Best Holiday Things To Do With Your Dog in Austin

December 7, 2023

Dog in front of christmas tree for holidays

The city of Austin during the holidays is truly a magical place. We don’t want your dog to miss out on any of the fun so we’ve put together this list of the best holiday things to do with your dog in Austin in 2023. Enjoy and happy holidays! 

Family with dog at Mozart's coffee

Mozart’s Light Show 

Enjoy a fantastic light show of over 1 million festive lights that twinkle to festive tunes over at Mozart’s Coffee located at 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. From November 9th, 2023 to January 6th, 2024, you can reserve a ticket to witness the lights as well as Mozart’s Bavarian Marketplace featuring holiday treats for both pups and humans. Be sure to try Mozart’s famous hot cocoa and cinnamon sugar and salt pretzels! You can bring one dog per table reservation. 

Santa and Lights at the Domain

From Saturday, November 18th, 2023 until Christmas, step into a winter wonderland at the Domain Northside located at 10910 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758. There are many dog-friendly spots at the Domain to explore with your pup like high-end fashion boutiques, dog-friendly restaurants, and local cafes. Stop by in the evening to witness the dazzling nightly light show with thousands of lights twinkling to holiday music. 

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Just a short 30-minute drive from Austin, visit Elgin Christmas Tree Farm at 120 Natures Way, Elgin, TX 78621. At this tree farm, you have the option to cut down your very own tree or choose from pre-cut firs. There is also a holiday gift shop full of ornaments and other holiday treats that will get you into the Christmas spirit. On Sundays, the farm hosts a church gathering at 11 am and there are other holiday festivities such as a hay maze and train ride, perfect for a day of family fun! Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the farm and must stay on leash.

i love you mural outside of joe's coffee golden retriever

Holiday Festivities at South Congress

South Congress hosts many trendy shops, boutiques, and even some dog-friendly restaurants. One of our favorite spots is an indoor dog park and workspace, Woof and Work. At Woof and Work, your dog can play with their friends while you are productive! During the holiday season, South Congress is decorated with holiday lights and other cute decorations, making it the perfect place to take a stroll and shop with your pup. We also love the iconic “I love you so much” mural by Jo’s Coffee, a dog-friendly coffee shop. 

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s & Bass Pro

Get a free 4×6 photo of your pooch and Santa at participating Cabela’s & Bass Pro shops from now until December 24th! Be sure to make a reservation and select a time slot in advance on their website. Cabela’s and Bass Pro are both dog-friendly but your pup must remain on leash. After taking photos with Santa, you can shop for friends and family while taking advantage of this wonderful socialization opportunity for your pup.

Dog training in Lowe's in front of holiday setup

Santa at Barton Square Creek

Santa will be at Barton Square Creek this holiday season until December 24th! Pets are welcome to take pics with the big man himself on December 10th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 20% of all photo funds on the pet-friendly day will be donated to Ay Chihuahua Rescue and Austin Humane Society. Reservations are encouraged but not required and be sure to take a look at their website for other special events like Pajama Days and more.

There are so many different dog-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays with your pup in Austin this year! If you need help with your dog’s manners in public, schedule a free training consultation with us today.