10 Reasons to be Thankful About Pittsburgh

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we are so thankful that we're spending it in Pittsburgh, with its many fun family activities to enjoy.

Thanksgiving with the Nolens

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the best nights of the year to catch up with friends! Start your night out at Arcade Comedy Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. Join Jethro and Kristy Nolen as they present a special improv comedy show.

Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot

Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day 
7-9 a.m. @ PNC Park, North Shore

Get your exercise in before the big meal. Take part in the one-mile family fun run-walk, the Turkey Trot 5K or the Double Gobble (a 5K and 5-mile). Race proceeds benefit YMCA food pantry programs and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. You’ll be done in plenty of time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday Shopping 

Find a special gift for everyone on your list. Head to the Strip District, Pittsburgh's Historic Market District lined with shops, restaurants and street stands. Visit one of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods for main-street style shopping. Or head to one of the nearby malls and browse the sales. Stock up on lots of your favorite apparel and take advantage of Pennsylvania’s no tax on clothing.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 
8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. @ Heinz Hall

Relax after a day of shopping with the beautiful music of composer Johann Strauss. The concert includes waltzes, polkas and more.

WPXI Holiday Parade

Nov. 30
9-11 a.m. @ Downtown

Downtown is the place to be for the annual parade which launches the official start of the holiday season. See dozens of colorful floats, high school bands and of course Santa Claus.

Photos with Santa

Nov. 30
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ National Aviary

Bring your cameras and the kids with their wish lists for a visit with Santa. Stay and hang out with more than 500 birds from around the world! 

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Through Dec. 23 @ Market Square
Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or “Christmas Market”) featuring Alpine-style wooden chalets offering high-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts and a unique shopping experience.

Related: People's Gas Holiday Market


Spirits of Giving from Around the World

Through Jan. 2, 2020

Lobby, One and Two PPG Place
Enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings. The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

MassMutual Ice Rink at PPG Place

Through February 2020

Lace up a pair of ice skates (rentals available) and work off that turkey dinner! The rink is nestled within the heart of downtown and surrounded by great restaurants and shops. Skate around the spectacular 65-foot Christmas tree.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Through Dec. 21 (Saturdays)
Downtown, PPG Place

Get in the holiday spirit with a free horse-drawn carriage ride and experience downtown from a great vantage point.


Holiday Cruises

Nov. 29 – Dec. 20
Gateway Clipper Fleet @ Station Square

Treat the family with festive fun on the water and panoramic views of the city on the Gateway Clipper. Let someone else do the cooking on a Thanksgiving Dinner cruise. Sail on the Holiday Sparkle Dinner cruise or take the kids for a Santa Fun cruise.


Gingerbread Display & Competition

Through early January 2020
Grand Lobby, City-County, Downtown

See hundreds of gingerbread dwellings on display created by local individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs.

Related: Pittsburgh Celebrates Light Up Night