If your family holiday photos include your dog dressed up as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then pack up the kids and the canine and head over to the Botanic Garden’s annual Reindog Parade on Dec. 6.
The parade features costumed canines following Santa—who holds a giant rawhide to keep the dogs interested. Families whose dog isn’t entered in the parade are encouraged to watch the dogs as they wind their way through the gardens. Last year more than 300 dogs trotted in the parade, including one dressed as a "Gift Boxer" and three dogs in flower boxes dressed as poinsettias.
The event begins with registration, judging and activities, followed by the parade and an awards ceremony. Costume categories include "Best Dog/Owner Look-A-Like" and "Best Overall Holiday Costume." Activities include a visit and photo opportunity for dogs with Santa, demonstrations by dog experts and vendors from pet shops.
Activities run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration prices are $14 in advance, $19 at the door. Parking is $15 per car. Parade spectators pay for parking only.
The parade is part of the garden’s Wonderland Express exhibition, which transforms the gardens into a festival of lights. Wonderland Express hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. from Nov. 28-Jan. 4. Tickets are $10, $8 kids 3-12 and seniors.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. For more information visit chicagobotanic.org or call (847) 835-5440.