It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Twinkling lights, sweater weather (sort of), and Amazon packages on your doorstep- what could be better? The events lineup might be a little light this month, but that just means more time to cuddle up with your pup at home and watch holiday movies. We’re not complaining.
*We’re constantly adding events, so if you know of one that isn’t listed, please reach out and let us know!
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🐾= Dog Friendly
⭐️= Recently Added
🐶12/2- Sunday– Drink with the Dogs (12-4pm)
Greyhounds in Motion is hosting this awesome event at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company. Meet greyhounds, learn how to help the thousands of retired racers who will be looking for homes. Drink GREYT beer. Food truck and LIVE music!
🐶 12/5- Thursday– Santa Paws at Center Lake Park (12pm-5pm)
Santa will be available to take pictures with your pups on the side lawn of the Center Lake Park Cultural Center in Oviedo. Photos will be professionally taken by the Oviedo Photo Club and will be available on Oviedo Photo Club’s website to download for free! Food trucks and vendors will be onsite as well. Click the link above for more info.
🐶 12/8 – Saturday– Santa Paws in Avalon Park (12pm-5pm)
Join Bully Up Rescue at Groom Grub and Belly Rub for an adoption event and a chance to get a picture of your pup with Santa.
🐶 12/9- Sunday- Photos with Santa Paws (12-4pm)
Head over to Woof Gang Bakery in Thornton Park to have a free photo professionally taken with Santa and emailed with any purchase–or use your cell phone to get your pictures for free! There will be complimentary treats and dog food samples, and if you bring in old collars and leashes for donation, you’ll get 10% off of a new one.
🐶 12/10- Monday- College Park Yappy Hour (5-8pm)
K Restaurant & Woof! Orlando team up to host this monthly yappy hour. Grab a seat on the porch and enjoy the live music along with dog themed food and drinks.
🐶 12/15- Saturday– Holiday Doggy Paddle @ The Waterfront (9:30am-11am)
It’s doggy paddle Christmas style. Join Lake Life Paddle for their usual paddle session with your best friend, but this time with Christmas photo ops. Bring your “little reindeer” in their holiday festive wear and get some great pics on the water. They’ll also have props available for fun Christmas pics. Free instruction for you and your four legged companions. Click the link above to reserve your board/spot/
🐶 12/15- Saturday– Holiday Market Dog Stroll & Food Truck Extravaganza (12pm-4pm)
Join Digress Wine and Woof! Orlando for pup friendly holiday market! There will be food trucks, an abundance of wine & beer specials, as well as holiday gifts and baskets for purchase. Click the link above for the full list of vendors.
🐶 12/15- Saturday- Dog Sweater Party & National Cupcake Day (2-6pm)
Dogs in sweaters…and cupcakes? Where do we sign? Bring your pup in his/her snazziest sweater for a chance to win a bar tab. Caycakes bakery will be there selling their delish cupcakes.
🐶 12/15- Saturday- Thornton Bark Brew Tour (3-6pm)
Bring your pups to Thornton Park and don’t forget their Santa hats, elf and snowman outfits. Check in at Woof Gang Bakery and pick up your Mutt Map. Get two samples of awesome craft beers at each of 9 locations along with your Scooby snack. Complete your Mutt map and be entered to win the Grand Prize. Click the link above to purchase your tickets and see the full list of participating venues & sponsors.
⭐️🐾 12/16- Sunday- Grandma Party Bazaar (10am-6pm)
Held in the Stardust parking lot, this annual event is a great opportunity to get some fun, unique gifts and support some local businesses. In addition to the great art from some of the best Orlando makers, Grandma Party will have the best raffle in town benefitting Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge. There will be interactive booths and DJ sets by Nigel John and Oled Dad and live music.Come shop, hang out with your friends at Dust and start ringing in the end of 2018 with Grandma Party!
⭐️🐾 12/16- Sunday- Dr. Phillips Winterfest (1-6pm)
This Winterfest is part food truck festival and part holiday market. There’s a free Santa meet & greet, live music, and a wine & beer garden. There is also activities for the kids and the event is pet friendly. A great way to spend your Sunday!
🐶 12/16- Sunday- Rein-Dog Run (11am-2pm)
Lake Nona residents are invited to enjoy food trucks, holiday carolers and an amazing visit/photo-opportunity with visitors from the North Pole. Plan to deck your family and pup in holiday outfits and join in on the fun.
🐶 12/16- Sunday- Yappy Hour w/ Pet Rescue by Judy (1-4pm)
Hosted by the Lucky Lure, this monthly event is Yappy Hour is intended to bring dogs and dog lovers together to socialize, bond and form new bonds through dog adoption. This month, bring your furry friend(s) in their Halloween costume and you’ll both be rewarded. Costume contest details to be announced! Click the event link above for the full details!