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Holidays in Pittsburgh

The holiday season in Pittsburgh is underway! The trees are lit, Macy's windows are glowing and visitors are already shopping, ice skating and enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Stop by the WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop in Fifth Avenue Place for great souvenirs and gifts from local artists and Pittsburgh attractions. Beginning on Light Up Night, spend $25 or more in the store and receive a free glass ornament from local artist, Audrey Celmo-Kelly, while supplies last!

'Tis the season to shop till you drop, so check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Downtown's European holiday market, through Dec. 23. Inspired by the original Christkindlmarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, the Market brings a cherished German tradition to downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. It's a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience, strolling through the European-style wooden chalets, adorned with holiday decorations. Shop for unique items from local and national merchants plus international vendors from Russia, Italy and Switzerland. The Cultural Showcase Stage features local dance groups, choirs and carolers, highlighting Pittsburgh's rich cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Kennywood's open... again! Pittsburgh's favorite amusement park celebrates the season with the Holiday Lights display that is fun for all ages. Select rides are open and the dazzling holiday light show is set to music. There are carolers, Santa Claus and more!  Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 22.

Let the season Ring-a-ding-ding with Christmas with the Rat Pack - Live at the Sands, Dec. 24-29 at Heinz Hall. This spectacular holiday show celebrates the incredible talent of three of the world's most famous entertainers, Frank, Sammy + Dean, a live 12-piece big band and the fabulous Burelli Sisters.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at the beautiful Benedum Center, Dec. 6-29. Be a part of this classic masterpiece as you journey to the Land of Enchantment.

It's a musical must for the holiday season - the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Highmark Holiday Pops, Dec. 12-21. Hear all of your favorite holiday classics, including "Sleigh Ride" and selections from The Nutcracker.

The holiday season wouldn't be the same without the Pittsburgh CLO's performance of A Musical Christmas Carol. Take your seat, Dec. 6-22, at the beautifully restored Byham Theater and watch as Ebeneezer Scrooge transforms from a greedy grouch into a warm and generous man after visits from the ghosts of the past, present and future!

Pittsburgh CLO also presents Plaid Tidings at the CLO Cabaret, through Jan. 12, 2014. This show offers the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top!

Ring in the new year with Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a family-friendly celebration, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, that has something for everyone. Downtown Pittsburgh celebrates New Year's Eve with musical performances, balloon artists, dance lessons, jewelry making, a parade and fireworks! Stop in the WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop at Fifth Avenue Place or an area Giant Eagle to purchase your First Night button.

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