Holiday Fun in Pittsburgh

The holidays are upon us and Pittsburgh has so many wonderful holiday activities, exhibits, and markets to explore with family and friends.  From Market Square to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center you can enjoy a fun filled day of holiday cheer with your loved ones.

People’s Gas Holiday Market – Market Square; Mondays-Thursdays 11-8, Fridays & Saturdays 11-9, and Sundays 11-6

Market Square has always been a unique area for all kinds of exhibits and activities and during the holiday season that is no different.  The Holiday Market is modeled after the famous Christkindlmarkts held all over Germany.  Small chalets fill the square with wares and goods of all types.  Want to find a unique piece of jewelry, a glass sculpture, or traditional German ornaments?  This market has it all, not to mention, live music, Santa, and Dunkin Donuts.  The Holiday Market runs until December 23.

Handmade Arcade – David L. Lawrence Convention Center, December 3 11-7, free admission

If you have friends and family who love handmade goods, this is place for you to shop.  Held at the Convention Center, the Handmade Arcade contains a diverse mix and selection of handmade gifts from local artists.  This market is held on December 3 from 11-7, but make sure to get there early so you have a lot of time to browse.

PPG Place

November 18, 2016-January 7, 2017

PPG Place is the home to Wintergarden, a spectacular free exhibition hall that features a 32-foot tree, Santa’s from all over the world, and the Gingerbread House displays.  Inside you can walk around learning about Christmas folklore from all over the globe and looking at the gingerbread houses made by students, chefs, and individuals from all over the Greater Pittsburgh Area.  I highly suggest taking a break from the cold at the Holiday Market in Market Square to warm up in PPG Place and check out some pretty amazing exhibits.  Not to mention that outside, you can ice skate with your friends or family.

Lawrenceville Cookie Tour

December 1-4, (Generally from 10-6 Thursday thru Saturday, and 10-5 Sunday)

Are you interested in exploring a different part of the city you haven’t yet?  Come down to Lawrenceville today through Sunday to check out this free and family themed event!  It is a self-guided tour through the neighborhood where you can stop in at each shop, sample some cookies, and browse to see if you can find any cool and interesting gifts.  While the general hours are posted above, each shopkeeper maintains their own hours so be sure to check out the times they will be open.  You can go to the website (hyperlinked above) or find printed maps at each participating shop to guide you through the up and coming streets of Lawrenceville.

Phipps – Winter Flower Show and Light Garden:  Days of Snow and Nights Aglow

Runs November 25- January 8, 9:30-11 AM and 5-11 PM

Phipps Conservatory is a beautiful and magical place all year long, but during the holidays it becomes a winter wonderland.  All of the rooms are geared towards the theme of “Snow Day at Phipps”.  With exhibits ranging from animal topiary, lights, and music to colorful festive flowers and wintery displays you will feel like you have been transported out of this world to a place that exemplifies the holiday spirit.


The Nutcracker 

Benedum Center, December 2-27, 2016

One of the most famous ballets in history, The Nutcracker, is a fantastical story about the night before Christmas when a mysterious nutcracker comes to life.  This year, the story is set in Pittsburgh, with many iconic buildings, views, and statues being focal points of the scenery.  This is a holiday classic that shouldn’t be missed, and a great tradition to start with your loved ones.

A Musical Christmas Carol 

Byham Theater, December 9-23, 2016

Most of us are familiar with the story of the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge and his lack of love for Christmas.  This year the classic gets a wonderful twist.  The Pittsburgh CLO has created a beautiful musical about a beloved Christmas story.  Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to see this classic tale with a musical twist.




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