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Deck the Paws Holiday Pet Expo at Mesquite Convention Center

Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time to start planning holiday fun for your entire family -- including your pets! We’ve got the paw-fect event for you that’s Dog Mom approved - Deck the Paws!

Taking place at Mesquite Convention Center on December 14-15, this indoor festival includes everything from holiday shopping to visits with Santa Claus to an indoor lure course and an Ugly Sweater contest to merry music and more. The tail waggin’ festival includes pet adoptions, too! You can spend the entire day with your furry one all while establishing a new Christmas tradition for your family.

What makes Deck the Paws so special? Here are the Top 5 reasons why we think you should attend:

Holiday Shopping

With more than 70 exhibitors in attendance, Deck the Paws is the paw-fect place to shop for your furry friends and even animal lovers on your Christmas list. There's something for everyone! You'll find everything from cool things for your pet that you can slip underneath the tree to jewelry for the discerning Dog & Cat Moms to pet services to make your daily life easier. You’ll find your favorite pet shops to adorable online boutiques including local Etsy Shops. It’s a great way to find those unique items and to #ShopLocal and #ShopSmallBusiness!

North Texas’ Interactive Art Display for Dogs

Designed by John Wolfe, a designer known for creating Broadway and the Barney TV show sets, the art exhibit is the first-of-its-kind in North Texas and includes fun, interactive displays. Let your dog play in the largest dog bowl they have ever seen! Take photos of them standing by giant meat sculptures. Stroll through a fun mirror maze and through a dog house obstacle course!  Be prepared for lots of tail wagging! They may never want to leave the fur-tastic art exhibit!

Santa’s Village

Santa Claus is coming to town and wants to see all his friends at Deck the Paws! There are no lumps of coal to be found in Santa's Village! Jolly Ole Saint Nick really wants to hear your fur-kids and skin-kids’ Christmas wishes. Besides, we already know they have been nice alllll year long! Photo packages available for purchase.

Fur-tastic Entertainment

What’s a holiday paw-ty without music and entertainment? Deck the Paws will have sights and sounds for all to enjoy. All-new this year is the Fantastic Paws Lure Course.  It's indoors and a wonderful, fun, safe way to get the pups' tails wagging.Picasso Paws, hosted by Lone Star Pyrs and Paws Dog Rescue, will be at Deck the Paws again this year! Super cute mutter-piece for you to hang in your home or gift to someone. Your pup may be the next Vincent Van Dog!

Beer & Wine Garden with a Holiday #DogBar for Doggos

If your dogs are barking (literally and figuratively) from all the shopping and fun, sit back and enjoy a local craft beer, sip on a glass of wine or champagne and nosh on yummy delights that aren’t the usual festival fare. Even Fido can enjoy their favorite dogtails and dog bites from the Simba’s Barkery #DogBar, including dog beer floats, bark-nog, bow-wow-nies and holiday pupcakes.

BONUS reason why you should attend!

The spirit of the holiday season is all about giving! The two-day celebration includes local animal rescues and other animal-related nonprofits will be on-site for pet adoptions and fundraising. That’s something worth howling about!

Deck the Paws wags its tail at Mesquite Convention Center on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for Kids (5-17). Kids (4 and under) and leashed pets are free to attend. Parking is FREE! BONUS – Use the promo code SANTAPAWS to save 40% when purchasing your tickets online.

Mesquite Convention Center is located just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas on 1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149. 

More information on the holiday pet expo can be found at Follow Deck the Paws on Facebook at and Instagram at @furryfunliving. Make Deck the Paws your plan for the holidays!