Tis the Pittsburgh Season

By: Amanda Narcisi

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It is November in Pittsburgh and the season is starting to twinkle on every street in the golden triangle. So what is the best way to celebrate the season in Pittsburgh? Here at BOLD, we have the best from Light-Up Night to New Years Eve.

Light-Up Night

Starting November 16th, Downtown shines and sparkles with elaborate lights that get debuted on one magical night: Light-Up Night. Light-up Night is very special as you can go from tree to holiday tree downtown to watch each one get set for the holiday. 


The Tree lighting schedule: 

12:00 p.m. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Crèche

4:30 p.m. Allegheny County Courthouse Tree & Tower Lighting – County Courthouse Courtyard

5:00 p.m. City County Building Tree Lighting

5:30 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting

5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting

5:45 p.m. BNY Mellon Season of Lights Countdown

7:00 p.m. Highmark Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks & Laser Show


Music for the evening includes four different stages. There will be different genres of music including jazz and rock. The biggest show will be right after the Highmark Tree is lit featuring Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. For a complete list of music, food and other entertainment visit the official website for Light-Up Night.

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The entire night finishes at 10PM with a Fireworks Finale from Zambelli Fireworks.

Holiday Shopping

In the heart of downtown, specifically Market Square, is filled with these amazing wooden houses. In each home is a home made shops. Shoppers can find gifts like ornaments, scarves and even a booth that has coins and collectables. 

This years holiday market include vendors like Pittsburgh Pottery, Monmade, Strawberryluna and Worker Bird, Vessel Studio Glass and Gifts from Afar. For a complete list visit Vendors at Holiday Market.

Other entertainment in Market Square includes Santa’s Workshop where guests can get a photo with Santa. There is also a stage with entertainment spread out throughout the season. 

Miracle Bar

For the last few years the bar scene has been abuzz with the pop-up bar Miracle. The idea was a bar that looked like holiday was sprayed all over with a fire hose with an amazing holiday themed cocktail list. Every year the bar would donate proceeds to a charity. This year Miracle moves location to 717 Liberty Ave right down from The Warren. It will be the perfect spot for a mid-holiday shopping cocktail.

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First Night

The Holiday season comes to a close on NewYears Eve with First Night Activities. Every year First Night brings a family event to the Cultural District on New Years Eve. It all comes to a finale with the rising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball over the Highmark Building. More information to come.

For more information on First Night visit https://firstnightpgh.trustarts.org.