Christmas Dog Events in Kent

Paw-tastic Fun In Kent

See Kent’s round-up of events for fur babies this Christmas with Santa Paws and lots of paw-fectly great activities for four-legged friends to have a cracker of a Christmas. We have some tips to help them prepare for the festive season and also see our Dogs & Fireworks – How To Keep Pets Calm feature for more advice.

For more Christmas events don’t miss our Christmas in Kent rounds ups of Pantos in Kent, Christmas Markets in Kent, Santa’s Grottos in Kent, and  Christmas Fairs & Fayres in Kent. Check out Festive Shows & Concerts in Kent and Free Family Festive Events in Kent for great ideas of things to do and see in the county. See our Seasonal category under What’s On for lots more festive events here.

A light brown dog sitting in a Santa sleigh for Kent Festive dog fun and Santa Paws at Dobbies in Ashford and Gillingham

Kent Festive dog fun at Dobbies garden centres this year. Take your fur baby along for Santa Paws for their chance to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift at their centres in Ashford and Gillingham. Price: £6.99. Time: Until 23rd December 2023 – times vary. Pictured above


Illuminated forest for Christmas Experiences in Kent includes Bedgebury Christmas 2023 in Tunbridge Wells

Dogs are allowed at the Christmas at Bedgebury event where you and your fur baby can discover softly-lit doves delicately balanced on branches, reed-like neon structures, sparkling tunnels of light and the Pinetum filled with new displays to see this year. Price:  Adult: £19-£24, Child – 3 to 16 years: £13-£17, Child – 0-2 years: Free – must book a ticket, Personal Assistant: Free – must book a ticket. Family -2 Adults + 2 Children: £61-£79. Parking – Members – one free parking space – must book Non Members: £8. Time:  Until 24th, 26th to 31st December 2023 – time slots vary.

Festive events in Ramsgate include the self-led hunt to find Rudolph’s lost carrots where you can take dogs along for the trail too. Pegwell’s Rudolph Trail at Pegwell Bay Country Park in Ramsgate.Price: Trail: £3.50. Time: Until 22nd December 2023, 9am-2pm.

Castle illuminated for one of the many Events in Kent with Christmas At The Castle at Tonbridge Castle

At the Christmas at the Castle event at Tonbridge Castle, there are dog-friendly sessions at the Illuminate Tonbridge Castle. This Winter Light Trail features never-seen-before light installations that transform all aspects of the castle into a Winter spectacle. Price: Winter Light Trai – In Advance/At Gate – if available: Child: From £9.50/£17. Adult: From £13/£24, Carer: Free – must book in advance. Time: Until 30th December-  4:15pm-9pm. Pictured above.

Meet the Monarchs Trail at Chartwell in Westerham Sevenoaks

Dogs are also welcome at Chartwell in Sevenoaks, pictured above, and can be taken along to the Storybook Trail at Chartwell where little ones can see if they can find the White Rabbit, Black Beauty and Cinderella’s sparkling carriage, overflowing with pumpkins. Price: Trail: £3, Admission: National Trust Member: Free, Garden and Studio Adult: £15.40/£14, Child: £7.70/£7. 1 Adult and up to 3 children: £23.10/£21. Family: £38.50/£35. Time: Until 7th January 2024. Pictured above.


Dog asleep for Canine Christmas tips for the

The Dog Trust tips and advice on how to keep your dog safe this Christmas.

We are all guilty of overindulging during the seasonal holidays, but for dogs, it can be dangerous. Keep their treats to a sensible amount. Do not feed them the things we all love at this time of year – Christmas cake, Xmas pudding, mince pies, and chocolate are very harmful to them. Also, watch out for decorations, holly berries and mistletoe can cause them to be sick and lethargic.

Ensure your dog has somewhere to get away from all the hustle and bustle, party games and festive fun. However friendly dogs can be, they need some time out as they can get overstimulated. Create a safe space with their bed and fresh water they can easily access.

Keep them to their food and exercise, as it will help keep them calm when you have visitors. Give them a distraction when your guests first arrive, like a long-lasting food release treat or a chew. If children are coming who aren’t used to being around dogs (or your dog isn’t used to children), make sure the children understand how to behave around dogs.

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