It’s the month of wind, rain, and apocalyptically dark mornings, which means that December can get pretty antisocial. For most people, the temptation to scuttle home after work and hibernate indoors can be almost too much to bear. Luckily we have dogs, who demand to be walked twice a day, however cold and wet it is. Even more luckily, they give us access to a whole month of canine-themed events. Here’s 8 of the best.
1. Dog Friendly Cinema: Fantastic Beasts 2, 2nd December
Where: Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn St, London SW4 0AT
If, like us, you think your dog is the perfect cinema date, then you’ll be pleased to know that Clapham Picturehouse occasionally welcomes furry film enthusiasts. This December it’s showing Fantastic Beasts, and if past performances are anything to go by dogs can expect bowls of water and a blanket for their chair. Visit www.picturehouses.com.
2. HIRO + WOLF Festive Fundraiser, 4th December
Where: Sofa.com Bankside Showroom, 3 Burrell Street SE1 0UN,
Humans on the hunt for the perfect Christmas present for their hound need look no further than Hiro + Wolf’s doggie catwalk. There’ll be celebrity dogs wearing the brand’s latest collection, as well as prosecco and dog treats to chow down on. Get yourself a photo to stick on your Christmas cards at the pet photo-booth, which will be raising money to support The Blue Cross for pets. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.
3. Malin + Goetz x Fetch &Follow Pamper Party, 6th December
Where: Malin + Goetz 7 Dials, 6 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB
Humans can enjoy manicures with a canine theme, and dogs can get a fresh cut for the winter, at Malin + Goetz’s Covent Garden shop. It’s not all vanity though, there’s also question time with vets, nutrition consultations, and a gift bag at the end filled with Fetch & Follow goodies. Tickets available at: www.fetchandfollow.co.uk.
4. Doggy Style Christmas Market, 9 December
Where: 26 Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Stock up on treats, clothes, and even some doggie skincare at this pooch-themed indoor market. Ticket sales will support All Dogs Matter, and there’s two bars located at the venue – in case it all gets too much. There’s doggie beer and prosecco too, if your pup also needs some refreshment. Ticket available at www.doggystylemarket.com.
5. Santa Paws Christmas Fair, 9 December
Where: The Garden Gate, South End Green, London, NW3 2QE
Get in the spirit at this Christmas fair, and help raise some money for All Dogs Matter. There’s mulled wine to keep you warm, and the chance to get a ‘pawtrait’ in the grotto. If you feeling extra festive, don your Christmas jumper (get your pooch in one too), to be in the running for best dressed dog/human. Visit for tickets: alldogsmatter.co.uk.
6. Smith & Whistle Dog Christmas Party, 14 December
Where: Smith & Whistle, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
This is one Christmas party you won’t be dreading – mostly because it’s sure to be full of furry guests. Details are still to follow, but it promises to be a swanky affair. After all, this is the place that launched London’s first dog burger, and created its own ‘dogtail’ menu. Visit for more details: thedogvine.com.
7. Club Puppicana, 15 December
Where: Peckham Levels, Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15
With a name like this, you know it’s going to be a good time. There’s brunch on offer to suit all diets – vegan, veggie or carnivores – and bottomless bloody marys, prosecco, tea and coffee to boot. Dogs even get their own serve of Bottom Sniffer Beer. After you’ve stuffed yourself, visit the resident stalls to stock up on Christmas treats. More info www.designmynight.com.
8. Windmill Clapham Christmas Dog Jumper Competition, 30 December
Where: Windmill Clapham, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE London, United Kingdom
Usually, by the 30th December, festive spirit is running seriously low. However if anything can revive it, it’s the sight of a mutt in a Christmas jumper. Get your dog all dressed up for a chance to win “a very generous, ultimate prize”, with bonus points for those that go matchy-matchy. More info at www.facebook.com.