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Best Places For Pet Pictures With Santa

Dogs, all pets for that matter, are family too. And they should be included in on the holiday festivities, including a trip to visit Santa Claus. Santa makes special visits just for pets around the Chicagoland area so you can have your dog or cat's photo taken with him. And on Christmas morning, let them rip open one of their own gifts so they can experience the thrill of a magical Christmas too.


Most local PetSmart stores are bringing Santa in to meet and greet with your pet. While you're there you might want to think about treating your dog to a gift too. Your dog or cat can give a gift to other shelter animals just by having their photo taken with Santa. Five dollars from the cost of the photo will go toward benefiting The Anti-Cruelty Society. A 4-by-6 photograph with a holiday frame costs $9.95 ($8.95 with a PetSmart card.) If your dog is skittish around other animals, this might not be the best place or activity to take your pet.

Pets Sit On Santa's Lap for Charity
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Sat. Dec 10th & 17th
Sun. Dec. 11th & 18th
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sat. Dec 10th & 17th
Sun. Dec. 11th & 18th
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Yorktown Center

Have you ever wanted to bring your dog to the mall with you? Now is your chance. Yorktown Mall is hosting a Pet Night with Santa on Dec. 11 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. because pets love Santa too. Pet owners are given the option to get in the picture if they'd like. Pets must enter through the doors at Arcade 5, next to Egg Harbor Café.

Highland Ave. and Butterfield Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630-629-7330

Golf Mill Shopping Center

Every Monday night until Dec. 19 from 5 – 8p.m. the Golf Mill Shopping Center is hosting a pet night so your pet can meet Santa. They will even provide costumes for your pet. You are able to bring your personal camera along granted that you purchase a photo package. Just the meet and greet with Santa though is free.

Santa Monkeys Around With The Chimps
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Northbrook Court

Santa is really making the rounds this year. He'll be spreading holiday cheer Dec. 12 and 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Northbrook Court. Your four-legged family members are invited to come and enjoy spreading the holiday cheer with him. Pets are welcome to meet Santa and have their photo taken with him.

Bensenville Park District

For five dollars, you can bring your pet to meet Santa. Your pet will receive a photo and a special treat from the jolly man. They ask that all pets stay on a leash or contained in a box or cage. Participants will receive a time slot upon registration between 7-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. The registration deadline for this event is Dec. 10.

Rachel Azark is a writer, and lives on Chicago's northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog

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