Dog-Friendly Guide to the Holidays in Kansas City

December 6, 2023

Adorable tan dog with santa hat for chirstmas and holidays
Black poodle service dog training by christmas tree holidays

From beautiful holiday light displays to festive markets, there are so many fun things to do with your dog in Kansas City to get into the holiday spirit! We believe dogs are part of the family too and don’t want them to miss out on the love and joy of the holiday season. We hope you enjoy this dog-friendly guide to the holidays in Kansas City. Happy holidays! 

Knights of Lights

Visit Kansas City’s annual Renaissance Festival this holiday season over at 633 N 130th St, Bonner Springs, KS. This winter wonderland is full of lights, shopping, food, and entertainment. There is a lighted maze with half a million lights where you can encounter Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Barbie the Christmas Elf! Kids can enjoy free hot cocoa and pups will leave with a free goodie bag. You can even make a reservation to dine in a private igloo! The festival is open Friday-Sunday until December 31st. Tickets are $17 per adult, $9 per child, and $5 per dog. 

Sar-Ko Aglow Light Display

Take your pup for a dazzling, festive walk through the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa! Sar-Ko Aglow is one of Kansas City’s top holiday light displays where you can enjoy miles of twinkling lights. Be sure to walk around Rose’s Pond to view gorgeous reflections on the water. You can bring the whole family to take stunning holiday photos. 

Adorable merle dog by her christmas tree

Merry Market at Art Garden KC

Shop the Merry Market located at 20 East 5th StreetKansas City, MO, 64106 from 10 am – 5 pm on Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec 9-10, and Dec. 16-17! With over 100 local Kansas City vendors, you can find something on everyone’s wishlist this holiday season. Enjoy holiday treats and sip seasonal beverages as you and your pup shop the market. There will also be entertainment like live music, performances, Santa sightings, and more! 

Photos with Santa at Town Center Plaza

Visit the Town Center Plaza in Leawood on weekdays until December 15th for pet photos with Santa! Schedule your appointment on their website for a 3-5 minute photo session with the big man. Pets must be friendly and well-behaved and on a leash, in a carrier, or held by their owner at all times. Upon arrival, you can let a member of the staff know that you have a furry friend with you. You and your pet will wait outside until their turn. Human-only sessions are now until December 23rd. 

Pitbull dog on green couch by christmas tree for holidays

Fort Osage Christmas Trees

You can cut down your very own Christmas Tree over at Fort Osage located at 3022 N Twyman Rd. Independence, MO 64058. Well-behaved pups on leash are welcome to enjoy the Christmas harvest! Check their website before attending as their schedule fluctuates based on supplies. 

Most of these events require that your dog is well-behaved and on a leash at all times. If your dog isn’t quite ready to do a sit-stay with Santa or loose leash walk in a holiday market, schedule a free training consultation with us today! We’d love to help with one of our in-home dog training programs.