It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year in Pittsburgh–the official kickoff to the holiday season, with all its fun and festivities! Here’s my listing for November 20-22, 2015.


The weekend kicks off with:

55th Annual Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership hosts the official kickoff to the holiday season at the free Light Up Night on Friday November 20th. The evening features various tree lightings, Santa and reindeer sightings, free horse-drawn carriage rides, the unveiling of the window displays, ice skating, music, food, fireworks and lots more!


In addition to the city’s Light Up Night celebration Downtown, there are several alternative celebrations on Friday night, including:

  • Winter Wonderland at Station Square: Station Square is hosting a Light Up Night Celebration with live musical performances, character meet and greets, visits with Santa and live reindeers, ice carving, face-painting and more.
  • Winter Wonderland at the Overlook: The Elliot Community Group hosts Winter Wonderland at the West End Overlook. Santa will arrive on a fire engine and there will also be games, food and hot cocoa for sale and live music.  Plus, you will be able to see the main fireworks display over the city.
  • Santa’s First Stop in Cranberry Township: Cranberry Township holds its annual Santa’s First Stop event at its Municipal Building with activities and crafts starting at 6pm, Santa’s arrival at 7pm, a chance to visit with Santa, Mrs Claus and their reindeers, the giant Lego train display and a stroll through the annual Cranberry Tree Gallery.
  • Light up Kittanning Night: Kittanning hosts its annual Light Up event from 5:30-9pm, featuring Santa’s arrival with Frosty the Snowman, live entertainment, free cookies and hot chocolate, pony rides, dog sled rides and tons more.
  • Santa Claus is Shopping in Monongahela: Monongahela hosts its annual “Santa Claus is Shopping” event at 5:30pm, featuring a Christmas tree display, live entertainment, visits with Santa, face-painting and children’s activities.


This weekend is also the kick-off for several ongoing Christmas attractions, including:


Other events throughout the weekend:

Free Admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is offering free admission for children until November 29th.


Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular

One of the region’s largest Christmas craft festivals with over 280 booths and visits with Santa.

Times: Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Cost: Adults $6, Children 6-12 $1, under 6 is free

Location: Monroeville Convention Center


Caps for Sale: The Musical

The Pittsburgh Children’s Theater’s run of Caps for Sale: The Musical by Adventure Theatre MTC continues this weekend with performances at Cornell High School on Friday night, Mount Lebanon High School on Saturday and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Sunday. Tickets are $10.50 in advance and $12 at the door (if available). Show lasts 60 minutes and is appropriate for children ages three to ten.


Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Mon River Arts presents its original production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Times: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2 and 6pm, Sunday 2 pm.

Cost: $8

Location: Grand Theater, 207 S 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth PA 15037


Saturday, November 21

On Saturday, there are several Christmas-themed events, including:

  • Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy at Phipps: The Sugar Plum Fairy will be visiting Phipps for a free with admission 30-minute creative movement dance class and story time with a dancer in costume.
  • Brackrenridge-Tarentum Christmas Parade: Brackrenridge and Tarentum hold their annual Christmas Parade on November 21st at 1pm.
  • Greensburg Holiday Parade: Greensburg hosts its annual Holiday Parade on November 21st at noon beginning on North Main Street near the Middle School and ending at City Hall.
  • “Light Up the Wall” in Aspinwall: Aspinwall hosts its annual “Light Up the Wall” event with food, music, free Christmas cookies and visits with Santa from 4 to 6:30 pm with fireworks starting at 6:45 pm.
  • Annual Shaler “Lite” Up Night: Shaler Township holds it annual “Lite Up Night” at 7pm in front of the Shaler North Hills Library and Shaler Middle School, featuring visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, fireworks, craft tables and refreshments.
  • Brentwood Light Up Night: Brentwood is hosting its annual Light Up Night celebration at 4pm at Brentwood Towne Square.
  • Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas and Parade: The Oakmont business district hosts a night of Christmas festivities, including a Christmas Parade with Santa, marching bands, floats, horses, and lots more.  Other activities that evening: a Nutcracker performance by Western PA Youth Ballet, musical performances, Christmas tree lighting, horse and buggy rides, free Christmas cookies, pictures with Santa, and lots of children’s activities!
  • Season of Lights in White Oak: White Oak hosts its annual “Season of Lights” event on November 21st.


In addition to Christmas events, Saturday also has:

Peppa Pig Live!

Nick Jr.’s Peppa Pig stars in this live stage show perfect for preschoolers.

Times: 2 and 5pm

Cost: Tickets start around $37

Location: Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222


Pittsburgh Penguins versus San Jose Sharks

The Penguins are playing the Sharks at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.


Sunday, November 22

Finally, Sunday offers the following Christmas activities:

  • The Waterfront Light Up Night: The Waterfront in Homestead is hosting a Light Up Night from 4 to 7 pm with a tree lighting, Christmas music, traditional carolers, visits with Santa and the Snow Queen and more! Plus, there is a cookie tour starting at 3pm!
  • Holidays at the House: The Woodville Plantation in Bridgeville is hosting a special Holidays at the House event where families can learn about 18th-century holiday customs. Tours are being held from noon to 8pm and cost is $5 with children under six free.



Winter Layering Roundtable and Get Together

Hike It Baby Pittsburgh is hosting a winter layering roundtable discussion to discuss tried and true techniques for keeping children warm, while still getting plenty of exercise during the colder months.

Time: 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Anchor and Anvil Coffeehouse, 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA


Giving Thanks to the Frontier

The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park will host a frontier-style living history event, where the Miller family will prepare a feast over an open hearth and bake oven.

Times: 1:30-4:30pm

Cost: $1 in advance, $2 at door

Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park


Have a great weekend!

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Nadine Champsi

Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
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