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Release Date: Thursday, November 5th 2015

PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES 4TH ANNUAL PEOPLES GAS HOLIDAY MARKETâ„¢

Opens on Light Up Night® Friday, November 20

Ribbon Cutting event on Saturday, November 21 to feature Meghan Klingenberg

New Vendors including Toys, more Part Time Vendors

Downtown Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) released details today on the fourth annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ which will open on Light Up Night®, Friday, November 20 and run daily through Wednesday, December 23. The Market will be closed for Thanksgiving but will reopen the next day for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is a European-inspired Christmas market that transforms Market Square into a holiday village featuring more than 30 vendors of international and locally handcrafted gifts housed in Alpine-style chalets, an entertainment stage featuring local performing groups and bands, and a whimsical Santa’s House. Every evening visitors are treated to the BNY Mellon Season of Lights show, a plaza-wide light display incorporating more than 140,000 lights and a spectacular 33’ tall sphere tree choreographed to a medley of contemporary and classic holiday tunes.

On Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in the Holiday Market. The opening will feature a question and answer session with hometown hero, Meghan Klingenberg of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, as well as live entertainment that begins with barbershop singers The Chromatics Quartet and will continue all-day along with the Pittsburgh Irish Reelers, the Pittsburgh Area Slovak Ensemble, and bands King's Ransom and Autobahn. The ribbon cutting will also mark the opening of Santa’s Downtown Pittsburgh home for the Holiday Season.

Although true to its European inspiration, the market has continued to expand its international focus to include Asian, African, Haitian, and Latin American goods to complement its mix of popular returning vendors including Kathe Wohlfahrt, renowned purveyor of German holiday items. This year, the Market welcomes several new vendors including The International Classics Toy Shoppe, which was the number one requested category in a visitor survey. The Market will also increase the number of part time vendors, who will pop up during the market, allowing for an even greater variety of merchandise. Additionally, Yule Haus will return, offering hot and hearty German-inspired foods from the Big Y Group, the creative restaurateurs responsible for Downtown’s newest restaurant Poros, as well as, NOLA, Sonoma, Seviche, Perlé. 

According to Morgan O’Brien, President and CEO of Peoples Gas, “Peoples Gas is pleased to present the Holiday Market for a fourth season. The first three have been so successful and have developed a new holiday season tradition for many families across the region. At Peoples, our mission is to make lives better for our customers and everyone in the region by helping to build long-term economic growth. We see the Peoples Gas Holiday Market as one small way to accomplish this and we look forward to welcoming old visitors and new to Downtown Pittsburgh for this special event during the 2015 season.”

Santa will again reside in his storybook home in Market Square where children of all ages will have the opportunity to have a free photo taken with Santa with every donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In three years, more than $100,000 has been raised during the Holiday Market, providing tens of thousands of meals for local families in need. New for Santa’s House in 2015 will be a real gas fireplace, ensuring Santa and his elves remain warm for the entire season.

To provide convenient and updated details on the dynamic range of holiday attractions, the PDP has developed the “Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh” microsite www.DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holidays. This site will feature Holiday Market details including a schedule of live entertainment, information on Downtown shopping, dining and parking, as well as family friendly activities including those at Fifth Avenue Place, Larrimor’s, One Oxford Centre and PPG Place, and the MetLife Kidsplay activity zone that offers free family-friendly entertainment on weekends and Black Friday. On Saturdays and Black Friday visitors can take the free horse drawn carriage rides at PPG Place and One Oxford Centre, sponsored by Highwoods Properties and One Oxford Centre.

The PDP also produces a weekly Holiday Season e-newsletter that will keep everyone updated with the most current information on events, activities, cultural offerings and retailers in Downtown Pittsburgh. Sign-up to receive this e-newsletter by visiting http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/subscribe.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market™:

Friday, November 20 through Wednesday, December 23

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*Closed Thanksgiving

Santa’s House Photos:

Monday – Friday: noon to 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: noon to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: noon to 6:00 p.m.

* Santa’s House opens Saturday November 21

2015 Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ Vendors:

Alpine Heritage - Austrian nativities, hand-blown glass ornaments, hand-painted ornaments, and polish pottery

Audra Azoury Designs – Pittsburgh-inspired holiday ornaments, Pittsburgh-inspired jewelry, screen-printed bags and mugs

Cha-Ching Coin Jewelry – Jewelry and items handmade from coins and tokens from around the globe

The Dancing Wolf – Hand-carved wooden animal figurines and sculptures, whimsical animals, mystical creatures, small gifts, ornaments, and candle holders

Diana Kauffman Designs – Men’s and women’s jewelry handcrafted in the U.S.A. and in Pittsburgh, hand-printed women’s scarves and convertible clothing, jewelry made from leather, cork, genuine leaves, semi-precious stones, and ancient Roman glass

Euro Haus – Jewelry, satin scarves, Pashmina and wool scarves, glassware, vases, nutcrackers, old world Santas, blown glass ornaments, religious and ethnic items from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Turkey, China, and USA. Also offered are matryoshka dolls, wooden Santas, and custom made towels for the oven

