First Night in Pittsburgh
The biggest party of the year is back!
Celebrate the start of 2019 in Pittsburgh! With amazing performances, awe-inspiring fireworks, and rocking music sets, you won't want to miss the 25th Anniversary of Pittsburgh's official New Year's Eve party! Pittsburghers are always looking forward to the future. Join us on December 31, 2018!
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
December 31, 2018-January 1, 2019
Feel the excitement of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Cultural District and be a part of the 25th Anniversary of Downtown Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday bash.
At First Night, you can explore the cultural district like never before. Enjoy art and entertainment in the many theaters, galleries, and one-of-a-kind spaces. This year’s celebration will feature nationally and locally recognized music artists like Durand Jones & the Indications, dance and theatrical performances from the likes of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Staycee Pearl Dance Project.
First Night also features:
All of this culminates with the Countdown to Midnight and the raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball.
The party starts at 6pm, so check out the event schedule, buy your button, and start your year in Pittsburgh.
Downtown Holiday Happenings
More Holiday Events
Tis the season and Pittsburgh has lots of events to get you in the holiday spirit.
- Catch dazzling light displays in Pittsburgh! Along with the city's downtown decorations, you can also see some sparkle and shine at Kennywood's Holiday Lights, featuring more than one million lights and a Gingerbread Express ride.
- For botanic holiday fun, head to Phipps Conservatory's Holiday Flower show and Winter Light Garden.
- You won't want to miss the Carnegie Science Center's world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®, a winter wonderland of 105 animations and one Pittsburgh incline.
- Visit the Carnegie Museum of Art and see the Hall of Architecture filled with several towering Colorado spruce trees, each adorned with handcrafted ornaments. The trees flank the museum's exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan presepio Nativity scene, rare in US collections, together making up a cherished Pittsburgh tradition.
- Visit the Nationality Classrooms at the University of Pittsburgh and see the rooms decorated in traditional holiday styles from their country of origin. Experience how the holidays were celebrated at the turn of the century on a Clayton Holiday Tour at The Frick Pittsburgh.
- Take the kids to see Santa at some of the city’s attractions. The Gateway Clipper offers fun on the water with Santa Fun cruises. Have Breakfast or Lunch with Santa at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium or Brunch with Santa at the National Aviary. Ride the Santa Trolley on weekends at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
Shop Till You Drop!
Pittsburgh has been named among "the best American towns for holiday shopping" by Expedia.com so come on over!
- Find unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your list at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market.
- Explore the shops at Fifth Avenue Place for specialty items like beautiful Pittsburgh photography, Irish-themed items or high end souvenirs at the Welcome Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop.