It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—at least when it comes to twinkling holiday lights! All across the country, parks, neighborhoods and other public places are installing spectacular holiday light shows, where you can wander or drive through an expertly illuminated winter wonderland.
Because they’re usually held outside and often include drive-through options, holiday light shows are one holiday tradition that’s accessible to most of us in 2020—and for those same reasons, they’re also a perfect seasonal treat to enjoy with your pet by your side. So pack a thermos of hot chocolate (for you, not your pet!), toss your winter jacket in the car, outfit your pup in their Christmas apparel (we’re just guessing they have a stylin’ holiday sweater) and head out to enjoy your local holiday light display. Who knows? This memorably bright night with your furry companion might just become your new favorite holiday tradition.
Before You Go
As you plan your trip to a holiday light show, keep your pet’s safety in mind. The Center for Pet Safety recommends buckling your pet into the car in a crash-tested safety harness, and avoiding long tethers or zipline-style products, which can cause injury if your pet gets tangled in them. It’s also a bad idea to let your pet hang their head out of an open window, the group advises, because of the risk of injury to your pet’s eyes from debris in the air.
If you plan to leave your car and stroll through holiday lights at a pet-friendly area, remember to follow all the rules of the venue, including leash requirements. And of course, always follow the CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet from others, and washing your hands after you leave a public place.
Alabama: 2020 Galaxy of Lights
California: Christmas in Color
Florida: St. Augustine Nights of Lights
Kentucky: Lights Under Louisville
Massachusetts: Bright Nights at Forest Park
Nevada: Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
North Carolina: Christmas Town USA
Oregon: Winter Wonderland Portland
Texas: Austin Trail of Lights