All Weekend, December 6-8
“The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour” by the Lawrenceville Corporation
Enjoy cookies and pick up unique holiday gifts as you explore Lawrenceville. Over 35 stops!
Times: Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 11-5pm
Location: Butler Street Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”
The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s rendition of this classic Christmas ballet. A great option for introducing your little ones to the ballet!
Times: December 6th 7pm, December 7th 2pm and 7pm, December 8 2pm
Cost: Tickets start at $15 and there is a BOGO deal!
Location: Upper St. Clair High School 1825 McLaughlin Run Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Opening Weekend of “A Musical Christmas Carol”
Enjoy this Charles Dickens’ classic with accompanying Christmas music! Children under age 3 are not permitted in the theater. See website for specific dates, times, and costs. The show is happening at the Byham Theater downtown.
Opening Weekend of “The Nutcracker” by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Enjoy this timeless ballet classic at the Benedum Center. I’ve been to this performance several times and loved it! This will be the first year that I will bring my daughter, so wish me luck ! See website for specific dates, times, and ticket prices.
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale “Sounds of the Season”
A Christmas concert with holiday classics and popular favorites.
Times: December 6-7 7:30pm, December 8 4pm
Cost: Adults $20 in advance, $22 at the door; Children 12-18 $8, Children <11 FREE!
Location: December 6 and 8th-Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W Ingomar Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; December 7-Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church 384 Fox Chapel Road.
Kennywood’s Holiday Lights
Kennywood will transform into a winter wonderland of spectacular lights, family friendly rides, activities and seasonal food favorites.
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
Friday Night, December 6
LaRoche College Festival of Lights
Enjoy crafts, games, Santa, music performances, carriage rides, and fireworks!
Location: 9000 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237
Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8
Breakfast/Lunch with Santa at the Pittsburgh Zoo
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
Visit with Santa, bring your wish list, make a Christmas craft, and enjoy a nutritious breakfast or lunch along with a special Christmas treat. 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
Location: 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville 15332
World Music Festival at the University of Pittsburgh
Enjoy a selection of world music, refreshments, and dancing!
Location: Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Gemini Children’s Theater “Sleeping Beauty Holiday”
Enjoy this original, interactive, holiday-themed production featuring Sleeping Beauty!
Times: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3:30 pm
Location: 7501 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Skate with Santa and Star 100.7 with Bubba at the Rink at PPG Place
Enjoy ice skating with Santa at the Rink at PPG Place!
Cost: Adults $8, Children < 13 $7, Skate Rental $3
Location: The Plaza at PPG Place, Downtown Pittsburgh
“Christmas at the Village” at Old Economy Village
An unique opportunity to explore this historic village! Travel in a horse drawn wagon and step back in time to visit a 19th century Christmas Village. Walk along a candlelit cobblestone streets, window shop in the various stores, listen to music by local choirs, participate in children’s crafts and activities, see Santa, and eat!
Cost: Adult $12, Children 3-11 $5, under 3 FREE!
Location: 270 16th Street, Ambridge,PA 15003
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, December 7
Snowflake Festival at Soergel’s Orchard
Ride the Snowflake Express, drink hot chocolate, watch ice carving demonstrations, and take a horsedrawn carriage ride around the grounds. Santa and his elves will arrive via horse-drawn sleigh at 6 pm.
Cost: To attend is free, various activities have different prices
Location: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090
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.
Sunday, December 8
Breakfast with Santa at St. Raphael’s School
Come have a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Raphael School in Morningside! Santa will be there for pictures and there will be a craft room (purchase a craft passport for $3 to make three different Christmas crafts).
Cost: Adults $6, Children >3 $5, Presale ONLY. Tickets available in the school office or at the rectory or by calling (412) 661-0288
Location: 1154 Chislett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House at the Cathedral of Learning
The Nationality Rooms will be decorated for the holidays and guides will be dressed in ethnic dress, describing the rooms’ appearances and customs. There are ethnic food selections for purchase in the Commons Room as well as ethnic dance performances every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Location: 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Emmanuel Christian Preschool’s Santa’s Village
A preschool fundraiser and fun afternoon for kids! There will be visits with Santa, Mrs. Clauses Kitchen where kids will decorate cookies, a Reindeer barn, Elf Academy, Toy Workshop, Letters to Santa, hot cocoa, games, crafts, and storytelling.
Location: 856 Crucible Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
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