Have-A-Go Activities

Are you ready for a dog friendly Christmas market the WHOLE family can enjoy? Attending DogFest Christmas is a must for any dog lovers wish list this year; from fabulous shopping opportunities, tasty festival food and drink, exciting have-a-go activities and a winter Santa Paws Dog Walk around Crystal Palace Park, everything you enjoy will have a sprinkle of festive cheer!


Whilst your here, why not view our planner to plan your day in advance.


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Festive Fun Dog Show

Sponsored by Bought By Many

Enter the Festive Fun Dog Show and see if your dog can win Best in Show in one of our Christmassy categories, including a lovely prize bundle, the perfect early Christmas present to spoil pup with! Simply head over on the day to register for free for; Mrs Claus (Best Female Dog), Mr Claus (Best Male Dog), Santa’s Little Helper (Best Puppy), Merriest Dog (Waggiest Tail) or Buddy the Elf (Best Rescue)*

Taking place at 11:30am and 2:30pm with Best in Show at 3:30pm.

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Dogstacle Course

Sponsored by MINI

Instruct your dog to soar over hay bale hurdles, zigzag around poles, dart through tunnels and jump in the (snow)ball pit, or join in to show your dog how it’s done!

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Meet Father Christmas

Come inside Bought By Many's festive Santa's Grotto and enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate (on them!) before meeting Father Christmas and letting him know if your four legged friend has been naughty or nice. Get your family paw-trait taken as a keepsake - perfect for your Christmas cards. 

First come, first serve basis. Simply head to the Grotto on arrival to book your visit. 

9am - 11am | 11.30am - 1pm | 2pm - 3pm | 3.30pm - 4.30pm

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Obedience Ring

If your dog is leaning towards the naughty list this year, why not stop by and see if you can learn a thing or two from our experts to sway Santa Paws' decision!

If you've ever wanted to teach your dog a trick or two, head over to the ring and have a go with TikTok star and Britain’s Got Talent and Crufts Heelwork to Music/Freestyle finalist Lucy Heath. She'll be o hand to guide you through the steps to teaching your dog tricks you’d like them to learn, troubleshoot any issues or answer any questions!  All breeds/sizes/ages welcome - there is something safe for all in trick training! See full timetable.

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Santa Dash

Test your dogs speed as they race over hay bales against the clock in the Santa Dash to see who can race to the finish line the fastest! Get your name on the leaderboard as the fastest time of the day.

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Santa Paws walk

Sponsored by Bought By Many

Head out a 2k or 5k dog friendly winter walk around the beautiful grounds of Crystal Palace Park. Don't forget to grab you and pup an early Christmas present as you enjoy your walk in style in your matching dog bandana and santa hat. Find out more.

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Dogs Trust Village

Take part in the festive tombola, purchase charity Christmas cards, calendars and diaries and speak to the Dogs Trust team.

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Food & Refreshments

Your winter experience wouldn't be complete without a cup of warming mulled wine or a hot chocolate with all the toppings. Don't forget to grab a spot of lunch from a selection of delicious festival food and drink.

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Christmas Shopping

Our dog friendly Christmas market is the pawfect spot to bring your shoppers and get your presents sorted early this year. Don't forget to cover pups eyes whilst Santa Paws wraps their presents for the big day. Discover more.

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Make new friends

Our Santa Paws Walks gives you the perfect chance to meet local dog lovers and chat about your four legged friends. We may be socially distanced but that doesn't mean your pup won't make a new best friend.

*Dogs should not be dressed up in costumes, or any clothing that restricts their movement or natural behaviour. Read our animal welfare guidelines for more info.


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