24 Places to visit Santa Paws

Last Updated: March 20, 2023

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Has your pup been a good boy this year? Do they have a long Christmas list for Santa Paws?

If you have already been to a dog-friendly Christmas Market, and you want a little more help getting into the Christmas spirit, we have found  24 places across Ireland and Northern Ireland where your pup can meet and get their photo taken with Santa Paws.

So grab the festive sweater, reindeer antlers, and your camera... Santa Paws is coming to town!


Marina Market - Cork

Marina Market, Centre Park Rd, Cork, T12 YX76, Ireland

November 19 - December 23
Monday - Sunday 08:00 - 20:00 

We all must be on the nice list this year as the entire Santa's Magical Market is dog-friendly!

This winter Marina Market has brought the north pole down to Ireland. A visit to Santa's Magical Market will start with a walk through the magical woods, next head to the stables and say hi to the Reindeer while they rest before their big night. You then will see Santa's Elves hard at work on Santa's sleigh and head over to his post office to send your letter. Finally, end with a treat from Mrs. Claus' bakery before heading to meet Santa in his grotto. 

You will need to book your tickets well in advance to visit Santa Paws. You can reserve your time here. A printed picture is also included in the ticket.

Sage and Stone Christmas Market - Duleek, Co. Meath

Duleek, The Farm, Newlanes House, Blackditch, Duleek, Co. Meath, Ireland

Sunday, November 27th from 12:00 - 16:00

Santa Paws will be in his grotto to meet pups and their owners between 12:00 - 16:00.

There will be some doggie apparel stalls for your Christmas shopping as well as Dogs Trust. All puppers must be kept on a lead. 

Farmers Market at Mountain View -  Kilkenny

Kiltorcan, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny, R95 NH31, Ireland

November 27th, December 5th, 11th, and 18th from 10:00 - 15:00.

Santa Paws and his Elves will be stopping by for a dog-friendly brunch and Christmas photo. You must book the brunch ahead of time, which you can do here.

Cabra Parkside Community Complex

John Paul II Park Ratoath Road Cabra Dublin 7 Co. Dublin D07 Y891 Ireland

November 27th from 13:00 - 16:00.

For only €12 get your pup's photo snapped with Santa Paws. Book your 15-minute time slot by sending a message to this Facebook page. All proceeds go to Huskey Rescue Ireland.

Christmas Market Galway - Galway

Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland

November 11 to December 22
Monday to Wednesday: 12:00 - 20:00, bar until 22:00
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00

More info about the price, hours, and booking an appointment with Santa is here

Waterford Winterval - Waterford

The Mall, Waterford, X91 PK15, Ireland

Saturday 19th November from 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November from 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December from 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December from 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December from 10:00 - 18:00

For every weekend between November 19th - December 18th, Santa Paws will be at the former Sorting Office the Quay Waterford (Right beside the GPO). 

Tickets are €16.50 (plus booking fee) per dog and family and it includes the entrance for your doggie to see Santa, a small gift for your pup, and 1 family photo. Extra dogs are €10 per family. 

Book your Santa Paws tickets here

Santa’s Enchanted Forest Christmas Experience at Luggwoods - Dublin

Luggwoods Events Ltd. The Lugg, Saggart, Dublin Co. Dublin

November 26 - December 23

Take a walk through Santa’s Magical Woodland Walk along an outdoor natural forest trail before arriving to visit and get your pup’s photo with Santa Paws.

Adult Tickets start from €15.95 
Child Tickets start from €23.95

All puppers are required to stay on leads and you will need to purchase a ticket beforehand here

Santa's Cabin - Blessington

Russborough, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

November 25 - December 18th on weekends between 15:00 - 20:00
December 21 - December 23 from 15:00 - 20:00

An action-packed ideal festive family day on the grounds of Russborough House. You can follow the trail, try archery, conquer the ropes course, and Zipline while on your way to Santa’s Cabin.

All dogs on a lead are welcome, and they will for sure enjoy the walk through the forest wonderland.

Adult Tickets start from €17.95 
Child Tickets start from €25.95
Infant (0-3 years old) Tickets starting from €9.95

You need to book your tickets in advance which you can do here.

Nore Valle Christmas Experience - Kilkenny 

Hebron Rd, Highhays, Kilkenny, Ireland

December 6th from 17:00 - 20:00

Santa Paws is coming to the MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.

