10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas With Your Dog

by Britt

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family. But, what about your canine best friend?

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If you have a special pup in your life, you obviously want them to be part of the festivities! We’ve got you covered! Here are 10 ways to celebrate Christmas with your dog ranging from easy, budget-friendly plans to more elaborate ways to celebrate. There’s something for everyone!

Take Holiday Pictures

Whether you’re taking pictures just to share online or printing custom holiday cards, holiday pictures are a fun way to incorporate your dog in your celebrations. Try purchasing a set of matching Christmas pajamas for a cozy picture indoors or bundle up for a fun winter wonderland photo shoot.

Bake Christmas Cookies

Holiday baking is a part of the season for many people, so why not include your dog? Bake some festive dog treats with seasonal flavors like our Peppermint Holidog Christmas Dog Treats. You can even use your favorite holiday cookie cutters and make some dog-friendly icing to decorate like you would your own holiday goodies.

Visit Your Local Tree Farm

Get out and adventure with your dog this holiday season. Many Christmas tree farms are dog-friendly, allowing your best friend to join in on all the festivities. Just make sure to check that your dog is welcome before making the trip.

Enjoy a Holiday Movie Marathon

Is your dog a cuddler? Pull out your cozy blankets and so dog-friendly snacks, curl up on the couch and put on your favorite holiday movies. This is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with your dog if bad weather is forcing you to stay inside. Plus, who doesn’t love puppy cuddles?

Set Up a Doggy Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are a great way to count down to Christmas. Many dog treat and toy manufacturers offer fun and festive dog-focused advent calendars with a new surprise for your pup every day. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, consider making your own advent calendar. All you need is several empty bags or boxes, numbered labels, and a special surprise for each day.

Go for a Walk to Check Out the Christmas Lights

One of the best parts about the days leading up to Christmas is the colorful lights and creative decorations that will start to pop up everywhere. Whether you’re just taking a walk around the block or heading out to view the holiday display at your local park, this is a simple way to get exercise and celebrate the season.

Build a Snow Fort

Not all dogs are made for ice and snow. But, if your best friend loves spending time outdoors even when the temperatures drop, there are many fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Make a snow fort, toss around some snowballs, build a snowman, or make snow angels together. Warm up after with some snuggles by the fireplace.

Decorate Your Dog’s Space

Does your dog have a specific place in your home that is all theirs? If so, you can give it a fun and festive touch with some Christmas decorations. Add a holiday-themed blanket or throw pillow to their bedding, hang some decorations on the walls around their crate, or set up a small dog-friendly Christmas tree next to their favorite place to hang out. You can even take your dog shopping to help pick out the decorations if you want to go all out. 

Pictures with Santa

Kids everywhere look forward to sitting on Santa’s lap and sharing their wish list, but what about your dog? Many pet stores will invite Santa to take a break from his workshop and come share some quality time with the local pets. You can do some holiday shopping and get adorable holiday pictures to share with your family at the same time.

Get Crafty with DIY Christmas Ornaments

Plan some Christmas arts and crafts time that includes your pup. You can make festive decorations featuring your dog’s paw print, create custom holiday cards, or craft treat-filled Christmas ornaments to enjoy throughout the holiday season. The best part about crafting with your dog is that you are creating lasting memories. 


Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs – Lucifer and Willow – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.

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