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A Dog Owner's Guide to The Holidays in Baltimore 2022

Santa Paws is coming to town...and here's where you can find him, as well as dog-friendly Christmas light displays, holiday events, Pet Photos with Santa, holiday markets, and more holiday fun in & around Baltimore! 🎅🎄

Dog-Friendly Christmas Light Displays

Tail Lights at The Symphony of Lights

Head out to Columbia for this one-night-only dog event you won't want to miss! Park your car and enjoy a walking tour through the iconic Symphony of Lights with your pup! Festive costumes are encouraged and all dogs must be leashed.

Date: Tuesday, December 13th Time: 5:30PM - 8PM

Location: Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

Tickets: $10 and must be purchased in advance here

Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street

It's back again for its 73rd year! Grab some hot chocolate and walk the brightest block in Hampden with your dog to experience the real-life Christmas magic based on the classic movie, Miracle on 34th Street!

Dates: November 26th - December 31st Time: 6PM - 11PM

Location: 700 W 34th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Tickets: FREE, but check for the most recent updates here

Dog-Friendly Holiday Events & Markets

Christmas Village in Inner Harbor Baltimore

The closest thing you'll get to the North Pole this holiday season. This indoor/outdoor holiday market is modeled after traditional German Christmas markets - cue the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine. 🤩 From Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, head over to the Inner Harbor to enjoy great shopping (think international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts and crafts) and vendors in wooden booths selling traditional European food, sweets and drinks. Christmas Village is 4-paws approved and this is the perfect opportunity for your pup to pick out gifts for everyone on their list!

Dates: November 24th - December 24th Time: 11AM-7PM Sunday - Thursday and 11AM-8PM Friday - Saturday. Check out their website for holiday hours and more details.

Location: West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor - 501 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Tickets: Tickets are not required, but check here for more event details and parking information.

Holiday Market & Party at Checkerspot Brewing Company

Head over to one of our favorite dog-friendly breweries in Baltimore for pictures with your pup & Santa, plenty of local vendors to shop from, TWO holiday beer releases, and more! Dogs are welcome!

Date: Saturday, December 3rd Time: 12PM - 4PM

Location: 1399 S Sharp St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Tickets: Tickets are not required, but you can learn more about the party here

Winter Lights at The Observatory

Head to Patterson Park for the 8th annual lighting of the Patterson Park Observatory! Enjoy live music, food vendors and trucks, Santa & holiday characters, a toy drive, and local gift vendors like yours truly! DOCC will be there selling dog-approved merch like dog toys, hats, sweatshirts, crewnecks & more. Dogs are welcome, but there will be crowds and lots of kids, so please use your discretion. This is a perfect way to end your day after a walk through Patterson Park and a visit to Bmore Licks for their holiday flavor and pup cup!

Date: Sunday, December 4th Time: Festival starts 4PM, lighting of the Observatory is at 6PM.

Location: Patterson Park Observatory - E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Tickets: Free!

Paws, Claus & Claws: Yappy Hour at Candy Lane

Head downtown to Candy Lane in Center Plaza for a larger-than-life candy-themed experience featuring giant candy installations, thousands of lights, and more! For one night only, you & your pup can enjoy yappy hour, pet photos with Santa, hooman & dog treats, food vendors, and more dog-friendly fun!

Date: Wednesday, December 14th Time: 5PM - 8PM

Location: 100 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets: Tickets are $10 and include your photos with Santa & one drink ticket! All proceeds go to BARCS! Purchase them in advance here

Dog Photos with Santa

Pet Photos with Santa in Fell's Point

Join Fell's Point Main Street for pet photos with Santa in Broadway Square from 1 - 4PM! Come grab a photo of your precious pet with Santa for your mantle, Christmas card, or social media posts! Sign up on Eventbrite ahead of time or join the line day of - $10 for all pets, whether they’re naughty or nice!

Date: Saturday, December 3rd Time: 1PM - 4PM

Location: 900 South Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231

Tickets: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here

Dog Photos with Santa at Black Flag Brewing Company

Santa Claus is coming to town to take photos with your dogs (and kids)! Come out to Black Flag in Columbia, have some fantastic beer, and get some amazing photos done by Superfan Photography. Photos are free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Date: Sunday, December 4th Time: 11AM - 3PM

Location: 9315 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21046

Tickets: Free!

Pet Nights with Santa at Towson Town Center

Capture Santa photos with your pets! Everyone is welcome, even without pets. During Pet Night events, they are collecting donations on behalf of The Humane Society of the United States at participating locations. The most accessible parking lot for guests is U & F Lots off of Fairmount Avenue. The most accessible entrance for guests to enter the mall is Level 1 By Brass Tap/Nordstrom.

Date: Monday, December 5th Time: 4PM - 7PM

Location: 25 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204

Tickets: Vary in pricing, advance registration highly recommended here

Pet Photos with Santa Paws at B&O Railroad Museum

Bring your good boys and girls to the B&O this holiday season to take their very own photos with Santa in their spacious Roundhouse. One print photo is included with ticket!

Date: Tuesday, December 6th Time: 5PM - 7PM

Location: 901 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21223

Tickets: Purchase your tickets in advance here

Dog-Friendly Christmas Tree Farms

For the full list of details on these dog-friendly farms, check out our 7 Dog-Friendly Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland blog post here!

  • Payne Christmas Trees & Holiday Market

  • Jarrettsville Nurseries

  • Davidson Christmas Tree Farm

  • TLV Tree Farm

  • Gunpowder Tree Farm

  • Wolfe's Pine Valley Farms

  • Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farms

Dog-Friendly Christmas Must-Haves

Visit our online shop to get into the holiday spirit with your pup. From doggie advent calendars to cozy winter PJ's, breed candles, and dog toys, we've got something for every dog and pet parent on your list (naughty or nice). If you're buying for a friend and not sure what to get, here are our most popular items this holiday season:

We strongly recommend that you visit the event or venue websites before visiting for the latest hours and policies, especially with COVID-19. Please remember to bring poo bags and pick up after your pet when nature calls. Let's be responsible pet owners so that we can continue visiting these festive events with our dogs for years to come!

If you visit one of these dog-friendly Christmas events or one that isn't listed above, we'd love to hear about your experience! Reach out to us at or on Instagram.

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