8 Fun Dog-Friendly Things To Do In NYC This Winter

8 Fun Dog-Friendly Things to do in NYC this Winter

8 Fun Dog-Friendly Things to do in NYC this Winter

Ride the Holiday Nostalgia Train

Go back in time this winter by simply swiping your MetroCard ($2.75!). For six Sundays between Thanksgiving and New Years, the MTA will be putting 1930s R1-9 train cars back on the tracks. The old time trains will be running on November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th, December 23rd, and December 30th. They’ll choo-choo along the F line between 2nd Avenue and Rockefeller Center, and then switch to the Central Park West line for the rest of the trip. Each train departs from 2nd Avenue at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., and from 125th Street at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Trains make express stops at:

  • 2nd Avenue
  • Broadway – Lafayette Street / Bleecker Street
  • West 4th Street – Washington Square
  • 34th Street – Herald Square
  • 42nd Street – Bryant Park
  • 47th-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center
  • 7th Avenue
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle
  • 125th Street

Go to a Holiday Pawty

Nothing kicks off the holidays like a good party. Luckily, there are a few happening around the city. Hit one up, or hit up all three, and spread your holiday cheer.

@puppynamedcharlie is hosting their Third Annual Dog Mom (and Dad) White Elephant Party at Boris & Horton on Saturday, December 8 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Sadly, the free event is sold out, but check back for cancellations! 

Puppy Parties NYC and Brooklyn Canine Club have teamed up for a holiday pawty featuring photos with Santa, an “ugly sweater” contest, doggie eggnog, and more. It’s on Sunday, December 9th from 2 – 4pm at the Brooklyn Canine Club. You can buy tickets here

Attend Dog Trivia

Show off your dog knowledge at dog trivia with Puppy Bowl referee Dan Schachner! He hosts trivia night at Boris & Horton every Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm, with money benefiting different rescue organizations and prizes for winners. Don’t miss his holiday Ugly Sweater Trivia night, on December 13th, with an ugly sweater contest and holiday drink specials. Can’t make it? There will also be trivia on December 6th, 20th, and 27th.

Go See the Tree at Rockefeller Center

The dazzling tree is guaranteed to be the biggest tree your dog will ever sniff (but don’t pee on it!). The 72-foot-tall tree has 50,000 lights, and a 9-foot-wide Swarovski Star on top. It’s great for holiday selfies, sipping hot cocoa, and for people watching (there’s an ice rink right below it). Can’t make it until after Christmas? Don’t worry, you have plenty of time to check it out. The tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7th, 2019.

Get a Holiday Drink at d.b.a.

This neighborhood dive bar in the East Village is all about the holidawgs. Sip on a hot cider with whiskey or rum and hang out on their heated patio. They have happy hour every night until 9pm, plus plenty of dog events to keep you busy. Bonus: check out their Instagram feed for plenty of pup porn.

Go Sledding in Central Park

Sledding is fun for all ages, and all leg counts – two or four. When Central Park gets more than six inches of snow, their sledding areas open for everyone to enjoy. The two most popular spots are Pilgrim Hill, found by entering the park around 72nd St and Fifth Ave, and Cedar Hill, found a bit further uptown between 76th and 79th St at Fifth Ave.

If you’re closer to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head there. Top sledding spots include Long Meadow, Lookout Hill, Drummer’s Grove, and Endale Arch. 

Need a sled? We recommend this one. 

Go to a Holiday Market

Holiday markets in NYC are a great place to spend an afternoon people watching, shopping, and snacking. Hit up one of these markets, and be sure to grab some mulled wine or hot cocoa while there:

Winter Village at Bryant Park: Featuring over 170 vendors (!), the Winter Village at Bryant Park has something for everyone. There’s a cozy skating rink, wholesome eats, and holiday events like a tree lighting and caroling. It’s a winter wonderland, right in the middle of the city! Check out Marc Tetro‘s stall for dog themed accessories, and Shop Dog & Co for dog presents. 

Union Square Holiday Market: This European-style winter market features more than 150 local and national vendors, so there’s truly something for everyone. Head here for a day of winter fun, grab a snack from food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar or Wafels & Dinges, shop ’til you drop, and then cap it all off with play time at the dog park right in Union Square. Don’t forget to stop by the Ware of the Dog stall to pick up some dog goods. 

Columbus Circle Holiday Market: This annual holiday bazaar is right at the entrance of Central Park, the city’s best dog park! With more than 100 booths, there are plenty of dog-themed items to choose from. We liked the dog breed socks, and freshly made hot apple cider donuts. Shop here, and then head into the park. 

Have Your Photo Taken with Santa

Dogs love laps, and Santa has a big one! Get your pup’s photo taken with Santa, perfect for the fridge or this year’s holiday cards. Local Petco and Unleashed stores offer photos with Santa, with 100% of your $9.95 fee benefiting homeless pets in your community, through the Petco Foundation. Here are some locations and times (click here if your location isn’t listed below). 

Unleashed B&M

Columbus Avenue – Unleashed by Petco
159 Columbus Ave New York, NY 10023
212-579-4560

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

PETCO B&M

Turtle Bay
991 Second Avenue New York, NY 10022
212-593-7213

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

Unleashed B&M

Third Avenue – Unleashed by Petco
1155-1157 Third Avenue New York, NY 10065-6010
212-288-1564

12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

PETCO B&M

86th & Lexington
1280 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10028-2105
212-369-7903

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

PETCO B&M

Union Square
860 Broadway New York, NY 10003
212-358-0692

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

PETCO B&M

92nd/Broadway
2475 Broadway New York, NY 10025-7450
212-877-1270

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

 

PETCO B&M

BROOKLYN SUNSET PARK
241 37th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232
718-666-4019

12/8/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/15/18 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa
12/16/18 – Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa

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