The Best Dog Friendly Christmas Markets


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Christmas markets are a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but if you have a furry friend, you may be wondering how to make sure that your pup is included in the festivities. Don’t worry – there are plenty of dog-friendly Christmas markets out there! Let’s take a look at some of the best ones for you and your pup to visit this festive season.


The German Christmas Market in Birmingham

The German Christmas Market in Birmingham is one of the largest and most popular markets in Europe – and it’s also one of the most pet-friendly! Dogs are allowed into all areas of the market, as long as they’re on a lead and well-behaved. There are even special doggy treats and toys available for purchase at certain stalls. Of course, you don’t have to bring your pet along – but why not? It will be sure to add a little extra festive cheer and is a dog-friendly day out that the whole family can enjoy!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

If you’re looking for something more adventurous than just visiting a traditional market, why not check out Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party? This three-day event includes live music, street theatre performances, parades, fireworks and so much more. Best of all – it’s open to dogs, making for a pet-friendly Christmas! Just make sure that your pup has an ID tag on their collar before heading down – and keep them on a lead when walking around. You never know who or what might turn up! 

Christmas Market at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is known for its beautiful landscape and stunning displays throughout the year, but during the winter months, it turns into one of London’s most magical spots for Christmas shopping. Not only can visitors browse through stalls selling handmade crafts and decorations from local sellers – they can also bring their four-legged friends along too, as it is a dog-friendly Christmas market! All dogs must remain on leads while inside Kew Gardens – but with such beautiful surroundings, that shouldn’t be too hard.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

One of the most popular, and instagrammable, Christmas markets is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Full of activities, pretty lights, and festive spirit, it is sure to get you feeling excited for Christmas. Even better, your pooch can enjoy a dog-friendly day out with you here. We’d recommend visiting early in the day, as it can get very busy in the evening – and, of course, only bring your dog along if they are happy in big crowds!

Oxford Christmas Market

Oxford is known for its picturesque beauty and walkable streets, which makes it the perfect location for a Christmas market. The twinkling lights and decorations only add to the beauty of the town, and it is a pet-friendly Christmas day out that anyone can enjoy! Grab a mulled wine and listen to the carol singers whilst browsing for some unique stocking fillers for your loved ones, all while your pup enjoys all the sights and smells.


There are lots of wonderful dog-friendly Christmas markets out there – so don’t let your pup miss out on all the fun this winter! Whether it’s browsing through handmade crafts in Kew Gardens or feeling festive with some doggy treats at Birmingham’s German market – there’s something for everyone (and every pup!) to enjoy this holiday season. So grab your coat, leash up your pup and head down to enjoy a pet-friendly Christmas this year.

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