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

Light Up Night

Friday before Thanksgiving

This annual celebration is the official kick-off of Pittsburgh's Holiday celebration. 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, the spectacular illumination of the Golden Triangle and more!

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

December 31 - January 1

Pittsburgh's signature New Years celebration, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, takes place in the Cultural District with a variety of family-friendly activities and of course fireworks!

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

Light Up Night through Christmas Eve

Downtown Pittsburgh is festive and fun at the annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ where you can browse outdoor wooden chalets brimming with unique gifts and holiday experiences filled with international flair and local charm. Enjoy live music as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, and don't forget to stop by for a visit with Santa himself!

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.  

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. 

Stay tuned for a variety of other holiday events and activities throughout the season!

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.