Dog Events in North Carolina

When you want to really spoil your dog, or just meet other dog owners in North Carolina who are as crazy about their pets as you, there’s no better place to bring Fido than a dog event. Attend any of the dog shows, agility competitions, costume parades, festivals or fundraisers in North Carolina on our Dog Events Calendar and you’ll meet hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dog lovers. And since 70% of the events listed benefit humane societies, attending one is a great way to help homeless pets too.

Pet Friendly Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Experience the magic of Christmas with Fido! Visitors receive a free 4x6" photo with Santa. Other photo packages available for purchase. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can go quickly. Hours vary by store. See Details
Pet Friendly Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Experience the magic of Christmas with Fido! Visitors receive a free 4x6" photo with Santa. Other photo packages available for purchase. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can go quickly. Hours vary by store. See Details
Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular Enjoy a drive-thru light show with Fido! You'll see LED displays of the 12 days of Christmas and custom-built light displays while listening to festive music on your mobile device right from your own vehicle. Event presented by the County of Swain and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. See Details
Shadrack's Christmas Light Show at the Tryon Equestrian Center Bring Fido and be dazzled by this drive-through, custom-made Christmas light spectacle! You'll see 1.25 miles of custom-made displays dance to the music played over the radio in your car in perfect synchronization! Dogs must remain with you in vehicle at all times. See Details
Nov. 18, 2022 –
Jan. 8, 2023

Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas This drive-through light show features more than 4 million lights over a 4-mile course, with hundreds of creative displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music. Open rain or shine. Heavier traffic is expected on Friday and Saturday nights. If your schedule allows, consider finding an alternate night to attend. For the best experience, plan to arrive early. Closed Christmas Eve. Please ensure Fido remains in your vehicle at all times. See Details
Christmas Market Weekends (Weihnachtsmarkt) Come and experience the magic of the season with Fido! Dogs are welcome outside in the Biergarten. OMB’s Christmas Market is a truly unique experience unlike any other in the Charlotte area. They turn the Biergarten into a German-style Christmas Village with traditional huts for shopping, tons of lights, Gluhwein, holiday music, hot cocoa, festive food, warm fire pits, and of course there will be plenty of beer. See Details
Christmas Town, USA Drive or walk around Christmas Town, USA in McAdenville, to see the lights with Fido. Trees will be lit in the downtown area from the Pharr Family YMCA on Main Street (N.C. Highway # 7) to the Spruced Goose Restaurant on Wesleyan Drive (Near the lake). If you visit, and choose to walk thru, please respect the homeowners and stay on the sidewalks. See Details
Winterfest Village at Tryon International Equestrian Center Enjoy the holiday season with Fido in Legends Plaza, the heart of Tryon Resort. Enjoy festive activities like photos with Santa, shopping, live music and more. There is also a drive-through light show the entire family can enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle. Please see their website for ticket information. See Details
Pet Photo Days with Santa at Asheville Mall Bring Fido for photos with Santa each Monday! Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier, and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets will not be allowed in any area of the mall other than the designated Santa photo area. Please note that Santa will take a break from 3pm until 4pm. See Details
Guidon Brewing Christmas Market Bring Fido and get ready for the holidays at this German-inspired Christmas market. Do a little Christmas shopping from local vendors, drink some Glühwein, listen to live music, and get in the holiday spirit! See Details
Town of Marshall Christmas Parade Bring Fido to the annual Town of Marshall Christmas Parade! Please ensure you dog is leashed at all times. See Details
Jingle Bell Run The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume. Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Please ensure your dog is kept on a leash. See Details
Santa Paws at Nauti Dog Brewing Co. Bring your pup to pose with Santa! There will be a $10 fee for the photos and they will be emailed to you within the week. See Details
Jingle Jog 5k & Santa Strut Bring Fido out for a great run and some Christmas fun! All levels are welcome from experienced runners, beginners, walkers, youth and even Fido is encouraged to participate. If you don't have a dog but would like to run with a furry friend, Ruff Rescue brings adoptable friends that you can run/walk with! Registration for the 5K includes a craft beer, Santa hat, event t-shirt, and a custom medal that is also a tree ornament. See Details
Santa Photos with Charlotte Black Dogs Bring Fido to this annual fundraiser where you can take as many photos with Santa as you want with your camera or phone. All donations benefit Charlotte Black Dogs. See Details
Santa Paws Fundraiser at Point Lookout Vineyards Celebrate the holidays with Fido at this benefit for Blue Ridge Humane Society! There will be live music and photos in front of the grand fireplace with Santa. All donations will be given to BRHS. See Details
Tuck Fest BringFido to this multi-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music! Pets must be leashed at all times. The festival features a variety of outdoor competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, obstacle, and adventure racing. See Details