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14 places to get a Santa Claus photo with your dog in Vancouver

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Written by Cheryl Cole

Santa Claus is coming to town, and you can take your dog to get a picture with the man himself in various locations across Vancouver this festive season.

There really is nothing cuter than those amazing pet portraits of dogs sitting on Santa’s lap, looking like they are just as excited as we are for Christmas.

After all, it’s only fair that our precious pups get to join in on all the festive fun.

So, if all you want for Christmas is a perfect picture of your four-legged bestie with Santa, then we’ve got you covered.

We’ve compiled a list of 14 places you can get a Santa Claus photo with your dog in Vancouver so you don’t miss your chance of getting that perfect holiday snap.

As if the cute photo isn’t enough of a treat, donations from your pet pictures with Santa go towards various local charities. A perfect way to spread some festive cheer!

Check out our list below and choose which one (or more) you’ll go to because let’s face it, there’s no such thing as ‘too many’ cute dog photos!

1) Pet Portraits with Santa at Dashing Dawgs Pet Boutique, Vancouver

100% of the proceeds will go to About A Dog Rescue Society to help animals in need. All kinds of furry friends are welcomed.

When: Sun, Nov. 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Where: Dashing Dawgs Grooming & Boutique;

561 Cardero Street

Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3

Cost: Minimum donation of $20

2) Dog Photos with Santa at Discover Dogs, Vancouver

The store are collecting donations for SAINTS rescue, an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go.

They accept cash donations, or physical goods from SAINTS rescue’s wishlist such as blankets, large beds and canned food etc.

When: Sun, Dec. 1 @ 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Discover Dogs;

701 Kingsway #27,

Vancouver, V5T 3K6

Cost: By donation

3) 3rd Annual Fear Free Santa Paws Photos at Mindful Mutts, New Westminster

Fear Free Santa Paws photos with Santa Jim from the West Coast Rottweiler Rescue, along with Furry Friends Photography, are back for a 3rd year to raise money for West Coast Rottweiler Rescue.

Time slots are booked by appointment and each session with Santa Paws is one-on-one to reduce Fear | Stress | Anxiety (FAS) in your pets.

Actual Fear Free Certified and Low Stress Certified staff will be on site to make the experience as jolly as possible for you and your furry friends.

When: Sat, Nov. 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sun, Dec. 8 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Mindful Mutts; 

305 Cedar Street 

New Westminster, V3L 3N9

Cost: $20

Who: Anyone and everyone! The whole family is welcome to be in the photo

Contact: Email: to book your space!

4) Santa Photo Day at KORNA Natural Pet Supplies, Kitsilano

Get a Santa Claus photo with your dog or with your whole family. All proceeds go to Small Animal Rescue Society of BC and you'll receive all digital copies of the images taken, plus your pet will receive a special treat from Santa.

KORNA is also offering 15% off everything in store ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday.

When: Sat, Nov. 30 @ 11:00am and Sun, Dec. 1 @ 4:00pm

Where: KORNA Natural Pet Supplies (Kitsilano);

2030 West Broadway Street

Vancouver, V6J 1Z4

Cost: Photos are by a $20 donation

Pet Photos with Santa Hosted by the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is once again hosting Pet Photos with Santa throughout their various branches.

The whole family can come along to meet Santa and get your holiday photos for Christmas cards or keepsakes. All the funds will help support animals at your local BC SPCA branch.

5) Pet Photos with Santa - Vancouver Branch

Photos by A Tail to Tell Photography

When: Sun, Dec. 1 @ 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Where: Bosley’s by Pet Valu;

1005 Denman St,

Vancouver, V6G 2M4

Cost: By donation

Who: All well-behaved pets on leash or in a carrier are welcome

6) Pet Photos with Santa and Bake Sale, Burnaby Branch - FairyTails Doggy Day Care

Get a cute picture and also pick up some goodies from the bake sale table to take home.

When: Sun, Nov. 24 @ 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Where: FairyTails Doggy Day Care and Grooming;

5610 Goring St,

Burnaby, V5B 3A3

Cost: Suggested minimum donation is $20.00

Who: All well behaved leashed/kennelled pets welcome

7) Pet Photos with Santa, Abbotsford Branch - Buckerfields Abbotsford

By donation, you can have your photos emailed to you to easily print and make copies.

When: Sat, Nov. 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Buckerfields Abbotsford;

31852 Marshall Place,

Abbotsford, V2T 5Z9

Cost: By donation

8) Pet Photos with Santa, Tri-Cities Branch - BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre

Presented by Cedar & Bark Photography, this two-day event welcomes Santa to the branch for pictures with your furry friends. Pictures can be taken with or without Santa, so if your pooch gets frightened easily you can still get a perfect Christmas picture.

Book through the online booking service or by contacting the branch at (604) 468-4044 or

When: Sat, Nov. 30 & Sat, Dec. 1 @ 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Where: BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre;

#1-2565 Barnet Highway,

Coquitlam, V3H 4E2

Cost: Minimum $25 donation per session

Pet Food N More Stores

Choose the location closest to you to grab a cute picture with you pup and feel great knowing that all donation proceeds are sent to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

9) Pet Pictures with Santa at Park & Tilford in North Vancouver

When: Sat, Dec. 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Park & Tilford – North Vancouver;

745 333 Brooksbank Ave

North Vancouver, V7J 3S8

Cost: All pictures are by donation only

10) Pet Pictures with Santa at Oak Street in Vancouver

When: Sat, Dec, 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Oak Street Vancouver;

3244 Oak Street

Vancouver, V6H 2L3

Cost: All pictures are by donation only

11) Pet Pictures with Santa at 10th & Alma in Vancouver

When: Sat, Dec.14 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: W 10th Ave – Vancouver,

3669 West 10th Ave

Vancouver, V6R 2G2

Cost: All pictures are by donation only

PetSmart – Various Locations

At these annual events, pet parents will receive a free digital photo from PetSmart and can snap photos with their own device.

12) Santa Photos with your Dog 2019 - PetSmart, Vancouver

When: Fri, Dec. 22, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Where: PetSmart Vancouver – West 2nd

409 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 0E8

Cost: FREE

13) Santa Photos with your Dog 2019 - PetSmart, Richmond

When: Fri, Dec. 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: PetSmart Richmond

120-9751 Bridgeport Road Vancouver, B.C. V6X 1S3

Cost: FREE

14) Santa Photos with your Dog 2019 – PetSmart, North Vancouver

When: Fri, Dec. 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: PetSmart North Vancouver – Main St

1325 Main Street North Vancouver, BC V7J

Cost: FREE

It's the most wonderful time of the year so get in the Christmas spirit early by taking your pup along to one of these 14 events.

Make sure to use #pawswapapp when you inevitably share the cute Santa pictures all over Instagram as we’d love to feature them on our page!


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