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The Best 2023 Dog Friendly Christmas Events in Ontario

The Best 2023 Dog Friendly Christmas Events in Ontario

Unleash the holiday cheer with your furry friends this Christmas season in Ontario, Canada! As the snow blankets the province in a festive embrace, it's time to discover the best dog-friendly Christmas events that will warm both your heart and your pup's paws. From twinkling light displays to Santa Paws photo sessions, Ontario offers a sleigh-full of activities for you and your canine companion to enjoy together. Join us on a festive journey as we unwrap the top dog-friendly Christmas events across the province, creating memories that will have tails wagging for years to come.

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1. KW Paw-liday Festival

Bringing back the DFKW Paw-liday Festival to DTK, a hyper-local festive holiday market with all kinds of activities and entertainment for you, your dog, and your family! They have a number of favourite activities returning, and some new ones, including:

  • Workshops
  • Seasonal trivia and bingo
  • Kids craft station
  • Photo pop ups
  • Shopping (A list of vendors is available on their website)


December 2 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Gaukel Block 

Kitchener, ON Canada

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2. Pets & Santa

Pets & Santa is a family-friendly event in support of Paws4Love. Bring your furry (or non-furry) companions to the Sleeping Giant Brewing taproom to get that perfect snapshot with Santa before the Holidays. This event is free to participate and open to the public! There will be pet accessory vendors, a donation-based raffle for door prize, and a Paws4Love Christmas licensed raffle, as well as great food & drinks available!


December 10 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

712 Macdonell Street Thunder Bay, ON 

3. Pictures with Santa Paws

Bring your adorable pets, whether they have paws, claws, or fins, and let them strike a pose with Santa Paws. Their professional photographer will be there to capture the magic, ensuring you have a keepsake that will warm your heart for years to come.

During the event, there will be a festive backdrop, props, hot cocoa and cookies, and treats for your pets. It's the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories and spread some holiday cheer. Plus, you can mingle with other pet owners, make new friends, and enjoy offerings from local pet-product vendors.


December 10 from 10am - 2pm


Greenfield Park 

1165 Mississauga Valley Boulevard Mississauga, ON

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4. Urban Makers Holiday Market

Shop over 30 amazing vendors all under one roof! You'll find jewelry, home decor, clothing, art, bath + body products and so much more! They'll be giving away swag bags packed with amazing local goodies to the first 30 shoppers in line, so come by early to snag your bag! Pop by for some shopping and socializing while supporting local makers and artisans. This dog friendly market will include:

  • 30+ vendors
  • Music
  • Food + Drinks
  • Swag Bags
  • Free entry


December 17 from 11am - 5pm


The Parkdale Hall

1605 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON

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5. Holiday Night of Lights

Holiday Nights of Lights is an immersive walk-through experience like none other, featuring more than 1.5 million LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone's favourite Holiday tunes. Back for the fourth year with special dog-friendly dates, the event will be bigger and brighter with new displays and interactive activities! Patrons will have the opportunity to experience walking through giant ornaments, animated tunnels, and much more. Upon exiting the light show, enter the Market - filled with delicious food trucks and artisan vendors - a nighttime hotspot all rolled into one distinct holiday tradition.


Dog friendly dates are December 3, 7, 10, 15, 23, 27 & 31 and January 2 & 7 from 5pm - 11pm


Scarborough Town Centre*

Outdoor Parking Lot, Across From Best Buy

500 Progress Ave Scarborough, ON.

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Friends shopping at a holiday market with their dog

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