The Nore Valley Park elves have set up a winter wonderland where your pup can visit Santa. He will only be available for furry friends on December 6th.

You can find more information here and reserve your time with Santa Paws here.

The Phoenix Dog Park - Co.Meath 

Co. Meath C15D285

December 7 from 17:00 - 20:00

The Phoenix Dog Park has been working very hard to put together a Christmas Grotto where you can take your pup’s holiday photos. Santa Paws will not be there but the space looks absolutely fantastic. 

You can book a 20-minute slot and all-size dogs are welcome. 

All proceeds go back into the development and upkeep of the park. 

You can reserve your spot by sending them a message on Instagram here

MaxiZoo Ireland - All across Ireland

December 10th from 12:00 - 16:00

ALL MaxiZoo Ireland stores will have Santa Paws stopping by. There is no need to book an appointment, just come with your pet and a camera! 

There are 29 different store locations across Ireland!

Indoor Doggy Christmas Market - Dublin

Three Locks Square, 4, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 E5R7, Ireland

Sunday, December 11 from 14:00 - 17:00

Coco and Juno from TheDailyCavalier and Brewdog Dublin Outpost will be hosting an indoor dog-friendly Christmas Market where you can not only do a bit of pet-friendly shopping, but your pup can also meet Santa Paws!

The market will take place at Brewdog Dublin Outpost. It is free for hoomans to attend and only €3 per dog. Make sure you reserve a timeslot for your pup to meet Santa Paws and bring your own camera.

You can reserve your spot here

The Railway Market - Mullingar

The Bandhall, Mullingar N91YY96

December 10 from 12:00 - 15:00 
December 11 from 12:00 - 15:00 

Santa Paws is stopping by the Railway Christmas Market to say hi to all the good boys and girls!

For only €5 per pet, you can book your time and get your pup’s photo with the big guy! 

All proceeds go to the Westmeath Dog Shelter. 

Contact 083-815 5272 to prebook. 

Doggie Christmas Paw-ty - Cork

Marina Market, Centre Park Rd, Cork, T12 YX76, Ireland

December 10 

TopDogz is hosting a Christmas PAW-ty with your canine. Your pup can play in their Doggie Wonderland, learn a new paw-ty trick, try their Paws at agility, and sniff out the Grinch’s Hidden Treats. Once they are finished playing they can head over to Marine Market where they can get their photo taken with Santa Paws. 

Tickets are €25 plus the booking fee. 

You will need to pre-book your ticket and time slot here. They have divided up the day to allow similar-sized dogs to play together. 

PoshPaws Rathcoole - Dublin

212 Forest Hills, Rathcoole, Forest Hills, Co. Dublin, Ireland

December 11 from 12:00

Bring your furry friend down to meet the main man on Saturday, December 11. For €10, your pup will get to join the party, receive their own Christmas gift, and get a picture taken with Santa Paws. 

There will be mince pies and mulled wine for the hoomans. 

Send PoshPaws a message here and they will add you to the list!


Craft Market at The Ballance House - Glenavy, Crumlin

118A Lisburn Rd, Glenavy, Crumlin BT29 4NY, United Kingdom

November 26 from 10:45 - 11:00 and from 15:45 - 16:00.

Dogs are welcome to come and take their picture with Santa Paws from 10:45 - 11:00 and from 15:45 - 16:00. There is a small fee of £5 per dog, which includes a doggie gift, plus an adult entrance fee of £4. All fees will go towards the upkeep of the house.

Don't forget to bring your camera and dress your pooch up in their most festive apparel! 

To book your pup's visit you can email info@theballancehouse.com

Assisi Animal Sanctuary

1 Old Bangor Rd, Conlig, Newtownards BT23 7PU, United Kingdom

Each one of their four shops will be hosting Santa Paws this year. 

Ards Shop: Sunday 27th November, 10:00 – 16:00
63 High Street

Ballynahinch Shop – Sunday 4th December, 10:00 – 16:00
2-4 High Street, Ballynahinch

Bangor Shop – Sunday 11th December, 110:00 – 16:00
59 Main Street, Bangor, BT20 5AF

Holywood Shop – Sunday 18th December, 10:00 – 16:00
60 High Street

If anyone would like a photo with a cat or other small animals they say you can come at 09:30.

Photos are available for purchase, with small prints for £6, Medium prints for £8, Large prints for £10, and Keyrings at 2 for £5.

All proceeds are in aid of Assisi Animal Sanctuary and you can also leave a gift under the tree for their animals. 

