gaslamp holiday pet parade

Galamp Holiday Pet Parade- Each year, the Christmas season brings a sense of holiday spirit to the city of San Diego. The season is not exclusively reserved for humans, but also our pet counterparts. The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is held yearly in downtown San Diego.  It showcases  cats & dogs in a spectacular show of colors and costumes. With over 300 participating entrants, the gaslamp holiday pet  parade extends across downtown San Diego. The event displays a wide array of custom pet costumes designed by pet owners.

The gaslamp hoiday pet parade features sponsored booths for the public to browse. Humane Vet Hospital of San Diego will be one of several sponsors. They will be giving discounts including an iPad Mini giveaway. Come witness one of many spectacles this city has to offer!

The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is presented by Downtown Ace Hardware. It begins on Sunday, December 9 starting at 3:00 pm. Registered pets are entitled to a complimentary goodie bag. It is filled with special discounts to pet-friendly restaurants and shops.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Route

The parade starts at Gaslamp Hilton Park in Downtown San Diego.

The park neighbors the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Located at 401 K Street, between Fourth Avenue and K Street.

The Gaslamp holiday pet parade progresses through the streets of the Gaslamp district. It then returns to the Gaslamp Hilton Park.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Contest Categories

Each parade participant is entered to win these contest categories:

  • Best Pet Costume
  • Best Pet Costume (non-canine)
  • Best Costume Duo
  • Best Costumed Group (3 or more)
  • Best Pet Holiday Costume
  • Cutest Critter
  • Ugliest Holiday Sweater
  • Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape
  • Hardware
  • Best of Show (opportunity to be Grand Marshal at next year’s event!)

Parade winners will be selected by a panel of pet parade judges.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Expo

The Pet Expo at the Gaslamp Hilton Park  is free from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Vendors include Humane Vet Hospital of San Diego, Peggy’s Pet Products, Inc., Spawtlight Dog Salon and Spa-San Diego, CA, Unleashed by Petco and more.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Entry

There is an early entry fee of $15 if you register by December 7th. Otherwise, the entry fee is $20 the day of the event.

There is only one pet per handler allowed, no exceptions.

You may register the day of the event at 1:00pm at Hilton Park.

Proceeds from the registration fees will go toward the parade set-up and cleanup.


Humane Vet Hospital of San Diego

Black Mt. Rd. Pet Clinic

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Info