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Release Date: Monday, July 27th 2015

Christmas in July set for Pittsburgh's Market Square Farmers Market

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announce Christmas in July, a special event being held during the Market Square Farmers Market on Thursday, July 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Christmas in July promises special pre-sale offers and discounts for select events as the holiday season arrives early in Pittsburgh. A Cultural District tent with a mobile box office will be in place for the Thursday, July 30 event for those attending the Farmers Market. Following the Farmers Market, the promotion will continue online at redeemable by using promotional code XMASINJULY. The promotion will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

This promotion is not valid for previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Additional restrictions may apply.

In addition to the ticket promotions, the Market will feature entertainment, including your favorite holiday standards by Jeff Jimerson, a visit from Santa himself, and the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early at several Peoples Gas Holiday Market vendors.

Please visit for full performance descriptions and information on restrictions that may apply to the offers. For more information,

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Event: Highmark Holiday Pops - A Tradition of Ho-Ho-Ho!
Location: Heinz Hall
Dates: December 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 2:30 p.m. and December 11, 12 & 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Special Offer: 50% off

About the Performance
Daniel Meyer, conductor
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Three Rivers Ringers

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir...and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra delighting kids of all ages-from 1 to 92-with the annual Highmark Holiday Pops concert! A sleigh full of guest artists, including Jolly Old Saint Nick, will join conductor Daniel Meyer, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Ringers-Pittsburgh's premiere handbell ensemble-for favorite carols, cherished holiday tunes, seasonal orchestral pieces and a Christmas sing-along. One of our favorite and most festive nights of the year, make the Highmark Holiday Pops part of your holiday tradition!

Pittsburgh Public Theater
Event: The Second City's Fully Loaded
Location: O'Reilly Theater
Dates: Saturday, August 29 at 9:00 p.m.
Special Offer: 50% off

About the Performance
The Second City returns by popular demand with "Fully Loaded," a hilarious evening bursting at the seams with all-new improv, songs, and sketches, plus classic material written by alums including Tina FeySteve Carell, and Stephen Colbert.

Pittsburgh CLO
Event: A Musical Christmas Carol
Location: Byham Theater
Dates: December 4-23, 2015
Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer and ½ price tickets for kids

About the Performance
We've taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in your favorite yuletide melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood.

Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable CLO holiday production of A Musical Christmas Carol. With dazzling special effects, holiday charm and ticket prices even Scrooge would approve of, this Charles Dickens classic is a wonderful way to celebrate all the tradition of the season.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Event: The Nutcracker
Location: Benedum Center
Dates: December 4-27, 2015
Special Offer: 20% OFF selected dates. Valid only for Zones 1-4.

About the Performance
Holiday magic envelopes the stage in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's classic The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's sublime score, a dreamlike journey unfolds through a moonlit snow scape to a whimsical Land of Enchantment. More than 100 dancers bring to life iconic choreography from the wondrous waltz of the snowflakes to the pristine Sugarplum Fairy pas de deux. Interwoven with Pittsburgh vistas and charm, PBT's The Nutcracker brings the story home for a holiday tradition that the Post-Gazette calls "the most lavish of all in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Location: Benedum Center
Dates: September 22-October 4, 2015
Special Offer: 25% off Price Level C for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances

About the Performance
JERSEY BOYS is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie ValliBob GaudioTommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

JERSEY BOYS is not recommended for all ages. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and authentic "profane Jersey language." Recommended for ages 12+.

Event: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Location: Heinz Hall
Dates: December 22-27, 2015
Special Offer: Pre-Sale - Buy Tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

About the Performance
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Join us in celebrating Rudolph's 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

Event: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Location: Benedum Center
Dates: December 29 at 7:30 p.m. and December 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Special Offer: 20% of Price Levels B & C

About the Performance
Cirque Dreams lights up with 2015 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza... Cirque Dreams Holidaze...a new cirque show...Broadway musical... and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by the New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!"

Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America's Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest variety show on the planet!

Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP's strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and "like" us on Facebook.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses "curated" by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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