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Deck the Paws

Make your holidays extra merry and bright at Deck the Paws, a two-day pet-topia of fun! Promising to be a fur-vorite holiday tradition for you and your furry family, you’ll fa-la-la-la-love the paw-tastic festivities including:

  • Holiday shopping for pets and pet lovers
  • Santa’s village with photo op-paw-tunities with old Saint Nick himself
  • Back by popular demand, an art exhibit for dogs with new activities
  • Picasso Paws Art Zone, where your pets can create their own artistic mutt-terpiece like Vincent van Dog, Pug-casso and a Mew-net! 
  • Ugly Sweater contest for humans and their pets
  • Music and other holiday entertainment
  • Pet adoptions
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • FREE parking
  • Other surprises to be announced soon!

Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 8th! 


Saturday, December 14, 11am – 5pm
Sunday, December 15, 11am – 5pm


Mesquite Convention Center

1700 Rodeo Drive

Mesquite, TX 75149

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Event Information

TICKET PRICES (*not including sales tax and processing fees)

'Christmas in July' tickets (July 1-31, 2018) : 

  • General admission - $5 each
  • VIP(erson) & P(et)* - $40 each 

Fall into the Holidays discount tickets (Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2018):

  • General Admission - $8 each
  • VIP(erson) & P(et)* - $45 each

Dog Days of Christmas tickets (Nov. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018):

  • General Admission - $10 each
  • VIP(erson) & P(et)* - $50 each (Nov. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018)

Other ticket pricing:

  • Kids 12 and under: Free general admission
  • Seniors 65 and over: Free general admission
  • Pets: Free (must present signed waiver)

*VIP(erson) & P(et) package includes access to VIP lounge, free parking, one free photo with Santa Claus, human and dog cookie bar, sWag bag (1’ sWAG bag per ticket)!


The spirit of the holiday season is all about giving! Paw-tnering with local, animal-related nonprofits is one of Deck the Paws’ main goals. The two-day celebration will help raise money and awareness for the below-confirmed beneficiaries:

       DFW Pup Patrol        ​​​​​​​Operation Kindness

Wanna start your business’ holiday season on the right paw? Have a new product or service or fundraiser? Do you want to make sure your brand and product are in front of the right target market? Deck the Paws is the purr-fect pawtner. Just like catnip, Deck the Paws gets festival-attendees hooked on your latest products and services.

There are two ways for your company to meet fellow animal lovers and get your brand in front of them in-person. Become a sponsor or an exhibitor! For additional information, please email us.

Become a sponsor
Exhibit with us

Adorn the Door and More
Aloe Infusion Line
Alyce Green Art
Anna B’s Ceramics
ARF & Soul
Autumn Moon Design
Bark & Bones Boutique
Bath Expo
Bentley's Bows & Wise Guy Ties
Big Doggie Duds
Boo The Deaf Kitty
Carol Stoecker Pet Portraits
Chow & Tabby
Club Mutt
Cornerstone Chem-Dry
Daisy and Dog Barktique
Deep Ellum Yoga
Dirty Dog Oils
Doody Calls Pet Waste Service
Dog Mom Designs
ForeverLawn Texas
For the Love of Your Dog
Fur-ever My Friend
Geaux Fideaux
Good Boy Dog Beer
Green Mountain Energy
Gwenna Polley Woodworking
Haley’s Hound Haus
Happy Tails
Haute Dogs Design
Hippie Houndz
Ideal Turf, LLC
In Stride Chiropractic
Jack's Premium
Jenna Regan Photography
Jen's Lips & Lashes (LipSense by SeneGence)
Jewelry by Be Well. Stay Sick
KellyKat Jewelry
Little Bubbles
Lloyd Enterprises
Lucky Franklin
Medical City Children’s Urgent Care
Mayan Leather Imports, LLC
Millie’s This & That
Modern Paw Furniture
MojiLife AirSoFresh
Moon Power
Mr. Wigglebottom’s
My Critter Solutions
Natures Select of the Arklatex
Noah's Bark
On 4 Legs Wellness
Only Natural Pet
Park Lane Jewelry, Connie Kilday
Paul Mitchell The School of Dallas
PawLuck Pet Accessories
Pete & Mac’s Pet Resorts
Pet Wants Dallas NE
Pura Life
Raising Cane’s
Resort Vacations
Rogue Pet Science
Scents and Sensibilities
Scentsy Wickless Candles – Debbie Snipes
Shaggy Chic Apparel
Shop LuLaRoe with Kelly T
Silver Springs Design
Simba's Barkery
Sunrun Solar
Spice of Life Essential Oils
TabbyCat & Co
Tail Waggin' Biscuits & Bones, Inc.
Tamarah Wild Canine Massage and Pet Care
The Casual Cat Café
The Christmas Kitten (Book)
The French & I
The Letter Lounge
The Posh Pet, A Puppy Boutique
The Stitchin’ Chicks
Three Dog Bakery Southlake
Toothacres Pet Care Center
Unleashed Paws Fur Fun Run
Wiki Wags
Window Expo & Bath Expo
Zymbol Jewelry

You are welcome to bring your well-behaved leashed pet, maximum leash length of 6ft and no retractable leashes are not allowed. Pets should be current on all vaccinations. Please bring proper cleaning materials as owners are responsible for clean-up of any accidents. We are not responsible for any incidents involving pets or their owners. Just remember to bring a signed waiver with you.

We do not allow pets to be sold at the festival by pet stores, breeders, etc. The only pets available are the ones up for adoption from one of our reputable rescues, which may require processing fees.

The 2018 Deck the Paws will be December 1-2 from 11 AM - 7 PM on both days.

Deck the Paws is located at Centennial Hall and Marine Corps Square at Fair Park.

There are two ways to attend Deck the Paws – via your own car or take DART. Guests can park at Lot 5 and Lot 6 after entering to Fair Park through Gate 5 or Gate 6. Fair Park is the property of City of Dallas and $10 parking fee is collected by City of Dallas. This is regulated by the City, and we do not receive any income from this.

If you are arriving via DART, ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue and convenient to the Fair Park entrance at Gate 5.

Yes, you can! Tickets are available online or at the event’s entrance. The price of tickets on event days is $10 each for adults (13 and up). Kids 12 and under are free.

Yes, you can attend either December 1 or December 2.

Refunds are available through November 20, 2018. However, if you cannot attend, we ask that you reconsider this as a donation to help raise funds for our beneficiaries.

Admission includes entrance into the festival and several activities, shows, music, kids’ zone, and more. You’ll want to bring cash and credit cards to shop at one of our many fabulous exhibitors and for a photo with Santa. There is an additional fee for parking and concessions.

Fair Park’s Centennial Hall has a full-service concession area available offering a variety of different food options. No outside food or beverages are allowed within the facility.

Deck the Paws is a rain or shine festival. The majority of the festival is indoors.

Yes. There are small ramps at many locations to assist you getting up the curb, plus we have additional gates where our security staff can assist. Once inside the grounds almost everything is on one flat surface.

Smoking is prohibited inside Fair Park, per the City of Dallas.

If you’re still on the festival property, please go to the production office. If you are off-site, please email us and provide a description of the lost item.

Bring Your Pets! They Get in Free!

Be sure to include the family pets at Deck the Paws. Whether your pet family member crawls, slithers, hops, walks or swims, bring them along to enjoy the festivities. Just remember to bring a signed waiver with you. There is no charge for your pet to attend. However, a signed pet waiver is required before entering.