Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays. Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership



In Market Square
Open Daily November 21 – December 23, 2014
(closed Thanksgiving)

Mondays – Thursdays: 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Sundays: 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts, the 3rd Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished European tradition to Downtown Pittsburgh that mixes international flair with local charm. Visitors experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping village as they stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high quality gifts. Vendors this year offer an expanded mix of ethnic and local traditions, including the addition of Yule Haus presented by NOLA, offering a delicious menu of bratwurst, sweet crepes, strudel and much more, Women of the Cloud Forest, featuring holiday products from fair-trade artisans in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and new vendors offering fine items from Africa and Southeast Asia. Be sure to view the full listing of vendors for all the details.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square also showcases our diverse cultural heritage with daily live performances. Check out the weekly schedule of local and ethnic entertainment - Coming soon!

Be sure to visit Santa in his Downtown Pittsburgh home right in the heart of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. In return for a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, receive a complimentary photo with Santa!

Santa’s House Hours:

Mondays - Fridays: 12:00 - 3:00 P.M. & 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 12:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Sundays: 12:00 - 6:00 P.M.

When visiting the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, be sure to visit the BNY Mellon Season of Lights which illuminates the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Market Square, with more than 150,000 lights and a 30’ high electronic sphere tree! Every half hour after dark, Market Square will twinkle and dance with a dazzling light show, choreographed to a high energy medley of holiday tunes!

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is made possible by the generous support of the Colcom Foundation and Laurel Foundation.



(Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages only)

Downtown Pittsburgh is the place to be for all of your holiday shopping! In addition to the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Downtown is home to retailers of apparel, jewelry, gifts, shoes and accessories and much, much more.

When you are Downtown, be sure to visit these signature retailers:

Fifth Avenue Place

120 Fifth Avenue
Home to diverse retailers, eateries and holiday season pop-up shoppes, restaurants.


249 Fifth Avenue
Features affordable gifts and upscale brands for the most fashionable Pittsburghers.

Downtown Macy's

400 Fifth Avenue
America's favorite department store, Macy's truly has something for everyone.

For a complete list of Downtown Pittsburgh retailers, visit the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's website.



Downtown Pittsburgh is the place to be this Holiday Season. The city is filled with free activities and events each and every day. You'll find many events listed below but be sure to visit PDP's event calendar for more information and updated details. And visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust calendar of all information on performances all across the Cultural District.

FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley & Macy's Holly Trolley

Saturdays & Sundays, November 22 - December 22
Plus Black Friday, November 28
‚Äč11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Stops approximately every 15 minutes

Creation Stations

FREE Family Fun with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center

Frozen on 5th Avenue

Saturday, November  29
11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Stop by after the parade to make poinsettia pins and sun catchers! Kids can also display the colors of the season with creative face painting.

Frozen in Time

Saturday, December 6
11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Be amazed as Chris Handa brings the magic of the holidays to life! Discover the trick to creating ice cream. Then showcase your very own magic by creating spin art and elf hats.

It's a Frozen Wonderland

Saturday, December 13
11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Create silver foil wreaths and stained glass ornaments! And, cheerful elves will be on hand with bells for face painting and balloon art.

The Frozen Life

Saturday, December 20
11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Enjoy strike a pose photos and display your creativity by creating ice paintings. Airbrush tattoos will help keep the holiday memories alive. And, create keepsake bead rings.

Holiday Lunchtime Concerts

Monday — Friday, November 28 — December 23
12:00 p.m
Free musical performances from some of Pittsburgh's favorite artists including a special Black Friday Performance with pianist Brian Buckley on November 28.

Jim O'Brien Book Signing

Thursday, December 10 & Friday, December 19
10:00 A.M. — 3:00 P.M.
Pittsburgh sports author and historian, Jim O'Brien returns to the Center Court December 10 and December 19 autographing all of your sports collection favorites.

Gift Certificate BONUS Days

Thursday, December 11 — Saturday December 13
11 A.M. — Close
Find the perfect gift at Fifth Avenue Place and earn a FREE Fifth Avenue Place Gift Certificate with qualifying retail purchases. Redeem receipts from 11 a.m. - close in Center court.
Receipt Total Receive
$25-$49.99 $5 Gift Certificate
$50-$99.99 $10 Gift Certificate
$100+ $25 Gift Certificate

Glass Eye Studio Trunk Show at Crystal River Gems

Wednesday, December 10 — Friday, December 12
10 A.M. — 6 P.M.
Explore the world of glass art-from ornaments and paperweights to vases and bowls from Glass Eye Studio.

Make-A-Wish & Wish 99.7 FM Light Up A Child's Life Campaign

Friday, December 12 , Monday December 15 and
Tuesday, December 16
6:00 — 9:00 A.M.
Make a child's wish come true this holiday season! Stop by Fifth Avenue Place for the annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser with Ron Antill from WISH radio broadcasting live from Center Court.

