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Pittsburgh Light Up Night Fireworks Photo: Zambelli Internationale
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Updated November 07, 2013

Light Up Night Weekend - November 22, 2013

Head downtown for Light up Night on Friday, November 22, 2013, and see Pittsburgh decked out in her holiday best! The city's dramatic skyline is the backdrop for an evening of holiday activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. An estimated 800,000 people are expected in the Golden Triangle for the 53rd annual Pittsburgh Light Up Night celebration, the official kickoff for the Pittsburgh holiday season. Thousands more are expected to gather at Station Square for concerts, shopping, and festivities, and atop Mount Washington to enjoy the beautiful vistas of office buildings aglow with lights. Pittsburgh Light Up Night also features live entertainment, strolling carolers, tree lighting ceremonies, and the unveiling of the holiday window displays.

Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2013 Highlights

Special events for Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2013 include the addition of a fourth concert stage, a Dance through the Decades party on Smithfield Street, a variety of children’s activities, the Macy’s holiday window unveiling, the lighting of the Highmark Unity Tree, ice skating, carriage rides, holiday displays and lights galore! Plus, a rockin' Light Up Night Bridge Party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the People's Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, a Celebrate Santa Show! Holiday Stage Show and a Grand Fireworks Finale by renowned Zambelli Internationale!


Official Tree Lighting Ceremonies

12:00 p.m. City-County Building Tree Lighting
12:00 p.m. U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Creche
5:30 p.m. Allegheny Courthouse Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting
5:45 p.m. Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
6:00 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
6:45 p.m. Macy's Windows Unveiling
7:00 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks

Light Up Night Stages

Market Square 5:00–9:30 p.m.
Countdown with Santa as he flips the giant switch to the dazzling BNY Mellon Season of Lights with more than 150,000 lights and 30’ high electronic sphere tree. Every half hour Market Square is transformed with a glittering wonderland show synchronized with high-energy music medley followed by a mini-concert with Jeff Jimerson and Airborne.

5:00 p.m. Jeff Jimerson and Airborne Holiday Songfest
5:45 p.m. Countdown to 2013 Season of Lights with Santa
6–9:30 p.m. Season of Lights Show & Jeff Jimerson mini-concert (every half hour)

Roberto Clemente Bridge 5:00–9:30 p.m.
Get set for a rockin’ blues party over the Allegheny River with some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic musical performers and an array of food and tasty treats.

5:00 p.m. Women of the Blues
6:30 p.m. The Billy Price Band
8:00 p.m. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

BNY MELLON FIREWORKS FINALE - 9:38 p.m.
Launched from the Warhol Bridge, one of Pittsburgh’s most spectacular displays by the first family of pyrotechnics, Zambelli Internationale, including the Light Up Night signature Niagara Falls of fireworks, all synchronized to a live holiday broadcast on 3WS 94.5 FM.

Mellon Square 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Smithfield Street is closed for a dance party with lasers, bubble machines and music that will get you moving! Upstairs the newly renovated Mellon Square is transformed into an inviting bistro with a tasty selection of hot food.

NORTHWEST SAVINGS BANK STAGE
Dance Through the Decades Party
7:00 p.m. The Elliotts (60’s)
8:00 p.m. Dancing Queen (70’s)
9:00 p.m. Totally 80’s

EQT Plaza 5:00 – 9:15 p.m. The velvet virtuosos of Pittsburgh’s world-class jazz scene come together for an all-night jam led by Roger Humphries and RH Factor joined by local legends Etta Cox, Al Dowe, Michele Bensen, Spanky Wilson and Kenny Blake. Hot foods and tasty treats available.

EQT JAZZMASTERS STAGE
Jazz Legend Jam
5:00-9:15 p.m. Roger Humphries and RH Factor
5:00 p.m. Etta Cox and Al Dowe
6:30 p.m. Michele Bensen and Kenny Blake
8:00 p.m. Spanky Wilson

Parking Options for Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Downtown Pittsburgh will be a bit difficult to navigate due to several street closures related to Pittsburgh Light Up Night activities. Avoid traffic by parking in a fringe lot and taking a shuttle into Downtown. You can also park at the North Shore stadium lots or the West General Street Parking Garage and take a FREE ride on the T "North Shore Connector" into Downtown. There will be downtown street closures throughout the day on Light Up Night, including all side streets around Market Square, plus portions of Forbes Avenue (between Wood St. and Stanwix St.), Penn Avenue (Fifth Avenue Extension to New Penn Extension), Stanwix Street (Penn Avenue to Stanwix Street Garage) and Smithfield Street (between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue). Port Authority buses will also be detouring around these streets on Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17 - check www.portauthority.org for a complete list of detours.


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