Pittsburgh Holiday Market

Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

Celebrate the holiday season at the 10th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™!

Pittsburgh is truly magical during the holiday season. ✨ One of the wonderful parts of the holiday season is shopping for and finding the perfect, unique gift for a loved one. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we invite you to enjoy the outdoor shopping experience at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ in Downtown Pittsburgh. Join the fun and embrace the holiday traditions, enjoy the sparkling sights and soak in the season. The 2021 Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ opens Nov. 19-Dec. 23. Read on for what's new and exciting this year! 

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ has been named the #1 Best Holiday Market in the country by USA Today!

Shopping the Market

If you've been to Downtown Pittsburgh during the holiday season, you have probably seen the adorable Alpine-style wooden chalet stands in Market Square. Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or "Christmas Market"), the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh. Now considered a Pittsburgh institution, the expanded market brings together global artisans and local makers to showcase their one-of-a-kind wares alongside an array of beautiful gifts.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is scheduled to open this year on Friday, Nov. 19, and will remain open through Dec. 23 (closed Thanksgiving.) Kickoff the season at the 60th annual Highmark Light Up Night® Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2021 in Downtown Pittsburgh.

There’s plenty of time to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping experience full of high-quality and locally created gifts.

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Live Entertainment

In addition to shopping, enjoy live music! The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ will showcase fantastic local talent with live outdoor entertainment throughout the season, offering lunchtime and early evening performances during the week, and performances throughout the day on weekends. 

New for 2021 is the Merry Karaoke Team Tournament! Carol for a cause and compete for the grand prize of $5000 split between the winners and a local community non-profit of their choice. This fun competition will take place on the Grand Opening, Friday, Nov. 19.

Pro-Tip: Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Newsletter to receive an updated schedule of the entertainment lineup and new holiday activities, delivered weekly to your inbox. 

Photo Credit: Renee Rosensteel via Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Santa Zoom: Live from the North Pole 

Visits with Santa this year are going virtual! Santa Zoom: Live from the North Pole is a creative, high-tech experience returning in 2021 to offer a safe, magical, visit with Santa himself, live from the North Pole! All Santa Zoom participants will be able to download a video clip of their real-time interactions. 

Santa Zoom is open daily between Nov. 19 – Dec. 23 (closed Thanksgiving) and is free with a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (suggested $5). Don’t miss your chance this season to see the jolly old elf! 

See the Lights

Starting Nov. 16, Market Square is all aglitter with lights and decorations. Experience holiday magic as Market Square sparkles with more than 150,000 LED Lights and a stunning 35-foot tall illuminated Sphere Tree.

World's Largest Pickle Ornament 

While you're in downtown Pittsburgh, you won't want to miss the world's largest pickle ornament! Located in the EQT Plaza, the giant, 35-foot,mthree-story high Heinz Pickle balloon is a sight to relish and the perfect photo-op. Starting Nov. 19, gates are open daily until 9 p.m. throughout the holiday season. 

For more info and a full list of holiday happenings in Downtown Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s holiday website

We hope to see you safely celebrating the holiday season in Pittsburgh! And, don’t forget to tag us in your holiday photos using #LovePGH for a chance to be featured on social media!