By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With an accordion player outside Wholey’s dressed in shorts and a t-shirt on Christmas Eve, those in line for fish sandwiches sang along, “Let in snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

But it seemed more like Miami than Pittsburgh.

“Feliz Navidad, everyone!”

Wholey’s was packed as it always is on Christmas Eve with plenty of fish for those great family rituals — and people just looking at fish for fun.

“Every year for Christmas Eve. We’ve been doing it for five years, six years, since these kids were born,” said Sunil Doshi of Regent Square who brought his wife and two children to Wholey’s.

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The Strip on Christmas Eve is a hot spot.

“The great food, the atmosphere — it’s the perfect place to be on Christmas Eve,” opined Jeff Bauman of Hampton.

But the warm weather was the talk.

“It’s like summer out there. People are in shorts and flip-flops. It’s great,” observed Marcia Feinberg of Feinberg’s.

It really was hard to miss all the shorts on the street — and even an occasional Hawaiian shirt — and then there was this colorful jacket…

“I actually paid money for this, believe it or not,” said Dan Santucci of Robinson. “Nobody paid me to wear this thing.”

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Forget mittens and scarves — the t-shirt business was booming.

“It’s wonderful for t-shirts. Look at everyone is happy. It’s like a Christmas gift getting this weather. Everybody’s happy and in a good mood,” noted Paul Dausch at The Looney Bin, selling t-shirts outside.

Shopkeepers said the weather was great for local business.

“It’s phenomenal. People are out. They’re in a good mood. They’re enjoying themselves. They’re not walking around uncomfortable because of the cold,” added Jimmy Sunseri of Jimmy & Nino’s.

Pennsylvania Macaroni was typically jammed on Christmas Eve.

“This year has been really, really good. The weather’s been great. People are happy,” said Penn Mac’s David Sunseri.

Folks were especially happy because many could eat and drink outdoors on December 24th.

“It’s absolutely amazing. The weather is beautiful. We’re so happy to be here. It’s a new tradition for us. Come to the Strip on Christmas Eve morning, and we’re having a great time — Bloody Mary’s,” said Lori Miller of Ingram as she hoisted her drink!

Especially when it’s warm out or no matter what the weather is, the Strip District on Christmas Eve is all about having some fun.

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