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Looking for something fun and festive to do with your dog this holiday season? From festive parties to enchanting light walks, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of events in Maryland and DC that are sure to have your pup’s tail wagging with joy. So grab your furry friend and your holiday spirit and head out to one of these great events!

Past Dog-Friendly Holiday Events

Lights and Leashes

Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sandy Point State Park (Annapolis, MD)

For two nights only, animal lovers are invited to bring their pet and walk through the light show on foot. All pets are required to be on leashes for this event. Proceeds benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

Montgomery Parks Holiday Barket

Saturday, November 18

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda, MD)

Pet owners and lovers! Kick off the holiday season with your pup at the Park. Bring your blanket and relax on the lawn as you listen to rock music by Capital Effect at the amphitheater stage. Pose with your dog and the Grinch and take home a fun photo memory. Enjoy cider, gluten-free beer, and delicious food. Learn about local pet services. Pick up a few treats and treasures for holiday gift-giving to your pet-loving friends or their furry companions. Explore the Cabin John Regional Park Dog Park or opt for a calming, scenic walk around the park on the Cabin John Trail. This is event is FREE. All ages are welcome!

Holiday Pet Photos

Saturday, November 18

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MCHS Rescue Building (Rockville, MD)

Holiday pet photos are back! Montgomery County Humane Society is happy to offer this great opportunity to create a holiday photo keepsake with local photographer and author Pamela Townsend & photographer Michael Luton. All pets welcome! Advance registration is required. 

PAWliday Village

Saturday, November 18

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland SPCA (Baltimore, MD)

We’re transforming our shelter into a winter wonderland! Pack up the sleigh and head on down to Hampden for a day full of family fun and photos. Our PAWliday village will be full of photo opportunities (both free & paid), activities for you and your pets, vendors, and even some milk & cookies. Kick off the holiday season and get some present shopping in, take the photo(s) for your holiday card, and say hi to some adoptable animals.

Holiday Pet Photos

Sunday, November 19

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ATMTC Academy Building (Rockville, MD)

Holiday pet photos are back! Montgomery County Humane Society is happy to offer this great opportunity to create a holiday photo keepsake with local photographer and author Pamela Townsend & photographer Michael Luton. All pets welcome! Advance registration is required. 

Family Pet Photos with Santa

Mondays, November 20 – December 18

11:00 am – 8:00 pm (Santa break time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
The Mall at Prince George’s (Hyattsville, MD)

Get your pets ready for their close-up with Santa! Family Pet Photos are available every Monday in Center Court. Pets are part of the family too! Bring the whole crew for photos with Santa. Reservations are strongly recommended as walk-ups are not guaranteed.

Leashes ‘n’ Lights

Monday, November 20

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seneca Creek State Park (Gaithersburg, MD)

Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes ‘n’ Lights. Bond with your favorite canine as you experience more than 450 magical light displays. Enjoy hot drinks and take a pet selfie with Santa (bring your own camera). In the heated tent, there will also be a variety of dog vendors present including Corgasaur, 4H Kids N Dogs Club, Paw by Paw Dog Training, Pet Wants, Warrior Canine Connection. Last entry at 8 pm.

Reindog Pawrade

Friday, November 24

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pigtown Breweries (Baltimore, MD)

The holidays are right around the corner! We hope you’ll join us for an extra special event in Pigtown. Bring your pup in their best holiday attire to participate in the contest and “parade” around Pigtown to local breweries. Checkerspot, Wico Street and Pickett are all participating. There is no starting location, please join us at all three between 12-4 pm. All three breweries are offering a percentage giveback to BARCS for a specific beer. We will also have BARCS merchandise available (including our 2024 calendar!) along with a bake sale.

Cascade Lights Pup Strut

Sunday, November 26

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Coppermine Cascade Park (Hampstead, MD)

Cascade Lights is back bigger and brighter in 2023! Experience the magic at Cascade Lights, Coppermine’s outdoor holiday celebration this season. We invite dogs to attend the lights for special treats and pictures with Santa on for the PUP STRUT. This event benefits Tails of Hope Rescue.

Holiday Pup Yappy Hour

Wednesday, November 29

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hotel Washington (Washington, DC)

Join us at Hotel Washington for a holiday Yappy Hour to celebrate the start to the holiday season. Dogs are welcomed.

Pet Photo with Santa

Wednesdays, November 29 – December 20

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mount Airy Commons (Mt Airy, MD)

Free digital photo of your fur baby with Santa with a suggested monetary donation to The Canine Humane Network. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats for people and pups.

