Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of December 4-6, 2015. Holiday-themed fun continues this week with a number of ongoing attractions, including:


Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh holds a number of ongoing attractions during the holiday season including The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG PlaceThe Wintergarden at PPG PlacePeoples Gas Holiday Market and The Pittsburgh Creche. In addition, there are free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, the free Holly Trolley and children’s activities at Fifth Avenue PlaceOne Oxford Centre and throughout the Cultural District during Holiday KidsPlay.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden Winter Flower Show

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a “Deck the Halls”-themed Winter Flower Show. The Conservatory will be open for extended hours from 9:30am-11pm daily for its Candlelit Evenings and its outdoor Winter Light Garden (from 5-11pm). Phipps will also be offering visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28-Dec 20.


In addition, there are a number of other ongoing Christmas attractions in the region, including The Polar Express: An Imax Experience at the Carnegie Science Center, Overly’s Country ChristmasShadrack’s Christmas WonderlandChristmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton PAThe Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train DisplaySanta Trolley at the Pennyslvania Trolley MuseumYuletide in SewickleyKennywood’s Holiday Lights and the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort.


Other events this weekend:

All Weekend, December 4-6

“The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour” by the Lawrenceville Corporation

Lawrenceville hosts its “Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour,” featuring free cookies and shopping at over 40 stops in Lawrenceville.


Opening Weekend of The Nutcracker by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

It’s the opening weekend of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Also, if you’re looking for a more low-key (and cheaper) experience, check out the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s version of The Nutcracker running throughout this weekend.

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday 2 and 7pm, Sunday 12 and 4:30pm

Cost: Tickets start at $28

Location: Benedum Center, 7th Street between Liberty and Penn


Opening Weekend of A Musical Christmas Carol by the Pittsburgh CLO

The Pittsburgh CLO presents its annual A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater from December 4-23rd. Enjoy this Charles Dickens’ classic with accompanying Christmas music.

Times: Friday 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 and 7pm

Cost: Tickets start around $16

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


Sounds of the Season by the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale

The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale presents its annual Sounds of the Season concerts, featuring traditional and modern Christmas tunes. Friday’s performance is at 7:30pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church, Saturday’s performance is at 7:30pm at Fox Chapel United Presbyterian Church and Sunday’s performance is at 4pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church.


Opening Weekend of Oliver Twist by PICT Pittsburgh’s Classic Theatre

PICT Classic Theatre presents its original family-friendly production of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Tickets start around $13

Location: The Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


Steel City Con

The Monroeville Convention Center hosts the Steel City Con, one of the largest comic conventions in the country.

Times: Friday and Saturday 10-8pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Cost: $20 for Friday and Sunday, $30 for Saturday or 3-day admission for $45, free admission for children 10 and under

Location: Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville,  PA 15146


Friday Night, December 4

Members Holiday Event at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting a Members Holiday Event, featuring visits with wintry friends like penguins from the National Aviary and a reindeer from Living Treasures Animal Park, live entertainment, holiday crafts and gift-making in the Studio. Please RSVP by emailing

Times: 6-8 pm

Cost: Free for members, guests are welcome at $12 each

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Millvale Yuletide Tour and Light Up Night

Millvale is hosting a Yuletide Tour and Light up Night on December 4th with a holiday tree lighting at McCarthy Park at 5:30 pm and a Holiday Carnival from 6 to 8 pm at the Boys & Girls Club with Santa.


Greenfield’s Holiday Parade

Greenfield is hosting its annual Holiday Parade on Greenfield Avenue starting at 7pm.


Light Up Edgewood Night

Edgewood is hosting a tree lighting at 7pm in Memorial Park, followed by refreshments and visits with Santa in the Edgewood Club.


LaRoche College Festival of Lights

LaRoche College celebrates its annual Festival of Lights, featuring crafts, games, Santa, music performances, carriage rides, a live nativity, fireworks and more.

Times: 3-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh PA 15237


Sewickley Light Up Night

Sewickley hosts its annual free Light Up Night from 5-9pm with entertainment, food from local restaurants and vendor carts, shopping, and the Lighting of the Village followed by a fireworks show.


