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

Cost: FREE!

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.

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


Friday Night, December 6

LaRoche College Festival of Lights

Enjoy crafts, games, Santa, music performances, carriage rides, and fireworks!

Times: 3-9pm

Cost: FREE!

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

Cost: $8

Location: 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville 15332


World Music Festival at the University of Pittsburgh

Enjoy a selection of world music, refreshments, and dancing!

Time: Noon

Cost: FREE!

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

Cost: $12

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!

Times: 2-4pm

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!

Times: 2-9pm

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.

Times: 4-8pm

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).

Times: 9-12:30am

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.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: FREE!

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.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: $5/child

Location:  856 Crucible Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220














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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