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Release Date: Thursday, November 5th 2015

Macy's yuletide windows will return this holiday season to Pittsburgh

By Kellie B. Gormly

Fear not Pittsburgh, the windows of the former Downtown Macy's will continue to display the joy of the holidays this Christmas season.

With corporate sponsorships and grants, the decorated windows will return to the Smithfield Street building vacated this year by the department store, officials announced at a news conference Nov. 5. This year's version will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, during the 55th annual Light Up Night celebration that kicks off the yuletide season in Pittsburgh.

The building's new owner, Core Realty, has agreed to continue the first-floor window tradition, with support from a grant by the Colcom Foundation.

“It's a wonderful tradition,” John Rohe, vice president of philanthropy at Colcom, said of the windows. It would be a shame to lose them, he added.

Two of the windows will be decorated with items donated by Macy's, and the other seven will be designed by local cultural groups, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

The windows are just one of the seasonal attractions that will be revealed on Light Up Night, which brings thousands of people to Downtown to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

There will be tree and display lightings, concerts, gingerbread houses and toy trains. There will be ice skating at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink in PPG Place, which is 25 percent bigger than last year, officials said. Shopping will return in Market Square at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market.

“There's no better way to kick start the holidays than Light Up Night,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Light Up Night is not just fun and festive, but it's “also for the spirit of community and warmth that envelopes us through this holiday season,” said Grant Mason, chairman of the board of directors for Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

One of big attractions of Light Up Night is the free concerts, many of them happening on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Headlining the show will be national recording artist JoJo, along with bands Beauty Slap and Nevada Color, and Daya (aka Grace Tandon), a teen from Mt. Lebanon who has become a national sensation with a recently released an EP and the radio hit “Hide Away.”

There also will be country music and blues stages.

At precisely 9:38 p.m. on Light Up Night, the festivities will climax with the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale, with a show by New Castle-based Zambelli Fireworks shooting from the Clemente Bridge.


Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-320-7824.

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