10 Reasons to be Thankful About Pittsburgh

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.

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Yesterday afternoon, my dad asked me, "I see Anthrocon is this weekend. Are you going photograph the furries?" Well dad, not only did I photograph furries, at one point I served them donuts and coffee. The Arcade Comedy Theater was the perfect venue for our annual fursuit and fotographer meet-up! @kiss.me.karma #anthrocon #anthrocon2019 #capturedpgh #furries #fursuit #pittburgh #pittsburghphotographer #412 #412project #412pics #steelcity #steelcitygrammers #theincline #pghcreative #comedy

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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.

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Turkey Trot registration is open! Run to support your community and fight food insecurity. Sign up to run or volunteer: http://bit.ly/2019Trot #forabetterus #pittsburgh #ymca

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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.

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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.

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An amazing night with amazing people at the @pittsburgh_symphony_orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #symphony #pittsburgh #gala #blacktie #langlangpiano #vip

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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.

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Mr. McFeely reminded us to be kind during his appearance in the #WPXI Holiday Parade presented by @neighborhoodfordstore. Remember it is “1-4-3” day in honor of Mr. Rogers. How are you being kind and neighborly today? #kindness #neighbors #pittsburgh #holidayparade #143day

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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! 

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Don’t miss out on Photos with Santa! It’s the last weekend where you can take photos with Santa (bring your camera!), meet his penguin helper up close, and make a festive craft. All this is included with admission on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 am – 1 pm. #NationalAviary #Santa #Pittsburgh #LovePGH #Penguins

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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.

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Take a trip to the North Pole at the Holiday Market in Market Square. Brimming with little shops and holiday lights, this shopping village is the perfect spot to check everyone off of your Christmas list. The Holiday Market is open every day until December 23rd.✨ . . . . #pghholidayhomes #pghliving #holidayliving #holidaydecor #holidayhomes #housesofpgh #pittsburgh #piattsir #pittsburghpride #steelcity #412 #blog #lifestyle #lifestyleblog #burghproud #discoverpgh #pittsburghbeautiful #pennsylvania #visitpgh #412pics

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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

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Cute ginger bread houses!! 🎄❄️🎁 #gingerbreadhouse #christmasdecor #pittsburgh

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