At Rover, we understand that your dog is a member of the family. So, it’s only fitting that they should be invited to join in the holiday festivities. I’ve put together a list of the 5 best dog friendly holiday happenings in the Boston area. Celebrate the season with your dog by your side!
Boston Common, Boston, MA
Thursday, December 4, 2014 5-8pm
Bundle up and bring your dog to Boston Common to enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremony. Get there by 5pm to take in an ice skating show at the Frog Pond, put on by The Skating Club of Boston. The event will conclude with a short pyrotechnic show, so if your dog hates fireworks, you may want to leave a bit early. Mayor Walsh will be there, Santa will be there, and you and your dog should be there too! It promises to be a night full of holiday cheer.
Tendercrop Farm growing Fields, 71 High Road, Newbury, MA
Saturday January 10th, 2015 3-9pm
FREE, $5 parking fee
Come out for this event that celebrates the purchase of the town of Newbury in January of 1701. Marvel at the 3-story Christmas tree bonfire, participate in auctions, enjoy historic house tours, sip on hot apple cider, and eat donuts. Enter to be one of two official lighters of the bonfire! This event always brings out lots of local dogs. Boston dog sitters know it’s a great place for you and your dog to wind down after the height of the holiday season has passed.
The Pinehills Village Green, Plymouth, MA
Saturday December 6th, 2014 11am-6pm
FREE, participate in activities for a small donation to a variety of local non profits
Head out for an all-day holiday event in the The Pinehills, a village within Plymouth, MA. Buy goods from local artisans, participate in the gingerbread silent auction, meet Santa, make your own ornaments inside a heated tent, decorate cookies, and view the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Best of all, there’s a Reindog Parade. Blow the dust off your dog’s reindeer costume from last year and get in on the action. Your dog must be registered on The Village Green by 2pm. Participation makes your pal eligible for one of three prizes for best costume.
350 South Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA
Saturday December 13th – Sunday December 14th 2014 from 9am-5pm
$30 donation to benefit MSPCA shelter pets
Bring your dog to the MSPCA in Boston to get your photo taken with Santa. For a $30 donation, you’ll get a printed and framed copy, as well as digital version of this holiday photo. Display your holiday photo proudly in your home. You can feel good about giving to less fortunate pets this holiday season.
1386A Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Saturday December 6th, 7-10am
There’s no reason your dog shouldn’t be able to join you on your holiday shopping adventures. Get up early and head to Coolidge Corner in Brookline to score deals on gifts for the canine members of the family. Distract your dog with free treats at Cause to Paws while you purchase their gifts. You wouldn’t want to ruin the fun and surprise of unwrapping a gift.
Top image via Flickr/Anders Peltomaa