups are provided with plush beds, yummy treats and feeding bowls. Walk Fido two blocks to Half Door Brewing Company to enjoy local craft beer and delicious fish tacos on the dog-friendly patio.

7. 21st Annual Reindog Holiday Parade

Saint Joseph, MI
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Step into a winter wonderland at the 21st Annual Reindog Holiday Parade in downtown St. Joseph, MI. Fido is welcome to enter the holiday fashion contest, but make sure your costume game is on point. Competitors are known to go all out to secure first place. An elf hat lazily slapped on your pup’s dome screams amateur hour. Think bigger, like Frosty the French Bulldog or Yukon Corginelius. Judging for the contest runs from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The Reindog Parade starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, and prizes for best holiday attire will be awarded at its conclusion. If staying in the area, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Benton Harbor accepts pets up to 50 lbs and offers a complimentary breakfast buffet.

8. Howliday, A Paw Parade

New Orleans, LA
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Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year at Howliday, A Paw Parade in the Big Easy. Gather on the Great Lawn in City Park for a fun-filled day of two- and four-legged activities. Fido can deliver his wish list while posing for a holiday portrait with Santa Paws, browse for gourmet treats in the pet marketplace and prance like a proper reindog in the pup procession.

The Paw Parade starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Admission is free. Located 3 miles from City Park, Q & C Hotel Bar New Orleans Autograph Collection offers pet-friendly rooms and modern luxury on the edge of the historic French Quarter.

9. Deck the Paws - Pet Parade

Winder, GA
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Deck the Paws - Pet Parade kicks off the Winder Christmas Parade in Georgia. Described as the pre-game show to the main event, dogs who crave being the center of attention will love this annual tradition which celebrates 71 years in 2019. Participants receive delicious treats and lots of Christmas cuddles.

Deck the Paws - Pet Parade will held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Bethlehem’s Log Home is the perfect retreat for your furry grand marshal. Relax on the porch rocking chairs or go for an evening stroll with your pup on the 3-acre property.

10. Alabaster Christmas Parade

Alabaster, AL
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The theme of this year’s Alabaster Christmas Parade is "A Storybook Christmas." Watch the parade from the sideline or join in the fun with Shaggy Chic Pet Grooming’s Grinch-themed section. If your holiday hound chooses to walk the route or ride in the float with this local grooming salon, the staff can apply temporary chalk coloring, style his hair like a Whoville character or dress him up in a costume from the Dr. Seuss story. All participants receive 50 percent off a bath service after the parade.

Alabaster Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Write your own storybook ending in Alabaster with a stay at the pet-friendly Candlewood Suites Alabaster.

11. Holiday Reindog Walk and Puppy Parade

Oklahoma City, OK
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The proceeds from the first ever Holiday Reindog Walk and Puppy Parade go toward funding for the OU Medical Center volunteer program, a non-profit that provides non-clinical support to patients through therapy dogs and human volunteers. The 1- mile Reindog Walk and Puppy Parade steps off at Earlywine Park in South Oklahoma City. Make sure to wear your matching Santa suits because the best-dressed family will be awarded a Christmas basket full of treats.

Holiday Reindog Walk and Puppy Parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. After the day’s activities, let Fido rest his weary paws at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Canine guests will receive a treat upon arrival at this boutique hotel.

For more fun this holiday season, discover Where to Sniff Out the Pawfect Christmas Tree with Fido.

Where will you be spreading Christmas cheer with Fido this December? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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