Safely celebrate the season at the 2020 Peoples Gas Holiday Market™!
Due to the most recent state mandate amid increasing COVID-19 cases throughout Pennsylvania, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Merry Market Pop-Up and Santa Zoom Experience will be closing for the season as of Friday, December 11.
Pittsburgh is truly magical during the holiday season. And this year, the traditions will continue with enhanced health and safety protocols in place. 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 shop for unique gifts for loved ones. Read on to explore what’s new and exciting this year.
Due to the ongoing public health crisis that is COVID-19, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market has taken precautions to protect the health and safety of visitors. There are also new guidelines that all visitors must follow.
Pro Tip: Consider visiting during the weekdays, they're less crowded!
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. With an international flair, and local charm, the market features shops from around the world with Asian, African, Haitian and Latin American goods.
The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is scheduled to open this year on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and will remain open through Dec. 23. The Market is open daily during the following dates and times:
There’s plenty of time to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping experience full of high quality and locally created gifts.
In addition to shopping, enjoy live music! The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ will showcase fantastic local talent with live outdoor entertainment every day throughout the season. This year’s acts will be reduced in scale to allow for social distancing and will feature a diverse array of genres and community acts. Performances will take place on the Holiday Market Stage during lunch time and early evening on the weekdays and all-day on weekends.
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.
Visits with Santa this year are going virtual! Santa Zoom: Live from the North Pole is a new way for families to safely visit with Jolly Old St. Nick. This unique experience will take place in a well-ventilated space on the periphery of Market Square and will offer a split-screen on the computer for a chat with Santa, who will be 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. 27 – Dec. 23 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!
Soak up the season’s magic with glitter, lights and decorations in Market Square and throughout Downtown Pittsburgh! Market Square will sparkle with a light show on the buildings surrounding the Square, with more than 150,000 LED lights and a stunning 35-foot tall, illuminated Sphere Tree. Be sure to stop by Wood Street for a new snow-globe installation featuring more than 300 color-changing lights and endless sparkling points of snowflake light.
This season, you’ll experience a mix of season-long vendors and visiting vendors. Check out a few of this year’s highlights:
I See Spain: New this year, vendor I See Spain will give you a taste of Spain close to home! You’ll be wowed with the hand crafted and painted Spanish pottery that is beautifully decorated and useful.
837 North: Handmade in Pittsburgh, 837 North features perfumes and soy candles inspired by the idea of home. The scents are an ode to iconic flowers, herbs and spices, creating unique blends that represent different locations all around the world.
Gifts From Afar: Travel to Europe with a stop at Gifts From Afar! This vendor features exquisite handmade and hand painted gifts from Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and Poland.
Helmut’s Strudel: Looking for a bite to eat while shopping? Be sure to stop at Helmut’s Strudel, serving authentic Austrian cuisine including strudel, bratwurst, pretzels, hot apple cider and hot chocolate.
Check out the complete list of vendors here.
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!
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