Best Dog-friendly Christmas Markets in the UK

Who doesn’t love wandering around the stalls of a Christmas market? Perfect for getting into that festive mood, the only thing better than going to a Christmas market is going with your dog by your side! We’ve rounded up the very best dog-friendly Christmas markets from around the UK. Heading to one of these fabulous cities with your furry friend in tow is a great way to get a spot of Christmas shopping done, and make some magical memories with your pup.

Bath

Renowned for its stunning architecture, the Bath Christmas markets will serve as a very picturesque dog walk with the beautiful Bath Abbey and Roman Baths to marvel at. Between these vistas and over 170 chalets selling all manner of festive goods, the Bath Christmas markets are a great place to wander through with your dog. However the organisers do advise that the most dog-friendly times are during the quieter mid-week periods and lunchtimes as opposed to on the weekends.

When: 23rd November to 10th December

Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital has everything you could ask for from a Christmas market, and nearly everything is dog-friendly – just not the ice rink! The markets are located in the heart of the city in East Princes Street Gardens. Not only are there plenty of stalls to peruse, but there’s also a ferris wheel and live shows to enjoy!

When: 17th November 2023 to 6th January 2024

Winchester

Winchester Christmas Market attracts over 400,000 visitors each year, and it’s easy to see why. One of the largest in the UK, Winchester Cathedral is renowned for its beauty, and forms the backdrop for the annual Christmas markets in the town. There’s even a community stage at the heart of the Christmas market, shining a light on local talent. Dogs are welcome in the markets, but not inside the cathedral. Dogs are however permitted in the courtyard area of the cathedral cafe.

When: 17th November to 21st December 2023

Sheffield

With just over 50 cabins, the Sheffield Christmas markets may be a better option for pups who prefer a quieter experience. A little smaller than some of the other markets listed, it’s sure to offer you and your pooch a cosy festive experience. As well as being welcome to walk among the cabins, dogs are also allowed in the outdoor areas of the Alpine bars.

When: 18th November to 24th December 2023

Manchester

Manchester is home to one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in the UK, with over 220 stalls across 9 different sites throughout the city centre. Piccadilly Gardens is transformed into the beautiful Winter Gardens each year, while other areas such as Market Street and Exchange Square will also be peppered with stalls selling all sorts of festive goods. The only area that is out of bounds to pooches is Albert Square, making it a very dog-friendly Christmas market.

When: 11th of November to 22nd December 2023

Bristol

This smaller Christmas market has just over 50 huts selling an array of gifts, crafts and festive snacks. There’s live music to be enjoyed in the Jäger Barn bar, and you can even book into your own Igloo or Ski Gondola for a cosy place to enjoy all the treats on offer. Well-behaved dogs on Santa’s nice list are also welcome to join you in the Igloos and Gondolas.

When: 3rd November to 23rd December 2023

Are Dogs Allowed in Winter Wonderland?

While dogs are allowed in Winter Wonderland, this particular Christmas event does get very busy. As London’s largest winter event, it may not be suitable for all dogs. If your dog has never been in a loud, crowded environment before, or you know they don’t like it, we’d recommend attending a calmer dog-friendly Christmas market.

Wrapping Up

Christmas markets can be brilliant dog-friendly Christmas events. Since they take place outdoors and involve a lot of walking, interesting smells and friendly people, many dogs will love to attend. However, if you are attending one that is likely to be busy, be certain that your dog is happy among lots of people. We would always recommend going with your dog during quieter hours, such as on weekdays and during the day rather than weekends or evenings.

Don’t forget to explore our range of Christmas pet toys and treats, perfect for your good boy or girl this festive season!

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