Anyone who knows Pittsburgh knows that Light Up Night is the must-do event of the holiday season in our fair city. The weather is cooler, the holiday spirit is starting to set in, and Downtown Pittsburgh puts on its party clothes and dresses up to impress all of its visitors.
Light Up Night
Nov. 22, 2013
What’s so unique and fun about Light Up Night is that it is a free outdoor event that truly has something for everyone – families with small children, college students, and grown-ups who are kids at heart. There are Horse-Drawn Carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus, the Pittsburgh Crèche, and don’t miss the party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge with music, activities, and lots of different food booths to choose from. Here are just a few of the other must-sees!
Intersection of Market Street & Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
The Countdown to the 2013 Season of Lights with Santa begins at 5:45 p.m. You won’t want to miss the lighting of the beautiful sphere tree! Then, every half hour from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Market Square will be transformed into a glittering wonderland synchronized to music!
200 Three PPG Place
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Take a stroll through PPG Place to see the gorgeous ice rink; and if you’re brave enough, rent some skates and take a few laps around the gigantic Christmas tree in the center.
400 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
Get downtown early to get your share of the standing room-only space in front of the Macy’s store windows. Throughout the evening, the store employees reveal incredibly detailed holiday decorations in each of their store windows along the 5th Avenue corridor. Special guests include Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Gaynor and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle!
Sixth Street Bridge
Spans Allegheny River from North Shore to Downtown Pittsburgh
This is the place to be for music, tasty treats and fireworks! Don’t miss Pittsburgh rockers Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers at 8 p.m. Then, what’s any Pittsburgh celebration without fireworks? At 9:38 p.m., Zambelli Internationale will light the Pittsburgh sky with the big fireworks finale.
There are also music events in Mellon Square and EQT Plaza. At Fifth Avenue Place there will be ice carving, and of course, the annual lighting of the Unity Tree at 7 p.m. Also, at Oxford Centre, don’t miss the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 5:45 p.m. and free horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Then, in case you didn’t get enough holiday cheer Friday, you can come back downtown Saturday evening for the illuminated Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade!
Finally, don’t forget to stop and see the Pittsburgh Crèche, which will be on display at U.S. Steel Plaza through Jan. 7.