PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The holidays are right around the corner, and today, officials detailed what everyone can expect as part of this year’s Light Up Night event.

The atmosphere in the City of Pittsburgh will be electric on Nov. 22 as downtown kicks off the start of the holiday season with the 53rd Annual Light Up Night.

Details and schedules for the initiative were unveiled today at a news conference.

Just like last year, there will be the big tree lighting ceremony, the outdoor skating rink at PPG, and of course, plenty of fireworks.

But this year, they’ve also added quite a few new attractions.

“This year, we will mix the BNY Mellon Season of Light Show with a mini-concert performed every half hour allowing all Light Up Night patrons to [listen] before heading toward one of the many destinations downtown,” said Jeremy Waldrup, the CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Other new attractions include four stages across downtown.

A dance party in Mellon Square and a pedestrian walkway on Forbes Avenue complete with laser lights, video projections and other effects.

Also, the Holiday Market that debuted last year in Market Square will open one week earlier this year on Nov. 23.

It will have more than double the vendor space.

“As you know, when people come down they make a day of it with their family and friends, and also support a lot of the retail and restaurants and hotels in this downtown,” said Morgan O’Brien, the CEO of Peoples Natural Gas.

Returning this year will also be the Holly Trolley, horse-drawn carriage rides, free parking and much, much more.

For more information about Light Up Night and other activities going on Downtown, click here.


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