It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Pittsburgh!

With the holiday season approaching, we’re already buzzing with excitement. We made our list and checked it twice of holiday happenings around the ‘Burgh!

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The Sunken Garden at Phipps Conservatory, December 2013

Phipps Conservatory

Every holiday season, Phipps Conservatory has a wonderful Winder Light Garden that uses flowers and evergreens to bring in the holiday spirit. The theme this year is “Winter Wonderland,” based off the famous song written by our own Pennsylvania-native Dick Smith. The garden translates his lyrics into visuals using lights, decorations, and seasonal plants. The Winter Wonderland will be running every evening 5-11pm from November 28th through January 11th.

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art has a holiday tradition of displaying decorative Christmas trees in the Hall of Architecture. From handcrafted ornaments to incredible collections, the Carnegie Museum of Arts is a must!

Skating at the PPG Plaza

Located in the heart of Downtown, the PPG Plaza is a winter staple. The rink is lightened by a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the PPG Plaza. So grab a pal, lace up, and take a few laps around the ice.

The Nutcracker

There’s nothing that gets you in the holiday spirit quite like the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that combines the magic of Christmas and the art of ballet. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs this magical story, while bringing a Pittsburgh element into the world of The Nutcracker. The performance will be at the Benedum Center throughout December.

Fifth Avenue Place

Throughout the holiday season, Fifth Avenue is one of Pittsburgh’s most festive destinations. They host various events and actives for the whole family. Activities range from craft shows, to musical performances, and even a chance to hop on the Holly Trolley on the weekends!

Spirits of Giving From Around the World

See the holidays come alive during PPG Place’s “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit. This holiday display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas traditions. The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

Miniature Railroad & Village

The Miniature Railroad & Village features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s.

Highmark First Night

To ring in the New Year, stop by Highmark First Night Pittsburgh. First Night is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It is an arts-focused, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It’s the largest single-day celebration in the region, offering 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors each year.

What’s your favorite Pittsburgh holiday tradition?