Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Celebrate the season at the 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. The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is your ticket to a magical holiday season.


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. Although true to its European inspiration, the market has continued its expansion to a more international focus to include Asian, African, Haitian, and Latin American goods. 

The Holiday Market opens during Pittsburgh's Light Up Night Celebration on November 22 and runs all the way to December 23 so there's no excuse to miss out on this one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience full of high quality and unique gifts.

Live Entertainment

And it's not just about the shopping. Come and hear some live music! The Holiday Market will showcase some fantastic local talent with performances EVERY DAY throughout the season. Also, you have a chance to be Pittsburgh's own Holiday Idol with the karaoke contest! Stop by every Monday and Tuesday from 5-7 pm for a chance to make it to the finals and walk away with a cash prize!

Visit Santa

Another reason to visit the Peoples Gas Holiday Market downtown is to visit Santa! Santa's home in Downtown Pittsburgh is right in the heart of the Holiday Market. Take the kiddos in your life or reaffirm your own belief and pay him a visit. By making a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (suggested $5), you will receive a complimentary photo with Santa. He's a right jolly old elf so definitely pay him a visit. 

See the Lights

Starting on November 16, Market Square is all a glitter with lights and decorations. 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.


The People Gas Holiday Market is open the following days and times

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 9:30 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 9:30 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Closed on Thanksgiving

Santa's House hours are different from general Holiday Market hours. Santa's House is open the following days and times*:

  • Monday – Thursday: 12 – 3 pm + 4 – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 12 – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 12 – 6 pm
  • Black Friday: 12 – 8 pm
  • Closed on Thanksgiving
  • *Line may be closed earlier based on demand. 
Photo Credit: Kurt Miller


Check out the full list of the vendors, but a few highlights are:

  • Helmut's Strudl: From Austria: Strudels, Bratwurst, pretzels, hot chocolate, apple cider. Who doesn't want these delicious delights while browsing in a German themed market?
  • Pittsburgh Pottery: Pittsburgh-themed mugs, bowls, plates, shot glasses, platters, and Christmas ornaments.
  • Euro Haus: Jewelry, scarves, hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments, glass bowls, wooden German scenes, matryoshkas, Polish pottery, nutcrackers, porcelain, religious and ethnic items from Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Turkey, USA and China.

With all the other wonderful holiday activities happening in Downtown Pittsburgh for the holidays, come celebrate the season the Pittsburgh way!

This blog is sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas