Has your kitten been naughty? Has your dog been nice? Let Santa be the judge when you take your pet to have a photo taken with Old St. Nick himself. Get into the spirit with your furry friends this holiday season and take your pets to one, or all, of these festive Long Island events.
Petco photos with Santa
You can pose with your pet or let it be the center of attention when you go to Petco for photos with Santa. Bring home a keepsake photo and help benefit the All for Holiday Homes fundraiser. This event is held on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at local Petco or Unleashed by Petco stores. Donations of $9.95 accepted. petco.com.
Ugly Sweater Party
Dogs -- and maybe a cat or two -- will don their tackiest knit sweaters for a social party and costume contest at Harbor Pet in Greenport. Owner Kim Loper says the fun isn't limited to the four-leggers either -- there are awards for the ugliest human sweater and owner-pet duo, too. The $10 entry fee benefits the Southampton Animal Shelter.
INFO 5-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Harbor Pet, 120 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-1518, harbor-pet.com
Star Foundation Annual Fundraiser- Pet photos with Santa
STAR (Save the Animals Rescue) Foundation is hosting a photo with Santa event for your pet. Whether it be a dog, cat, ferret, bunny, horse or reptile, all animals are welcome. Guests will take home a 4x6 photo for $10 and festive frame. All pets will receive a tasty treat while visiting. All proceeds will benefit the STAR Foundation's wildlife rescue programs. The event will be held at Agway of Port Jeff on Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit savetheanimalrescue.org.
Paws and Claus Night at the Broadway Mall
Dec. 5, 12, 19 at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville from 7 to 9 p.m., it's Paws and Claus Night, when you can take your pets to get pictures with Santa. Call for photo pricing; broadwaymall.com.
Pet Photo Nights at Walt Whitman Shops
On Sunday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m., Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station is hosting a holiday pet photo night in the center court. Prices may vary; for more information check the website for times and prices. simon.com.
Pet Photo Night at Roosevelt Field
On Sunday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m., bring your pets to pose with Santa at Roosevelt Field mall (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) on the main level in the North Court. Check website for specific times and prices. simon.com.
Pet Holiday Photos at Smith Haven Mall
On Sunday, Dec. 10, bring your pet for a photo with Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. in the center court of the Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove). Hours vary depending on the date; for more information check the website for times and prices. simon.com.
Bring your pets, dressed in their best festive attire, on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westfield Sunrise in Massapequa. For more information visit westfield.com.
Select PetSmart retail locations invite shoppers to pop into stores on weekends with the family's pet to meet Santa for a free photo op. Locations with doggy day care facilities are also celebrating with an all-day North Pole Party Dec. 14 featuring games, a doggy sundae and holiday pet photo for dogs in their care for the day ($18-$24). Commack (2160 Jericho Tpke., 631-543-1025), Farmingdale (241 Airport Plaza Blvd., 631-843-1890) and Huntington Station (350 Walt Whitman Rd. Unit 9, 631-425-0913).
Westfield South Shore
Bring Fido to get his holiday picture taken at Westfield South Shore mall in Bay Shore on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit westfield.com.