Santa Paws Pet Photos with Santa

Thursday, November 30

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Point In Fells (Baltimore, MD)

Santa Paws is coming to town! He will be at The Point in Fells for a festive event for your furry friends! 🎅🏼 🎁 There will be pup meals for the doggies and festive drink specials for the humans! Your $25 ticket gets you your pet photo with Santa, a fun filled goodie bag for your pup and your first cocktail from the specials menu free! Don’t forget, we also offer a free pup meal with the purchase of an entree!

Santa Paws 2023

Friday, December 1

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Homestead Gardens (Davidsonville, MD & Severna Park, MD)

Join us for a joyous celebration where your furry friends can bring along their beloved humans to Homestead Gardens! Capture the perfect holiday memory with a heartwarming picture with Santa amidst a magical backdrop of twinkling lights and festive cheer. You’ll be responsible for snapping the photo, immortalizing the special moment forever. To add to the merriment, a cash bar will be available at the event, contributing to our efforts to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Paws & Pints Holiday Party

Friday, December 1

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Atlas Brew Works Ivy City Brewery & Taproom (Washington, DC)

Join your Kingsman Dog Park pals and furry friends to raise a pint and cheers to the holiday season! Get in the holiday spirit by wearing your favorite (ugly) holiday sweater/attire and pose with Santa at our holiday themed pop-up photo booth provided by Metro Mutts – they will also provide dog treats for good measure. Your donation of $10 (suggested) gets you access to the holiday party with a chance to meet other dog lovers, sip on refreshing brews, and let your furry friend socialize. It also directly supports our efforts to maintain and improve Kingsman Dog Park.

Pictures with Santa Paws

Saturday, December 2

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mobtown Brewing Company (Baltimore, MD)

Santa Paws is coming to town!!! Bring your pup over to Mobtown Brewery for pictures with Santa! There will be DIY paw print ornaments, drinks, snacks and fun for the whole family! Admission is free, donations welcome. All donations will go to BARCS Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 2

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Washington Hilton (Washington, DC)

The annual Holiday Photos with your Pet is back! Bring your whole family, fur babies and all, to Washington Hilton to get your picture with Santa and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cider. Suggested donation $25. 100% benefitting the Humane Rescue Alliance.

BEST(ISH) IN SHOW 5! A Holiday Dog Show Spectacular

Saturday, December 2

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Checkerspot Brewing Company (Baltimore, MD)

A comedic holiday season celebration of all dogs and their wonderful owners! Gift Certificates to Checkerspot Brewing will be awarded in the following categories: “I definitely need my own Instagram/TikTok!”, Best Trick, Best Costume, A Face Only A Parent Could Love, and Best Old Timer (10 years+). Each owner and dog will have approximately 2 to 3 min to show their wonderfulness, chat with the hosts and judges on stage, and attempt to complete their trick or just look great! Please Note: We only have spots for 25 dogs, so please sign up quickly!

Pictures with Santa!

Sunday, December 3

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Black Flag Brewing Company (Columbia, MD)

Santa Claus is coming to town to take photos with your dogs (and kids)! Come out, have some fantastic beer, and get some amazing photos done by Superfan Photography. Photos are free, but donations gratefully accepted. Walk-ins are welcome, but this is a very popular event and sign-ups are recommended.

Enchant Christmas Paws n’ Claus Night

Sunday, December 3

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nationals Park (Washington, DC)

Bring your best fur friend to Paws n’ Claus and give a full-belly meal to a shelter dog. For one very special night, your favorite four-legged dog friend is in for a treat! Sniff through the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, snap a photo together with Santa, and so much more. Paws n’ Claus offers the full Enchant Christmas experience with the added perk of being dog-friendly for one night only.

Pet Photos with Santa Paws

Tuesday, December 5

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore, MD)

He’s making his list, he’s checking it twice, and he’s gonna find out if your pup has been naughty or nice! Bring your dogs to meet Santa Paws and get their photo taken this holiday season. Fun adult libations will also be available!

Tail Lights

Tuesday, December 5

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Merriweather Symphony of Lights (Columbia, MD)

Dogs like the Lights too! Join us for Tail Lights and walk through the Lights with your family, friends, and pups! Costumes encouraged for both dogs and humans. All dogs must be leashed. A portion of proceeds from this event benefit the Howard County General Hospital.

Santa Paws – Photos with Santa!

