2022 Pet Photos with Santa for Cats and Dogs on the Nice List

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We’ve made a list, so you won’t have to check it twice: it’s the most wonderful time of the year to make memories with your family pets! Here are some fun opportunities for your fur babies to get their photo taken with Santa — some are pet-specific, while others are pet-friendly family events. Most require advance registration, so don’t wait to grab a session!

2022 Pet Photos with Santa

Santa Paws Photo Session (Downers Grove)
November 26–27, 2022 | 12:00 – 4:00pm
December 3–4, 2022 | 12:00 – 4:00pm

This fundraiser event will be hosted over two consecutive weekends at Bentley’s Pet Stuff (1014 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove). Donations and photo proceeds will benefit Chicagoland Animal Rescue.

Santa’s Alley Workshop at Whisper Me Home (La Grange)
December 2–18, 2022
This all-family, pet-friendly (up to 8 people) “workshop” event offers private, 30-minute sessions with Santa in a decorative activity space. Make crafts, drink hot cocoa, and get all the photos you want with the onsite Santa Claus. Registration and deposit is required.

CILRA Pet Holiday Photo Fundraiser (Downers Grove)
December 3, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
No registration required. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption. Photos will take place at the Happy Dog Barkery, 5118 Main Street in Downers Grove.

Santa Paws (Park District of La Grange)
December 4, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Registration is required (deadline is November 23rd). Photos will be emailed after the event.

Pictures with Santa Paws (Villa Park)
December 7, 2022 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Claus and Paws (Westchester Park District)
December 8, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cats and dogs are welcome to take a photo with Santa.

Pet Photos with Santa (Oak Park)
December 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Advance registration required. Registration is formatted in 15 minute increments; see website to select specific time slot(s).


Know of another opportunity to bring your pets for a photo opportunity with Santa? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out our Holiday Guide to make holiday magic the easy and organized way, all season long.

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