FREE Parking in the Fifth Avenue Place Garage

Friday, November 28 — Wednesday, December 24
After 4 P.M. Weekdays and All Day Saturdays
Holiday Parking Validation with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase. Enter evenings after 4pm and all-day on Saturdays. See stores for details • Limit: One Per Person, Please

PPG Place Wintergarden

Make Christmas memories with our spectacular 32-foot tree adorned with magnificent ornaments and gifts symbolic of this most special season of giving.


November 21 through January 7, open all holidays including Christmas and New Year's
Monday - Thursday: 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Friday: 7 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Saturday: 9 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Sunday: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.


Enchanting display of life-size Santas and original paintings.


Delicious dwellings by area chefs, organizations, and individuals surrounded by amazing model trains.


December 1 through December 28
The sounds of the season fill the Wintergarden as a variety of local choirs and musicians perform daily.

More Info:

Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink At PPG Place

November 21 through March 1
Glide around the breathtaking 65' Christmas tree on a rink larger than the one at Rockefeller Center!
Skating lessons available.

Monday-Thursday: 11 A.M. - 10 P.M.
Friday and Saturday: 11 A.M. - Midnight
Sunday: Noon to 8 P.M.


Thanksgiving Day:
10 A.M. to 10 P.M. 
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day:
11 A.M. to 10 P.M.
New Year's Eve:

11 A.M. to Midnight
New Year's Day:
11 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Rates: Adults: $8
Children and Seniors: $7
Skate Rentals: $3
Lunchtime Monthly Passes: $25 (available January)
Group rates, Parties, Gift Certificates:
call 412-394-3641 for details


1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Saturdays, November 22 - December 22
Plus Black Friday, November 28
11 A.M.-3 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

PPG Place: 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. & 4:00-8:00 P.M.
Board on Fourth Ave. next to PPG Place Plaza 

First come-first serve; no reservations

Discounted Parking

PPG Place Parking Garage offers discounted $5 flat rate for parking after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday & Sunday

Holiday KidsPlay

KidsPlay offers free activities for children of all ages! Located in the Cultural District on the 800 block of Liberty Avenue, pop in for one activity or visit all the locations for a fun-filled, creative afternoon. You can take the free Holly Trolley for a ride to all Downtown holiday hotspots and jump off for KidsPlay, a new holiday tradition presented by Highmark!

Every Saturday and Sunday November 22 - December 23 plus special Bonus Day Black Friday, November 28 Noon - 5:00 P.M.

Arcade Comedy Theater - 811 Liberty Avenue
Improv Workshop: Improv instructors will teach families silly warm-ups and easy games to play - and all you need is to bring your imagination. Each workshop lasts about 20 minutes.

Harris Theater - 809 Liberty Avenue
Short films: Join Pittsburgh Filmmakers for a drop-in, anytime showing of family-friendly short films guaranteed to put you in the Holiday Spirit!
Live Performances: On Sundays, December 7 & 14, the Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory of Performing Arts will perform a short holiday musical review that will alternate with short films.

Trust Arts Education Center - 805 Liberty Avenue
Arts & Crafts: Drop in to create one-of-a-kind holiday items designed by Macaroni Kids.
Story Area: Pittsburgh International Children's Theater hosts a reading area featuring books for kids and parents to enjoy together.
Puppet Workshop: One day only, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Sign up to create puppets for the First Night Festivities. (Space is limited. Advanced Registration required at

One Oxford Centre


Saturdays, November 22 - December 22
Plus Black Friday, November 28

Oxford Centre: 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Board on Fourth Ave. next to PPG Place Plaza 

Saturdays in the Centre

November 22 - December 20, 2013
12:00 — 4:00 P.M.

  • Hear live holiday entertainment from the Rick Gallagher Trio in the Main Atrium
  • Santa Claus will be on hand to hear children's holiday wishes!
  • Free kids activities such as face painting, balloon art, sand art, or caricatures.
  • Don't forget, every Saturday you can ride The Holly Trolley to One Oxford Centre!

Discounted Parking

Receive discounted parking in the One Oxford Centre Garage with purchase from select retailers in the One Oxford Centre Atrium.


Photos with Santa & Children's Very Own Gift Shop

November 28 - December 24
Bring your children to visit Santa for a memorable keepsake!

Children's Very Own Gift Shop

November 28- December 24
Children ages 4-12 can shop for gifts for family and friends with help of Santa's elves. A Pittsburgh tradition for over 30 years.

Breakfast with Santa

Weekends, December 6- 21 at 10:00 A.M.
Enjoy a tasty buffet- style breakfast with jolly old St. Nick while you're treated to our holiday production, "Virginia's Magical Christmas!" Plus, each child takes home a special gift!* For more information and reservation, call (877) 556-2297. $19.95 per person. $13.95 for children under 10. Children under 12 months free.

Believe Campaign: Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa and help make wishes come true! Bring your stamped letter to Macy's addressed to Santa at The North Pole, and drop it into our special Santa letterbox. For each letter received, we'll donate $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation, up to $1,000,000. We'll deliver them to the Post Office for mailing to Santa, and together we'll collect a million reasons to believe! Visit .

