Celebrating its 56th year, Pittsburgh's annual Comcast Light Up Night celebration returns on Friday, November 18 for a free night of 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, a unique display celebrating Pittsburgh's Bicentennial, 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.
Spanning stages and genres of music, you'll find everything from national headliners, Daya and O.A.R., to favorite local musicians 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.
New in 2016, Light Up Night will feature the premier of Energy Flow, a special wind-powered light display on the the Rachel Carson Bridge celebrating Pittsburgh's Bicentennial! Energy Flow will feature multi-colored LED lights illuminating the bridge after dark each night throughout the holiday season. You won't want to miss this innovatice display honoring the city's past and pointing toward Pittsburgh's vibrant future!
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.
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 competitive Gingerbread house competition and a train display brimming with nostalgia.
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!