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Plenty Planned For Pittsburgh’s Kickoff To Holiday Season

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The holiday season is near. Can you feel the spirit? If you can’t, you will soon because, believe it or not, “Light Up Night” is just about two weeks away.

Light Up Night now spans two nights. It all starts on Friday, Nov. 18.

Performances begin at 5 p.m. in Market Square and on the Clemente Bridge.

Then, high school marching bands will make their way through town before a fireworks extravaganza wraps up the first night of events.

“Pittsburgh is proudly sponsoring the grand finale fireworks show on Nov. 18 at 9:30 p.m. off of the Andy Warhol Bridge, and we are thrilled to partner with the world-class Zambelli organization in this endeavor,” Ed Lozano, of the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, said.

Duquesne Light returns as title sponsor of Light Up Night, and as always, features it’s huge Christmas tree at the Point.

“People know when that tree goes up that the holiday season is just around the corner,” said Joe Vallarian, of Duquesne Light. “You know, Pittsburghers like their traditions, and every year you take that and you build on it and you add a little more spice here and a little more spark here and keep it fresh every year; and I think it keeps people coming back every year.”

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl knows how important Light Up Night is to the city’s continued renovation.

“It’s really transformed itself, from Market Square to some of the developments that are happening in Downtown Pittsburgh, you couldn’t have picked a better time to come downtown and visit,” Mayor Ravenstahl said.

If you are looking for a little fun on Saturday, Pittsburgh’s best loved mascots will skate at PPG Place as the rink opens for another holiday season.

RELATED LINKS:
Duquesne Light “Light Up Night”
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
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