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Christmas Guide: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays With Your Dogs

Ways to Celebrate Christmas With Your Dog | Vanillapup

Christmas time is here! Want to include your pup in the celebrations? Here are 5 ways to turn this festive period into fido’s favourite time of the year.

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Christmas time is here again and I am super excited! If like me, you treat your pup like family, you would naturally want to include her in your celebrations. Need some ideas on how? Then this post is for you!

Here are 5 ways to celebrate Christmas with your dog to make her one happy pup!

Baking Christmas Cookies With Dog | Vanillapup

1. Let them join you for Christmas events

A great way to get your dog involved in Christmas celebration is to bring them to Christmas markets and events. Try to go at least a week before Christmas to avoid huge crowds. Bringing a stroller or a carrier may be wise to protect your pup while you are pushing through the throng.

Here are some events worth checking out:

Disney Magical Moments Christmas Light-up 2018 | Vanillapup

Photo credit: Orchard Road Business Association

1. Disney Magical Moments Christmas light-up @ Orchard Road

This holiday season, Orchard Road A Great Street will light up your world with uniquely created Disney experiences. From Disney Princess and classic Mickey Mouse & Friends to the ever-popular Frozen and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story characters, gorgeous photo opportunities await you and your pup along Orchard Road. Click here for more information.

Date: 10 November 2018 – 1 January 2019

Venue: Orchard Road

Disney Magical Moments Christmas Light-up 2018 | Vanillapup

Photo credit: Orchard Road Business Association

2. The Great Christmas Village @ Ngee Ann City

As you stroll down Orchard Road to enjoy the Disney-themed light decorations, don’t forget to check out The Great Christmas Village where you can feast at the Timbre X Food Village & Bar, check out amusement rides, and immerse yourself in the festive season with nightly live performances.

Date: 15 November 2018 – 26 December 2019

Time: 11.30am – 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, 11.30am – 11pm on Friday & Saturday and during Christmas week (20 – 24 December 2018)

Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza

3. Singapore Dog Festival™ 2018: A Canine Christmas

The inaugural Singapore Dog Festival™ is the first ever night market for dogs – and it’s Christmas-themed! You can expect local and international dog product vendors, educational talks, sharing sessions between dog owners, and fun activities in a weekend of celebrating and indulging.

Date: 14 – 16 December 2018

Time: 3 – 11pm on Friday & Saturday, 11am – 7pm on Sunday

Venue: The Grandstand Outdoor Event Space, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994

4. Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Christmas Wonderland Gardens by the Bay | Vanillapup

Photo credit: Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns with its fifth edition this year! Soak up the festivities with an array of activities and entertainment – a charming European-style Festive Market, outdoor skating under the stars, carnival games and kiddie rides, ‘snow’ in the tropics, magical Luminarie sculptures that transform the fairground into a stunning wonderland, and so much more.

Date: 30 November 2018 – 26 December 2018

Time: 4 – 11pm daily

Venue: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove and The Meadow. While pets are allowed at the outdoor gardens, please note that they are not allowed at selected areas within Christmas Wonderland fairground for hygiene reasons.

Admission fee: S$4 onwards (save when you buy tickets online)

2. Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar

Barking Good Christmas Advent Calendar | Vanillapup

Photo credit: Barking Good

Get your pup excited for Christmas with Barking Good‘s advent calendar (sold out!), featuring 25 treats – each with a different Christmas flavour. From Pupkin Spice and Grandma’s Cookies to Pot Roast and Reindeer Chow, your dog will be waiting for a new day to arrive every day!

Barking Good Christmas Christmas Bundle | Vanillapup

Photo credit: Barking Good

Besides the advent calendar, you can also get a Christmas cake (S$23 onwards) for your pup. A holly, jolly Christmas is guaranteed!

3. Whip up your own Christmas goodies

Dog-friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte | Vanillapup

Nothing can beat treats made with lots of love. Sweat and tears? Not necessary. If you pick the right recipe that is. Here’s our healthy recipe for dog-friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte that only requires three ingredients. Your pup will be slurping it up and begging for more!

DIY Frozen Dog Treats Recipe | Vanillapup

Also, check out our super simple frozen treat recipe where you can play with a few ingredients and make an endless variety of treats for your pooch.

4. Cafe-hop to soak up the Christmas vibe

The Summerhouse Domes | Vanillapup

Photo credit: The Summerhouse

Have you seen our huge list of over 70 dog-friendly cafes and restaurants or our complete list of dog cafes where your dogs are allowed indoors? Christmas is as much about gifting as it is for feasting and your dog deserves to be part of both!

Keep a close lookout for special Christmas menus. Some may even offer something special for your pup!

5.  Play dress up!

Christmas Dog Costume | Vanillapup

Christmas is a great time for some dress up and photo taking. Whether she’s sporting a traditional Christmas sweater, a cute little festive bandana, or an eye-catching reindeer headband, your pup will be the talk of the party!

You can shop for festive outfits online from websites like Amazon, Lazada, and ezbuy.

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Sarah Chong
Founder at Vanillapup
Sarah is Latte's mama. She loves dogs, shopping, travelling, and reading novels. Using her background in social media and advertising, she started Vanillapup in 2013. Latte is her first and only dog, and she finds joy in sharing her learnings as a dog owner with everyone.
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