Hot Jam at Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a family-friendly open house, featuring live glassblowing demonstrations and a contemporary glass art exhibition.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Saturday, December 5

Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Home Depot is hosting its monthly free Kid’s Workshop where children will make Holiday Stacking Blocks. All materials and instructions provided and children get an apron and pin for participation.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Home Depot locations


Girls Can Change the World

The Girls Coalition of SWPA is hosting its annual Girls Can Change the World event, highlighting local girls and young women who are taking an active role in making a difference in our community. In addition, there are musical performances from local female artists.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: $5

Location: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Half-Pint Prints at the Andy Warhol Museum

In honor of its Year of the Family, the Andy Warhol Museum is holding its monthly screen-printing activity for young children.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Christmas in Dormont

Dormont is hosting a variety of holiday festivities this Saturday, including a Christmas Parade at 10 a.m., a free showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Hollywood Theater at 12pm, Cookies with Santa at the Recreation Center at 3pm and a Light Up Dormont tree lighting at 6pm. Click link above for more details.


A Visit with Belsnickel at Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village is hosting a visit with Belsnickel, the German helper of St. Nicholas. Event is appropriate for ages 3-8, simple refreshments will be served and there will be a craft activity. Plus, there will be regular historic tours of the village decorated for Christmas.

Times: 10-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Old Economy Village, 270 16th Street, Ambridge PA 15003


Handmade Arcade

Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and includes a great art-making area where children can create handmade holiday gifts and other fun crafts.

Times: 11-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA


Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy at Phipps

Phipps Conservatory is hosting a 30-minute creative movement dance class and story time with the Nutcracker’s Sugarplum Fairy dancer.

Times: 11 am

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA


Holiday Hijinks and Revue at the Attack Theater

The Attack Theater is hosting a Holiday Hijinks event featuring live performances and interactive games for families.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: $15 Adults, $5 Kids

Location: The George R. White Studio 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh,  PA15222


Beauty and the Beast Holiday by the Gemini Children’s Theater

The Gemini Children’s Theater presents its original production of Beauty and the Beast Holiday.

Time: 11am

Cost: $10

Location: Latitude 360, 200 Quinn Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275


Winter Fair at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Winter Fair, featuring food, carriage rides, marionette plays, crafts and more.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: $8 per person or $30 per family

Location: Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, 201 S. Winebiddle, Pittsburgh PA 15224


Holidays at the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center

The Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center is hosting its annual holiday event, featuring live Christmas music, hot chocolate, craft activities and visits with Santa.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center, 1551 Mayview Rd, Upper St. Clair PA


The Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade

Homestead hosts the annual Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Eighth Avenue starting at noon.


O Holy Night at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

J’Aira Pryor and other Pittsburgh artists will star in this all-ages Christmas concert and food drive.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, children 8 and under are free


Sunday, December 6

The Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms Annual Open House

The Nationality Rooms are hosting a very special Open House with tours of the Nationality Rooms decorated in traditional holiday styles, free ethnic dance performances and special ethnic food selections.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland


Meet Sheep, Alpacas and Llamas at the Children’s Museum

To kickoff Wool Week, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is offering a chance for families to feed and pet sheep, alpaca, and llamas from Greenfield Farms of Perryopolis, PA.

Times: 12-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Community Chanukah Celebration

The JCC of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a Community Chanukah Celebration, with singing, candle-lighting, refreshments, craft activities, games, a moon bounce and more. Contact Dan Garfinkel for more info at 412-278-1975 or

Times: 12:30-2:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Hills JCC, 345 Kane Boulevard, Scott Township, PA


Candy Cane Walk with Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is hosting a family-friendly walk through Highland Park, where families can hunt for candy canes hidden along the trail and enjoy some hot chocolate afterwards. Advanced registration required.

Times: 1:30-3pm

Cost: $8, Members $6, Children $5

Location: Highland Park


Hogmanay and Scottish Dancing

The Oliver Miller Homestead is hosting a Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration with Scottish dancers.

Times: 1:30 to 4:30pm

Cost: $2

Location: Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park


Night of Illumination at the ARThouse

Vanessa German and the community of Homewood celebrate the new ARThouse with tours of the new location, hot cocoa, cookies, storytelling and some art.

Times: 3-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: ARThouse, 7703 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208


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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