Release Date: Thursday, November 5th 2015
ICONIC DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY WINDOWS TO RETURN
Seven Brand New Windows Designed By Local Cultural Groups,
including one featuring family-favorite Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Two Legacy Holiday Windows Donated by Macy’s
Unveiling on Light Up Night with Mayor Peduto and Hometown Soccer Hero Meghan Klingenberg
Downtown Pittsburgh – What will happen to the Holiday Windows in Downtown Pittsburgh this season given the closure of Macy’s? That question was answered today when plans for the former Kaufmann’s Holiday Windows were announced. There will be nine festive Holiday Windows installed at the landmark department store along Fifth Avenue, beginning at the corner of Smithfield Street. Support for the Holiday Windows has been generously provided by the Colcom Foundation, with additional support by Core Realty (the new owners of the building) and Alphagraphics.
The windows will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on Light Up Night, Friday, November 20 from the Xfinity Country Music stage. Mayor William Peduto will be on-hand for the dedication and will be joined by Pittsburgh’s own Meghan Klingenberg, of the gold-medal-winning US Women’s National Soccer Team.
The windows will include two iconic Pittsburgh-themed windows donated by Macy’s, including one depicting holiday revelers meeting under the iconic Kaufmann’s clock. The other seven windows will be all new and are being designed by Pittsburgh cultural groups including a special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer themed window by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Participating groups include:
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
- Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
- Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Pittsburgh Dance Council
“This holiday tradition, ostensibly about windows, has more to do with the wonder and imagination of a child,” said John Rohe, Vice-President of Colcom Foundation. “The tradition eagerly awaits the resourcefulness and ingenuity of our local arts community.”
Visitors to Downtown will be able to see the windows daily, throughout the entire Holiday Season. On weekends, the Holiday Windows will be a stop on the free Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley, which circulates throughout Downtown, dropping visitors to the best holiday hot spots.
In addition to the Window Displays, the Smithfield Street Corridor will be an exciting center of activity on Light Up Night with the Xfinity Country music stage featuring live music for three straight hours, including NOMaD and The Stickers. At the opposite end of Smithfield Street will be the Northwest Bank Rockin’ Blues Stage, featuring three hours of iconic Pittsburgh rock with Joe Grushecky and Jeff Jimerson. There will also be a Smithfield Street Food Truck round up and other fun activities along the street.
Downtown Pittsburgh Holiday Website: www.DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holidays
The PDP maintains a website full of updated information about the events and activities occurring throughout Downtown Pittsburgh this holiday season. Visit the site for schedules, maps and much more about Light Up Night®, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, Kidsplay, Downtown shopping and special weekend activities.
The PDP also produces a weekly Holiday Season e-newsletter that will keep everyone informed about the exciting events, activities, cultural offerings and retailers in Downtown Pittsburgh. Sign-up to receive this e-newsletter by visiting http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/subscribe.