Events subject to change or cancelation. *While supplies last. No purchase necessary, see store for details.

Around Town

U.S. Steel Plaza Crèche

The larger-than-life Pittsburgh Crèche is the only authorized replica of the Crèche in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Crèche will be on display through January 7, 2015 and is a stop on the Holly Trolley.



Light Up Night and the opening of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market will include road, pedestrian and river closures. A map of closures is  available here.

Free Parking Saturdays and Black Friday!
Parking in Downtown Pittsburgh is always easy and affordable but now it's free on Saturdays, November 22 - December 20 and on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Downtown Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages.

Participating Parking Authority Garages Include:

Want to scout out the perfect parking spot? Visit the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Interactive Parking Map.


Also, ParkPGH provides free, real-time parking availability information for selected Downtown garages.
This service can be accessed through:

Additionally, Fifth Avenue Place and One Oxford Centre offer special parking validations.

Fifth Avenue Place Holiday Parking Validation

Friday, November 28 — Monday, December 22
After 4:00 P.M. Weekdays and all Day Saturdays
Holiday Parking Validation with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase. Enter Evenings after 4pm and all-day on Weekends. See Stores for Details
Limit: One Per Person, Please

One Oxford Centre Discount Parking

Receive discounted parking in the One Oxford Centre Garage with purchase from select retailers in the One Oxford Centre Atrium.

PPG Place Discounted Parking

PPG Place Parking Garage offers discounted $5 flat rate for parking after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday & Sunday

54th Annual Light Up Night Fri., Nov. 21

54th Annual Light Up Night Fri., Nov. 21

The Biggest Party on the Biggest Night of the Year!

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership invites you to celebrate the official kickoff to the Holiday Season with FREE high-quality entertainment, activities, music, magic and memories all across the Golden Triangle


12:00 P.M. City-County Building Tree Lighting
12:00 P.M. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Creche
5:30 P.M. Allegheny Courthouse Lighting
5:45 P.M. One Oxford Centre Lighting
5:45 P.M. Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
6:00 P.M. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
6:45 P.M. Macy's Window Unveiling
7:00 P.M. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks

Clemente Bridge

BNY Mellon New Music Stage

6:00 P.M. Grand Piano
7:00 P.M. Donora
8:30 P.M. Cobra Starship

BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale

9:38 P.M.
Launched from the Warhol Bridge, one of Pittsburgh's most spectacular displays by the first family of pyrotechnics, Zambelli Internationale, including the Light Up Night signature Niagara Falls of fireworks, all synchronized to a brand new, live holiday broadcast on Q92-9.

One Oxford Centre

5:30 - 9:00 P.M.
by The Rick Gallagher Trio

5:45 P.M.
Annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival

6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (last ride at 8:45 P.M.)

6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Santa's Reindeer and Free Activities


6:00 P.M.
Holiday Window Unveiling & Jamie Lynn Spears In Concert Smithfield Street Stage


Please join us for the BIGGEST PARTY on the BIGGEST NIGHT of the year!

A special VIP Light Up Night® Celebration in the Union Trust Building
501 Grant Street – William Penn Place entrance

Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and music entertainment 7:00 — 9:30 p.m.

VIP Firework Viewing Area
Roberto Clemente Bridge 9:38 p.m.

Limited tickets available; individual tickets $100

To purchase tickets, please click here or visit

Blast! Sponsors:


Light Up Night Sponsors:

Holiday Market Stage in Market Square

5:00 P.M. Jeff Jimerson and Airborne Holiday
5:45 P.M. Countdown to 2014 Season of Lights
with Santa
6:00-9:30 P.M. Season of Lights
Show & Jeff Jimerson mini-concert (every half hour)

The BNY Mellon Season of Lights is a gift to the people of Pittsburgh made possible by the generous support of the Colcom Foundation and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Northwest Savings Bank Stage at Smithfield Street

6:00 P.M. Billy Price
7:00 P.M. Joe Grushecky
8:30 P.M. NOMaD

EQT Jazzmasters Stage at Katz Plaza

Sean Jones with Roger Humphries and RH Factor

6:00 - 6:45 P.M. | 7:15 - 8:00 P.M. | 8:30 - 9:15 P.M.

Featuring Guest Vocalists:

Michele Bensen
Spanky Wilson
Anqwenique Wingfield

Fifth Avenue Place

5:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Fifth Avenue Freeze Ice Carvings and Family Festivities

Live Musical Performances:
4:30 - 6:30 P.M. Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet
7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Max Leak Trio

7:00 P.M.
Unity Tree Lighting With Rooftop Fireworks

PPG Place Plaza and Rink

Downtown Pittsburgh's only outdoor ice skating rink is open until midnight on Light Up Night and Magic Ice USA is donating $1 of each skate admission to the American Cancer Society.

4:45 P.M.
Robert Morris University Island Sports Figure Skating

5:00 P.M.
CLO Mini-Stars

5:30 - 6:00 P.M.
American Cancer Society's Tribute of Light & Plaza Tree Lighting

5:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Music by Joel Lindsey in PPG Place food court

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