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Holidays in Pittsburgh

There's no better place to be than Downtown Pittsburgh for the holidays season. Plan your getaway now to enjoy ice skating, shopping, once-in-a-lifetime performances and a glowing and festive atmosphere throughout the city.

Light Up Night 

The 56th Annual Light Up Night Celebration will be held in late November, 2016. This free event features entertainment, activities, music and fireworks and will overtake all of downtown Pittsburgh!

Peoples Gas Holiday Market 

Light Up Night also kicks off the Peoples Gas Holiday Market - a new holiday tradition. The market is a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping village inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkt, and is held in Market Square. The Holiday Market includes regional, national and international vendors peddling their one-of-a-kind gift items. Experience Pittsburgh's diverse cultural heritage with daily live performances. Be sure to visit Santa in his Downtown Pittsburgh home right in the heart of the Market. Ho ho ho! 

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Make your plans now to ring in the new year with Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, an arts-focused, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, First Night is the largest single-day celebration in the region featuring 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations, and attracts nearly 50,000 visitors each year.

Other Holiday Events and Performances

During the holiday season, Kennywood is transformed with more than one million dazzling lights. Holiday Lights will reach new heights in its sixth year.  Enjoy songs of the holiday performed by local choirs. See the spectacular light show on the lagoon choreographed to your favorite holiday melodies. Visit Santa, ride the Gingerbread Express and more!

Other must-see attractions during the holidays include the Carnegie Science Center's world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®, a winter wonderland of 105 animations and one Pittsburgh incline, in its 90th year, and the Neapolitan presepio (one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind and a Pittsburgh holiday tradition) can be found at Carnegie Museum of Art. You can also enjoy the festive atmosphere of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' Winter Light Garden and Flower Show. Take the opportunity to glide around the brand new larger MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place and stop by to see the Spirits of Giving from Around the World - a display of life-size Santas and original paintings depicting holiday celebrations from around the world. Also in the Wintergarden you can find the Gingerbread House and Train exhibit, a magnificent display of delicious dwellings created by area individuals, organizations, senior citizens, students and chefs. Local artist Don Jones enhances the exhibit with a unique display of trains from his private collection.