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Release Date: Thursday, November 5th 2015

Holiday store windows will be part of Pittsburgh's Light-Up Night festivities

The traditional unveiling of the holiday department store windows on Light Up Night in Downtown won’t stop with the closing of Macy’s.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership officials announced plans Thursday to decorate nine windows at the former Macy’s/​Kaufmann’s department store during the holiday season.

Teaming with the partnership to sponsor the windows will be Core Realty, the new owner of the 13-story department store building, the Colcom Foundation, and Alphagraphics.

Two iconic Pittsburgh-themed windows, including one featuring holiday revelers meeting under the store’s famous clock, were donated by Macy’s, which closed the store in September.

The other seven windows will be new and will be designed by local cultural groups. One will be a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer themed window designed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Others participating will be the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Dance Council.

“I think they’re going to be pretty special,” said Jeremy Waldrup, PDP president and CEO.

The new display is part of an effort to make up for the loss of Macy's and before it Kaufmann’s. For decades, the department store was a must-stop during the Christmas season to see the windows and visit Santa.

A group of former Macy’s employees will be recreating another store tradition, Santaland, at One Oxford Centre on Grant Street and at the Theater Square box office on Penn Avenue.

In addition, the PDP will launch a marketing campaign during the holiday season to highlight the 120 retailers remaining Downtown and make the German-styled holiday market in Market Square, now in its fourth year, the anchor for holiday retail activity.

Light Up Night activities will include many traditional favorites, including the lighting of the Christmas tree at the former Joseph Horne’s department store and ice skating at a new larger rink in PPG Plaza.

There will be more music this year, with a new stage featuring country music on Smithfield Street. A new initiative started last year, MetLife Holiday Kidsplay in the 800 block of Liberty Avenue, also will be expanded this year. The Peoples Gas Holiday Market also will have a new toy vendor, the International Classics Toy Shoppe.

Mark Belko: or 412-263-1262.

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