All Weekend: December 20-22

“A Lyrical Christmas Carol” by Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Enjoy this “child-friendly and fun” rendition of this classic tale.  Filled with seasonal carols and classical pieces.

Times: Dec 20-21 7:30pm, December 22-2pm

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Location: 6 Allegheny Square East Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Overly’s Country Christmas

Overly’s Country Christmas is a nonprofit old-fashioned Christmas Village.  Sing Christmas carols around the bonfire, enjoy the model train display, take a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride, shop, eat, and take pictures with Santa!

Times:  See their calendar for times

Cost: $15/car Friday-Sunday

Location: 116 Blue Ribbon Ln, Greensburg, PA 15601


The Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort

This nationally-renowned holiday light display covers more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort.

Times: Thursdays-Sundays until 1opm and Fridays Saturdays until 11pm

Cost: A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season

Location: 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003


The Western Pennsylvania Railroad Museum’s Holiday Train Display

Explore this magical holiday train display at this classic railroad museum in Gibsonia

Times: Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11-5pm

Cost: $6/adult, $4 children under 12

Location: 5507 Lakeside Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044


Kennywood’s Holiday Lights

Kennywood will transform into a winter wonderland of spectacular lights, family friendly rides, activities and seasonal food favorites.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: $15.99 each, online or at Giant Eagle locations $13.99, or $24.99 for holiday pass. Free with a 2013 season pass. Amusement taxes apply.

Location: 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122


Saturday and Sunday: December 21-22

Breakfast/Lunch with Santa at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Last weekend to enjoy breakfast or lunch with Santa, do a holiday craft, decorate sugar cookies, and visit with the Zoo animals!

Times: 9:30-11 am breakfast 12-1:30 lunch

Cost: Members $17, Nonmembers $20, Advance registration required

Location: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Breakfast or Lunch with Santa at Trax Farm

Last weekend to visit with Santa, bring your wish list, make a Christmas craft, and enjoy a nutritious breakfast or lunch along with a special Christmas treat at Trax Farms. Additional food items for the “older kids” in your group are always available for purchase so no one has to go home hungry!

Times: 9:30 am

Cost: $8

Location: 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville 15332


Gemini Children’s Theater “Sleeping Beauty Holiday”

Last weekend of this original, interactive, holiday-themed production featuring Sleeping Beauty!

Times: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3:30 pm

Cost: $12

Location: 7501 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208


Chatham Baroque’s Notte di Natale

The nativity story set to pastoral music of Handel, Scarlatti, Bach, and Buxtehude.

Time: December 21-8pm, December 22-2:30pm

Cost: Adults $25,

Location: December 21-Synod Hall 125 North Craig St, Oakland, December 22-Laughlin Music Center 5798 Woodland Road, Squirrel Hill


Saturday, December 21

Breakfast Express at the Carnegie Museum of Science

Last weekend to enjoy breakfast, watch the Polar Express in IMAX, explore the Miniature Railroad Display, and see Santa!

Times: 8:30-Noon

Cost: Adults $25 (member)/$30 (nonmember), Children $20 (member)/$25 (nonmember), Children 1-2yo $10

Location: One Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Breakfast with Santa on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

An ALL-NEW cruise.  Eat a yummy buffet breakfast and visit with Santa Claus.

Times: Breakfast 8:30, Sails 9:30-11:30

Cost: $20 for adults and children

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square, 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Blissful Blue at Fifth Ave. Place

Capture holiday memories with strike-a-pose photos.  Also, airbrush tattoos, ice paintings, and keepsake bead rings!

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown Pittsburgh

Photos with Santa at the National Aviary

Visit with Santa and his penguins at the National Aviary!

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Included with price of admission, Adults $13, Children $11, Members free

Location: 700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Downtown Pittsburgh Holiday Events

Downtown Pittsburgh has a variety of events during the holiday seasons, especially on Saturdays.  On this particular day of the week, there are Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 11-8pm and a Fifth Avenue Place Free Holly Trolley from 11-5pm.  In addition, there are a variety of ongoing attractions including The Rink at PPG Place“Spirit of Giving Around the World” Exhibit in the Wintergarden at PPG Place, and The Pittsburgh Creche.


Santa Visits at Phipps Conservatory

Take a stroll through the Winter Flower Show and Garden Railroad at Phipps, plus visit with Santa!

Times: 11am-2pm

Cost: Free with Admission to the Conservatory.

Location: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Gateway Clipper Santa Family Fun Cruise

Take a ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet with Santa Claus and friends.  There will be DJ Dance Party and Santa has a special present for the kids!

Times: Board 1pm, Departure 1:30pm, 2 hour cruise

Cost: Adults $25, Children $12

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square, 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble

Local artist, Senque Little-Poole, of Overexposed Clothing Company (OECC) will be working with kids to design and silkscreen their own unique tee shirts! Some tee shirts will be provided, but please bring your own blank tee if you can.  Snacks and materials provided.  Intended for children aged 5-10

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: 5125 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Free! Snacks and materials provided.


Family Snowshoe Walkabout

Venture Outdoors is hosting a family-friendly snowshoe walkabout in Highland Park.  They will provide the snowshoes and let you test them out.  If there’s not enough snow, take a family hike in your boots!

Time: 1:30-3pm

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

Location: Highland Park


Holiday Sing-Along at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont

Participate in a holiday sing-along with Wayne Hawthorne on the Hollywood Theater’s organ.

Time: 2pm

Cost: Free, but $2 donation welcomed.  $1 for hot chocolate and popcorn.

Location: 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216



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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