Pittsburgh Holiday Happenings in 2016

Celebrate the holiday season in Pittsburgh!

From festive performing arts, intricate displays, and favorite seasonal attractions, there's so much to discover in Pittsburgh! Check out just a few highlights below:

Light Up Night

November 18

Kick off the holiday season with Pittsburgh's 56th Annual Comcast Light Up Night celebration! Light Up Night marks the re-opening of Pittsburgh's favorite seasonal attractions and the spectacular illumination of the Golden Triangle. Catch free entertainment all night, including music from national headliners, O.A.R. and Daya, as well local musicians, an expanded pedestrian walkway with live entertainment, incredible firework displays, a special Bicentennial Bridge Lighting, ice sculptures and so much more! Read more about the festivities in our Light Up Night blog post.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

November 18 - December 23

Shop local this season at the picturesque Peoples Gas Holiday Market! Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh in Market Square, this festive shopping village is inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts. Local and national vendors are housed in vintage wooden chalets and a stage features daily entertainment from local arts organizations. Plus, enjoy visits and photos with Santa and the sparkling BNY Mellon Season of Lights display in Market Square.

Energy Flow

November 18 - Throughout the Holiday Season

Celebrate Pittsburgh's bicentennial with a historic bridge lighting! Beginning on Light Up Night and continuing nightly throughout the holiday season, the Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridge will be illuminated by a wind-powered, artistic display of lights. More than 27,000 LED lights will depict real-time wind direction and speed, monitored on the bridge.

MassMutual Ice Rink

Ice Skating

November 18-Late February
Ice skate in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh with the MassMutual Ice Rink at PPG Place! Centering on a 65 ft. holiday tree, the rink features special events throughout the season, including skating lessons and sessions with Santa. Looking to escape to nature? Try the ice skating rink in Schenley Park, a traditional rink framed by trees with a view of the city skyline.

Gingerbread House and Train Display at PPG Wintergarden. Photo Credit: Kurt Miller

PPG Wintergarden

November 18-January 7

There's plenty to enjoy inside the PPG Wintergarden! Head inside to warm up after ice skating and check out the Spirits of Giving From Around the World display. This free display showcases life-sized traditional Santa figures from across the globe and intricate paintings showing cultural holiday traditions. In the same space, enjoy the competitive Gingerbread House Display and Competition with nostalgic train display.

Pittsburgh Creche

Pittsburgh Crèche

November 18-Early January TBA

This larger-than-life nativity scene is the world’s only authorized replica of the crèche in the Vatican! It's also a stop on Pittsburgh's free Holly Trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Free Holly Trolley and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

November 18-December 17

Also beginning on Light Up Night, get around downtown with free Holly Trolley tours and horse-drawn carriage rides on Saturdays, Sundays, Light Up Night and Black Friday! Board a Holly Trolley at 5th Avenue Place or jump on a horse-drawn carriage at PPG Place for one-of-a-kind sightseeing!

Festive Visual and Performing Arts

Phipps Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

From visual to performing, you're sure to find the perfect arts adventure to get you in the holiday spirit. For visual arts, don't miss out on Phipps Conservatory's Winter Flower Show and Light Garden! You'll find whimsical holiday art created from flowers, including the poinsettia room and a garden filled with vibrant lights! For a more traditional artistic adventure, head to the Carnegie Museum of Art and explore the 2016 Carnegie Trees and Presepio in the grand Hall of Architecture. The whole family will love Kennywood Park's incredible Holiday Light display, featuring more than two million lights, live music, the Gingerbread Express and more!

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker

In the performing arts spotlight, don't miss the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's dazzling annual production of The Nutcracker! Straight from Broadway, check out PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh's production of A Christmas Story. The Pittsburgh CLO amazes with its 25th annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol and the fun doesn't stop there! Electrify your Christmas with Cohen & Girgsby Trust Presents A Very Electric Christmas and check out more holiday fun with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Highmark Unity Tree. Photo Credit: JP Diroll Photography

Plus, your holiday adventure in Pittsburgh is affordable! On Saturdays throughout the holiday season and on Black Friday, enjoy free, all-day garage parking in downtown and tax-free shopping on clothes year-round in Pennsylvania. It's easy to a make a weekend trip out of the fun with hotel options for any budget located throughout the city.

Mark Your Calendar: the holiday season continues into the New Year with Pittsburgh’s vibrant New Year’s Eve celebration, Highmark First Night!

Plan your Holiday Adventure Now!

Main Image Christmas Tree in Point State Park. Photo Credit: Dave DiCello