Saturday, December 9

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Long & Foster (Bethesda, MD)

Have you ever wondered if Santa Claus is a dog lover? Well, we can’t confirm that, but what we can confirm is that he’ll be making a special appearance at “Santa Paws,” an afternoon of pawsitively fantastic photos with your furry best friend! Get ready to capture those heartwarming moments of holiday cheer with your four-legged family member and the big guy in red himself!

Santa Paws

Sunday, December 10

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hook Hall (Washington, DC)

Why should the humans have all the fun? Bring your fur baby (or your real baby – big or little) to Hook Hall for their picture with Santa! Pet parents can enjoy a complimentary hard cider while puppies and kiddos get their photos taken with Santa. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. Dog families and human families alike are $18 per family!

Santa Paws at Wunder Garten

Sunday, December 10

2:00 pm – 4:30pm
Wunder Garten (Washington, DC)

Santa Paws is coming to Wunder Garten! Join us for Yappy Hour to take photos of Santa and your pet!

Cascade Lights Pup Strut

Sunday, December 10

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Coppermine Cascade Park (Hampstead, MD)

Cascade Lights is back bigger and brighter in 2023! Experience the magic at Cascade Lights, Coppermine’s outdoor holiday celebration this season. We invite dogs to attend the lights for special treats and pictures with Santa on for the PUP STRUT. This event benefits Tails of Hope Rescue.

Sip n’ Sit with Santa

Friday, December 15

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cheers & Spirits (Arnold, MD)

Holiday Season is officially here!! And so is Sip n’ Sit with Santa!!
Stop by with the family (and the pets!) to donate to the SPCA of AA County and receive a free photo with Santa and try Scotty’s Handcrafted Vodka and Cider (21+) while you shop!

Joyful Jams: Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 16

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor East (Baltimore, MD)

Strike a Paws! Join Harbor East and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for the return of Photos with Santa! Bring your furry friends to enjoy the holidays with complimentary pet photos. We will provide on-site print outs of your photo. Get into the spirit of giving by making a donation of pet food and toys to BARCS. Check in at the Harbor East tent for additional giveaways and complimentary hot chocolate while supplies last!

Dog Pictures with Santa

Saturday, December 16

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Top Dog Golf Center (Kingsville, MD)

Come join us at Top Dog Golf and Family Fun Center and get your Dog’s Picture taken with Santa, sorry “No Cats” Santa is allergic! All Money raised will go to BARCS! An adoption specialist will be present to answer questions. We will have cookies and hot chocolate for the kids.

Paws & Claus: Pet Photos with Santa!

Sunday, December 17

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
City-State Brewing Co. (Washington, DC)

Come and join us for a jolly good time at City-State Brewing Co. Santa Claus himself will be visiting the brewery to spread some holiday cheer to your pup! Bring your furry friends for a memorable photo with the man in the red suit. Don’t forget to put your pup in its favorite holiday outfit and bring your biggest smile! Ticket prices will be donated to Rural Dog Rescue and include a free City State Beer!

Santa Paws

Tuesday, December 19

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Salty Dog & Sweet P’s Swag (Annapolis, MD)

Santa may be busy, but not too busy to help out our Furriends at Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control. Stop by the store with your pets, people, or both and join us as we raise money for this great organization. We will be taking donations and donating a portion of all in store sales during this event back to Friends!

Pet Pictures With Santa

Saturday, December 23

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
My Pet Store and More (Ellicott City, MD)

Bring your pets (all species welcome) to take a picture with Santa! You get a printed, framed photo and unlimited access to all digital pictures. A donation of $10 is requested. All proceeds go directly to Adoption Option Dog Rescue Inc. We can’t wait to see you!

Christmas In the Corn

Fridays & Saturdays in December

5:00 pm – 9:00
Local Homestead Products (New Windsor, MD)

Head to the farm for our third annual family friendly Holiday Light Trail! Our corn maze has been transformed into a winter wonderland of lights and holiday decor! Christmas Village features over a half million lights, a Candy Store, Toys from the Farm (both stuffed animals and other fun toys) AND pictures with The Grinch and Santa!! Dogs are welcome but must stay on a leash.

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Happy Holidays from Ready Pet Go!

We hope this guide has inspired you to go out and create some special memories with your pup this holiday season. Whether it’s getting festive photos with Santa, romping together at a light walk, or socializing at a yappy hour, sharing holiday joy with your furry friend makes the season all the brighter. Be sure to check our site for more local activities as dates are finalized. Wishing you and your dog the very best holidays ahead – enjoy every precious moment together!

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