Light Up Night 2016 Guide

It’s time to kick off the holiday season in Pittsburgh! With that Christmastime feeling settling over the city, Downtown Pittsburgh puts on its party clothes, dressing up to impress all of its visitors.

Comcast Light Up Night
Nov. 18, 2016
Website: Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays

What’s so unique and fun about Comcast Light Up Night is that it is a free outdoor event that truly has something for everyone – families, college students, grown-ups who are still kids at heart and everyone in between! There are horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus, ice skating, music, activities, and, of course, food and fireworks. Here’s what you need to know!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

Market Square
Peoples Gas Holiday Market
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Holiday Market

Market Square is the place to shop till you drop. The Holiday Market is inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, and every stop offers unique gifts perfect for even the most hard-to-shop-for person. Also, don’t forget the Sphere Tree. Lit up with more than 150,000 lights, it’s always an amazing sight!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

PPG Place
Pittsburgh Ice Rink & Wintergarden
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Ice Rink
PPG Place

Nothing will put you in the Christmas spirit more than lacing up your ice skates and taking a spin around the 65-foot tall PPG Place Christmas Tree! Then, when you want to get warm, go into the Wintergarden and take in the several displays – from gingerbread houses, to trains, and the “Spirits of Giving Around the World” exhibit!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

Fifth Avenue Place
Highmark Unity Tree
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Unity Tree
Fifth Avenue Place

What’s Christmas in Pittsburgh without the Unity Tree? Don’t miss the lighting of this Pittsburgh tradition on the corner of Penn Avenue Place Building at 7 p.m.! Then, head over to see some really cool ice carving demonstrations and much, much more!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

Rachel Carson Bridge
Energy Flow Bridge Lighting
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Bridge Lighting

New this year, and sure to be a crowd pleaser is this stunning display on the Rachel Carson Bridge! Powered by wind turbines, this display promises to be beautifully eye-catching on Light Up Night!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

One Oxford Centre
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Activities & Rides

You and the kids can head over to the play area for some fun arts and crafts activities! Plus, on weekends, there will be horse-drawn carriage and Holley Trolley rides!

Photo Credit: KDKA

Photo Credit: KDKA

Music, Food & Other Entertainment
Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Stanwix St., and EQT Plaza
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Entertainment

From Pittsburghers Daya and Joe Grushecky, to Pittsburgh favorites like O.A.R., and popular singer and actress Gloria Reuben, there will be music for all tastes! And speaking of tastes, don’t miss celebrity chef Michael Symon and his gigantic 56-foot GetGo Sub, celebrating 56 years of Light Up Night!

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Fireworks
Best Viewing Spot – Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Downtown Pittsburgh Holidays: Fireworks Finale

What’s a Pittsburgh celebration without fireworks? This year, the show will be launched from a barge on the Allegheny River! It kicks off at 9:38 p.m. You don’t want to miss it!

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