54th Annual Light Up Night
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Anyone who knows Pittsburgh knows that Light Up Night is the must-do event of the holiday season! 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.
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!
The Countdown to the 2014 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 during the Season of Lights Show featuring Jeff Jimerson!
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. Also, stop by the PPG Place Wintergarden for the Gingerbread House and Train exhibit!
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. It all begins at 6:45 p.m., and includes a concert featuring Jamie Lynn Spears!
This is the place to be for music, tasty treats and fireworks! What’s any Pittsburgh celebration without fireworks? And, of course, the display will feature the annual Light Up Night signature – Niagara Falls of fireworks. It begins at 9:38 p.m.
At Fifth Avenue Place there will be ice carving, and of course, the annual lighting of the Unity Tree and fireworks at 7 p.m. Also, at Oxford Centre, don’t miss Santa Claus and the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m., and free horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 9 p.m.
Finally, don’t forget to stop and see the Pittsburgh Crèche, which will be on display at U.S. Steel Plaza throughout the holiday season.