10 of the Best Pup-Friendly​ Holiday Events This Year

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What better way to celebrate the season than by taking your doggo to meet Santa Paws? Or dressing them up in an elf suit?! Your pup wants to party with you, so sit down, grab some hot cocoa, and scope out the best event in a city near you:

Santa Paws in Chicago, IL

Join the Real Dog Moms of Chicago and get a Polaroid with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Bitter Pops brewery on December 16. A portion of the ticket sales ($40) is donated to Peace for Pits.

Frosty Paws Pajama Mini Sessions in Nashville, TN

On December 1st, dress your pup up in his favorite PJ’s and have his photo taken in a festive setting (perfect for holiday card pics!) 50% of the proceeds benefit Agape Animal Rescue.

Deck the Paws in Dallas, TX

This Pet Expo on December 1 and 2 is a holiday pups-stravaganza: in addition to Santa's village, there's an interactive art exhibit for dogs, goat yoga, a treat bar, and an orchestra performance! And it's only $10, benefits Artists for Animals, DFW Pup Patrol, and Operation Kindness. Sign us up!

The Annual Vet and Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade in San Diego, CA

Imagine your dog decked out in holiday gear, trotting alongside a bunch of other pups in festive attire. And then imagine that parade ends with a costume contest and a holiday Pet Market. If that sounds like your dream day, then sign up for this parade on December 16 for just $15 (in advance.)

Pet Photos Night With Santa in Boston, MA

On November 28, take your pup to the Boston Prudential Center for a photo opp with Santa Paws at this event sponsored by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Boston Adoption Center. Picture packages start at $19.99, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the MSPCA.

Howliday Pet Photos in Los Angeles

Did someone say free cookies?! Pay absolutely nothing to get holiday themed pics with your dog at Healthy Spot in West Hollywood on December 1. The first 50 to arrive receive a Bosco and Roxy treat.

Jingle Bell Pup Crawl in Sacramento, CA

Get your jingle on walking with your pup from brewery to bar on December 8. For $35, you get snacks, drinks, photos with Santa, and holiday doggie bags. Costumes are encouraged!

Mistletoe & Margaritas Party in New York, NY

This "yappy hour" in Nolita on December 14 helps support Puppypawject, which is collecting chew toys, leashes and other items for dogs in need. Dress your pup up (there's a costume contest for canines and humans!) and enter the Lip Sync Battle: Holiday Edition—pups can sing along too. Admission is $27.

6th Annual Pet Photos With Santa in Baltimore, MD

Have a holly jolly time with your pup at Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's holiday event on December 2. You'll get a complimentary photo with Santa and can donate pet food and toys to BARCS to help animals in need this season.

Rural Dog Rescue’s Run & Photos With Santa in Washington, DC

Dress up with your pup and participate in this 5K Reindeer Run or 1 Mile Reindeer Walk on December 2 ($10). Stick around after to take a pic with Santa Paws ($10). 100% of the proceeds go to help Rural Dog Rescue save lives of The Underdogs.

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