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Release Date: Wednesday, November 25th 2015

Shop Local and Support Downtown Pittsburgh This Holiday Season

Bonus Day of Special Events on Black Friday

Downtown Retailers Offer Specials for Small Business Saturday

Peoples Gas Holiday MarketTM features 30+ Unique Vendors

MetLife KidsPlay and a Full Season of Events

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is encouraging Pittsburgher’s to put the holidays back in their holiday shopping experience by supporting the unique retail offerings found only in the Golden Triangle of Downtown Pittsburgh.

“We invite everyone to visit Downtown Pittsburgh and patronize the more than 100 retailers offering unique apparel, jewelry, gifts, handcrafted items, and much more,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “Downtown provides an opportunity to have a much more relaxed and family-friendly experience than suburban malls.”

Black Friday, November 27

On Black Friday, Downtown Pittsburgh will feature a variety of activities and opportunities for shopping. In addition to the Peoples Gas Holiday MarketTM , located in Market Square, PPG Place and One Oxford Centre will offer free horse-drawn carriage rides, the free Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley will take visitors to all of the holiday hot spots around town. MetLife Holiday KidsPlay presents free, interactive fun for children of all ages in the 800 block of Liberty Avenue, and all Downtown Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages will offer free parking.

Small Business Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday, a program supported by American Express encourages shoppers to patronize local, small businesses during the holiday season, with a special emphasis on Saturday, November 28. Downtown Pittsburgh’s independent retailers offer a tremendous variety of high-quality, unique merchandise. Many Downtown Retailers are offering specials not only for Small Business Saturday but for the entire Holiday Season. The PDP has collected a list of these specials and is promoting them through the Downtown Pittsburgh Holiday website.

To support the many small businesses in Downtown, the PDP has developed a new shopping directory that is available both in hard copy at many locations around Downtown and as a .pdf available to download and print from the PDP’s website. The guide is pocket-sized and provides a map to help shoppers find their perfect holiday gifts.

According to Adele Morelli, owner of a women’s clothing store, “Boutique La Passerelle has been committed to the Downtown shopping scene for over five years. There have been a lot of changes in that time - many businesses have come, a few have gone. Who remains? Over 100 small businesses working hard every day to make Downtown a special place to be. Why go to the mall when you can wine, dine, pamper and shop within a few blocks AND support the local small business owner who is vested in the city we all call home.”

To keep up with all of the shopping opportunities, events, and activities happening in Downtown Pittsburgh during the Holiday Season, please bookmark and visit often DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holidays.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is open daily (except Thanksgiving) in Market Square through Wednesday, December 23.  The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, a charming, European-style holiday market features more than 30 vendors of international, handcrafted, and Pittsburgh-themed gifts, as well as a stage filled with entertainment by local bands and performing arts groups. This year the Market features a greater diversity of merchandise from around the world and including a new international toy vendor.

Once again, Santa takes up residence in his whimsical storybook home in Market Square where, for a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, children of all ages have the opportunity for a complimentary photo with Santa.

MetLife Holiday KidsPlay features free, interactive, family-friendly activities every weekend

Downtown Pittsburgh is even more fun and lively for families on weekends and Black Friday during the holiday season thanks to MetLife Holiday KidsPlay. This weekend series of free family activities, will occur Downtown from noon – 5:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through December 20, plus a bonus day on Black Friday, November 27. Nearly all activities will be offered on a continuous basis so families can join the fun or depart at any time. KidsPlay entertainment will all take place on the 800 block of Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District, which is a convenient stop on the Holly Trolley.

MetLife KidsPlay activities & locations include:

Arcade Comedy Theater – 811 Liberty Avenue

  • Improv Workshop: Get a belly full of laughs with a Kids’ holiday-themed fun and interactive improv workshop! Improv instructors will teach families silly warm-ups and easy games to play — and all you need to bring is your imagination. Each workshop lasts about 20 minutes.
  • Penny Arcade crafts and games

Harris Theater – 809 Liberty Avenue

  • Short films: Join Pittsburgh Filmmakers for a drop-in, anytime showing of family-friendly short films guaranteed to put you in the Holiday Spirit!
  • Arts & Crafts: Drop in to create one-of-a-kind holiday items designed by Macaroni Kids.
  • Reading Room with The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series and the EQT Bridge Theater Series

MetLife Holiday KidsPlay is in addition to the many free activities offered throughout Downtown every Saturday during the holiday season at PPG Place, Fifth Avenue Place, and One Oxford Centre.

Free Saturday Parking, Downtown Holiday Shopping and Activities

This year, it’s Downtown Pittsburgh for the holidays. The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ once again serves as the anchor for a new marketing campaign that promotes the unique combination of holiday attractions, activities and distinctive retail available only in Downtown Pittsburgh. Retail partners in the campaign include Fifth Avenue Place and Larrimor’s, and more than 120 independent and small retailers. The multi-media campaign will include special Black Friday messaging to encourage people to consider Downtown for a truly festive shopping alternative on the biggest shopping day of the year.

To support the marketing campaign, the free Holly Trolley that circulates among Downtown’s holiday hot spots will offer service every Saturday, Sunday and a bonus day on Black Friday, including the Pittsburgh Crèche at the U.S. Steel Tower. Downtown visitors can hop on and off at all the shopping, family-fun, and holiday sites around town.

Thanks to the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, free parking will be available in Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages on Black Friday in addition to Saturdays during the holiday season. Every Saturday and Black Friday, visitors can take the free horse-drawn carriage rides at PPG Place and One Oxford Centre. On Black Friday there will be a bonus day of free horse-drawn carriage and Holly Trolley rides to attractions across Downtown Pittsburgh including

Market Square, The Crèche at the US Steel Tower, PPG Place, Fifth Avenue Place, and One Oxford Centre. Carriage rides are sponsored by Highwoods Properties and One Oxford Centre, while Holly Trolley rides are made possible by support from Fifth Avenue Place.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

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