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Pittsburgh Holiday Events

​With health and safety practices in place, celebrate the holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh!

Experience the magic of the Holidays in Pittsburgh! Enjoy seasonal events and celebrations – all while following health and safety guidelines. Visit cool places, support small and local businesses and make plans to glide across the glistening ice rink.

Read on for more on how you can get in the Holiday spirit this season!

Downtown Holiday Happenings

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

December 31, 2020 - January 1, 2021

This New Year's Eve, Pittsburgh's signature celebration, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, is coming to you through a one-hour TV special. Ring in the new year as KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live's Heather Abraham and David Highfield join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to count down the seconds to 2021. Just because we cannot gather in the Cultural District as we have in the past does not mean we won't get to welcome the new year with a celebration of art, music, fireworks, and magic. Be sure to support the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with an exclusive "Friends in a Box" filled with local treats and gifts delivered to your door just in time for your NYE celebration. 

Gingerbread House Display

Throughout The Season
Please note, this event will be held virtually in 2020.

Head to the Grand Lobby of the historic City-County Building on Grant Street for this Pittsburgh tradition in a brand new location! Since its inception in 2002 when Downtown hotels held a competition to benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, the holidays simply haven’t been complete without the annual Gingerbread House Display & Competition.

The Pittsburgh’s Crèche  

Throughout The Season

Venture from Market Square across town to the U.S. Steel Tower and visit Pittsburgh's Crèche, the world's only approved replica of the Vatican's Nativity Scene. 

Downtown Holiday Window Competition

Through December 16

Downtown small businesses have partnered with local artists to design stunning new holiday window displays this year! Explore all 13 windows, then vote for your favorite by picking up a ballot from any participating location and returning it to Market Square, with the winner receiving a $2,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

The Ice Rink at PPG Place

Throughout The Season

Create smiles and memories when you skate at The Ice Rink at PPG Place. Since 2001, this rink has been a staple attraction in Downtown Pittsburgh during the holidays. The Rink will celebrate its 20th Anniversary beginning Friday, November 20, 2020 and will remain open daily through Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Downtown Holiday Tours

Saturdays and Sundays during the first three weekends in December

Explore Downtown with unique a Jolly Trolley tour! Learn interesting facts about Pittsburgh holiday displays and traditions from an expert tour guide, take photos with our decked out trolley car, and sing along to holiday favorites!

Art All Around

Throughout the Season

As a special holiday treat this year, several first-floor retail locations and building facades in Downtown have been reinvented to host temporary art installations and light projections. You’re invited to explore these easy-to-get-to artful places that will encourage self-reflection and lift your spirits this holiday season.

Holiday Trolley Rides 

Throughout the Season

Hop aboard the Steel City Express for complimentary holiday trolley rides from the Steel City Brand store to the Peoples Gas Holiday Market & Ski Lodge. The trolley will run every Friday of the season from 5-7 pm with limited capacity to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 


The following events have been canceled due to the most recent guidelines set in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


PGH Commitment

The Pittsburgh Global Health (PGH) & Safety Commitment demonstrates that the Pittsburgh hospitality and tourism communities are aligned and dedicated to ensuring that the health and safety of our visitors and residents remain our top priorities.