Santa with a Puppy

If your dogs are anything like mine, they LOVE a chance to celebrate any occasion. Christmas is no exception! Pretty lights, tasty food, spending time with your favorite people—what's not for a dog to love! Don’t let pooch be a bah hum-pug; here are a few places to rock around the Christmas tree with your favorite canines.

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Walk the dog and the Tinsel Trail in Downtown Huntsville

Tinsel Trail Christmas Dogs
Photo Credit: Tinsel Trail

Get in the holiday spirit with a walk through Tinsel Trail with your best four-legged friend. The Tinsel Trail is a holiday showcase in Big Spring International Park starting November 26 made of hundreds of locally decorated live Christmas trees. You may see a tree decorated completely by children’s art or one inspired by Star Wars (we are the Rocket City, after all). There are several decorated with traditional Christmas decorations and others decorated with unconventional products.

Every evening the trees light up the park from dusk until midnight. It’s a magical sight. So grab a cup of hot chocolate, stroll through the Tinsel Trail, go skating in the park and soak up the holiday season.

Christmas Dog
Photo Credit: Rhiana Calderwood

Meet Santa at Parkway Place Mall

Pet Photo Santa Parkway Place Mall

Bring your furry friends for photos with Santa during this special Monday evening series! From 4 to 7 p.m., pets are welcome these dates: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13.

Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier, and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. The Santa set is located on the lower level in center court!

Make your Santa Reservations. (reservations not required, however encouraged).

Santa with a Puppy

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society will host Pet Photos with Santa at their Three Tails ReSale thrift store (650 Pratt Ave NW, Huntsville AL 35805) on December 11th from 12pm to 3pm.
Santa has a special place in his heart for our community’s homeless pets and would love for us all to come together to help support them. Photos with Santa are being offered for a donation of any size. The funds raised will go to support the Greater Huntsville Humane Society’s homeless pets.

Their Three Tails ReSale thrift store will be open with normal business hours for you to shop and find all kinds of goodies just in time for the holidays! So come on out and join the fun!

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Meet Santa at Bridge Street Town Centre 

Christmas Photos Dogs Bridge Street Santa
Photo Credit: Katie Ziegler

Bridge Street Town Centre goes all out during the holidays. From their larger than life Christmas tree to their magical experiences, you and your dog and enjoy this outdoor shopping area. Starting on November 26th through December 24th, you can find Jolly Ol' St. Nick each weekend Friday through Sunday. Along with Santa, each Friday starting December 3 - 17 Bridge Street is hosting a Magical Snow Globe where visitors can snap photos of the Ice Princesses or a Christmas stealer with a heart three sizes too small.

Snow way we could forget about the Friday Flurries either. Each Friday night from December 3 - 17, you will find faux snow and a photo opportunity for you and your dog to snap the perfect social media photo. While you are shopping and exploring there, don't forget the Holiday Light Show near the movie theater near the large tree on Fridays and Saturday from December 3 - 18 each hour from 6pm - 8pm.

Bridge Street Christmas Dog
Photo Credit: Oliver James

Enjoy an outdoor Market

Toffee at Lowe Mill

Our friends at Alpha Instincts Training suggested you attend any of the upcoming outdoor markets. You should be able to bring your dog to any of the upcoming markets as long as they are leashed.

  • Greene Street Holiday Market
  • Winter Solstice at Lowe Mill
  • Downtown Huntsville Inc's Holiday Market 

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Galaxy of Lights for Fido and Friends

Galaxy of Lights Walking Nights Dog
Photo Credit: Rocket City Mom

Every Monday and Tuesday during the Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights walking nights, you can bring your four-legged friend on a leash to see the award winning holiday lights after dark. 

 On November 15, 16, 22 and 23  you are welcome to bring your canine companions to walk the Galaxy of Lights trail at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. And if Fido is feeling festive, why not dress him up for the occasion? 


  • $4 per pooch
  • November 15, 16, 22 and 23
  • Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805 
  • Phone: 256.830.4447 
  • Time: 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM 

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Where else do you like to take your dog? Let us know in the comments! Happy Howl-idays! 

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