Marking the kickoff to the holiday season, Pittsburgh's annual Comcast Light Up Night celebration returns on Friday, November 22, 2019 for an even bigger night of free, festive, holiday fun!
Plan your excursion to Pittsburgh to experience a full night of vibrant activities and events, including concerts from national and local artists, extraordinary firework displays, family activities, the seasonal opening of Pittsburgh's winter attractions, the spectacular illumination of the Golden Triangle and more! With so much to experience, there's no better place to start the holiday season than in downtown Pittsburgh.
The BNY Mellon Season of Lights Display will kick off the celebration in Market Square at 5:45. Countdown to a choreographed light show set to some of the best holiday songs. The light show occurs throughout the evening, so there is no excuse to miss out!
Peoples Gas Holiday Market
In Market Square, you'll find the picturesque Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Inspired by the original German Christkndlmarkts, the Holiday Market features national and local vendors housed in vintage, wooden chalets selling one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and remains open until December 23.
PPG Place & MassMutual Ice Skating Rink
PPG Plaza features a musical ice performance by RMU Island Sports Figure Skaters at 4:45 and East End Kids at 5p.m., leading up to the American Cancer Society’s Tribute of Light Ceremony and the lighting of the Plaza Tree by a young cancer survivor at 5:30p.m. All of this is followed by guitarist Byron Nash playing the upbeat sounds of the season.
Venture over to PPG Place to ice skate around the giant tree at the MassMutual Ice Skating Rink then head inside to the lobby of Two PPG Place to warm up with the Spirits of Giving From Around the World exhibition. This free display features life-sized Santas and paintings depicting holiday celebrations across the globe.
One Oxford Centre
Get in the holiday spirit by watching the lighting of the One Oxford Centre’s 30-foot Christmas Tree. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa and even meet some of his reindeer from 6:00-9:00p.m, along with enjoying free face painting, balloon art, temporary tattoos, a selfie station, and caricatures. Free horse drawn carriage rides will also be available from 6:00-9:00p.m., with the last ride departing at 8:45p.m.
The beloved 17th annual Gingerbread house competition and a train display will be held in the Grand Lobby of the historic Pittsburgh City-County Building. There will be over 450 gingerbread houses on display through early January for the public to enjoy.
Fifth Avenue Place
Fifth Avenue Place is the ultimate hub for family fun. After being welcomed by Mr. McFeely, Pittsburgh’s favorite delivery man, explore Fifth Avenue FREEZE, a Nostalgic Toyland Frozen in Time featuring Ice Childhood Toys. Help Mr. McFeely countdown for the Highmark Christmas Tree Lighting, followed by rooftop fireworks and a jumbotron show!
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On Friday, Pittsburgh gets LIT! 🔥 Celebrating it’s 59th year, Pittsburgh’s annual Comcast Light Up Night celebration returns for a huge night of free, festive, holiday fun! Check out the tree lighting ceremonies 🌲, concerts 🎶, horse-drawn carriage rides 🐴, ice skating ⛸, Holly Trolly tours 🚎, the People’s Gas Holiday Market 🛍, live entertainment 💃🏻, and of course FIREWORKS! 🎇 There is NO better place to be then downtown for the holidays! ➡️Link in bio for more information • • • 📸: @karynlocke
Don’t miss out on the three chances to catch free performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, presented by UPMC Health Plan; 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8:05 p.m. Each performance will last about 30 minutes, but visitors are welcome to pop in at any time.
Free Music & Entertainment
- Head over to The BNY Mellon New Stage, located on Penn Avenue & Stanwix Street, to hear some of the best local R&B, funk, and indie rock music. The stage will feature Beauty Slap at 6:00p.m., Tribe Eternal at 7:30p.m., and Krunk Movement at 8:30 p.m.
- EQT Jazzmasters Stage at EQT Plaza will be hosting MCG Jazz Presents: The Music of Fred Rogers. The performance will be accompanied by a special appearance by Daniel Tiger at EQT Plaza. Showtimes are at 6:00p.m., 7:00p.m., and 8:00p.m.
- Enjoy live music all night long at the Comcast Main Stage on Ft. Duquesne Boulevard and Stanwix Street. The Nox Boys will be kicking off the night at 6:00p.m., followed by Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers at 7:00p.m. Headlining this year will be Adam Lambert who will take the stage at 8:30p.m., and the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale will start at 9:30p.m.
Come celebrate unity, joy, and love the Pittsburgh way this holiday season!