PetSmart® Unveils New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Pets Including Holiday Toys, Treats and a Visit from Santa

November 19, 2018

Photos with Santa Claus In-Store Dec. 8-9 and 15-16

PHOENIX – Nov. 19, 2018 – With the holidays upon us, PetSmart, the largest pet specialty retailer, has plenty of ways for pet parents to include their pets in this year’s holiday festivities. Almost 70% of U.S. households have pets and with PetSmart’s huge selection of holiday toys, treats and stocking stuffers, pet parents are sure to find the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with their pets.  

This year’s holiday toy collection features quirky favorites and classic characters sure to please all pets. Toys and décor that offer a nod to classic fan-favorites like holiday trees, snowman squeakers and Santa Claus flatties will have tails wagging. For cats, a catnip-filled toy snowman and gingerbread mice duo are playful gift ideas, along with holiday ball cat toys. Pet parents can also give the gift of comfort this holiday season with cuddler beds featuring seasonal designs for cats and dogs. For the pets that prefer cozying up by the fire, PetSmart also offers a holiday blanket and moose toy duo.

PetSmart is also here to help families incorporate small pets into the celebration. Get guinea pigs party-ready with cute costumes like Santa, an elf and even an angel. Make fish tanks more festive with a gingerbread house ornament or a floating Santa.

Holiday-inspired treats are a fun way to spoil pets over the holidays. PetSmart’s new Merry & Bright™ Tinsel Treat packs feature delicious flavor combinations like cranberry and vanilla and snickerdoodle cookies. Other treats like the candy-cane shaped rawhide and apple cinnamon gingerbread men biscuits make great stocking stuffers.

From ugly sweaters to rustic apparel and accessories, PetSmart offers plenty of options to get pets photo-ready for the holidays. The holiday reindeer sweater is a PetSmart fan-favorite and features a hip reindeer in glasses and is even available for small pets. No one can resist a cute pup in antlers, which makes this lightweight headpiece perfect for those holiday photos. For pets that don’t like a lot of fuss, collars and accessories offer an easy way to style your pet. Dogs will look dapper sporting a plaid holiday tie or the red holiday package bow collar is perfect for families welcoming a new pet home for the holidays. 

The holidays are the perfect time to get dogs (and cats!) looking and smelling great before guests arrive. Because cold weather has arrived, extra-hydrating treatments like the Coconut “Spaw” package will help alleviate dryness and bring back moisture and shine to their coats.

Free Photos with Santa in Stores

Santa Claus is coming to PetSmart! Pet parents and families across North America are invited to attend the free Santa Claus events taking place two weekends in December.

Photos with Santa Claus

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16

12 – 4 p.m. local time

PetSmart is hosting two weekends of Santa Claus photo events at all of its stores nationwide. This annual event gives pet parents the opportunity to have their pets’ photo taken with Santa. At the event, pet parents will receive a free digital photo from PetSmart and can snap photos with their own device.

For more holiday gift ideas, browse PetSmart’s Holiday Shop or visit


About PetSmart®

PetSmart LLC is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. PetSmart employs approximately 55,000 associates and operates more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. The retailer provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 8 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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