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Santa Paws Holiday Photo Session Benefiting The Washington Human Society At Hotel Monaco

Dress up your four-legged friend in his/her holiday finest and head out to Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC for a holiday photo with Santa on Sunday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The pet-friendly hotel is partnering with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) as part of the animal welfare organization’s Hope for the Holidays campaign. The event is open to locals and hotel guests, and you will be asked to donate $20 for a professional photo of your beloved furry friend with Santa. All proceeds from the donation will benefit WHS.

Photos from last year’s Santa Paws event at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco

The event will take place in the Hotel Monaco Washington DC’s lobby’s living room, which is decorated festively for the holiday season. While waiting for the photo-op, enjoy complimentary holiday-inspired refreshments including spiced chai, hot cider and hot cocoa, and sweet treats from adjacent Poste Moderne Brasserie. Poste’s Executive Chef Dennis Marron will also serve up a house made holiday dog biscuit for pets – a favorite of his dogs, Grendal and Gobi.

Owners who would like a professional photo with Santa will need to register upon arrival. Santa Paws is open to the public and photos will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Owners who do not wish to participate in the charitable fundraiser, but still take photos must bring cameras to capture their pet in Santa’s lap.

WHEN: Sunday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco
700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20004
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

For more information please call 202-466-1306.

TICKETS:  donate $20 for a professional photo of your beloved furry friend with Santa. All proceeds from the donation will benefit WHS.


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