Here’s a barking way to celebrate the first weekend of the festive month.

Get along to the Christmas Dog Show – part of the Festive Fifth Quarter weekend.

The Fifth Quarter is the commercial district bounded by Bootham and Gillygate. And this weekend includes is a festive trail, where you can search for pets and match them to business owners.


You can buy tickets for a raffle with prizes donated by Fifth Quarter traders, and carols too.

The dog show is at The Gillygate from 2pm on Sunday (December 2). Categories for the show are

  • ‘Santa Claws’ (the most festive dog)
  • ‘Best Six Legged Christmas sweater’ (dog and owner get judged here!)
  • ‘Best Rescue’
  • ‘Best Christmas Character’
  • ‘Dog most like its owner’
  • ‘The Tinseliest Waggliest Tail’
  • ‘Most Dashing Prince Charming’
  • ‘Most Beautiful Dame’
  • ‘Best Mince Pie Catcher’
  • ‘Best Junior handler’

Panto star Martin Barrass is the judge, and all proceeds go Keep Your Pet.

This charity provides short-term assistance for pet owners who are older or vulnerable at times of health or other emergencies in the York area.

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