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Favorite Pittsburgh Holiday Events - 2013

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Sugar plum fairies, Ebenezer Scrooge, Handel's Messiah...what is your family's favorite holiday tradition? The sights, the sounds, and the magic of downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding region come alive during the festive six-week holiday season, beginning with Light Up Night and continuing through First Night Pittsburgh. Check out our Pittsburgh Holiday Spotlight below and start planning your celebrations and activities for the upcoming holiday season.

Holiday Lights
November 8, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Holiday light displays are a big Pittsburgh holiday tradition, from the renowned Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights, to Holiday Lights at Kennywood. Other outstanding Pittsburgh area light displays include Overly's Country Christmas in Greensburg and the Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton (near the airport). Sadly, the popular Hartwood Celebration of Lights has been cancelled again for 2013.
Pittsburgh Area Holiday Light Displays

Pittsburgh Light Up Night
November 22, 2013
Pittsburgh's downtown holiday season kicks off on Friday, November 22, 2013 with the annual downtown Pittsburgh Light Up Night celebration. Marked with more than 30 events including such favorites as the tree lighting at PPG Place, the Santa Spectacular at Point State Park, the dedication of the Pittsburgh Creche at US Steel Plaza, the opening of The Rink at PPG Place, the holiday window unveilings at Macy's, and the awesome Zambelli fireworks finale on the Pittsburgh rivers, Light Up Night is an annual Pittsburgh tradition for the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2013

33rd Annual My Macy's Holiday Parade
November 30, 2013
Bring your family to Pittsburgh's 31st annual holiday parade, featuring fabulous floats, music from some of the finest high school bands, equestrian units, drill teams, and some of your favorite radio and TV personalitites. Plus, the much-anticipated arrival of Santa!
My Macy's Holiday Parade

People's Gas Holiday Market
Daily, November 23 - December 23, 2013
Tis the season to shop at Downtown's European holiday market. Inspired by the original Christkindlmarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, the People's Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished German tradition to downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square.
People's Gas Holiday Market

Heinz Chapel Choir: Holiday Concert Series
November 30; December 1, 6 and 8, 2013
The Heinz Chapel Choir, a well-noted and internationally recognized a cappella choir from the University of Pittsburgh, performs a beautiful series of holiday concerts in the breathtaking Heinz Memorial Chapel in Oakland.
Heinz Chapel Choir: Holiday Concerts

CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol
December 6-22, 2013
Featuring well-loved characters and a wealth of yuletide melodies, this traditional holiday tale is a must see! Half-price tickets for kids 3-14 make it a great holiday event for the entire family.
A Musical Christmas Carol

The Nutcracker - Pittsburgh Ballet
December 6–29, 2013
The famous Nutcracker story is set in old-time Pittsburgh, a whimsical, enchanting touch for an old holiday favorite.
The Nutcracker

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 7, 2013
Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes their annual tour stop in Pittsburgh as they perform The Lost Christmas Eve, plus brand new music and TSO live favorites from "Christmas Eve and Other Stories."
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Holiday Pops
December 12–21, 2013
Carol with the PSO and hear your favorite holiday songs. This annual tradition in the beautifully decorated Heinz Hall is the perfect chance to relive your favorite holiday memories and make new ones!
Highmark Holiday Pops

The Rat Pack Christmas
December 24–29, 2013
Beat the winter blues with the holiday version of The Rat Pack - Live at the Sands, especially created to heat things up for the coolest kind of holiday cheer. Enjoy the songs they made famous, such as "Fly Me to the Moon," plus Christmas classics such as "Merry Little Christmas," "Baby it's Cold Outside," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Winter Wonderland."
The Rat Pack Christmas

First Night Pittsburgh
December 31, 2014
The Pittsburgh holiday season concludes with the popular First Night Pittsburgh, which rings in the New Year with a community- and family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts.
First Night Pittsburgh 2014

In addition to these special holiday favorites, hundreds of other holiday events and parties are happening across the Pittsburgh region. From dazzling light displays to the vists with Santa, and Christmas sing-a-longs to holiday craft making, you'll find plenty to get you in the holiday spirit!

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