Pittsburgh Celebrates Light Up Night

Join us as we light up the city!

Celebrating its 59th year, Pittsburgh's annual Comcast Light Up Night celebration returns on Friday, November 16 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 kick off the holiday season than in downtown Pittsburgh.

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Tree Lighting and More Holiday Fun

Don’t miss the Highmark Tree Lighting and Fireworks at 7pm. This year’s expanded Light Up Night will also feature a laser show and a later fireworks display at 10pm. Catch a free thirty minute Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance at Heinz Hall. Plus, beginning on Light Up Night, you can tour downtown Pittsburgh's beautiful decorations with complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides and Holly Trolley tours, making downtown Pittsburgh the perfect holiday destination all season long!

Here is the schedule for all of the official tree lighting ceremonies:

  • 12:00 p.m. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Crèche
  • 4:30 p.m. Allegheny County Courthouse Tree & Tower Lighting – County Courthouse Courtyard
  • 5:00 p.m. City County Building Tree Lighting
  • 5:30 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
  • 5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting
  • 5:45 p.m. BNY Mellon Season of Lights Countdown
  • 7:00 p.m. Highmark Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks & Laser Show
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Live Music at the Holiday Market

Spanning four stages and lots of genres of music, you'll find everything from national headliners Great Big World and Elley Duhé, to local favorites like Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. Find these and many other performances on pop-up stages throughout downtown and holiday carolers on stage at the Holiday Market. At Light Up Night, you'll join more than 200,000 annual visitors in enjoying unique entertainment from creative street entertainers to live ice sculpting and more, all located in walkable downtown. Families will also find interactive fun with crafts, visits with Santa and his reindeer and more. 

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Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Marking the official start to Pittsburgh's holiday season, the city's cherished holiday attractions also re-open on Light Up Night! 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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MassMutual Ice Skating Rink

Venture over to PPG Place to ice skate around the giant tree at the MassMutual Ice Skating Rink then head inside the WinterGarden at 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. Also located in the WinterGarden, enjoy the Gingerbread house competition and a train display brimming with nostalgia.

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller


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