Ulster Folk Museum - Culta

Ulster Folk Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EU, UK

December 3 - December 4

Bring your four-legged friend down to meet the big man himself! All pups will receive a certificate showing they visited Santa Paws and a lovely doggy treat. After your visit explore the site by following their dog trail.

Normal admission rates apply plus £6.00 per dog 

Don't forget to bring your camera and make your booking to reserve your spot here

Dogs Trust Ballymena's Christmas Fair - Ballymena

60 Teeshan Rd, Fairview, Ballymena, BT43 5PN

December 3 from 10:30 - 15:50

Bring your pup down to meet Santa Paws at the Dogs Trust Christmas Market Fair. Together you can explore the Christmas Market stalls, take place in their Christmas Raffle, and get your pup’s photo taken with Santa Paws. 

All puppers will also receive a Christmas Eve bag and a photo with Santa Paws.

Adult Tickets - £5
Children's Tickets - Free 
Dog Tickets - £5

You can pre-book your tickets by contacting Kirsty at 07436162209 or email Kirsty.mark@dogstrust.org.uk. 

The Dirty Onion and Yardbird

3 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA, United Kingdom

Sunday, December 4th from 13:00 - 17:00

Has your doggy been naughty or nice this year? Let Santa Paws be the judge and bring them down to The Dirty Onion where they will get to meet Santa, have a photo taken with him, and printed out to take away. 
All proceeds go to Dogs Trust. 

Tickets are £15. You can book your ticket here

Charity Christmas Market & Santa Paws

29 Belfast Rd, Saintfield, Ballynahinch BT24 7NL, United Kingdom

Saturday, December 10th from 13:00 - 17:00

Santa Paws will be stopping by and there is no need to pre-book a time slot. They will be raising funds for Paws and People, The Barn Animal Rescue Newtownards, Animal Connexions, and Henry Wee Wheels. 

Belfast Continental Christmas Market

Santa Paws will be welcoming our large and small dogs on the following days.
  • The Jeggy Nettle – Sunday 11th December 12:00 -17:00
  • The Chester – Sunday 18th December 11:00 -15:00
  • The Chester – Christmas Eve special Saturday 24th December 12:00 -16:00

Pretty n Pink Breast Cancer Charity has teamed up with The Jeggy Nettle and The Chester to bring Santa Paws to town. Have your pup's picture taken with Santa Paws for a small booking fee of £10 per dog. The price includes a pawtrait, doggie treat, and a puppuccino.

Festive attire is highly encouraged (Christmas jumpers, hats, tinsel, festive collars, or harnesses) as there are prizes for the best-dressed dog (and human).

Here is the contact info for Pretty ‘n’ Pink for further information: 02890 347780 or info@prettynpink.org


Bloomfield Ave, A20, Belfast BT5 5LP, United Kingdom

Thursday, December 15th, 18:00 - 19:30
Thursday, December 22nd, 18:00 - 19:30

Santa Paws will be in his workshop and ready to greet our adorable dogs. 

Tickets are £10 which includes a photo with Santa and your pup's own Christmas present. 

Dogs must be on a lead at all times and no more than 2 dogs per visit. You can book your tickets here

Hillmount Ards Garden Centre

80 Ballyreagh Rd, Newtownards BT23 8RP, United Kingdom

December 17 from 10:00 - 15:00

Bring your fur babies down for HIllmount Ards Santa Paws Day. Tickets cost £10 per dog, with £5 of each purchase going to The Barn Animal Rescue in Newtownards.

Only nice pups are allowed and make sure you pre-book a ticket. If you show up without a dog you will be denied access.

There will also be the option to purchase professional photos on the day at an extra cost.
Make sure you arrive a few minutes before your time of booking. Merry Christmas to all of our lovely pup supporters, we hope that on Christmas morning Santa Paws will have brought you a new toy, a chew toy, and even a big tasty bone!

If you are planning on taking a weekend getaway for the holidays with your furry friend, you can find all pet policies about each dog-friendly accommodation on our website,  www.pawsfriendly.com.

Make sure to stay tuned to our Instagram next week, as we are going to start our 25 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar Giveaway! We have over €2,500 worth of products up for grabs.

Also, if you are looking for ideas on what to buy your pup for Christmas, make sure to check out our Ultimutt Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and their Pawrents where we feature loads of small businesses across Ireland, the UK, and more. 

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