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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!