Home for the Holidays
Uptown Winter Market and Holiday Celebration
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 10, Washington Road. Uptown Mt. Lebanon transforms into a holiday wonderland with music, activities and a visit from Santa.
Beverly Brite Nite
7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, December 1, Beverly Road: This holiday tradition closes down Beverly Road for a night of carols, holiday treats and Santa.
South Hills Lights
5 p.m., Monday, December 19, Dormont Pool parking lot: Join our neighbors in Dormont and Chabad of the South Hills for this year’s Chanukah grand menorah lighting event. The evening features music, latkes, doughnuts and Chanukah swag.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 12, Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church: Stop by the Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club’s 13th annual Holiday Market.
Holiday Bells, Mallets and Drums
7 p.m., Friday, December 9, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 10, Mt. Lebanon High School: The 26th annual holiday concert features glorious tunes from Mt. Lebanon students.
Shopping & Crafts
Joy of Christmas Craft Show
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 19, St. Louise de Marillac School and LeGras Parish Center: The Labouré Ladies Guild’s annual event includes 115 artists and crafters, auction and 50/50 raffle. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 3, David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Shop one-of-a-kind handmade products from more than 250 talented makers, artists and craftspeople at the largest holiday market in the region. Free admission with registration.
I Made It! for the Holidays 2022
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 19, The Block Northway: Shop for quality handcrafted goods and connect with the makers.
Union Project Gingerbread Workshop
1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, December 4: Create cute, cozy gingerbread houses out of clay. $40.
Around the Region
Ice Skating Downtown
November 18 to January 8, Pittsburgh: Grab your skates! The UPMC Rink at PPG Place is open for the season.
Chatham Baroque: The Art of the Trio: Holiday Edition
A musical program perfect for the holiday season.
7:30 p.m., Friday, December 16, St. Nicholas Church, Millvale
7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 17, East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chapel
2: 30 p.m., Sunday, December 18, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Town-Wide Open House 2022
Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 4, Ligonier. Enjoy the magic of the season as you do your Christmas shopping.
Oliver Miller Homestead
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4, Oliver Miller Homestead: 18th century holiday traditions.
Some observed Christmas; the Scots celebrated Hogmanay. Come see how these holidays might have been celebrated on the 18th century frontier.
Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Friday, November 18 through Sunday, January 8. Phipps Conservatory: A Pittsburgh holiday tradition.
Victorian Christmas Tour
Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, Calvary United Methodist Church: Experience a bygone era and visit restored Victorian homes all decked out for the holidays.
November 25-27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, & 17-18, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Climb aboard a beautifully restored streetcar to meet Santa and a few of his friends.
Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas
Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, Canonsburg: Ice skating, Christmas markets, live entertainment, a parade and photos with Santa at the North Pole.
Santa at the zoo
Weekends, December 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: This holiday favorite returns! Enjoy a breakfast or lunch buffet, meet ambassador animals, write letters to Santa, then deliver them to him in person. Move fast. This event sells out quickly.
December 18, 4 to 7 p.m., Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church: Kids, get your picture taken with Santa. For the whole family, you can enjoy food trucks and Christmas caroling together.
Lots of Lights
Holiday Laser Show
Stop by North Park for a 45-minute light show synchronized with holiday music that you can enjoy from your vehicle. Dates and times can be found online.
Fun Fore All
5 to 9 p.m., November 25 to January 1, Fun Fore All, Cranberry: Two miniature golf courses are transformed into a fully playable, interactive, walk-through holiday light extravaganza.
Overly’s Country Christmas
November 17 through December 30, Greensburg: Create holiday memories at this walk-around Christmas village that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols, marvel at the model train display and take a photo with Santa himself. You can also take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store.
Kennywood Holiday Lights
Weekends, November 19 to December 31, Kennywood Park: Take a stroll among more than one million twinkling lights, and marvel at the tallest Christmas tree in the state. Savor the flavors of new festive foods and holiday drinks. Plus, rides.
Festival of Lights
November 10 to January 8, Oglebay, Wheeling, West Virginia: Drive through more than one million lights and 90 displays on this six-mile route that takes you through 300 acres of dazzling light displays.
6 to 10 p.m., November 18 to January 1, Cooper’s Lake Campground, Butler County: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is moving to a new location, with a new show. Immerse yourself in custom-built light displays dancing in synchronization. This year’s theme: Favorite Tales.
5 to 10 p.m., November 20 to January 2, Imperial: Drive through and enjoy a one-mile experience of light displays in a wooded setting during this 28-year tradition.
Highmark Light Up Night
7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, November 19, Downtown: The unofficial start of the holiday season. Festivities include musical acts, fireworks displays, shopping, food, ice sculptures and, of course, the lighting of the tree.
December 9 to 28, Benedum Center: Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for this can’t-miss holiday tradition that includes more than 150 unique costumes.
8 p.m., Saturday, December 3, Heinz Hall: Experience the majesty of Handel’s Messiah with Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, Bethel Park High School: Carols from across the globe, songs from popular Christmas movies and an audience sing-along.
3 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 17, PPG Paints Arena: Rock opera-style holiday favorites complete with lights and pyrotechnics put to this year’s theme: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Story
November 30-December 18, O’Reilly Theater: Take the whole family to see this Christmas classic.
Brown Bag Concert
12 p.m., Saturday, December 10, Blitz Opera Factory: Bring lunch and a friend to this free holiday concert presented by Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artists.
Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque!
Thursday and Friday, December 29 to 30, Benedum Center: Music, dance, comedy and a lovable, funny story. This ground-breaking holiday show incorporates acrobats, aerialists, comedians and daredevils set to a spectacular holiday theme.
Highmark Holiday Pops
December 9 to 18, Heinz Hall: Deck the halls with boughs of holly—and all your favorite holiday music performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
A Musical Christmas Carol
December 9-23, Byham Theater: Dickens’ classic holiday tale presented live on stage with dazzling special effects and holiday charm.
New Years Celebrations
New Years Eve Cruise
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, Gateway Clipper: Enjoy snacks, DJ entertainment, an open dance floor and the view of Pittsburgh’s skyline at night.
7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, December 31, DoubleTree by Hilton: Join the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania for this show headlined by Nick Moss Band featuring harmonica master Dennis Gruenling with local favorites Miss Freddye’s Homecookin’ Band to get the party started.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2023
6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, December 31, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District: A production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, celebrate the city’s Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball. This party extends 14 blocks and includes live music, dance, theater, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, a parade and Pyrotechnico fireworks. Events are free and open to the public.