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Holidays in Pittsburgh

There's no better place to celebrate the holidays than in downtown Pittsburgh! Plan your getaway now, and get ready for spectacular events, scenic ice skating, incredible performances and a festive atmosphere throughout the city.

Comcast Light Up Night

November 17, 2017
The 57th Annual Comcast Light Up Night Celebration celebration takes place on Friday, November 17 throughout Downtown. This free event features music by national and local artists across several stages and genres, as well as the start of Pittsburgh's favorite holiday attractions, an unveiling of the city's holiday decorations, family-friendly activities and a special bridge lighting ceremony, all capped off by an awesome fireworks display. Check out our Light Up Night blog post for more information!

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

November 17-December 23, 2017
Light Up Night marks the annual opening of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkt, the Holiday Market creates a picturesque shopping village in Market Square - located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Peruse local and national vendors housed in vintage, wooden chalets selling one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Plus, receive a complimentary photo with Santa if you make a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and enjoy festive entertainment by Pittsburgh arts organizations on the Market Square stage. 

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017
Make plans to ring in 2017 with Pittsburgh's favorite New Year's Eve celebration - Highmark First Night! This arts-focused event takes place in the city's vibrant Cultural District and features live music, art performances and a wide array of family-friendly activities. Join the nearly 50,000 revelers who annually celebrate First Night together and explore more than 150 events throughout Downtown at the region's largest single-day celebration. Midnight's raising of the Future of Pittsburgh ball has special significance as it marks the culmination of the city's 200th anniversary. Check out our First Night blog post for more information!

Downtown Holiday Happenings

Throughout The Season
Re-opening during Pittsburgh's Light Up Night and remaining open for the season, you'll find several cherished winter attractions. Skate at the MassMutual Ice Rink before heading inside the PPG Wintergarden for the Spirits of Giving From Around the World exhibition - a display of life-sized Santas depicting holiday traditions from across the globe. Also in the Wintergarden, check out the Gingerbread House and Train exhibition. 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.

Bicentennial Bridge Lighting

Beginning on Light Up Night, celebrate Pittsburgh's 200th anniversary with a spectacular illumination of the Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridge. Sponsored by Covestro, the bridge lighting is another in a series of special events commemorating Pittsburgh's Bicentennial.

Downtown Tours

Explore Downtown with unique, free tours! Whether you're looking to jump on a Holly Trolley or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown decorations, there are plenty of ways to explore the holidays in Pittsburgh.

More Holiday Events

Here are more ways to get everyone in the holiday spirit in Pittsburgh this season:
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.

Holiday Performances

Enjoy holiday magic on stage in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, including annual favorites like the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker and new takes on holiday classics like Highmark Holiday Pops with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh or Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.