Happy holidays Pittsburghers and Pittsburghers at heart! If you’re looking for some fun Pittsburgh Holiday Events, or perhaps you have family in town and aren’t sure where to go or what to do, we’ve got you covered. There’s something for everyone on this list and we hope you enjoy every last festive moment.
Phipps Conservatory, through Jan. 8th
Phipps Conservatory is straight out of the North Pole this month. Take the whole family to check out poinsettias galore, intricately decorated trees and and LED lights everywhere. If you’re brave enough to venture into the cold, check out their outdoor garden all lit up with holiday lights. Phipps has been a must-see since I was 14—it’s been a tradition to go with my dad every year. Why not make it your own family’s tradition this year? Click here for information on Phipps Conservatory.
Wheeling, WV, through Jan. 1st
Take a short road trip “dahn” south to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling to see their annual Festival of Lights. Did you know it was listed as one of the 10 best Christmas light displays in the U.S. by AOL Travel? The show covers 300+ acres over a six-mile drive throughout the sprawling resort. Here’s some information on Oglebay.
Pittsburgh Ballet at the Benedum Center, through Dec. 27th
The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition all over the world for years. Every year the Pittsburgh Ballet puts on an incredible production with over 100 dancers and scenery that is absolutely breathtaking. Tickets are still available through the Tuesday after Christmas. For more information on tickets to shows at the Benedum Center or Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, click here.
Station Square, through Dec. 22nd
Show out-of-towners staying with you just how gorgeous Pittsburgh is from the water. There are family oriented cruises with Santa and a DJ weekend afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. For a hot holiday date, there’s the holiday dinner cruise Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 21st and holiday lunch cruises for all ages (Dec. 14th and 20th only). For more Gateway Clipper cruise info click here.
National Aviary, Dec. 14th and 21st, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free with general admission, you can get your photo with Santa himself and his penguin friend. This event is perfect for kids who are animal lovers and want to get up close to a real penguin. Stay and check out all the animals at the Aviary after you get your Christmas photo! For more information on the National Aviary click here.
Cathedral of Learning, decorated through Jan. 17th
The Nationality Rooms are a Pittsburgh original and around the holidays, they are decorated to the nines! You’ll love spotting interesting and fun decorations and making a visit a yearly tradition. Grab lunch in Oakland afterward to make a day out of it!
Through Jan. 7th
Did you know that Pittsburgh has the world’s only authorized replica of the Nativity creche in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican? Pretty interesting, right? You’ll want to check out this display whose goal is to help preserve the meaning of Christmas. It is located in the USX Tower Plaza.
Children’s Museum, Through Jan. 7th
On Christmas Eve, families can enjoy free admission to Pittsburgh’s Children’s Museum until 5 p.m. Enjoy creative and interactive exhibits perfect for rambunctious kids excited about the holidays and needing to channel their energy.
Wonderland Hike, 12-4 p.m.
Head to this event by Venture Outdoors to escape the holiday season chaos. Get to Laurel Hill State Park by noon to enjoy a four-hour hike complete with old Hemlock trees, a lake and other winter woodland creatures. You’ll leave feeling refreshed from the serenity and cold alike! For more information, visit Venture Outdoors here.
Downtown, Dec. 31st
First Night is the perfect way to cap off a fun-filled holiday season in the ‘burgh. Enjoy a 14-block party full of musical stages, magic shows, kids’ activities, theater and more. Don’t forget to stick around for the fireworks at midnight! The best way to ring in 2017 is smack dab in the middle of Pittsburgh!
While you’re enjoying all of this holiday entertainment… why not visit the Strip District in Pittsburgh for some shopping and a great bite? If you have family out of town, make sure you show them some of the hidden gems in Pittsburgh as well! There are tons of Pittsburgh Holiday Events occurring throughout the season!