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Festive Season

Holiday Events + Activities in Pittsburgh

Enjoy the Holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh

Get ready to jingle all the way to Pittsburgh, the pinnacle of holiday cheer! Our city glows with joy, hosting heartwarming holiday happenings from captivating Christmas markets, to mesmerizing light spectacles! Glide on ice under the shimmering winter sky or savor scrumptious seasonal sweets. Don't miss out on Pittsburgh festive frolic this holiday season, it's a winter wonderland waiting just for you!

Suite, Drink & Be Merry!

It's always a jolly holiday at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh! Book this limited-time package to stay in one of our spacious suites and enjoy:

  • Luxurious suite, decked out for the holidays
  • Two adult warm welcome beverages
  • Chef Dave Racicot's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Trifle

For larger groups, book a connecting room with two queen beds. Available for stays Nov. 17, 2023 - Jan. 14, 2024. Book by Jan. 11, 2024.


Monaco Pittsburgh Holiday Themed Suite
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Highmark Light Up Night

November 18, 2023

The 62nd Highmark Light Up Night® makes a grand return with Christmas lights in Pittsburgh, promising a night of luminous wonder! Immerse yourself in an extravaganza of live performances that will have your heart thumping, embark on festive shopping adventures that will fill your arms with treasures, and partake in family fun that will leave you brimming with holiday cheer. The crescendo of the evening? A spectacular fireworks display that will paint the night sky with a myriad of colors, leaving you breathless and awestruck!

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The UPMC Rink at PPG Place

November 17, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Prepare to be captivated by a winter wonderland at The UPMC Rink at PPG Place, nestled in the stunning heart of the glimmering PPG Place glass skyscraper. Let your eyes dance with delight as they meet the radiant 65-foot Holiday tree, casting a festive glow over Pittsburgh's skyline! This Downtown Winter Playground is your gateway to a magical world, promising a whirlwind of joy, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime. Step into the enchantment this holiday season!

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Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

November 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Get set for a spectacular season as the Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden makes its dazzling return to Phipps' gardens. Prepare to be spellbound by our "Season's Greenings" theme, an enchanting tableau of winter scenes and twinkling lights that will leave you breathless. This year, they’re pulling out all the stops with radiant new displays, showcasing gem-hued holiday trees, meticulous props, and our standout floral marvels. Feast your eyes on the vibrant amaryllis, exotic orchids, and a stunning spectrum of 21 poinsettia varieties. Step into the magic this holiday season and let the festivities begin!

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Pittsburgh Zoo Drive-through Lights

Select nights starting Friday, November 24 - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Glisten, sparkle, and radiate your path through the season during the highly awaited comeback of the Pittsburgh Zoo Lights Drive-Thru! Snuggle up in your vehicle while you journey through countless eco-conscious LED lights that magically convert the zoo into an unforgettable winter wonderland.

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Pittsburgh Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

November 17 - December 24, 2023

Step into the sparkle and shine of the 12th annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, a Pittsburgh Christmas market where a dazzling display of vendors awaits! Lose yourself in a labyrinth of lovely wooden chalets, each overflowing with top-tier treasures and unique holiday happenings. This festive fusion of global glamour and local loveliness is a must-see this season - come, join the jubilation!

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Santa’s House

November 23 - December 23, 2023

Experience the enchanting spectacle of meeting Santa, all thanks to BNY Mellon, right in the heart of Heinz Hall Courtyard! Share a hello, exchange a smile, and whisper your holiday wishes into Santa's ear at his delightful new abode. Plus, every visit is a gift that keeps on giving, with proceeds going straight to the Greater Pittsburgh Comunity Food Bank - spreading joy and making dreams come true!

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Holiday Kidsplay and Selfie Garden

November 18 - December 23, 2023

Looking for the perfect place to create unforgettable family memories this holiday season? The stunning Heinz Hall Courtyard morphs into a magical playground - the Holiday Kidsplay and Selfie Garden! This is where smiles are made and memories captured, with fun photos against vibrant backdrops and life-sized cutouts of everyone's favorite characters from popular children's shows on PBS Kids and WQED. This festive venue is the ultimate holiday destination for families, so be sure not to miss out on the merriment!

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Holiday Lights at Kennywood

Friday - Sunday, November 19 - December 18 and daily, December 26 - January 1, 2024

Wander through a wonderland of over two million twinkling lights, and marvel at the majesty of the tallest Christmas tree in the entire state. Delight in delectable new holiday dishes and drinks that are sure to make your taste buds tingle with joy. And for the cherry on top? A thrilling collection of rides for the little ones and exclusive, electrifying entertainment set to make this season a spectacular celebration for all!

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The Nutcracker at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

December 8 - December 28, 2023

Experience the holiday magic with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's show-stopping performance of The Nutcracker! Dive into a dreamy adventure in the whimsical Land of Enchantment, accompanied by Marie, her valiant Nutcracker prince, and a kaleidoscope of colorful characters. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, filled with mesmerizing scenes, dazzling costumes, sparkling snowflakes and the unforgettable melody of Tchaikovsky's iconic score - it's a festive feast for the senses you'll want to share with loved ones this holiday season!

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