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Preparing for Pet Pictures with Santa

It’s that time of year again and many of us have already started making plans for the holiday season. For pet parents, the holidays represent a special time. This is when we spend more time at home with our furry friends and maybe even shower them with gifts.  Our pets bring so much joy into our lives, it’s only natural to want to share this special time with them.

This year, create a new holiday tradition of pet pictures with Santa. These pictures will look adorable hanging on your wall or your Instagram story. Visiting Santa creates memories you’ll enjoy for years to come.

While some pets enjoy being around new people, others do not. If your pet isn’t accustomed to wearing a costume, being around large crowds of people and other pets, or sitting next to a bearded stranger, pictures with Santa could be a stressful ordeal. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prepare your pet for their visit with jolly old St. Nick.

Pet Costumes

Many pet parents like to dress their pet up for their picture with Santa. However, this isn’t required if it causes unnecessary stress for your pet.

Make sure to let your pet inspect their new sweater or outfit long before the day of your event. After sniffing the costume for a bit, try putting it on and letting them wear it around the house. Make sure the outfit you choose isn’t tight or restrictive and that your pet can comfortably sit, stand, and walk in it.

If your pet won’t tolerate a holiday sweater, reindeer antlers, or costume, try a festive bandanna or collar instead.


Many pets become stressed at crowded retail locations. Even pets that are used to being around crowds of people and other pets find busy shopping malls overwhelming. Try planning your visit with Santa in the morning when there’s less of a crowd.

If possible, split the cost with friends and family and book Santa Claus to come directly to your house where your pet feels most comfortable. Planning a small event with Santa will create memories you’ll cherish for years!

Making Your Pet Comfortable with Santa

Many pets become nervous when meeting Santa for the first time. Begore seating your pet next to Santa, make sure you let them meet him first. Walk up and have a friendly chat with Santa. Let Santa scratch behind their ears and offer your pet a treat. If they still won’t sit next to Santa, don’t stress the issue. You can always stand beside Santa with your pet for the picture.

Santa For Hire offers real bearded Santas for holiday events and virtual visits. Please contact us to schedule your pet pictures with Santa!


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