Pittsburgh Celebrates Light Up Night

Pittsburgh Celebrates Light Up Night

Join us as we light up the city!

The official kickoff to the holiday season in Pittsburgh is back on a new day!  Highmark Light Up Night is returning in 2021, moving from the Friday before Thanksgiving to Saturday, November 20 as a part of a larger 60th Anniversary refresh for the beloved celebration. This year's festivities combine long-standing traditions and new holiday experiences with a supersized fireworks finale - an evening you won't want to miss!

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Opening Friday, November 19 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.

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Tree Lighting and More Holiday Fun

Tree Lighting ceremonies and events will take place throughout the city. The City of Pittsburgh's 106th Tree Lighting and Zambelli Rooftop Fireworks at the City-County Building is at 5 p.m. The 60-foot city tree features hundreds of oversized ornaments, making it the perfect Instagrammable holiday photo opp. Additional trees will be lit throughout the city including the Highmark Christmas Tree Lighting, Sphere Tree at Market Square, trees at One Oxford Centre and the Duquesne Light Holiday Tree of Lights at Point State Park.  

Catch the World's Largest Pickle Ornament on display from 11 a.m.-9 p.m! The 35+ foot pickle ornament is a pretty big dill, and the perfect sight to relish when scouting for free holiday fun. And, drop by the Pop-Up Cocktail & Beer Garden for specialty adult beverages from Brew Gentlemen, The Warren Bar & Burrow and the Pickled Chef. 

New This Year! 

Don't miss the Merry Karaoke Team Tournament this year brought to you by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership! Gather your friends and family and carol for a cause in a team-style karaoke tournament on Nov. 19. A grand prize of $5,000 will be split between the winning team and a community non-profit of their choice. The winning team will also perform on Nov. 20 as part of Light Up Night. Team registration is now open.

Highmark Holiday Block Party, a special section of Light Up Night, will also make its debut. This area will feature unique opportunities to win prizes, warm up and celebrate the holiday in a special way.

Photo Credit: Renee Rosensteel via Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Entertainment Schedule 

From award-winning recording artists to a grand finale firework show, you won't want to miss this exciting line-up of live entertainment throughout the evening! 

Highmark Main Stage, Stanwix St. & Penn Ave. 

  • 4-4:45 p.m. | Soulful Femme 
  • 5-6 p.m. | Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers 
  • 6:30-7:40 p.m. | Mr. Smalles All-Star Beatles Tribute
  • 8:20-9:30 | Miss Freddye

BNY Mellon Allegheny Overlook Stage, Ft. Duquesne Blvd. & 6th St. 

  • 5-6 p.m. | Donora
  • 6:30-8 p.m. | Lyndsey Smith & Steeltown Horns
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. | American Authors 

BJ's Sounds of the Season Stage, Market Square 

  • 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | Live music throughout the day 
  • 5-9:30 p.m. | Rotating performances from Kea Michaels and The Evergreens 

EQT Jazzmasters Stage, EQT Plaza

  • 2-4 p.m. | Big Blitz
  • 5-9:30 p.m. | MCG Jazz Presents: The Daniel May Trio with Dwayne Dolphin and George Heid III

City of Pittsburgh Grant Street Stage, 414 Grant Street

  • 4-5 p.m. | River City Brass Band
  • 5:30-6 p.m. | Texture Contemporary Ballet
  • 6:30-6:45 p.m. | Pittsburgh CLO Holiday Medley 
  • 7-7:30 p.m. | TBA
  • 7:45-8 p.m. | Pittsburgh CLO Holiday Medley

Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave. 

  • 6:30, 7: 15 & 8 p.m. | Free 30-minute concerts from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 

The celebration culminates with the BNY Mellon Fireworks Spectacular with Supersized Zambelli Grand Finale! The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Rink at PPG Place

Venture over to PPG Place to ice skate around the beautifully decorated 65-foot illuminated Holiday tree on The Rink at PPG Place. The outdoor ice rink is open from the public starting Nov. 19 through Feb. 27, 2022, with special holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. 

Located nearby in Two PPG Place is the Spirits of Giving From Around the World exhibition. This free window display along 4th Ave. features life-sized Santas and paintings depicting holiday celebrations across the globe. The exhibition runs from Nov. 19-Jan. 1, 2022. 

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller

Come celebrate unity, joy, and love the Pittsburgh way this holiday season!

Visit downtownpittsburgh.com/holidays for the full line-up of events and the latest information.