Release Date: Thursday, November 5th 2015
PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTERNERSHIP ANNOUNCES 55TH LIGHT UP NIGHT FESTIVITIES
National Headliners JoJo and Daya Rock the Clemente Bridge
Features More Music than Ever Before with Five Stages of Live Music, offering Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz
Unveiling of New Holiday Windows
More than 30 Musicians Spanning Three Generations Pay Tribute to Pittsburgh’s Jazz Legacy
Peoples Gas Holiday Market to Open on Light Up Night®
Downtown Pittsburgh – This morning, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced plans for the 55th Annual Light Up Night® that includes a host of more exciting attractions for the official Holiday Season kick off in Downtown Pittsburgh. Scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2015, the festivities are designed to promote the City’s unique combination of holiday attractions and shopping.
“We look forward to Light Up Night® all year long as it launches the most special time of the year in Downtown Pittsburgh,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “We are so pleased to welcome incredible national and local talents for an evening for free, family-friendly fun that marks the start of the entire season of holiday shopping, activities and events.”
While the much-loved Light Up Night® traditions will return, this year’s five stages will offer more music, more bands and more musicians than ever before:
- BNY Mellon New Music Stage on the Clemente Bridge, will be headlined by national recording artist JoJo, local Pittsburgh up-and-comer, Daya, funky brass favorites Beauty Slap, and pop rockers Nevada Color; also prime viewing for the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale.
- Xfinity Country Music Stage at Smithfield and Fifth Ave is brand new to Light Up Night and brings three full hours of the region’s best-loved country acts including The Stickers, NOMaD and Cody Gibson; this stage will anchor one end of the Smithfield Street activity zone, which will feature live music, food trucks and activities all night.
- Northwest Bank Rocking Blues Stage at Smithfield Street and Oliver Street will feature iconic Pittsburgh rockers Joe Grushecky, Jeff Jimerson and Bill Toms along with a round-up of Pittsburgh’s most delicious food trucks.
- EQT Jazzmasters Stage at EQT Plaza – will be programmed by the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich Jazz heritage with more than 30 musicians spanning three generations. Heat lamps and food trucks will make this a cozy spot to warm up. Performers include Center of Life Jazz Band, The MCG All Stars with special guest vocalists Tania Grubbs and Dane Vannatter, as well as Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra Youth Ensemble.
- The Peoples Gas Holiday Market Stage in Market Square will feature acapella holiday tunes from local barbershop favorite Chromatics Quartet, which will alternate with the BNY Mellon Season of Lights display that features 150,000 lights choreographed to multi-genre holiday tunes.
With the support of the Colcom Foundation and new owners of the former Macy’s building, Core Realty, there will be nine dazzling Holiday windows representing Pittsburgh traditions. Two of the windows have been donated by Macy’s and are original Pittsburgh themed windows. The other seven windows have been designed by local Pittsburgh cultural groups including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.
The windows will be unveiled on Light Up Night at 6:30 p.m. Mayor William Peduto will be joined by hometown hero, Meghan Klingenberg of the US Women’s National Soccer team to present the new displays. The windows will be on display throughout the Holiday Season and will be a stop on the free weekend Holly Trolley.
Peoples Gas Holiday Market
On Light Up Night, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ in Market Square will open. The charming, European-style holiday market will be open daily from November 20 – December 23 (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and will feature more than 30 vendors of International and handcrafted gifts and a stage filled with entertainment by local bands and performing arts groups.
Tree Lighting Ceremonies
A full slate of eight official tree lightings and ceremonies begins at 11:15 a.m., with the lighting of the tree at the City-County Building, and concludes at 7:00 p.m. with the lighting of Highmark Unity Tree followed by rooftop fireworks. Additionally, many of Downtown’s signature buildings and businesses, including Fifth Avenue Place, One Oxford Centre and PPG Place, will host a packed Light Up Night® schedule of music and family activities.
Downtown Pittsburgh is expected to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors on Light Up Night®, kicking off a season of events expected to generate an estimated $21 million in economic impact. As a helpful resource for the anticipated crowds, the PDP has a comprehensive website with an overview of the events and activities occurring throughout Downtown Pittsburgh this holiday season including schedules and maps for Light Up Night®, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, Downtown shopping, cultural performances and special weekend activities. The site can be found at www.DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holiday. The PDP also produces a weekly Holiday Season e-newsletter to keep everyone current with the latest updates on the wide range of events, activities, cultural offerings and retailers in Downtown Pittsburgh. To receive this e-newsletter, visit http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/subscribe.
