Did you know that Christmas is an actual holiday and not just some fictitious celebration made up by Mariah Carey to sell albums? I can't believe it; I literally just learned about it this year. It's actually a quaint ritual that dates back centuries. Some say the traditional Christmas colors of red and green were chosen to dissuade the color-blind from celebrating. The color-blind cannot pilot planes; making them useless in Santa's army. Such fascinating lore!
Anyway, here are some dog holiday photo opportunities in Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods that you may partake in with your pets to celebrate this ancient tradition.
Fishtown Animal Hospital - 233 E Girard Avenue : Sunday, December 10th, 2023 11am - 3pm
Stop by during the Fishtown Freeze for raffles, food, and adoptable pets. Sign up here for a Santa or Chanukah photo by Three Hearts Photography with a $35 donation. Includes a stocking or Hanukkah box with donation.
Interstate Draft House - 1235 E Palmer Street : Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 2pm-4:30pm
Stop by to take a photo with Santa and grab a drink at their dog-friendly patio, open year-round! No sign-ups required.
Pet Supplies Plus - 2475 Aramingo Avenue, Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
A mini photo shoot at Pet Supplies Plus. Packages start at $30 for two digital images. Upgrades available, as well as the option to photoshop a candy cane into your pet's mouth. Sign up here; spots are limited.
Parade of Spirits - Liberty Lands, 913 N. 3rd Street : Saturday, December 9th, 2023 3:30pm-6:00pm
Photos available with the Philly Krampus; accepting donations with all proceeds going to The Satanic Temple's abortion clinic. I don't care that Northern Liberties "isn't Fishtown" - it's close enough.
Dog Tintypes from Vanity Tintype - 2316 Coral Street, December 9th-10th 10am-5pm
Not strictly Holiday themed, but dog tintype portraits sessions are available and discounted from Vanity Tintypes. Typically $140, but available at a discounted rate of $126. Sign-up for a session here.
Street Tails Animal Rescue - 1030 N. 2nd Street, December 2nd-3rd 12pm-4pm
Required donation of $10 to receive digital download. Holiday neutral options available. Message Street Tails to receive a sign-up link for nervous dogs.
Philadelphia Brewing Company - 2440 Frankford Avenue, December 9 (11am - 8pm) -10th (11am-6pm)
Visit Philadelphia Brewing Company for their Holiday market with 20+ vendors - kid and pet friendly. Grinch will be arriving with a photo booth at 1:30pm and Krampus will be there at 5pm. Food trucks and live music will be there as well.
2nd Street Animal Hopsital - 966 N. 2nd Street, December 21st 5pm-7:30pm
Free Santa photos at 2nd Street Animal Hospital. All pets are welcome, including exotic ones. Post your photo with the hashtag '#2ndStreetSanta' and tag @2ndStreetVet for a chance to win prizes.
Philly Paw Club - 901 N. Front Street, December 18-20th
Photoshoots are $5 and include 3 physical prints, as well as digital copies of your photos. Sign up sheets are in the lobby of their building, or call them at (267)630-3647 to schedule.