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10 places to get a Santa photo with your dog around Vancouver

Here's where you can get an adorable dog photo with Santa across Metro Vancouver in 2021.

Tis the season for your four-legged friend to sit on the two-legged man in red.

Many Santas are still laying low this season as we ease out of safety restrictions, but OhMyDog! has the scoop on where to find him for the perfect puppy photo-op.

Some places have even adapted the tradition with innovative solutions to social distancing.

So bathe ‘em and brush ‘em for the big day. Santa will know if they’ve been good little boys and girls!

Here’s where you can find Santa photos for your dog near Vancouver this holiday season:

1. Tisol (Arbutus location)

This event, also known as “Santa Paws”, features a real live Santa Claus with an entire weekend carved out of his busy schedule for your pooch. And your $20 donation goes toward the Thank Dog I’m Out rescue society, the Vancouver non-profit that re-homes neglected and abused dogs. Say cheese for a great cause!

When: Sat, Dec. 4 @ 10am-4pm & Sat, Dec. 11 @ 10am-3pm

Where: 2738 Arbutus St., Vancouver V6K 3A9

Cost: $20 donation

Petsmart (Various locations)

We love Petsmart for inviting a Santa Claus into each and every one of its many stores in Metro Vancouver. Below are the Vancouver locations, but don’t forget to check the location near you, whether it’s Langley, Surrey, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, or Abbotsford. Go to their site here to book a time online.

A photo from this year at Bosley's by Pet Valu Columbia Square, New Westminter | Photo: @miso_micho

2. Santa Photos with your Dog 2021 - Grandview

When: Weekends until Dec. 19

Where: 2860 Bentall St., Vancouver V5M 4H4

Cost: By donation

3. Santa Photos with your Dog 2021 - Cambie

When: Weekends until Dec. 19

Where: 409 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver V5Y 0E8

Cost: By donation

4. Santa Photos with your Dog 2021 - West Vancouver Park Royal

When: Weekends until Dec. 19

Where: 895 Park Royal North Mall, West Vancouver V7T 1H9

Cost: By donation

5. Santa Photos with your Dog 2021 - North Vancouver

When: Weekends until Dec. 19

Where: 1325 Main St., North Vancouver V7J 3J7

Cost: By donation

* 14 more locations in the Lower Mainland

6. Willowbrook Mall, Langley

This is how much Willowbrook loves dogs. Their Pet-Friendly Santa Sessions take place after the mall is closed, focusing all the attention on quality pet time. Your dog will receive a free picture to remember Santa forever! (Enter through the Simply Computing/Winners entrance).

When: Sun, Dec. 5 & 12 @ 6pm-7pm

Where: 19705 Fraser Hwy, Langley V3A 7E6

Cost: Free

7. Capilano Mall, North Vancouver

Another mall to coax Santa away from the North Pole for your pup is Capilano, which offers four days for you to choose from. Appointments are required this season so don't miss out - book here to join the festivities.

When: Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 5pm-7pm

Where: 935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver V7P1S3

Cost: Free

8. Mindful Mutts, New Westminster

The good folks at Mindful Mutts weren’t going to miss a year of their popular photo tradition. So, with precautions like masks, vaxx passports, and distancing, you and your dog can still get that classic Christmas portrait. Your $20 donation goes directly to the West Coast Rottweiler Rescue.

When: Dec. 11 & 12 @ 11am-5pm

Where: 9 Sixth Ave., New West V3L 1B1

Cost: $20 donation

9. KORNA Natural Pet Supplies

The dog lovers at Kitsilano’s Korna got creative this year so your dog can still get that festive snapshot. They’ve designed a decked-out selfie station - complete with props, lights, and a merry background - so you can get as many phone shots of your pup as you like.

When: Anytime Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm & Sun, 9am-6pm

Where: 2030 West Broadway, Vancouver V6J 1Z4

Cost: Free

10. Discover Dogs, Vancouver

Always an innovative dog company, Discover Dogs strikes again with a holly-jolly idea. Your dog can take a virtual photo with Mr. Claus this year. All you have to do is upload a picture of your pooch here, and you’ll get your masterpiece sent to you. In order to get your photo before Christmas Eve, make sure to submit and donate before December 18.

When: Anytime until Dec. 18

Where: Your computer

Cost: By donation

OMD readers can also receive a free gift with purchase at Discover Dogs - find full details of how to claim yours here.


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