European Folk Art – Polish folk art including glass hand-painted ornaments, wooden hand-carved boxes, Santas, eggs, plates, Polish regional dolls, Polish Christmas music, Polish pottery, nesting dolls, also Polish hats, t-shirts, and jackets

Fabulous Homemade Cookies – Cookies both large and small, brownies, nut-apricot-poppy seed rolls, pumpkin rolls, cookie trays, pizzelles, biscotti, chocolate covered Oreos and pretzels, cookies on a stick, breads, cakes, cupcakes, and marshmallow treats

Gifts From Afar – Russian and Ukrainian hand-crafted souvenirs including wooden, hand-painted nesting dolls, Santas, lacquered boxes, glass animals, wooden ornaments, wooden toys, Polish jewelry, Lithuanian candle houses, and decorative kitchenware

Global Girl Gifts – Jewelry, scarves, bags and small gifts from Southeast Asia with fair trade and handmade products. Items include bags, earrings, necklaces, handmade leather journals and more

Himala Home – Handmade wool and felt products from Nepal: jackets, gloves, scarves, socks, leg warmers, ponchos, pashminas, hats, bags, purses, dolls, and accessories.

Honey Bee Enterprises – German and European honey, mixed honey with apples, cinnamon, and hazelnuts, handmade beeswax candles, Christmas ornaments, body care products, soaps, bubble bath, and shower gels.

International Classics Toy Shoppe – A wide selection of International Toy gift items from France, Russia, Poland, China, Bulgaria, Ireland, and the USA including: dolls, games, books, puzzles, vehicles, ornaments, novelties, and more

Kathe Wohlfahrt – Assortment of Holiday gifts including advent calendars, nutcrackers, music boxes, steins, chocolates, wooden, pewter, and glass ornaments and more

Kenyan Craft Connection – African products handcrafted in Kenya including wooden hand-carved animals and bowls, soap stone carved plates, African jewelry, and handbags

Linda Barnicott – Limited edition art prints of various sizes, framing options, ornaments, magnets, trays, coasters, dishes, and Pittsburgh themed items, Wendell August Forge ornaments and notecards

Little Europe by Palko – Hand-blown and painted glass ornaments from Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, holiday scarves, embroidered tablecloths, wooden nativity sets, wooden boxes, jewelry, rosaries, Russian nesting dolls, Russian music boxes, hand carved Santas, and jewelry

Mistura Timepieces – Hand-crafted wood timepieces made with wood, leather, flowers, cork, and recycled materials
 

Old German Christmas – All products made in Germany including glass ornaments, wood crafts, nutcrackers, smokers, pyramids, candle arches, wood ornaments, and pewter ornaments

Pittsburgh Irish Festival Celtic Gift Shoppe  – Irish merchandise including ornaments, jewelry, tea, bags, sweaters, ties, books, hats, and much more

Style Truck – Winter accessories for women, children, and men, including hats, gloves, scarves, capes, and accessories, many fair-trade and US-made items

Vessel Studio Glass – Local hand-blown glass including one of a kind vessels and sculptures, ornaments, vases, bowls, glassware, pumpkins, jewelry, and more

Wagman Designs – Natural jewelry made with shell, glass, wood, and metal beads in combination with hypoallergenic materials

Women of the Cloud Forest – All products from fair trade artisans in Nicaragua including luminaries, ceramic vessels, bells, soap stone nativity designs, rainforest jewelry, wood animal sculptures and ornaments

Yule Haus presented by NOLA – featuring hot and hearty foods with German inspiration
 

2015 Part Time Holiday Market Vendors:

Abandoned Pittsburgh – A photography project exploring and documenting the Steel City’s industrial past. Objects for sale include several options of prints, books, notecards, paperweights, and calendars Dates: 11/27-12/3

Aunt Carol’s Gourmet Dips – Handmade dry packaged dips in many flavors, ceramic crocks, plates, and bowl sets Dates: 12/13-12/17

Blissed Out Design - Natural stone drink coasters, cell phone cases, and lighters with artwork and vintage Pittsburgh images Dates: 11/20 – 11/22; 12/7 – 12/11

JP Diroll Photography - Photographs of Pittsburgh as well as landscapes and wildlife in several print options, as well as calendars, ornaments, coasters, and magnets Dates: 12/6-12/12

juNxtaposition – Handmade jewelry created locally with recycled materials Dates: 11/23-11/25

Sandra Cadavid - Luxury handbags and jewelry designed in Pittsburgh and handmade in Colombia, all products are handcrafted using high quality materials like alta gamma leather and 24k gold plating Dates: 12/4-12/5

Three Rivers Clay Works  – Handmade ceramics and handmade all natural soaps Dates: 11/23-11/25; 12/20-12/23

Three Stone Steps  – Handcrafted Haitian wall art, holiday products, jewelry, and home accessories from recycled oil drums and other materials Dates: 12/12-12/23
 

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