Holiday Photos in Pittsburgh

Holiday Photos in Pittsburgh

Kick off the holiday season with a family photo in your favorite city!

Pittsburgh is beautiful all year long and especially during the holidays. Celebrate the season and share your love for Pittsburgh with picture-perfect holiday photos at these iconic and Instagrammable locations.

Grandview Overlook

It’s hard not to think of the city view from Mt. Washington when you think of Pittsburgh. And, what better way to capture your love for the city than with a city skyline photo as your backdrop? A photo session at Grandview Overlook will provide a mesmerizing view of Downtown Pittsburgh with room for plenty of friends and family to be included in the frame. The overlook provides a scenic backdrop all year long, so you don’t have to wait until the holiday season for this photo opp. 

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 

Snap your family photo with stunning, seasonal flowers and decorations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! Experience this year’s Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden featuring a canopy of twinkling lights, fragrant decorated trees and thousands of poinsettias. Photos at Phipps are sure to capture the magic of the season. 


Interested in a personalized photo session? Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offers private photo sessions with a variety of breathtaking backdrops perfect for engagement, bridal and family photos. 

Social Studio PGH

Head over to Social Studio PGH, Pittsburgh's first social studio, in the Southside for unique, festive photos filled with detailed backdrops and props! Book a one-hour experience for unlimited photos with 7 limited-time interactive backdrops. Whether you're looking for family photos, fun content creation or a holiday-themed pet photo session, the Social Studio Holiday Experience has you covered. 

Market Square 

Enjoy a unique, photogenic shopping experience in Market Square! The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, inspired by the original German Christkindlemarkts (“Christmas Markets”), brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh. Small businesses will be placed in chalets around the festive and highly decorated Market Square, creating plenty of opportunities for fun, holiday-themed photos.

Santa Zoom 

While you're in Market Square, be sure to save time for a live video chat with Santa from the North Pole and create a shareable holiday photo! The family favorite Market Square Photos with Santa have been reimagined to Santa Zoom: Live from the North Pole. Join Santa Zoom for a unique split-screen and live chat experience with Santa. All participants will receive a downloadable photo of their interaction and can easily share the link via social media. Santa Zoom is open daily between Thanksgiving and Christmas and is free with a suggested, minimum $5 donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. 

Fairmont Pittsburgh 

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Fairmont Pittsburgh takes a modern twist on traditional holiday décor, offering a festive background for your holiday photos. Starting in mid-November, the lobby is fully decorated for the holidays with bright lights and a giant white Christmas tree, creating a cozy and Instagrammable atmosphere. 

World's Largest Pickle Ornament

Trust us, it's a big dill when we say the World's Largest Pickle Ornament is on display this holiday season in Pittsburgh! Located at the EQT Plaza, the World's Largest Pickle Ornament is open daily until 9 p.m. starting on Nov. 19 throughout the holiday season. Don't miss your chance to see the festive pickle for a free family photo opp. 

While you're out and about snapping pics, tag VisitPITTSBURGH in your holiday posts on social media using #LovePGH for a chance to be featured in our marketing materials of Pittsburgh throughout the year!

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