Complete Schedule of Events:
Official Tree Lighting and Ceremonies
11:15 a.m. City-County Building Tree Lighting
11:30 a.m. Allegheny Courthouse Lighting
12:00 p.m. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Crèche
5:30 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
6:30 p.m. Holiday Window Unveiling
7:00 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks
BNY Mellon New Music Stage at the Clemente Bridge
The Clemente Bridge will be rocking over the Allegheny River with some of Pittsburgh’s hottest local bands, rising stars and national pop sensation – JoJo! The bridge will also host an array of food and tasty treats
6:00 p.m. Nevada Color
7:00 p.m. Beauty Slap
8:15 p.m. Daya
8:30 p.m. JoJo
Xfinity Country Music Stage at Smithfield Street and Fifth Avenue
The newest Light Up Night stage features three full hours of the area’s favorite country bands.
6:00 p.m. NOMaD
7:30 p.m. The Stickers
8:30 p.m. Cody Gibson
Northwest Bank Rockin’ Blues Stage at Smithfield Street and Oliver Avenue
Join Pittsburgh’s most iconic musicians for an evening filled with great rock ‘n roll.
6:00 p.m. Jeff Jimerson & Airborne
7:00 p.m. Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
8:30 p.m. Bill Toms & The Hard Rain
EQT Jazzmasters Stage at EQT Plaza on Liberty Avenue
Heat lamps and food trucks will make this a cozy place to warm up and settle in for some Pittsburgh’s coolest jazz. This year, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has programmed an evening filled with more than 30 musicians spanning three generations of performers.
6:00 p.m. Center of Life Jazz Band
6:45 p.m. MCG Jazz All Stars with guest vocalist Tania Grubbs
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra Youth Ensemble
8:15 p.m. MCG Jazz All Stars with guest vocalists Dane Vannatter
BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale on the Clemente Bridge
9:38 p.m. Launched from the Warhol Bridge, one of Pittsburgh’s most spectacular displays by the first family of pyrotechnics, Zambelli Fireworks, including the Light Up Night® signature Niagara Falls of fireworks, all synchronized to a brand new, live holiday broadcast on Q92-9.
Holiday Market Stage at Market Square
Count down with Santa as he flips the giant switch to the dazzling BNY Mellon Season of Lights with more than 140,000 lights and a 33’ high sphere tree! Every half hour Market Square is transformed with a glittering wonderland show synchronized holiday tunes by barbershop singers Chromatics Quartet.
5:45 p.m. Santa Flips the Switch for the BNY Mellon Season of Lights
Partner Activities and Events
Fifth Avenue Place
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Discover a shimmering display featuring the “Best of the Best” ice sculptures displayed over the last five years! Create your own winter nightlight with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, get a commemorative airbrush tattoo, snap photos with Ice Santa, Mrs. Claus and more, and enjoy holiday classic like you’ve never heard before with Pittsburgh’s majestic bagpiper, Nick Hudson.
Live Musical Performances
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Max Leake Trio
7:00 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks, with Mr. McFeely and a magnificent marching band, Corner of Penn Avenue & Stanwix Street.
One Oxford Centre
5:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Rick Gallagher Trio - enjoy live holiday music.
5:45 p.m. Annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival - Join One Oxford Centre for the official lighting their 30-foot Christmas tree and welcome Santa Claus! Santa will be on hand to hear children’s holiday wishes.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides - Take a ride around the block in a beautiful horse drawn carriage. Pick up will be on Fourth Avenue. (Last ride at 8:45 p.m.)
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Santa’s Reindeer and Free Activities - Santa’s faithful reindeer are ready to greet you in the outdoor plaza. Free indoor activities for children, such as face painting, balloon art, sand art and caricatures.
The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink is open until midnight on Light Up Night®.
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Robert Morris University Island Sports Figure Skating - Kick off the holiday season with an on-ice interpretation of Polar Express.
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. East End Kids - This talented group kicks off the evening’s festivities with a dazzling performance.
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. American Cancer Society’s Tribute of Light/Plaza Tree Lighting - The Plaza will glow as more than 300 people carry hand-held Tribute of Light memorials, dedicated to someone touched by cancer. The ceremony culminates with the lighting of the breathtaking 65-foot Plaza Christmas tree. All proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society.