Things to do all over town,
all through the holidays.
RIGHT AT HOME
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Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department off Cedar Boulevard. Give the gift of savings. Available during office hours, $30 each.
Concordia of the South Hills Hosts Annual Holiday Bazaar—Dec 9, 10am-4pm. Vendors, crafts, basket auctions, mystery bags and bake sale. Benefits the Community Human Services Caring Fund. 1300 Bower Hill Road
TREATS, SWEETS AND EATS
Holiday Dinners on the Gateway Clipper—Fridays, Saturdays, Nov 29-Dec 20. Celebrate the holidays on the water with a buffet, live music and city lights. Tickets are $55. Reserve at www.gatewayclipper.com, or call 412-355-7980.
Make a Gingerbread House—Dec 2, 6:30-8pm. Mt. Lebanon Library. For children 3 and up and their families. We’ll supply the cartons and Graham crackers for the houses. Bring your own icing and candy for your gingerbread house trim.
Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour—Dec 4-7. 10am-8pm Thurs. and Fri., 10am-6pm Sat. and 11am-5pm Sun. Walk the streets of Lawrenceville, visit shops and have some cookies. lvpgh.com/cookietour
Breakfast or Lunch with Santa—Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 9:30am-1:30pm
Pittsburgh Zoo Registration required at www.pittsburghzoo.org.
Chanukah Seniors Luncheon—Dec 8, 12:30pm-2:30pm JCC. Open to members and non-members. $5 suggested donation. Register before Dec. 3 at 412-278-1975,
December Coffee—Dec 10, 10am. The Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club of Mt Lebanon. Children welcome. Lobby outside Panera Bread at The Galleria Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Cookie and Gift Bazaar—Dec 13, 9am-2pm. Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church. Homemade cookies, crafts, gifts and a British Christmas Tea Room from 10 to 1:30.
Deacon Cookie Sale—Dec 13, 10am-noon. Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church. Fresh baked cookies, breads and pastries. 412-561-6261.
Holiday Party and Cookie Swap, Senior Luncheon and Movie Matinee—Dec 16, 10:30am. Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department. Entertainment, lunch, a raffle and a movie. Bring a pair of new socks to donate, and two dozen cookies to share. Cost is $6. Register before Dec. 12 at 412-343-3409.
Ice Skating at PPG Place opens Nov 21. Enjoy the city atmosphere with an icy twist. Adult admission is $8; child and senior discounts available.
A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol Tour, Market Square. Nov. 22, Dec. 3, 10, 13, 17, 10am-12:30pm. This popular downtown tour includes two historic churches, and brunch. Tickets are one for $50, two for $90.
Handmade Arcade—Dec 6, 11am-6pm. David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair with 150+ vendors. www.handmadearcade.com
Books in the Burgh—Dec 7, 10am-3pm. Senator John Heinz Regional History Center. Book fair and chat with local authors. Free with museum admission. 412-566-4190.
Create a Christmas Centerpiece—Dec 11, 7-9pm. Phipps Garden Center. Use votive candles, flowers, greens and various ornaments to create a modern holiday centerpiece. $22 for members, $32 for non-members, plus a $50 materials fee. Register online, or call 412-441-4422, ext. 3925.
GET OUT OF TOWN
Candlelight Tours—Nov 24, 25, 30, Dec 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 Hartwood Acres
Every room in the mansion is decorated in keeping with the season! Tours begin at 5pm. The last tour will start at 7pm. Tickets are $8; reservations required. 412-767-9200.
Santa Trolley—Nov 28-30, Dec 6-7, 13-14; Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Ride a vintage trolley with Santa and his singing elves. Tickets are $7 for children, $10 for adults.
Annual Holiday Open House—Dec 6 noon-3pm. Christian W. Klay Winery, Chalk Hill, Pa. Sing carols, enjoy appetizers and sweets. Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and of course, wine tasting. Free admission.
AN END & A BEGINNING: HOGMANAY & HAGGIS—Dec 7 1:30-4:30pm. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park. A traditional Scots New Year festival with traditional food and Scots-Irish dancers. $2 admission at the door.
Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour Dec 12-14, Allegheny West. Tour restored Victorian homes decked out for the holidays. Tickets are $30. 1-888-718-4253.
RED VELVET SEATS
The Nutcracker—Dec 5-7 and 12-14 Carnegie Music Hall. It’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker. For ticket information, call 412-279-8887.
A Musical Christmas Carol Dec 5-21 Pittsburgh CLO, Byham Theater
Chamber Music Pittsburgh: Masters of the Baroque—Dec 8 7:30pm. Twentieth Century Club, 4210 Bigelow Blvd.
Wondrous Birth, O Wondrous Child—Dec 13 8pm. New York Polyphony, Calvary Episcopal Church. A fusion of modern and traditional spanning nine centuries of music. Tickets, $10-$35
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas—Dec 16 8pm, Benedum Center. Mannheim Steamroller’s 30th annual Christmas performance features multimedia effects and music. Tickets start at $37.50.
Recounting the Nativity—Dec 12 Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church; Dec 14 Sixth Presbyterian Church; Dec 20 St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Highland Park
Pittsburgh Camerata, Christmas with New York Voices: Let it Snow! Dec. 12 7pm & 9:30pm, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Jazz vocal group, known for blending out-of-genre tunes into their performances. Tickets, $55, available online.
Johnny Angel and the Halos Christmas Show—Dec. 13 7:30pm, The Legacy Theatre, Allison Park, http://www.thelegacylineup.com/productions
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic—Dec 13 3pm, 7pm, Consol Energy Center
Strings, bright lights and Christmas come together for an evening. Tickets, starting at $59.
The Tailor of Gloucester—Dec 18 10:30am, Carlow’s Antonian Hall
B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Dec 19 7:30pm. Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle
South Hills Chorale Concert— Dec 19, 20 7:30pm. A variety of choral works will delight audiences, with selections both traditional and contemporary. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair