Holiday Activities for You and Your Pet


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Chicago area. With a high of nearly 50 degrees, it is not beginning to look a lot like Christmas but it is a nice warm day to frolic, around town and give you and your pup a chance to enjoy the outdoors before the year end. Keeping in step with the holiday spirit, we suggest a few activities to help you and your furry friend have a holly jolly Christmas this year. So, dawn your pooch in his favorite Christmas sweater and head out into the winter wonderland.

Take a Photo with Santa

Your dog may not be able to write a letter to Santa but he can pay him a personal visit. Many of Chicago’s malls have designated days where Santa will be available to hear his furry friend’s Christmas wish. Find out when he will be at a mall near you and capture Fido’s shot with the big man for your next holiday greeting card.


Christkindl Market

Dog’s on leash are warmly welcomed at Chicago’s Christkindl Market, among the outdoor market areas. The market is inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, German and is open through Christmas Eve. Admission is always free for pups and people.Enjoy a stroll as you view Christmas decorations from around the world, pick up a handcrafted gift for a loved one and delight the senses with traditional German foods such as bratwurst and strudel and much more.

Support a local Pet Food Pantry

Christmas is a time for giving and looking to the needs of the less fortunate. You can make a difference in the life of a pet and his owner by donating to a pet food pantry. One organization that seeks to make a difference is Chicago’s Animal Welfare League which you can assist by donating to their food bank for homeless pets, or by sponsoring a cage which supports pups awaiting adoption. Another food bank to support who helps pets of families experiencing unemployment as well as low income is PAWS Chicago Emergency Pet Food Bank. It truly is better to give than to receive and what better time to make an impact than at Christmas? 

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