PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thousands of people are expected to flock to downtown Pittsburgh for the annual Light Up Night and Santa Spectacular events to kick off the holiday season.

The festivities will begin at noon with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lighting up City-County Building tree.

This year, the unity tree at the corner of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street has more than 2,500 lights and 87 ornaments.

Later this evening, Santa will be in Point State Park for the Santa Spectacular.

Bands will be performing on stages at Point State Park and in Market Square and the night will be capped off with fireworks.

Public transportation riders are being advices that 50 bus routes will be detoured today and another 40 will be detoured tomorrow.

Visit the Port Authority’s website for a full list of detours.

For a complete list of events for Light Up Night click here: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/play/market-square/light-up-night-2012

For a complete list of events for the Santa Spectacular, click here: http://y108.cbslocal.com/santa-spectacular/

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