Celebrating the Holidays in Pittsburgh

It’s officially the holiday season in Pittsburgh and there’s plenty of activities to enjoy! Whether you need to get a little holiday shopping done, grab a festive drink, or check out some Christmas lights, there’s something for everyone!


Peoples Gas Holiday Market

“Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or “Christmas Market”), the Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh with an international flair, a touch of local charm, and a pinch of sugar, spice, and everything nice. From Friday, November 16th – Saturday, December 23rd, drop on by Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to see for yourself! As you weave through the Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high quality gifts, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience.”

Miracle on Liberty

Miracle on Liberty is a pop-up Christmas bar in Market Square that invites you in during the holiday season! The bar will boast festive holiday decor and a holiday-themed menu, featuring drinks like a “Snowball Old Fashioned” and the “Christmas Carol Barrel.” The bar will also raise money for 412 Food Rescue. Last year, the bar raised $15,000 for the organization.

Phipps Conservatory Holiday Magic: Let It Glow!

The most magical time of the year is here with Phipps’ Holiday Magic: Let It Glow! Explore the beauty and wonders of nature at Phipps, encompassing 15 acres including a 14-room glasshouse and 23 distinct gardens.

Kennywood’s Holiday Lights

The best place to visit during the holidays in Pittsburgh is Kennywood, without a doubt! America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park decks its halls (and rides) with nearly two million twinkling lights, highlighted by the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy holiday songs, see spectacular light shows, visit Santa, and more!

Christmas at the Nationality Rooms

Come celebrate the holidays at the Cathedral of Learning!  The Nationality Rooms are open during the holiday season and the rooms will be decorated for the winter holidays beginning Saturday, November 10, 2018 through Saturday, January 12, 2019.  Tours cost $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth (aged 6-18).

Ice Skating at PPG

From November 16 through March 3, the Plaza between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue transforms into the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink. Grab your friends and head out on the ice for a night of fun!

A Christmas Show in the Cultural District

There’s nothing better than seeing a show in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District… and it’s even better during the holidays! Head Downtown this season to see a show like The Nutcracker or a Musical Christmas Carol with friends!

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Light Show Drive-Thru

Come see 3 miles of custom made displays dance to the music played over the radio in your car in perfect synchronization!  Also, see the all new Santa’s Safari theme of displays where Santa and pals are on vacation featuring custom built, giant, all-LED displays! They are guaranteed to delight everyone from young to old!

Wintergarden at PPG Place

The Wintergarden at PPG Place is a bright and open, plant-filled, all-glass garden environment. From late November, 2018, through January 1, 2019, the Wintergarden is the site of the popular Spirits of Giving Around the World and Gingerbread House Exhibits.

First Night

Culminating with the city’s Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District — inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh’s vibrant artist community ring in the new year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 pm and midnight. Admission Button prices remain among the most affordable in the nation: $10 per person (kids 5 and under FREE).

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