“Light Up Night” Kicks Off Holiday Season In Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nothing signals the start of the holidays like Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh.

From the skaters at PPG place to the marching bands parading down Penn Avenue, the twinkle of each new bulb is a symbol of the season.

“We get to come down and visit dad at work and get to see all the lights and watch the ice skaters,” Rachel Purcell, of Bethel Park, said.

A crowded Market Square was all aglow in its ornate splendor while street performers turned up the heat.

Ice artists chilled the crowd with their cool carvings at Fifth Avenue Place.

“This is our first time coming down for Light Up Night,” Selena Barefoot, of Penn Hills, said. “We’re having a great time. We had a lot of fun. It was fun seeing the big Christmas tree light up and she was really excited to watch the demonstration of the ice sculptures.”

But the celebration seems to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

“I was the Grinch according to my wife, so I told her I’m in the mood now, so I’m ready for Christmas,” David Stillitano, of Greensburg, said.

Later in Point State Park, the three rivers sparkled with another tradition – the Santa Spectacular capping off a night of family fun and getting everyone in the mood for the magic of the holidays.

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One Comment

  1. Johnny Saint Lethal says:

    Dave, thank you. And it’s not Sparkle Season, it’s Christmastime. It’s a Christmas Tree. And where is the mention of the bomb squad, dogs, and massive amounts of police and the T being closed? No where. Not on any of the news sites. A little fishy. And this article sounds like an seventh grade intern wrote it.

  2. Bonnie Heatherington says:

    We thought we were going to be trampled to death on the Clemente Bridge. We were packed together like sardines on the walkway and people kept pushing and there was nowhere to go. If panick had set in It could have gotten ugly.

  3. CARLYN says:

    Jesus is the reason for the season, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO FOR HIM?

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